WEN 56352 Portable Generator Review

WEN 56352 is one of the best generators in a 3000 wattage range. It is an ideal power solution for limited budget buyers. It has a reliable engine that starts quickly and works well. It is a transfer switch ready generator that gives decent runtime. Also, WEN 56352 has a voltage selector switch and a digital data center.

WEN 56352 lightweight power station


Type of Generator: WEN 56352 is an open frame traditional generator that is durable as well as compact. It requires gasoline to operate and provide power to your basic items at home during a crisis. Also, it is quite a perfect unit to use at a construction site.

Size and Weight: It is a portable generator just because of its rubber-gripped drop-down handles and never-flat wheels. Otherwise, it weighs 103.2 pounds that doesn’t sound lightweight. But it is a compact generator with a 17.7-inch in width, 18.5-inch in height, and 24.4-inch in length.

Emissions: WEN 56352 can be used in 49 American states, but it is not allowed to ship it to California. The reason behind this is that the generator only fulfills the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) requirements and not the emission standards of CARB (California Air Resources Board).

Warranty: A 2-year warranty followed by lifetime technical support.

Power Capacity: It is capable of generating 3000 rated watts and 3500 peak watts, thanks to its 212cc, 4-stroke OHV engine.

This power is enough to run your refrigerator, lights, electric frypan, rice cooker, or other essentials without overloading the generator.

Automatic Voltage Regulator: To provide clean power, the automatic voltage regulator is there. It safeguards your electronics from voltage spikes and drops.

Starting Method: A reliable recoil start mechanism makes starting simple and easy.

Tank Capacity and Runtime: WEN 56352 can provide continuous power up to 11 hours at half load. It comes with a 4-gallon gasoline tank equipped with a fuel gauge and consumes 0.36 gallons of fuel per hour.

Decibel Rating: With an acceptable noise of 67 dBA, you can use this generator at home.

Power Receptacles: It has a transfer switch ready 120/240 Volt 30 Ampere (L14-30R) outlet, one 12 Volt 8 Ampere (cigarette lighter style) DC outlet, and two 120 Volt 20 Ampere (5-20R) standard household outlets.

You can connect this generator to a manual transfer switch of your house to deal with power outages during natural disasters.

Engine Hour Counter: It counts the lifetime run hours and shows it on display. This helps users to manage maintenance schedules and oil changes.

Voltage Selector Switch: WEN 56352 also includes a voltage selector switch to shift from 120 volts to 240 volts and vice versa.

Power Indicator: Tells users that the generator is all set to go.

Safety Features: Spark arrestor, low oil shutdown, and overload protection are for the safety of your generator as well as connected devices. 

WEN 56352 vs. Honda EB3000C vs. Pulsar PG3500M



  WEN 56352 Honda EB3000C Pulsar PG3500M
Peak / Rated Watts 3500W / 3000W 3000W / 2600W 3500W / 3000W
Fuel Tank Size 4 gal. 2.6 gal. 4 gal.
Runtime 11 hrs (1/2 load) 9.4 hrs (1/2 load) 15 hrs (1/2 load)
Noise Level 67 dBA 65 dBA 69 dBA
Starting Method Recoil Recoil Recoil
Weight 111.2 lbs. 71 lbs. 99 lbs.

My Opinion:

Pros: WEN 56352 is a perfect portable power source. This transfer switch ready unit gives decent runtime and operates at an acceptable decibel rating. It allows easy switching between 120 volts and 240 volts. Also, it features an LED display to track maintenance intervals.

Cons: You can’t use it in California. Also, the electric start system must be there.


What does “P” indicate in an engine hour counter?

It means your generator needs maintenance.

P25 code tells that your generator needs its first oil change.

P50 code indicates that you need to change oil and clean the air cleaner cartridge.

P100 code notifies you to change oil and clean the air cleaner cartridge and fuel strainer. Also, never forget to check the sparkplug condition.

Does WEN 56352 have an automatic choke system?

No, WEN 56352 has a manual choke system. You have to turn the choke lever to close/start position to start the cold engine easily.

Can I use an oil/gasoline mixture?

Never try to use an oil/gasoline mixture. It will affect the engine badly.

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