Review of the WEN 56200i Portable Inverter Generator

The WEN 58200i portable generator is a very quiet unit that contains a powerful 79cc OHV 4-stroke gas powered engine. It is both EPA III and CARB compliant, producing 2000 surge watts and 1600 continuous. As a portable inverter, this unit is great for camping, construction work, or power outages at the home.

Its power production is clean and safe to operate, preventing damage to smaller and more sensitive electronics like TVs, computers, and smartphones. The generator contains 2 3-prong 120V openings, as well as one USB port and a 12-volt DC receptor.

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Pure Sine Wave Generation for Clean Power

Thanks to its pure sine wave generator, the unit produces clean energy that does not have voltage spikes or drops that traditional generators generally come with. It runs at just 51 decibels, which is quieter than normal conversation. It’s also extremely portable, with its 1 gallon tank giving over four hors of run time at 50% load.

Speed Control Throttling

A unique feature of the WEN inverter is its speed control throttle. This feature gives the generator the ability to adjust fuel consumption as more items are plugged or unplugged. So it won’t use more gas than it needs to. You can also parallel link it to other generators using a separate kit that will allow you to share wattage over more than one generator. Since it contains low oil and fuel shutdown, you won’t have to worry about the unit overloading or damaging your devices.

Powerful But Portable

For a generator that can be quickly and easily carried by on person, this generator also has plenty of power. It will run sensitive and small devices, but it will work equally well with rebar cutters or circular saws. While it may not be ale to power seriously high running wattage devices, it can definitely power one or two. It would be great for handymen or smaller construction crews — as well as for any camping, hunting, or outdoors trips you have planned.

Why Choose an Inverter Generator?

Unlike conventional generators, which are just engines connected to alternators which run at traditional AC frequency speeds, inverters connect the engine to an efficient alternator. This alternator then produces AC electricity — and then, using a rectifier, it converts AC to DC, while capacitors smooth the power out to clean AC power of necessary frequency/voltage. This produces extremely good regulation and more consistent power regardless of engine speed or type — thus producing cleaner power than conventional generators.

This is very important for microprocessor-power devices like phones, consoles, printers, or even some kitchen appliances. Without clean power, these electronics can be damaged, which is why inverter generators are so important.

Simple Construction and Design

Inverter generators are also extremely simple and well constructed. Conventional models are fairly simple to maintain, but also require a lot of refueling. Inverter generators, on the other hand, are very portable, simple, and well-constructed. They’ll last for a long time, and their handy parallel connection capability allows them to amp up the power level to as many watts as you need.


The WEN 56200i Inverter Generator is a great little powerhouse of wattage, packing many advanced features as well as high-performance output. Thanks to its extremely low price, it’s also one of the most affordable generators on the market.

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