Westinghouse WGen7500 Portable Generator
Westinghouse WGen7500 Portable Generator is a simplistic and affordable, open-frame power generator suitable for both commercial and residential use.
Thanks to its power, Westinghouse WGen7500 Portable Generator is able to power even smaller homes during power outages, and thanks to the remote start, air-cooled engine, automatic choke, and other features, it is easy to use and maintain 7500/9500 Watts power generator.
Westinghouse WGen7500 Features and Specifications
With its physical dimensions of (L x W x H) 27.2 x 26.1 x 26 inches (~691 x 663 x 661 mm) and its weight of 192 pounds (~87 kg) dry, Westinghouse WGen7500 is a well balanced 7500/9500W unit.
Westinghouse WGen7500 is powered by a four-stroke 420cc air-cooled, 13 HP OHV engine operating at 3600 RPM and featuring a nominal noise level of ~73 dB, which is a good result for an open-frame generator in this price/power class.
The unit features 7500 Running Watts and 9500 Starting Watts, ensuring plenty of power, even when running tools and appliances that require more power when starting.
Westinghouse WGen7500 is not a parallel-ready unit, but with 7500/9500 watts, it can power even smaller households easily.
The Unit comes with 6.6 gallons (25 liters) fuel tank featuring a fuel gauge and ensuring runtime of:
- @25% load: 16 hours @1875W, fuel consumption of ~0.22 gal/h/1000W,
- @50% load: 11 hours @3750W, fuel consumption of ~0.145 gal/h/1000W.
Westinghouse WGen7500 features several starting methods:
- classic manual recoil starting system, used as a backup,
- electric starting system via start button,
- remote starting fob with a maximum range of ~100 meters,
- automatic start via Westinghouse ST Switch (Amazon link, opens in the new window) sold separately.
Note: Westinghouse WGen7500 portable power generator is a relatively simple unit to use and maintain, but when it arrives, be sure to read the documentation that comes with the unit (User's Guide, Warranty Terms, Maintenance Guide) thoroughly - better safe than sorry.
The control panel is simple and straightforward and it includes:
- Electric Start Push Button,
- Battery On/Off Switch,
- Battery Charging Port and Indicator,
- Data Center Display (volts, frequency, lifetime hours),
- Main Breaker,
- Smart Switch Ready Port,
- Ground Terminal,
- 1x L14-30R 120/240V 30A receptacle,
- 2x Duplex GFCI 5-20R 120V 20A receptacles.
Westinghouse WGen7500 power generator comes with starting battery and separate battery charger, allowing the user to charge the battery using the wall power outlet even when the unit is not working.
And when the engine is working, a small charge will slowly charge the battery.
Westinghouse WGen7500 is not an inverter power generator and features THD levels of ≤23%, making it suitable for powering various tools and non-sensitive appliances.
For sensitive appliances, the use of voltage stabilizers, with or without surge protectors, is recommended.
Thanks to the pair of 10-inch (25.4 cm) wheels, Westinghouse WGen7500 is a portable power generator, allowing the user to manually reallocate the unit via a foldable handle.
Westinghouse WGen7500 doesn't feature a low oil warning nor overload indicator, but it comes with automatic low oil shutdown, automatic voltage regulation, and overload protection. Also, power receptacles are covered, protecting them from dirt and, up to the point, splashing water.
Westinghouse WGen7500 comes with the residential warranty of 3 years or 1000 working hours, and with the commercial warranty of 1 year or 1000 working hours.
Also, Westinghouse WGen7500 portable power generator is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant, allowing it to be sold in all 50 states, including California.
Note: Westinghouse manufactures several very similar portable open-frame power generators, including (Amazon links, open in the new windows):
- Westinghouse WGen7500 - portable power generator, reviewed in this article,
- Westinghouse WGen7500DF - very similar to Westinghouse WGen7500 power generator, but it supports the use of both gasoline and propane gas,
- Westinghouse WGen7500c - very similar to Westinghouse WGen7500 power generator, but it also features a Carbon Monoxide (CO) sensor,
- Westinghouse WGen7500DFc - very similar to Westinghouse WGen7500DF power generator, but it features a Carbon Monoxide (CO) sensor.
Personally, having a Carbon Monoxide (CO) sensor is great, but more importantly is to use power generators (all power generators, not just Westinghouse WGen7500) as intended - the power generator should be placed outside, down the wind.
For example, if the power generator is placed up the wind, the wind could cause Carbon Monoxide buildup away from the power generator, potentially causing serious health issues (or even death!), but without triggering the Carbon Monoxide (CO) sensor.
Long Story Short: Westinghouse WGen7500 is an open-frame, portable power generator, featuring 7500 Running Watts and 9500 Starting Watts, allowing it to power various tools and appliances for a longer period of time.
The unit is simple to use and maintain, but it has to be maintained properly in order to operate reliably, just like any other power generator.
Also, a remote starting fob can come in very handy in many situations.
For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to follow the Westinghouse WGen7500 Amazon link (link opens in the new window).