Westinghouse iGen2500 Portable Generator Review

Westinghouse iGen2500 is a powerful inverter generator that is quite inexpensive. It delivers more power than most 2000-watt generators. Its power outlets are rubber covered for protection. It operates quietly and has a fuel-efficient engine. Also, it offers a 3-year residential warranty and is both EPA and CARB certified.

Westinghouse iGen2500 power station

Features:

Generator Type: Westinghouse iGen2500 is a closed frame gasoline-powered inverter generator, ideal to use for different outdoor activities such as camping, tailgating, and hunting. Also, homeowners can use it to run their essential appliances during power outages.

Weight and Size: It is a lightweight generator weighing only 48 pounds. It is also compact in size, having 19.8 inches in length, 11.4 inches in width, and 17.9 inches in height. Also, it has a built-in suitcase-style design that makes transportation even much easier.

Engine and Power Output: Westinghouse iGen2500 is powered by a 98cc, 3.4HP Westinghouse 4-stroke OHV engine. It provides 120 volts of output and delivers 2500 watts of peak power and 2200 watts of rated power.

Clean Power: Not only you can power your home appliances and power tools, but you can also run your sensitive electronic devices such as gaming systems, laptops, smartphones, and others.

It produces stable and clean power having less than 3% THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) rating.

Less THD means there is less amount of harmonic distortion present in the electrical signal.

Oil Capacity: Its oil capacity is 11.8 fluid ounces, which is equal to 0.37 quarts.

Parallel Capability: It is a parallel capable generator. It means you can link another Westinghouse inverter generator in parallel to generate more power when needed. But you need to separately purchase the Westinghouse WHPC parallel cord to link two generators together.

Tank Capacity and Runtime: Westinghouse iGen2500 has a gasoline tank of 1 gallon with a fuel gauge. It allows the generator to run up to 10 hours at quarter load and up to 8 hours at half load.

Its gasoline consumption is around 0.1 gallons per hour.

Efficiency Mode: The efficiency mode helps the engine to change its speed and fuel consumption according to the load applied. This speed variation of the engine allows up to 50% higher fuel efficiency as compared to a traditional generator.

Starting Mechanism: You can start the generator easily with a recoil start mechanism.

Engine Control Switch: Westinghouse iGen2500 is equipped with an engine/fuel control switch. It has three settings: Choke, Run, and Off.

Before going to pull the recoil handle, turn the engine switch to choke to start the generator easily. The choke setting allows a richer fuel mixture (more fuel and less air) to reach the cylinder. This helps the cold engine to start easily.

After starting the generator, turn the engine switch to run for normal operation. And when going to switch off the engine, turn the switch off. This setting will use the remaining fuel in the carburetor to run the engine and then shut down the generator automatically.

Noise Level: It is a super quiet inverter, having a noise level of 52 dBA, thanks to its closed frame design and low tone mufflers.

Power Outlets: The control panel of Westinghouse iGen2500 features two AC outlets and two DC outlets protected with covers.

AC outlets include two 120 Volt 20 Ampere (5-20R) receptacles, and DC outlets include two 5 Volt USB ports.

You can power your household appliances with 5-20R outlets and sensitive electronics with USB ports.

Indicator Lights: Westinghouse iGen2500 also has three light indicators.

A low oil indicator tells the generator is running on low oil. The overload indicator light shows that extra load is on the generator. And the output ready light turns green when the generator gets ready to produce the output.

Digital Data Center: It is a very useful feature that displays power output, fuel level, and voltage along with remaining runtime and lifetime hours.

Safety Features: Overload protection safeguards the engine from damage due to overloading. Automatic low oil shutdown prevents the engine from running on the low oil level.

Warranty: If you are buying this generator for residential purposes, you will get a 3-year limited warranty. But for commercial use, you will only get a 1-year limited warranty.

Emissions: The best thing about this generator is that you can use it anywhere in the US. It meets the emission standards of both EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and CARB (California Air Resources Board).

Westinghouse iGen2500 vs. Champion 100889 vs. Pulsar G2319N vs. Honda EU2200i Companion

Features

Models

  Westinghouse iGen2500 Champion 100889 Pulsar G2319N Honda EU2200i Companion

 

Peak/Rated Watts 2500W/2200W 2500W/1850W 2300W/1800W 2200W/1800W
Tank Size 1 gal. 1.1 gal. 1.18 gal. 0.95 gal.
Runtime 10 hrs (1/4load) 11.5 hrs (1/4 load) 8 hrs (1/2 load) 8.4 hrs (1/4 load)
Noise 52 dBA 53 dBA 59 dBA 48 dBA
Starting Mechanism Recoil Recoil Recoil Recoil
Weight 48 lbs. 39.5 lbs. 47 lbs. 46.5 lbs.

My Opinion:

Pros: Westinghouse iGen2500 is quite an affordable inverter generator. It is very solidly built and delivers impressive output power without making noise. It has a fuel-efficient engine, which gives decent runtime. Also, it is parallel capable, easy to start, and features two USB ports.

Cons: You cannot manually control the data center. Also, the customer service from Westinghouse is poor.

FAQs

Does Westinghouse iGen2500 come with a spark arrestor?

Yes, Westinghouse iGen2500 has a spark arrestor. It prevents sparks from coming out of the muffler.

How can I reset the circuit breaker?

The reset breaker will trip if the generator is overloaded. The engine will keep running, but there will be no output from the outlets. Before going to reset the breaker, unplug your devices to decreases the load and then push in the reset button for reset.

Which oil should I use in the beginning?

A bottle of SAE 10W-30 oil comes within the box. So, use it in the beginning. If the temperature in your area is less than 0⁰C, use SAE 5W-30 or if the temperature is above 25⁰C, use SAE 15W-40 oil.

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