WEN 56203i Portable Generator Review

WEN 56203i is a perfect choice for campers and tailgaters. It is fuel-efficient and produces clean power. It is suitable for powering multiple devices at the same time without worrying about the current fluctuations. Also, it is parallel capable and has multiple safety features for the protection of your devices and generator.

WEN 56203i 2000W generator


Generator Type: WEN 56203i is an inverter generator. It needs gasoline to power your essentials during camping, tailgating, hunting, or fishing.

Portability: It is a highly portable generator because of its compact and light in weight. It weighs 39 pounds and 17.3 inches in length, 11.5 inches wide, and 17.7 inches high. Also, a built-in handle helps users to carry it easily.

Power Wattage: WEN 56203i produces a pure sine wave. Its THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) rating is less than 1.2% at full load, ideal for powering sensitive electronics like smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other delicate items. THD tells you how much of a harmonic distortion present in the voltage and current waveforms.

It is equipped with a 79cc 4-stroke OHV engine, which produces 2000 watts of surge power and 1700 watts of rated power. This output power is sufficient to run small to mid-size appliances and tools.

Also, you can connect another WEN inverter with this unit to increase the output power. All you need is to buy a WEN Parallel Connection Kit to do so.

Fuel Storage Capacity and Runtime: It has a fuel storage capacity of 1 gallon. This generator can run up to 7 hours at half load with a full tank and 10.8 hours at quarter load. It consumes around 0.14 gallons of gasoline per hour.

WEN 56203i also has an Eco-mode. It helps the engine automatically adjust its speed and fuel consumption to meet the load’s requirement. It prevents unnecessary usage of the fuel.

Starting Mechanism: It comes with a traditional pull-start system.

Fuel Shutoff Feature: There is also a fuel shutoff feature that turns off the fuel supply to the generator and allows it to run on the remaining fuel in the carburetor. It limits maintenance and gives users a sense of relief.

Noise Level: WEN 56203i operates only at 51 dB (A) at quarter load.

Power Outlets: Its control panel features two 120 Volt 20 Ampere (5-20R) household outlets, one 12 Volt 8 Ampere DC outlet, and two 5 Volt USB ports.

The 5-20R outlets run your household appliances; the 12 Volt outlet allows you to charge batteries, and the USB ports are for powering your electronics.

Indicator Lights: The overload indicator lights up when you apply extra load to the generator. The low-oil indicator tells the generator is running out of oil. And the output ready indicator indicates your unit is ready to use.

Safety: If we focus on safety features, there is an overload protection feature and a low-oil and low-fuel shutdown. These safety features protect your generator and devices from damage.

Warranty: WEN 56203i comes with a 2-year limited warranty.

Emissions: Both the EPA (Environment Protection Agency) approved and CARB (California Air Resources Board) compliance. That means you can use this generator in all the 50 states of America.

WEN 56203i vs. Generac iQ2000 vs. Honda EU2200i vs. Westinghouse WH2200iXLT

Features Models
  WEN 56203i Generac iQ2000 Honda EU2200i Westinghouse WH2200iXLT
Peak/Rated Watts 2000/1700 2000/1600 2200/1800 2200/1800
Tank Size 1 gal. 1.06 gal. 0.95 gal. 1.3 gal.
Runtime 10.8 hrs (25% load) 7.7 hrs (25% load) 8.1 hrs (25% load) 13 hrs (25% load)
Noise 51 dBA 53 dBA 48 dBA 52 dBA
Starting Mechanism Recoil Recoil Recoil Recoil
Weight 39 lbs. 46.2 lbs. 46.5 lbs. 43 lbs.

 My Opinion:

Pros: WEN 56203i is a fuel-efficient generator. It is lightweight and compact and operates without making a harsh sound. It produces clean sine waves, has a reliable starting mechanism, and comes with excellent safety features.

Cons: It needs frequent oil changes. Also, the electric start mechanism is missing.


What are the pros and cons of using an inverter generator?


  • Inverter generators are highly portable.
  • They produce clean electricity.
  • They run quietly.
  • Also, inverter machines are parallel capable to produce more power.


  • Inverter generators emit harmful carbon monoxide.
  • They are expensive.
  • They can’t produce higher output power.

Does WEN 56203i need an external ground?

It works without the need for an external ground, but safety comes first, so it would be a good idea.

Grounding is an additional layer of safety, but not essential.

What is the advantage of having a fuel shutoff feature?

It shuts off the fuel supply and allows the generator to use the remaining fuel from the carburetor. And after sucking up all the fuel, the engine turns off automatically. This prevents the blockage caused by contaminated fuel inside the carburetor. This helps minimize maintenance and increase the life of the engine.

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