WEN 56180 Portable Generator


The main reason I purchased the WEN 56180 portable generator was for emergency home power back up. I also purchased it for occasional camping. I had read a lot of great reviews, and as it turns out, this generator is perfect for my budget and my needs.

Power & Performance

The generator came completely undamaged and ready to go. Unpacking and the set up were simple, quick and easy. The generator weighs 50lbs, so it shouldn’t be hard for one person to unpack it without the help of others. The handles were extremely easy to put on, and the manual was simple to follow. WEN even sent all of the tools required to set it up.

This generator handles 1800 surge watts and 1500 running watts. (It’s very important not to overload it, so remember the wattage of everything together when you are using it) It meets certain EPA guidelines (EPAIII), and it’s CARB compliant. The generator includes two AC120V 12.5A three-prong wall outlets and one cigarette-lighter-style 12V DC outlet. This generator is pull start only, and after adding fuel to it, it took just one pull to get it going and it started immediately. I let it run for about 15 minutes before using it for the first time, but I don’t think this is necessary. It’s sort of noisy but not nearly as noisy as I thought it would be. I’ve used it twice now, and it’s been extremely fuel efficient. I plugged in a small fridge while camping, three cell phones and a night light and it lasted all night, and still had half of the fuel left in the morning.

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Safety Features

The generator is EPAIII and CARB compliant- so they’ve past the strictest safety tests, and of course this means the generator is safe for the environment. Being EPAIII and CARB compliant ensure fuel efficiency and durability as well. The generator also comes with a digital hour meter that alerts you when the engine needs maintenance, which might not be a safety feature per say, but it falls along the same lines because without it, you may never know when you need to get the generator serviced. Anyone who’s ever had a generator before knows that they need service regularly.

Control Panel Features

The control panel is not fancy. It has a big red on/off power switch, 2 3 prong AC120V 12.5A outlets, a circuit reset and a cigarette lighter plug in. It’s very simple and user friendly.

Easy to start
Lightweight and portable, you can take it anywhere- important especially in emergency situations
Easy controls
Wen has great customer service and support and parts are readily available
Extremely fuel efficient
Extremely durable
No need to worry in times of emergency as you can still use your kitchen appliances and charge your phones
I wish there were an electric start and a pull start wasn’t needed
There is no fuel filter, which most generators have, so there’s a worry that there will be a clog that chokes the engine
It’s a little noisy, not nearly as bad as I thought it would be but it’s definitely not silent
The Final Verdict
First I want to say- you should always plug an extension cord into the generator and then plug in your electrical devices, and don’t keep the generator in your basement or garage.

This is a very nice portable generator that has great fuel efficiency and it’s small, lightweight and portable. You can use it at home for your appliances if you have a power outage, or you can use it camping or for a get together or party after the sun goes down. It’s going to make a little noise, but it’s not that loud and it’s very tolerable. This generator is perfect for someone who is worried about keeping minimal power at home in the event of a power outage, and it’s definitely not meant for a person who wants to back up all of their electricity during such an event.

The WEN 56180 Portable Generator has a very simple manual, and it’s extremely user friendly. This durable machine is a great buy at under $200, and it will give any homeowner peace of mind. It would make a great Christmas gift for dad or grandpa! WEN products are some of the best on the market, and this one has earned 5 out of 5 stars for certain!

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