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Portable generators are no longer just for those inclined to take their lives off the grid and construction site operators. As more and more of us are seeing, the ability to power your home quickly and reliably during a natural disaster or extended power outage can be a saving grace for your family.
Portable generators allow you to keep your refrigerator running, keep the heat pumping, the lights on, and more — all with little more than an outlet and a switch.
Today’s portable generators come in several different styles, offer multiple outlet options, and give you the ability to keep your family safe during a power outage. They also keep your food truck running without interruption and ensure your RV trip isn’t cut short because of lack of power.
The exact generator model you choose depends on a few factors that include:
- Budget: Regardless of the model you choose, a generator is not an inexpensive purchase. For those with sporadic power needs, a basic and cost-effective model will likely suffice. For those who plan on using their generator regularly, or in multiple locations, spending the extra couple hundred dollars on a high-end model will end up being more than worth it.
- Lifestyle: Are you looking to run your generator every weekend at a festival? Do you need to be able to power all your household appliances? Or are you simply looking for the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’re prepared in the event of an unforeseen disaster? The answers to these questions will guide your buying decisions.
Whether you’re worried about protecting your family during a blackout, or in need of a reliable power source for your next RV adventure, the Westinghouse WGen5300DFcv 5300-Watt Dual Fuel Portable Generator has got you covered.
A Westinghouse Overview
Founded in 1886 as a subsidiary of the Westinghouse Electric Company, Westinghouse wasted no time proving itself to be a leading innovator. Today, the distinctive “Blue and W” is recognized as one of the most reliable companies in the United States and its generators consistently top “best of” lists across the country.
What inspires customers to consistently turn to Westinghouse generators for their power needs? Simply put, the trust that comes from 150 years of proven reliability and customer satisfaction. When a company manages to keep its reputation for reliability intact for over a century; you know they’re the real deal.
What else are customers raving about?
Advantages of Westinghouse Generators
- Exceptionally responsive and helpful customer service representatives located across the country.
- Engines that are designed in North America and manufactured in Westinghouse-supervised facilities in China and Vietnam.
- A commitment to quality control
- Design plans that keep ergonomics, sustainability, and convenience at the top of the priority list
- User-friendly control panels, reliable construction, and tested and proven safety
- A commitment to sustainability and eco-friendliness
Designed by America’s leading engineers and manufactured in China and Vietnam, Westinghouse offers a range of traditional and inverter portable generators. Deciding which Westinghouse generator is right for you depends on a few factors (price points, lifestyle, etc). Regardless of which you choose, the brand delivers on its promise to power your home, RV, fairground, festival, or campsite safely and reliably.
Boasting a 14.5 hour run time and remote start capabilities, the Westinghouse WGen5300DFcv works just as good as a backup power source for your home as it does for your RV. This generator powers sump pumps, RVs, homes, home appliances, air conditioning units, food trucks, and more with ease and reliability.
Environmentally conscious consumers love the company’s commitment to eco-friendly design and the generator’s EPA and CARB compliance credentials. They all appreciate safety features like an automatic low oil shutdown, automatic voltage regulation, rubber outlet covers, and automatic overload protection. The sale and purchasing of the WGen5300 are permitted in all 50 states.
A hardened steel frame houses an incredibly powerful engine (with a cast iron sleeve). Foam grip handles, never-flat tires and a uniquely compact design make the Westinghouse 5300 dual fuel generator a perfect tag along for road trips, festivals, and more. With estimated fuel consumption of just 0.35GPH per hour, the WGen5300 is one of the most fuel-efficient models on the market today and allows you to access the power you need for over 13 hours at a time before needing to refuel.
Note-worthy Features of the Westinghouse WGen 5300
- Push-button remote start capabilities
- 13+ hours of run time on a single tank of gasoline or propane
- Home and RV ready transfer switch that allows users to easily switch from powering their home to powering their RV without the hassle
- Foam grip handles for safe and comfortable transport
- Compact size and never-flat wheels for portability
- 120//240-volt selector switch
- RV-ready RR-30R 30-amp receptacle and a transfer switch ready L14-30R 30-amp receptacle
- Single cord RV hook-up capabilities that eliminate the need to pack multiple extension cords and power strips
Not only does the Wgen5300 come with safety covers for outlets and automatic shut-off settings, but all generators are also tested to ensure they contain as little residual oil and fuel odor as possible. This reduces the risk of fires and unsafe air quality.
The dual-fuel operation easily switches from gas to propane without having to shut the machine off. A volt switch protector allows you to supply as much power as needed. The WGen5300’s transfer switch provides all the power you need for your home without the headache of mixing and matching extension cords and power strips.
At Westinghouse, eco-consciousness, safety, and user-friendliness are paramount in everything the brand does. They offer a three-year limited-service warranty that covers parts, labor, and services to ensure your satisfaction. If for whatever reason, the generator isn’t the right one for your family, the company has a 30-day return policy.
The Westinghouse WGen5300 comes with oil, oil funnel, propane hose, tool kit, wheel kit, user’s manual, and 3-year limited warranty (covering services, labor, and parts). If needed, the Westinghouse customer support representatives can be reached at 855-944-3571.
Westinghouse WGen 5300-Watt Generator: Power Capabilities
The Westinghouse WGen5300 DF can power your home, campsite, and worksite without any issues. Read on for a comprehensive overview of what exactly can be powered by the WGen (along with some helpful tips about how many appliances can be powered at the same time).
|Sump pump||Radiant heater||Table saw|
|Furnace fan||RV fridge||Grinder and similar power tools|
|Energy star refrigerator||Hairdryer and grooming appliances||Paint sprayer|
|Electric range stove||Toaster oven||Bug zappers|
|LED light bulbs|
What’s more? The WGen5300 can power each row’s items at the same time without short-circuiting (based on a max load of 80%). Gone are the days of having to choose between powering a sump pump and keeping food from spoiling in your fridge!
Pros and Cons
When customers speak of the WGen5300, the reviews are almost always positive. Even in the most densely forested areas, safe use is guaranteed by the spark arrestor. The few complaints users do have relate to how loud the machine can get and its weight. While not the lightest model available, the Westinghouse WGen5300 makes up for its size with wheels that won’t go flat on your and handles that are easy to grip as you maneuver your generator. While the generator does not come with an official data display console, a built-in fuel gauge makes it easy to quickly check gas levels.
Overall, the Westinghouse WGen5300 Dual Fuel Portable Generator checks all the boxes in terms of usability, reliability, durability, and power.
Customers love the ability to easily grab the generator and go, quickly shifting from powering your home to powering your RV and back. For those shopping for their first portable generator, Westinghouse will spoil you into never settling for poorer quality machines.
Yes, Westinghouse portable generators have earned a reputation for being user-friendly, reliable, and affordable. Almost unanimously, they’re considered some of the best generators available today.
While suitable for anyone with backup power needs, Westinghouse portable generators work exceptionally well for RV adventurers who want to take their travels to the next level, food truck owners looking to keep their truck running without interruption, and homeowners who want to be prepared for the next power outage.
No. Westinghouse generators produce a high amount of THD (approximately 23%). While this allows the generators to effortlessly power your home and RV, it is too high for use with sensitive appliances and is not recommended for their use.
A WGen5300 can run for over 13 hours on a single full tank. That means it can run overnight without you having to get up and refuel. WGen5300 generators can go years without needing repairs or replacement parts.
Each WGen5300 comes equipped with three kinds of AC outlets. These include two Duplex 120V 20A, one 120V 30A receptacle, and a 120/240V 30A receptacle. These options allow for use in nearly any environment.
The Westinghouse WGen5300 is “smart switch ready.” This means that your generator will automatically transfer power from your home or RV’s main power system to the generator in the case of a power outage. You will, however, need to purchase the Westinghouse ST Switch to enable this capability.
Yes, the WGen5300’s open-frame design was built to withstand rough, outdoor use and can be raised above ground level when needed. While heavier than other generators, the WGen5300’s wheel kit and folding handle allow for easy transport despite its weight.
While all Westinghouse generators are designed by leading engineers in the United States, the actual manufacturing takes place in Westinghouse-supervised facilities in China and Vietnam.
Yes, Westinghouse customers have access to a nationwide network of highly trained and incredibly friendly customer service representatives who are able to troubleshoot technical issues, guide you in securing replacement parts, and more. A 3-year limited warranty gives users access to labor, service, and parts without additional charges. The customer service team can guide you on how to troubleshoot issues quickly and effectively.