When you decide you want to buy a generator, you really have to know what you want to use it for. The reason for this is that there are so many generators available and they’re all geared towards different uses, some of which may suit you and some which may not. One of the best ways to inform your choice is to look through a number of portable generator reviews in order to get the information you require about each individual generator. Today I am going to take a closer look at the WEN 56352.
What features does it have?
This is a gas-powered generator which will give you 3,000 running watts and 3,500 starting watts. It has a 4-gallon tank and at 50%-load, it will give you power for around 11 hours. It weighs only just over 100 pounds and measures 23 x 17 x 17 inches.
Is it the right one for me?
The WEN 56352 isn’t going to power a large household with lots of appliances through a stormy day and night. It will, however, provide the opportunity to power less energy-sucking appliances in the event of an emergency. I think this generator is best used primarily as an outdoor power supply. If you’re running an outdoor event or going camping, it’s light, compact and easy to set up.
What I like about this generator
I really like the design. It’s solid, well-built, lightweight and not too big. The user display is clear and straightforward to use. It has three outlets and will give you power for a long time compared to similar generators. It’s also quiet and won’t disturb your sleep if you decide to go leave it on, perhaps to charge your mobile phone or give power to your drinks cooler. Definitely provides good cover in case of emergency situations.
What I don’t like
Being a gasoline powered generator, you won’t realistically be able to keep a lot of fuel in storage – gasoline doesn’t keep well and can be a serious hazard when stored. All of which means that once you’ve run out of fuel, you’re going to have to buy some more (not all that easy in the middle of a major storm). Another thing about gasoline use is that it’s more expensive than fuels such as propane and you’re constantly held hostage by the current price of oil.
Some have commented that this generator is a little tricky to start. Bear that in mind and, if you decide to purchase it, why not practice starting it up a few times so that you don’t have to worry when the lights go out?