WEN 56310i 3100W Inverter Generator

WEN 56310i Quiet Power Generator

This quiet power generator is a great alternative to the bigger brands such as Honda and Yamaha. It comes complete with a 120v 30amp locking RV outlet making it ideal for campers and RVs and only emits 57dB at ¼ load. The 212cc 4 stroke OHV engine has an output of 3100 starting watts and 2800 running watts allowing for a wide range of applications. The collapsible handle and build in wheels make transportation easy and with a net weight of only 81.4lbs this unit is built with mobility in mind. The runtime is 7.5h at ½ load and it comes complete with a 2yr limited warrantee.

Best Feature

For this unit the best feature is not what is has but what it has not. And that is the price tag of its competitors. This quiet power generator retails for half of what much of the competition is going for and still showcases many of the same features. It is as light as the others, has similar mobility features such as built in wheels and is even a decibel or two quieter than some competitors.

 

Power Output

This inverter generator produces 3100 surge watts and 2800 rated watts. Surge/starting watts are for appliances with electric motors such as refrigerators and air conditioners which cycle or require a larger power draw in order to start. These are typically only required for a short duration. Running/rated watts, on the other hand, are the sustained watts constantly required in order to power a device.

As with all inverters reviewed on this website, the power produced is essentially “cleaned” or “smoothed” by the inverting process and is therefore compatible with sensitive electronics such as laptops and smartphones. To learn more about this process click here.

So what can a quiet power generator with 2800 watts power?

Depending on its application you can power quite a bit. In an emergency setting you would be able to run a sump pump, keep your refrigerator functioning and have a few watts to spare for lights and mobile phones. In an RV/recreational setting you would be able to power most appliances simultaneously without hassle. You would be able to handle a 13500 BTU AC unit although it would be prudent to check the wattage requirement specifications on your AC unit prior to purchase. Most will only require about 1500-2000 watts once running, however, startup can require surge watts of about 3000. This may require you to start up the AC unit before adding additional loads though most of your wattage will be dedicated to the AC unit. Most power tools should be able to run off 2800 watts when operating them independently. It is always wise to check the wattage requirements on your tools, however, before making a purchase.

To calculate how much power you will require refer to our usage chart

 

What can a quiet power generator with 2800 watts NOT power?WEN Parallel Kit for Quiet Power Generator

This quiet power generator would be insufficient for powering your home’s electric water heater which demands more power than this unit is able to give. It would also fall short of powering a 15000 BTU AC unit which requires a large level of surge watts. This inverter generator would probably also be insufficient for running larger power tools simultaneously. If you do require an inverter generator for these uses but you do not want to drastically increase your noise pollution by investing in a conventional generator the answer may be running two inverter generators in parallel.

 

Control PanelWEN Control Panel

The control panel consists of a three-in-one power switch, an Eco Mode Switch, three indication lights, a grounding nut and the various outlets which are protected by ‘push-to-reset’ circuit breakers. The power switch allows you to adjust the choke prior to pulling the recoil cable. The Eco Mode Switch allows the engine to run relative to the electrical load being applied. When the load is increased the engine will run faster and loads are disconnected the engine will slow. This allows for better fuel efficiency and reduced noise pollution. The indication lights will notify you if you are low on oil, if the unit is being overloaded and when power is being supplied to the outlets. The grounding nut allows you to ground the unit when necessary such as when supplying electricity via a transfer switch.

 

Outlets

Two 120v 20A 3prong household-syle receptacles.

One 120v 30A RV (TT-30R) outlet- makes hooking up to the RV simple.

Two 5v USB ports to charge sensitive electronics such as laptops and smartphones.

One Parallel Connection Port which enables you to hookup two generators and double your power output. NOTE: the WEN 56421 Parallel Connection Kit is sold separately.

One 12v DC receptacle to allow for automotive style battery charging. When using the DC receptacle make sure to turn off the Eco Mode Switch, as you want the generator to be operating at full throttle. While the generator comes with battery charging cables, charging a 12v battery directly is not highly recommended. This is because there is no automatic shut off and you run the risk of over charging. A better method is to invest in a separate AC battery charger that can then be powered by the 120v outlets of the generator. If, however, you are in a pinch charging directly from the 12v DC outlet will do the trick.

What comes in the box?WEN With Luggage Style Handle

User manual

12v DC battery charging cables

Tool kit for assembly and maintenance

Oil Funnel

Online User’s Manual

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