Not every generator that is suitable for domestic users has to be large, bulky, and heavy, as the Wen 56200i 2000 Watt Inverter Generator proves. It is small and lightweight to the extent that it can be carried to wherever it is needed.
Given the diverse range of products they manufacture, such as generators, power tools, lawn and garden machinery, and accessories of all kinds, it is more than likely you will have either used or seen the distinctive orange and black WEN branding.
It is certainly apparent on the WEN 56200I portable generator, which is just one of around 25 different generators which WEN produces. Their portable range which is styled in the same way as this one has around 6 versions, each with different power outputs.
The 56200i was the second to be released and followed the original portable generator (WEN 56125i) which has a 1250 watt output versus 2000 watts which this successor has.
Who is This Product For?
Portability is certainly the name of the game when it comes to assessing who would most benefit from using this generator. That means those who might need a generator in more than one location — such as their main home and their place of work, or their main home and a holiday home or fixed caravan.
Those whose job or business involves working in multiple locations, and in particular, multiple outdoor locations, will also love it. That is because it is so easy to transport, it doesn't take up much space, and carrying it is a breeze given that it only weighs 50 lbs. and has a molded carrying handle.
Unlike many generators that come with multiple components that need to be assembled or attached, you will be pleased to know that nothing like that is needed with this Wen generator. In fact, the only item in the shipment is the generator which should be ready to operate as soon as you fuel it.
Overview of Features
Portability is certainly going to one of this generator's biggest appeals, and with a weight of just 48 lbs. and a carry handle, it can be taken to whichever locations you need power.
It is easy to set up and using it is also very straightforward, thanks to the clearly laid out control panel.
In terms of powering tools etc., you have two standard 120-volt outlets, a 12v outlet and for those that want to be able to use cellphones, and other portable devices, there is a 5v USB port too.
Should ever need extra power, you can parallel connect a second generator, provided it is a Wen inverter generator.
Finally, one point that will interest many of you, and that is the quiet operation, which a number of users have commented on, and means the neighbors aren't going to be complaining about the noise.
How to Use It
We will say what we normally say at this point and that is regardless of your knowledge or experience of a product like this, you should always read the operating instructions to ensure that you do so safely. To that end, there is a 28-page user’s manual.
Some of the basic operating steps in getting started is to add engine oil and based on the engine case capacity, the amount is around 0.37 quarts.
Next, you will be adding gasoline, with unleaded gas being the type you should use to fuel the generator. Thereafter, you need to ground the generator which protects you from electric shock.
Once these initial steps have been completed the generator should be ready for use.
The process to start the generator has a few simple preliminary steps, such as turning certain switches to particular positions. Then you pull on the starter handle twice — slowly once, until you feel resistance, and then a quick pull to start the generator.
- Very quiet operation
- Lightweight and can be carried
- Can be used to power electronic devices
- Option to parallel with another generator
- Eco mode for fuel efficiency
- Case is easily damaged if bumped
- No wheels to make moving it easier
If you like the concept of being able to easily move your generator to wherever it is needed but want more power than the WEN 56200i can offer you, then a possible alternative is the Champion 3400-Watt Dual Fuel Generator.
In terms of size, it is comparable with the WEN generator, and while it may weigh more, this is overcome by the fact that it has wheels, and therefore can still be moved easily. Best of all you have a 3400W output which is almost 50% more than the Wen can offer you.
There is an expression that says, “The best things come in small packages,” and that can certainly be applied to the Wen 56200I Portable Generator.
It is perfect for anyone who needs a generator that can be taken to any location, and once its running it can power just about appliance or power tool you want, and that includes electronic devices too.