WEN 2000-Watt Inverter Generator
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If it weren’t so expensive for a ridiculous experiment, I’d put one of these on the carrier of my e-bike and turn it into a hybrid It’s not that much heavier than the two extra lithium batteries I currently carry with me and they only give me an extra 30-odd miles…
I had been looking for a small inverter-generator for my condo for a couple of years before finally biting the bullet on this WEN generator, the last time it was offered here.
I have only run one gallon through it, for a partial break-in period, so far, but it has run flawlessly. A couple of things:
Oil: I purchased a small syringe (50cc, IIRC) from Walmart to add oil. It takes a little while to get all of the oil in there, but I was able to fill the crank case with oil without any mess.
Noise: This thing is not as quiet as the Honda Invert-generators I’ve heard. It wasn’t as obnoxious as my neighbors generator, but it was loud enough that it might cause condo neighbors to be annoyed by it, were it to be running later in the afternoon or early in the morning. Overall, not bad, and as expected.
Power: I got it up to within 200W of rated power for the last hour and it ran just fine. I used a ceramic space heater and some fans to vary load, and the generator didn’t hiccup at all.
Reliability: Can’t tell yet, but the first four+ hours were flawless. It started on the second pull the first time, and then the first pull on the second time I started it.
When this pops up for sale again I should have the rest of the break-in period complete and will update with any other feedback, if any. I still haven’t figured out whether I want to run this thing every month or two or put it in layup until needed (but still run it yearly, if not needed more frequently.)
Woot’s opening statement:
“It’s power outage season! Grab the WEN 2000-Watt Inverter Generator and let’s practice protocols in the basement!”.
I sure hope people do not run this gas-powered unit in a typical basement (or any other enclosed area)!
Thank you for that practical feedback.
I have a question for the site people. The product is advertised at two different prices. In the email it is listed at 399. On the website it is listed at 499. How do you ensure that you are only paying the lower price?
Is it hard to start? Is it a back breaker?
Its not a matter of if, its a matter of WEN.
So far so good. I bought it last time it was up for the camper. Easy start (2nd pull everytime), powers to full 2000W. Its a touch louder than a Honda, but WAY better than the cheap junk out there. Thankfully, I read the reviews about adding oil, so I took my time with a tiny funnel. No Mess.
Overall, I’d buy again. Hopefully, it’ll hold up and I won’t have to for a long time.
Wen will I buy one of these? Wen hell freezes over. There are better name brand units out there, but they do cost more. Wen you buy this type of item you get what you pay for.
I bought one of these on the mothership earlier this year and it is a very good generator. Easy start and much quieter than the big generators. Not as quiet as the Honda but close.
I don’t know much about generators but would this be sufficient enough for when power is out for a couple of days due to bad weather?
Inverter generators are designed for portability, quietness, and for running surge-sensitive equipment like computers, TVs, satellite boxes, etc.
If you’re looking for something to take camping to efficiently and quietly run a few lights and a TV then this is a good deal.
If you’re looking for something to power a sump-pump or fridge for a few days then you don’t need nor do you want an inverter generator.
Awesome, thanks for the clarification.
The 2-year warranty seems like a plus - assuming WEN (if they even designed/manufactured it themselves) supports it properly.
Funny picture of it in use. Powering up a genset to charge a phone?!? That’s what those wonderful 10,000+ mAh USB battery packs are for aren’t they?
That picture of the guy using it to charge his phone is way more offensive to me than is probably warranted…
Can this be converted to a tri-fuel gen using a 3rd party kit?
This is listed at $399.99; $499.99 is the MSRP. Are you seeing that somewhere else?
Northern Tool offers the Honda EU1000i 900-watt Portable Generator, model no. EU1000T1A, for $699 with free shipping. Plus, coupon code “244825” bags a $100 Northern Tool Gift Card. Assuming you’ll use the gift card, that’s the lowest total price we could find by $100. It can run for up to 8.3 hours at 1/4 load or up to 3.8 hours at full load.