Zoom on the Westinghouse WGen9500DF
In a nutshell, the Westinghouse WGen9500DF is a powerful portable generator mostly geared towards:
- Prudent homeowners who want a backup power source in case of a power outage
- Professionals who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working
In the sections ahead, the power characteristics, availability of various outlets, the portability, and any additional features of the device shall be discussed, including its emission compliance information.
Power & Run Time
Thanks to its dual-fuel technology, the Westinghouse WGen9500DF delivers 120/240V and offers power and versatility. When gasoline-powered, it benefits from a running wattage of 9500W and a peak wattage of 12500W. When propane-powered, it has 8500 rated watts and 11200 peak watts.
Enjoying a noise rating of 73 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a shower), this generator can be started thanks to a simple traditional pull-start mechanism, but also to a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included). To add further convenience, the WGen9500DF can be remotely started (key fob included).
The running time of the WGen9500DF, with its 6.6 gallons fuel capacity, can reach up to 17.5 hours on a full tank of gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.38 GPH). With propane, it can reach up to 11 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.43 GPH).
The WGen9500DF is unsuitable for the powering of sensitive electronic devices due to its relatively high THD (<23%).
The control panel features the upcoming 6 AC outlets:
Because the WGen9500DF is equipped with a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: it can power your home during a power outage, as it can be easily connected to your breaker box to power your household.
Westinghouse's ST Switch Outlet
The WGen9500DF is what Westinghouse calls Smart Switch Ready. This means that it features a special outlet that allows for an automatic transfer of power in case of a power outage.
To benefit from this feature, you'll need the Westinghouse ST Switch (opens in a new tab), which is not included with the generator.
Simply put, the ST Switch is a cost-effective and versatile portable automatic transfer switch, which can be installed quickly and easily, without an electrician.
Plug the ST Switch into one of your household 120V outlets, plug your appliances to the ST Switch, and connect the WGen9500DF to the ST Switch via the special outlet and a 120V cord. The generator will automatically turn on when the power goes out, and automatically turn off when the power returns.
The Westinghouse WGen9500DF has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L27.2 x W26.5 x H26 in, which offers support and allows it to be raised above ground level. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.
While the generator is considered to be technically 'portable' (in the sense that you can move it), manually lifting and transporting it may be challenging, due to its high weight of 220 lbs. However, its challenging mobility is solved by its wheel kit (⌀10") and its folding handle, which will ease its displacement, once it is on the floor.
The WGen9500DF's status and activity may be monitored conveniently via the control panel, as it features a convenient meter showing you voltage, frequency and lifetime hours.
The generator includes a built-in fuel gauge, a quick, easy and convenient method of checking the device’s gas level.
From a security standpoint, the product offers an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, allowing you to use it with a peace of mind.
Along the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), useful for starting the generator right away, the Westinghouse WGen9500DF's package also includes these accessories: tool kit, funnel, oil, battery charger, propane hose and key fob. An official storage cover is also available, as a separate purchase.
The Westinghouse WGen9500DF is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Thus, selling and purchasing this generator is allowed in each of the 50 states, including California.
Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, which makes it suitable for use in forested areas.
The Westinghouse WGen9500DF versus other generators
The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Westinghouse WGen9500DF compare to generators of similar power (between 9000 and 10000 W).
- As far as its dry weight is concerned, the Westinghouse WGen9500DF weighs just 220 pounds and thus, it is one of the lighter 9000 to 10000 rated wattage generators. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Rainier R12000DF, with a dry weight of only 196 lbs.
- Since this generator is rated for a lowest possible noise of 73 dBA, it can be considered as one of the more quiet of the products generating similar power. If you’d prefer a less noisy device, one of the most quiet devices, which share the same power range with this one, is the A-iPower SUA12000ED, whose lowest noise levels reach just 69 dBA.
- The WGen9500DF provides one of the highest run time among similarly powerful devices, reaching up to 17.5 hours at 25% load.
- The run time is important, but also hugely depends on the capacity of the fuel tank and doesn't mean much if we don't talk about fuel consumption as well. With an estimated gasoline consumption of 0.38 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load, this generator is among the most fuel efficient of the products in the above-mentioned wattage range.
Here's a list of the most popular specific comparisons:
As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 9000-10000W generators, the Westinghouse WGen9500DF is on the cheap side of the price range.
It can therefore be a really good buy if you're looking to acquire a budget generator.
The bottom line
- Several accessories included
- GFCI Outlets
- Remote start
- Dual Fuel
- Smart Switch Ready
- Lightweight for its kind (211 lbs)
- High run time
- Fuel efficient
- Acceptable noise (74 dBA)
The Westinghouse WGen9500DF doesn't have any notably low specs.
Features and Specifications
|Fuel||Dual Fuel (gasoline/propane)|
|Engine||457 cc Westinghouse OHV 4-stroke|
|Starting system||Recoil, Electric, Remote|
|Voltage||AC: 120/240V 60 Hz|
|Running watts||9500 W||8500 W|
|Starting watts||12500 W||11200 W|
|Running amps (@120/240V)||79.2/39.6 amps||70.8/35.4 amps|
|Peak amps (@120/240V)||104.2/52.1 amps||93.3/46.7 amps|
|Run time @50% load||12 h||7 h|
|Run time @25% load||17.5 h||11 h|
|Automatic Voltage Regulation||Yes|
|AC outlets|| |
|Fuel tank||Steel, 6.6 gal|
|Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)||27.2 x 26.1 x 26.5 in|
|Noise (lower limit)||74 dBA|
|Security||Low oil and overload protection|
|Neutral||Bonded to frame|
|Accessories included||Oil, funnel, tool kit, key fob, battery charger, propane hose, battery, and wheel kit|
Unlike many websites, we did our best to research each of the specs above. That being said, we are not immune to making the occasional mistake or omission. Should you notice any missing or incorrect values, don't hesitate to suggest improvements so we can address the issue.
The US based Westinghouse Outdoor Power Equipment is a legacy subsidiary of the Westinghouse Electric Corporation, founded in 1886. While the company has been acquired and merged into the American CBS, the Westinghouse name remains as the brand name for many of their electrical solutions, which stretch across the scale from power plants to portable generators. Portable generators – the main product of the Outdoor Power Equipment branch of Westinghouse – used to be manufactured by Westpro Power Systems, which was bought in 2016 by Midwest Equipment. Lawn equipment, such as trimmers and blowers, is also sold under the Westinghouse brand name. All of their products are designed in the US. However, several sources report that they are in many cases manufactured in China.
The Westinghouse WGen9500DF is covered under a warranty for up to 3 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of Westinghouse generators, please consult Westinghouse's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-855-944-3571.
Questions & Answers
What can it power?
|Item||Running Watts||Starting Watts|
|At home||Electric fry pan||1500||1500|
|Microwave (1000 watts)||1500||1500|
|AC (10,000 BTU)||1500||2200|
|Sump pump (1/2 hp)||1050||2150|
|Refrigerator (energy star)||192||1192|
|Set of 5 LED light bulbs||55||55|
|Total||7567 W||9067 W|
|For camping||RV AC (11,000 BTU)||1010||1600|
|Electric fry pan||1500||1500|
|Set of 5 LED light bulbs||55||55|
|Total||7595 W||8185 W|
|For work||Table saw||1800||4500|
|Air compressor (1 hp)||1600||6100|
|Total||7590 W||12090 W|
Is it safe to charge/run delicate equipment such as TV, computers, cell phones? (Asked June 15, 2020)
THD should be under 5% to safely run devices that contain sensitive electronics. This unit's THD is <23%, and thus, too high.
does this gen have idel control? (Asked September 06, 2020)
This unit does not have an idle control feature.
Can it also be converted to natural gas? (Asked September 21, 2020)
There are no official conversion kits.
I understand that you can’t run computers etc. But, is it okay to charge a battery powered laptop since the charger is plugged in to just charge the battery as long as you don’t use the laptop while its charging? (Asked October 21, 2020)
Not if you value the circuitry of your charger. Your laptop works on DC, not on AC.
If run through a 50 amp transfer switch and breakers can you safely use tv, charge cell phones, computers? (Asked November 03, 2020)
A transfer switch does not clean power, it just transfers it.
Does the Westinghouse 9500 have an oil filter? An oil filter I can change when I change oil? (Asked November 03, 2020)
The WGen9500DF does not have an oil filter.
Is it safe to use with computers, laptops, cell phones, etc. if those items are plugged into a high end APC UPS unit in between this source? (Asked November 08, 2020)
It would have to be a double-conversion online UPS (opens in a new tab), which will first convert AC to DC, then DC back to AC.
how to remove bonded neutral (Asked December 10, 2020)
Can this generator be outside during winter snow storms, How low the temperature can be in order to be outside? to storage can be in a non heated garage in winter time? (Asked December 17, 2020)
The unit is rated for operation between 5°F and 104°F. In case of exposure outside of this range during storage, it should be brought back within this range before operation. You may also read our article on rain and snow operation.
What is THD ? (Asked September 07, 2021)
THD stands for Total Harmonic Distortion. The lower the THD, the closer you get to a proper sinewave. You can read more about it in this article.
What size is the propane hose delivered with the generator? can you add an extension hose to the existing hose? What size fittings would the esxtension hose have? (Asked September 15, 2021)
The included propane hose is about 3 ft long. Fittings would have to be 3/8".
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