- Wattage (Gas): 2,000 W / 1,700 W
- THD: < 1.2%
- Noise Level: 51 dBA
- Fuel Type: Gasoline
- RV Ready: No
- Run Time@ 25% load: 10.8 h
- Run Time@ 50% load: 7 h
- Weight: 39 lbs
Table Of Contents
We are proud of our independence and have no ties to manufacturers. To maintain our objectivity, we do not accept free products. Our income is generated by advertising fees paid by retailers for qualifying purchases.
The WEN 56203i has a 79cc OHV 4-stroke engine that runs on gasoline, puts out 120V, and has a running power of 1,700W and a peak power of 2,000W. The generator can also be connected to a second unit for more power (the WEN Parallel Connection Kit is not included). This unit has a low noise rating of 51 dBA, which is just a little louder than a refrigerator. Because of this, we put it on our list of the 10 quietest portable generators. It starts with a simple pull-start. With a full tank, the 56203i can run for up to 10.8 hours (using about 0.09 GPH of fuel), because it can hold 1 gallon of fuel. The 56203i makes a clean sine wave with a Total Harmonic Distortion of 1.2%, so it is safe to plug sensitive electronics into AC outlets (THD).
The control panel has the following two AC outlets: Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R).It also has 3 DC outlets: a 12V 8A receptacle (like a cigarette lighter) so you can easily charge your batteries, and two 5V USB ports so you can easily charge devices like cell phones and tablets.
Some lights let you know right away if the generator is overloaded, if it’s ready to go, or if the oil level is too low.The inverter generator has a built-in fuel gauge, which makes it quick, easy, and convenient to check how much gas is in the machine.The fuel shutoff feature stops the flow of fuel, which lets the 56203i use up the last of the fuel in the carburetor before turning off by itself.This helps prevent the buildup and blockages that can happen when fuel sits in the carburetor for too long.This makes the unit last longer and requires less maintenance.As far as safety goes, you can use the generator without worry because it has an automatic low oil shut-off, overload protection (a circuit breaker), and an automatic low fuel shut-off.The WEN 56203i comes with a tool kit and a funnel, as well as the usual documentation and an owner’s manual to get you up and running quickly.You can also buy a storage cover that is made by the company.
The encased inverter generator design of the WEN 56203i (L17.3 x W11.5 x H17.7 in) makes it look better than any ordinary open frame product.The goal of this modern design is to give recreational users the best way to get power.The 56203i is a portable generator that is light and weighs only 39 lbs.The generator is easy for one person to move, so it can be used anywhere.Its case has a handle that makes it easy to carry.This makes it even more convenient.
The following charts show how some of the most important features of the WEN-56203i compare to other generators with the same power output.
**Fuel efficiency is give in relative percentage, 0 being the lowest and 1 being the highest value. Please see below specification table for actual value.
|Yes, cable not included
|79 cc OHV 4-stroke
|AC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
|Running amps (@120/240V)
|Peak amps (@120/240V)
|Run time @50% load
|Run time @25% load
|Automatic Voltage Regulator
|1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
|1x 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style); 2x 5V USB port
|Low oil, overload and output ready
|Approx. dimen. (L x W x H)
|17.3 x 11.5 x 17.7 in
|Noise (lower limit)
|Low oil, overload and low fuel protection
|Funnel and tool kit
- We compared more than 500 portable generators at 50% load. We found that there is “skewed right” distribution for the difference between 50% load and 25% load and the median comes at 1.43. With this number we converter all the 25% load runtime to 50% load. Same with the propane efficiency, where median is 1.38.
- For some generators where propane runtime was not given, we used NIST 1994 GGE (Gasoline Gallon Equivalent) formula: 5.66 lbs. of propane = 1 gal of gasoline. All propane runtime is for 20 lbs. propane tank (4.7 gallons).
- Unlike many other sites, we actually tried to find out information about each of the above requirements. However, we are human and are therefore capable of the odd oversight or mistake. Please let us know if you spot any missing or erroneous values so that we can fix them.
About the Manufacturer
Nick Anton started WEN Products, an American power tool manufacturer and distributor, in 1951.WEN Products says that its research in random orbital technology contributed to the creation of current chainsaws, soldering tools, and wet sharpeners.The Illinois-based corporation increased the range of power tools that were available through its distribution network, including presses, drills, and of course, power generators.WEN is a distributor, and the majority of the products in its inventory are branded imports from Asian manufacturers.
The WEN 56203i has a warranty that lasts up to 2 years.This warranty may not cover all parts of the generator or may only cover certain parts.Check out WEN’s warranty policies to learn more about the warranty on their generators.You can also call their customer service line at 1-847-429-9263.