WEN 56225i 2250-Watt Gas Powered Portable Inverter Generator
WEN 56225i 2250-Watt Gas Powered Portable Inverter Generator is a very popular 2000-watt class power generator, designed for off-the-grid applications like camping, hunting, fishing, etc. trips, but also for emergencies.
Since it is a gas-powered unit, like all other similar units, WEN 56225i Power Generator is suitable only for outdoor use - it uses an internal combustion engine to generate power and release fumes that may contain dangerous carbon-monoxide.
WEN 56225i Power Generator Features and Specifications
WEN 56225i Power Generator is a compact and relatively lightweight unit, designed for ease of use, reliable operation, and with the minimum maintenance (which is still required, of course!).
Physical dimensions of the unit are (L x W x H) 19 x 11.5 x 18.2 inches (~48.3 x 29.2 x 46.2 cm) and it weighs 48.5 pounds (~22.0 kg) with an empty tank - thanks to the integrated handle, WEN 56225i Power Generator may be carried more or less easily to short distances by a single adult person.
WEN 56225i Power Generator is powered by 79.7 cc 4-stroke, OHV single-cylinder gas engine with a forced-air cooling system and is rated at 1800 Running Watts and 2250 Starting Watts. To prevent possible damage to the engine, WEN 56225i Power Generator features a low-oil alarm and automatic low-oil engine shut off feature. Thanks to the onboard inverter electronics, WEN 56225i Power Generator features less than 1.2% THC (Total Harmonic Distortion), making it suitable for powering even a very sensitive electronics.
Fuel tank capacity is 1.19 US gallon (4.5 liters), with recommended 87 octane minimum fuel containing at most 10% Ethanol. When adding fuel, the generator must be turned off and cooled for a few minutes.
Runtime on a single fuel tank depends on the load - under 50% load (900 Watts), the unit is able to operate for ~6 hours.
Note: WEN 56225i Power Generator is rather simple to use and maintain inverter generator, but when it arrives, before the very first use it is very important to thoroughly read its Instruction Manual and get accustomed to the new unit.
One of the very important features of WEN 56225i Power Generator are noise levels - noise rating measured from 22 feet (~6.7 m) distance with the ambient noise of 44 dB is:
- no load: 52 dBA,
- 25% load: 53 dBA,
- 50% load: 54 dBA,
- 75% load: 57 dBA.
Such noise levels make WEN 56225i Power Generator popular choice as a camping generator and for emergencies in an urban environment - again, be sure that it is kept outside during operation, without the possibility of fumes getting into homes, cars, RVs and similar.
WEN 56225i Power Generator Control Panel
WEN 56225i Power Generator features control panel at front of the unit, which includes:
- 3-in-1 Dial Switch that includes Choke, Run, and Off positions. Choke position is used when starting the engine, Run position is used for normal operation and Off position is used for turning the engine off, but only after using all the remaining fuel in the carburetor, maximizing the generator's lifespan.
- Manual Shut Off is used for a quick generator shut down and is commonly used when there is a need to refuel or relocate the unit. If the generator is going to be stored for a longer period of time, use 'Fuel Shut Off' ('Off' position on the 3-in-1 Dial Switch) option.
- Eco-Mode Switch maximizes the fuel economy and prolongs the run time. Eco-Mode switch should be used only when the total load is 1350 watts or less (75% of maximum load). In order to supply 1350 watts or more, WEN 56225i Power Generator must run at full speed. Also, although the unit running watts are rated at 1800 watts, in order to prolong the generator's lifespan, it is recommended not to load the unit with more than 1620 watts constantly.
- Indicator lights include lights for Low Oil (Yellow), Overload (Red), and Output (Green).
Low Oil (Yellow) light reminds the user that oil level is low and needs to be added. When the oil level drops below the critical level, the engine is stopped automatically.
Overload (Red) light warns the user that the generator load has reached maximum allowed value:
- 4% to 10% over maximum watts: overload light will flash to indicate the power overload.
- 10% to 18% over maximum watts: overload light will stay on for 16 seconds, after which the output will be cut off.
- 18% or more over maximum watts: overload light will stay on for 3 seconds, after which the output will be cut off.
- Reset Button is used to reset the unit in the case of the power overload.
- A pair of 5V USB charging ports, 1 Amp (upper port), and 2.1 Amps (lower port).
- Parallel Connect port is used for connecting in parallel two compatible generators in order to double the output power. In order to connect two WEN 56225i Power Generators in parallel, one needs WEN 56421 Parallel Connection Kit (Amazon link, link opens in the new window).
- Duplex NEMA 5-20R AC 120V are standard household outlets providing 120V 60Hz power. When operating a single power generator, the maximum power that these receptacles can provide is 1800 watts (15 Amps). Only when two units are connected in parallel, this receptacles can provide 20 Amps max.
- Grounding Nut is used for grounding the unit which reduces the risk of electric shock. This is not just 'geeky' stuff - power generator should be properly grounded, since 110-120V can be rather dangerous.
WEN 56225i Power Generator features a manual engine starting system - it is simple to use and it starts the engine easily, if the unit was stored and maintained properly.
This 'stored and maintained properly' is a very important requirement for ALL similar gas, propane, or diesel power generators, not just WEN 56225i Power Generator!
Long Story Short: If You are looking for 2000W range portable, inverter, power generator, consider WEN 56225i Power Generator - it comes with a 2-year warranty (or 500 hours of use), it is rather quiet during operation, it is not maintenance intensive unit, if you one day need more power, just add another or similar but a compatible unit with parallel connection kit, and is well-liked by its users and one of the most popular inverter generators in its class.
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