WEN 56200i Review – What Makes The Portable Inverter One To Consider

WEN 56200i 1600 Running Watts 4-Stroke Gas Powered Portable Inverter Generator

For you who are seeking for a little generator for camping or for short outages, the WEN 56200i is one available in the market. The CARB compliant generator has been described as quiet and efficient. Now, let us see some of the prominent features associated with the portable power supply.

Though the WEN 56200i is offered at half the price of the Yamaha EF2000iS, it is nothing to take lightly. Designed for small/low wattage uses, this model is powered by a 4 stroke, OHV, 79.7 cc single cylinder engine that comes with splash lubrication and forced air cooling system. It runs on lead-free gasoline with a minimum of 87 octane rating. No oil mixing is required to operate this gen.

The oil capacity of the generator engine is 0.37 qts. In terms of safety, the generator is equipped with a low oil pressure shutoff to prevent the engine from running with insufficient lubricant. It also has an overload light that will turn on when the generator becomes overloaded.

At 1600 running watts (2000 surge wattage capacity), it is not something that you can use to run a multitude of power hungry home appliances or to run high amperage units on a construction site. That said, you will get great mileage from this generator when it comes to powering small electronics. With fuel tank capacity of 1 gallon, it can provide 6 hours of run time on 50% load.

The portable generator offers economy mode that you can use to conserve fuel consumption. When the Eco-Mode Switch is engaged, engine speed will automatically match the load at hand. The economy mode can only be used when the total load is less than 1000 W. That said, it will come in handy in many cases.

The manual states that the generator runs at 51 dB at 1/4 load (55 dB at 3/4 load), no louder than a normal conversation. The variable engine speed feature helps reduce noise further. This makes it ideal for use in places with strict rules on noise levels.

You need to pull on the recoil starter handle to start the engine. There are some reports that it takes more than one or two pulls on the starter cord to get it started for the first time. However, not a lot of users have reported this to be a serious issue.

The WEN 56200i has two 120V receptacles. The rated amperage for the AC output is 13.3 A. As with most generators its size, there is no 220V outlet on this little gen. One 12V DC receptacle (rated at 8.3 amps) and one 5V USB port are built into the system, enabling you to use it for charging 12 volt batteries. It is nice to know that the inverter is shipped with a set of DC battery charging cables.

The features do not stop there, the WEN 56200i can be paralleled with another unit, giving you around 3000 watts. Being one of the lowest priced inverters in the 1600/2000 watt range, getting a second unit will not cost you much money. The WEN 56421 parallel connection kit for this inverter costs around $70.

WEN 56200i Control Panel

The portable inverter has a carrying handle that allows its 48 lbs weight to be moved easily from project to project. Obviously, it is not light in weight but not something that is difficult to move around.

One criticism leveled at the product has been made in relation to the oil fill method that according to many people is a bit awkward. Furthermore, you need to open the access panel to access the oil fill opening. This is not a major problem but a better design would be nice.

WEN provides a funnel and a long plastic tube for adding oil to the engine. The box also includes a head screw driver that is designed to remove the side panel. A spark plug wrench is also provided with the generator to help you unscrew the spark plug from the engine.

As of this writing, the 1600 watt inverter commands a respectable 4.5 stars out of 5 on the Amazon ratings.
Despite the criticisms that have been leveled at the parallel capable generator, many customers who bought it seem very satisfied with its performance.

It is fuel efficient and though the noise level might be a bit higher than the Honda, it is still relatively low. Reviewers have also expressed their appreciation for the other features of the inverter that include the Eco-Mode and the charging port.

The engine is nicely made that some have argued that it is on par with the more expensive Honda or Yamaha of similar size. Designed to mirror a pure sine wave, it produces clean power to safely operate sensitive electronics. According to WEN, the total harmonic distortion is under 1.2 percent at full load.

If you always want to have the big name red or blue inverters but are not willing to pay the hefty price tag, then consider to have this product in hand. It should work for you as long as you keep your expectations realistic.

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