WEN 56380i Portable Generator Review

WEN 56380i is a powerful inverter generator that can run your electronics, power tools, and appliances simultaneously. It starts without any efforts, thanks to its electric start system. It is both CARB-compliant and EPA-approved and has a fuel shutoff switch and a variety of power outlets.

WEN 56380i compact power station


Generator Type: WEN 56380i is an inverter generator that operates on gasoline. It is an RV-ready unit that can also be used to power homes, campsites, tailgate parties, and more. Also, you can power different tools with this generator.

Portability: The weight of this unit is 111 pounds. Also, its dimensions are 23.2(L) x 18(W) x 20.1(H).

It is neither compact nor light in weight, but its durable wheels and a folding handle allows smooth movement on all surfaces.

Power Output: Its 212cc WEN 4-stroke OHV engine produces 3800 peak watts and 3400 rated watts.

WEN 56380i produces clean power. It has a THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) rating of less than 1.2% on a full load. This THD rating allows users to power their phones, laptops, and other delicate devices without worrying about damages.

Its less THD rating tells that there is a minimal level of harmonic distortion present in the waveforms.

Also, this generator is parallel capable, which means you can connect another WEN 56380i or a compatible unit to generate more power at the time of need.

What it can Power: If you always travel in your RV, then you can easily power an 11,000BTU RV air conditioner, an RV refrigerator, an electric frypan, and a cell phone charger.

You can power a refrigerator (energy star), washing machine, electric frypan, radio, and a cell phone charger at home. Or, if you need to run tools in your garage, then you can power a grinder and a demolition hammer simultaneously.

But keep in mind before powering your appliances, always check their actual ratings.

Fuel Capacity and Runtime: WEN 56380i runs up to 8.5 hours at half load on a 2.2-gallon fuel tank. It consumes around 0.26 gallons of gasoline in an hour.

Its Eco-mode allows the engine to automatically adjust its fuel consumption according to the load applied. It prevents unnecessary usage of gasoline. Also, it increases the engine’s lifespan.

Starting Mechanism: Both electric and recoil start mechanisms make it easy to operate the generator.

Fuel Shutoff Feature: This feature turns off the fuel supply and allows the generator to utilize the carburetor’s remaining fuel. When the generator sucks up all the fuel, it turns off automatically.

The stagnant fuel inside the carburetor promotes build-up and blockages, and this fuel shutoff feature helps fight those blockages. It limits maintenance and increases the unit’s lifespan.

Noise Level: It is a quiet generator with a decibel rating of 57 dB (A) at 25% load.

Power Outlets: Its control panel has a total of five power outlets. Two are the 120 Volt 20 Ampere (5-20R) outlets for powering household appliances, and one is the 120 Volt 30 Ampere (TT-30R) outlets for RV. Also, there is one 12 Volt DC outlet for charging batteries, and one is the 5 Volt USB port to run USB-powered devices.

Digital Data Center: WEN 56380i also has a digital data center that helps monitor the generator’s status and activity.

It shows the voltage, frequency, and overall runtime and loads applied and fuel consumption in percentage. Also, three light indicators show the generator is ready to use, it is under extra load, and the oil level is below the minimum level.

Safety: If we focus on its safety features, we find low-fuel and low-oil automatic shutoff, overload protection, and spark arrestor.

All these safety features are for the protection of your generator, appliances, and electronics. The spark arrestor keeps your environment protected from fire caused by dangerous sparks that come out of the engine during operation.

Warranty: 2-year limited warranty

Emissions: Ship and use this generator in all the 50 states of the United States, including California. This generator is the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) approved and CARB (California Air Resources Board) compliant.

WEN 56380i vs. Firman W03382 vs. Pulsar PG4000iSR

Features Models
  WEN 56380i Firman W03382 Pulsar PG4000iSR
Peak/Rated Watts 3800W/3400W 3650W/3300W 4000W/3500W
Tank Size 2.2 gal. 1.8 gal. 3.4 gal.
Runtime 8.5 hrs (1/2 load) 9 hrs (1/4 load) 12 hrs (1/2 load)
Noise  57 dBA 58 dBA 63 dBA
Starting Mechanism Recoil, Electric Recoil, Electric Recoil, Electric, Remote
Weight 99.2 lbs. 93 lbs. 92.6 lbs.

 My Opinion:

Pros: WEN 56380i is a powerful inverter generator. It is an RV-ready unit that has an electric start system. It is fuel-efficient, quiet for its power, and has a fuel shutoff switch and an easy access oil cover for easy oil changes. Also, its digital data center provides all the important information related to the generator.

Cons: Its display is not bright enough. Also, you need to change its oil every 25 hours or so.


What is meant by starting watts and running watts?

Starting watts is the temporary boost of power a generator can supply to start motor-driven appliances. On the other side, running watts is the continuous power a generator can deliver.

Before buying a generator, never forget to check its starting and running watts so that you can power your appliances accordingly.

What is the oil capacity of this generator?

The oil capacity of this generator is 18.6 fluid ounces.

Can I store WEN 56380i with fuel for extended periods (over 60 days)?

Never store this generator with fuel for more than 60 days. You must have to drain the fuel tank and carburetor and change the engine oil before storing it.

Leave a Comment