Zoom on the Westinghouse WGen9500DF
In a nutshell, the Westinghouse WGen9500DF is a powerful portable generator mostly geared towards:
- Small homeowners in search of a full power backup solution
- Professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure
The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics, the different outlets it offers, its overall portability, the extra features it benefits from, and any relevant emission compliance details.
Power & Run Time
The dual-fuel technology of the Westinghouse WGen9500DF allows for an output of 120/240V and provides superb power and versatility. If gasoline-powered, the device provides a running wattage of 9500W and a starting wattage of 12500W. If propane-powered, it gives 8500 rated watts and 11200 starting watts.
With a noise rating of 74 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a dishwasher), the generator features a simple traditional pull-start mechanism, but also a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included). Moreover, to offer you even more convenience, the WGen9500DF can also be remotely started (key fob included).
With a fuel capacity of 6.6 gallons, the WGen9500DF can operate for up to 17.5 hours using gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.38 GPH), or for up to 11 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.43 GPH) using propane.
The quite high THD (<23%) of the WGen9500DF makes it unsuitable for powering sensitive electronic devices.
The control panel features the following 6 AC outlets:
As the WGen9500DF holds a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: you'll easily be able to connect it to your breaker box to power your home during a power outage.
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 W26.1 x H26.5 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 211 lbs. Nevertheless, it can still be moved quite conveniently with the help of its wheel kit (⌀10") and its folding handle, once it is placed on the ground.
The WGen9500DF and its control panel include a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours. This feature comes handy when monitoring its status and activity.
The fuel level of the generator can be determined quickly, easily, and conveniently with the help of its built-in fuel gauge.
As far as security is concerned, the generator can be used with a peace of mind, as it features an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker).
While the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Westinghouse WGen9500DF, the following accessories are also included: battery charger, propane hose, key fob, oil, funnel and tool kit. An official storage cover is also available, as a separate purchase.
The Westinghouse WGen9500DF is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 50 states, including California.
Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, so it is adequate 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).
- Regarding its weight, the Westinghouse WGen9500DF only weighs in at 211 pounds, which means it's one of the lighter generators in the 9000-10000 rated wattage range. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Rainier R12000DF, standing at just 196 lbs.
- This generator has a somewhat average expected noise for its power range, rated at 74 dBA. 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 SUA13000EFI, whose lowest noise levels reach just 69 dBA.
- Since the WGen9500DF boasts with a run time of up to 17.5 hours at 25% load, it can be safely judged as one of the devices with the highest run time among those of a comparable output.
- While the run time is an important parameter, it is dependent on the fuel tank’s capacity and thus, doesn’t say much on its own unless we consider fuel consumption as well. This generator, with an estimated fuel consumption of just 0.38 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load, is one of the most fuel efficient generators, for the previously 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||Dish washer||1500||3000|
|Microwave (1000 watts)||1500||1500|
|Electric fry pan||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|
|Microwave (1000 watts)||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|
|Electric fence (25 miles)||250||250|
|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".
If hooking this up to a 250 gallon propane tank at the house supply line, what pressure does the hook up need to be? Or what pressure range does the generator need for supply? (Asked December 10, 2021)
The pressure as measured at the regulator mounted to the generator must be 7” to 14” of water column.
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