WEN 56203i Super Quiet 2000-Watt Portable Inverter Generator
WEN 56203i Super Quiet 2000-Watt Portable Inverter Generator is a very popular gasoline (gas) powered inverter power generator, featuring relatively low weight, long runtime on a single fuel tank, good reliability, low noise operation, very low THD levels, safety features, etc.
As such, WEN 56203i is commonly used for camping, hiking, tailgating, but also in emergencies and blackouts. And if the output of a single WEN 56203i is not enough, WEN offers several different Parallel Connection Kits, allowing the user to connect two compatible WEN inverter generators and to increase the output power.
Published: March 3, 2022.
WEN 56203i Portable Inverter Power Generator Features and Specifications
WEN 56203i is powered by a single-cylinder, 4-stroke, air-cooled, 79cc gas-powered engine, ensuring 1700 Running Watts and 2000 Starting Watts.
The engine features a manual-only start system - but, the engine is relatively small and when maintained properly, the engine is easy to start.
The fuel tank features a capacity of 1.06 gallons (4 liters) which is enough for 7 hours of constant operation at 50% load (850W) or 10.8 hours @25% load (425W).
By default, the engine operates at 4800 RPM, but WEN 56203i features the so-called Eco Mode which allows the engine to operate at different speeds, depending on the load.
Note: In order to provide more than 1000W, the engine must run at 4800 RPM - if You plan to power loads of 1000+ watts, keep the Eco Mode off.
WEN 56203i is powered by gasoline (gas) - it is recommended to use fresh fuel (under one month old) with at most 10% ethanol.
The unit is rather simple to use and maintain, but when it arrives, before the very first use, be sure to read the manual/Owner's Guide, in order to get accustomed to your new power generator. Also, don't forget to add fuel and oil ...
WEN 56203i weighs only 39 pounds (~17.7 kg) dry (no fuel) and thanks to the built-in handle, it can be carried to shorter distances - just be sure not to underestimate ~40 pounds load...
Also, the unit is rather compact and features physical dimensions of 17.3 x 11.5 x 17.7 inches (~44 x 29.2 x 45 cm).
WEN 56203i comes with a fully enclosed body and an advanced muffler, ensuring very low noise levels - around 51 dB @25%, making it one of the quietest generators on the market in the 2000W power generators class.
WEN 56203i power generator is an inverter generator and it features very low Total Harmonic Distortions - only 0.3% without the load and 1.2% THD level when the unit is under 100% load, making it suitable for powering sensitive devices and appliances directly.
WEN 56203i power generator comes with several very interesting features, including Eco Mode, Fuel Shut Off, Overload Warning, Low Oil warning and automatic engine shut off, Parallel Connection Ready, etc.
However, WEN 56203i doesn't feature a Carbon Monoxide (CO) sensor - this sensor is usually found on stronger power generators, but it would be nice to have one.
Note: regardless if the power generator has a Carbon Monoxide sensor, power generators should always be operated outdoors!
The list of receptacles includes AC 120V 2x NEMA 5-20R (~14 Amps max.), 12V 8.3A DC, and two USB 5V charging ports (1.0A and 2.1A).
If that is not enough, WEN offers several Parallel Connection Kits suitable for use with WEN 56203i, including:
WEN GNA25i 25-Amp 3000-Watt Parallel Kit Connection Cord for Inverter Generators
WEN GNA25i Parallel Connection Kit allows the user to connect "any two WEN Inverter Generators" (official statement) in parallel, WEN 56203i power generators included.
WEN GNA25i Parallel Connection Kit features a reach of up to 5.5 feet (~1.7 m) and allows the user to increase the power of the receptacles found on each power generator.
For more information about this Parallel Connection Kit feel free to check the WEN GNA25i 25-Amp 3000-Watt Parallel Kit Connection Amazon link (link opens in the new window).
WEN GNA36i 30-Amp 3600-Watt Parallel Connection Kit for Inverter Generators
WEN GNA36i Parallel Connection Kit is able to handle up to 30 amps and 3600 watts of power.
WEN GNA36i also features a reach of 5.5 feet (~1.7 m) and allows the user to use receptacles found on the power generators and the additional receptacles found on the WEN GNA36i kit (one RV-ready TT-30R outlet and one transfer-switch-ready L5-30R twist-lock outlet).
For more information about this Parallel Connection Kit feel free to check the WEN GNA36i 30-Amp 3600-Watt Parallel Connection Kit Amazon link (link opens in the new window).
WEN GNA50i 50-Amp 6000-Watt Parallel Connection Kit for Inverter Generators
WEN GNA50i Parallel Connection Kit is overkill for a pair of WEN 56203i power generators, but it can be used as well.
WEN GNA50i Parallel Connection Kit is able to handle up to 50 Amps and 6000 Watts of output and it also allows the user to use receptacles found on power generators and additional receptacles found on the WEN GNA50i kit (one NEMA 14-50R 50A 120V outlet and one NEMA L5-30R 30A 120V outlet).
WEN GNA50i features a somewhat longer reach of 7 feet (~2.1 m).
For more information about this Parallel Connection Kit feel free to check the WEN GNA50i 50-Amp 6000-Watt Parallel Connection Kit Amazon link (link opens in the new window).
WEN 56203i power generator is EPA and CARB compliant and it comes with a limited 2-year (or 500h or operation) residential warranty and 90 days commercial or professional warranty.
Long Story Short: If You are looking for a reliable and easy-to-maintain inverter power generator that is also relatively quiet and has a long runtime with very low THD levels, consider this model.
One may say that it lacks electric start, remote start, Bluetooth connectivity, Digital Information Center, Carbon Monoxide sensor, and other advanced features, but all those features would increase the complexity of the unit, its weight, price, etc.
WEN 56203i is a well-balanced unit and for numerous reasons one of the most popular units in its class.
For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check the WEN 56203i Super Quiet 2000-Watt Portable Inverter Generator Amazon link (link opens in the new window).