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WEN 56380i Super Quiet 3800-Watt

WEN 56380i Super Quiet 3800-W Generator Review

When it comes to running appliances especially expensive and sensetive computers, lighting and most RV or Camper equipment. It’s vital that you have a generator that supplies clean and smooth power when needed.

Not all generators run and output smooth power. The risk is that you’ll damage sensitive equipment on start up or as the generator fluctuates in power wattage.

Technical part: With a total harmonic distortion of less than 1.2 percent off from a true sine wave, the WEN 3800 Watt Inverter handles even the most sensitive electronics.

The Wen 56380i has 3400 watts of power to hand with a peak performance of 3800 watts to cover the initial start-up surge. A large 2.2-gallon fuel tank will keep this machine going for over 8 hours from full.

The engine is also huge, at 212cc. Despite this mass, WEN has managed to keep it quiet, only 57 decibels. To preserve the carburetor, the fuel is automatically drained and switch off when the run setting is turned to Auto-Off. This helps with starting after long storage periods.

WEN 56380i Super Quiet 3800-Watt Portable Inverter...
558 Reviews
WEN 56380i Super Quiet 3800-Watt Portable Inverter...
  • Dimensions: 23.2" L x 18" W x 20.1" H | Weight: 110.8 lb
  • EPA III and CARB Compliant
  • 212cc 4-stroke OHV engine produces 3800 surge watts and 3400 rated watts with a half-load runtime of up to 8.5...
  • Fuel shutoff maximizes the generator’s lifespan by using up the remaining fuel in the carburetor before...
  • Produces clean power to prevent damage to sensitive electronics such as smart phones, tablets and laptops

Last update on 2020-10-14 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Pros:

  • Digital display to see fuel levels and load.
  • Automatic fuel shutoff saves taking a panel off to winterize it.
  • Wheels and a handle to transport it.
  • Reliable and tough construction

Cons:

  • It’s not the smallest or lightest generator on the market but you would expect that from a 3400W

Quick Facts:

  • Starting 3800W — Continuous 3400W
  • Fuel Type: Gas
  • Capacity: 2.2 gals.
  • Tank Run-Time @ 25% Load: 8.5 hrs.
  • Noise Level @ 25% Load: 57 dB.
  • Weight: 111 lb. (50.35 kg).
  • Warranty: 2 Years

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Last update on 2020-10-14 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

A great variety of sockets, from a standard 12-volt and USB socket, to duplex 120-volt sockets for normal appliances, plus a 30-amp RV socket. And if that is not enough power, there are parallel connectors, so that you can wire in another WEN generator.

A large engine comes with a lot of weight, 111 pounds, and even two people would struggle to lift it. This model does come with a foldable handle and wheels to make moving it along tarmac easier, but you still need to get it on to the ground.

Controls & Displays

With a simple to use control panel equipped with two 3-prong 120V standard household receptacles, one AC 120V 30A NEMA TT-30R receptacle, one 12V DC receptacle, two 5V USB ports it has all the sockets and displays you’ll ever need.

But in a simple and easy to use and read format.

You also have the ability to improve fuel economy by using the Eco-Mode Function. This feature allows the generator’s engine to automatically adjust its fuel consumption as items are plugged into and unplugged from the panel, preventing the usage of unnecessary gasoline. 

WEN 56380i Super Quiet 3800-Watt Portable Inverter...
558 Reviews
WEN 56380i Super Quiet 3800-Watt Portable Inverter...
  • Dimensions: 23.2" L x 18" W x 20.1" H | Weight: 110.8 lb
  • EPA III and CARB Compliant
  • 212cc 4-stroke OHV engine produces 3800 surge watts and 3400 rated watts with a half-load runtime of up to 8.5...
  • Fuel shutoff maximizes the generator’s lifespan by using up the remaining fuel in the carburetor before...
  • Produces clean power to prevent damage to sensitive electronics such as smart phones, tablets and laptops

Last update on 2020-10-14 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Final Thoughts

This generator is simply put a Beast! Tough, strong, powerful it’s everything you need from a generator that can provide essential power anywhere you go. From construction work, fishing, camping or running your RV whilst parked up it’s perfect.

It’s not the cheapest Generator you can buy it certainly is one of the best in our opinion. Read customer reviews on Amazon here.

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