15000 Starting Watts, 12000 Running Watts on Gasoline
Electric Start: Yes
Weighing in at over 350lbs this is one heavy beast of a generator. It's also one of the most powerful portables on the market and comes with quite a hefty price tag to match.
While the power outputs are impressive, no portable generator is designed to run 24/7 like a dedicated standby unit, which can cost a lot more. But if you plan on keeping a good range of appliances powered up during an outage, then this could be the model you may want to consider as well as comparing it to the DurMax XP15000E as a possible alternative.
The Westinghouse WGen12000 is one of the most powerful portable generators. It is housed in a hardened-steel open frame for added strength and durability. The push-button electric start is complemented by a wireless key fob that allows for remote starting.
It's a pretty good solution for providing backup power for your home during blackouts and emergencies and is able to support some heavy-duty jobsite work.
Although the control panel is comprehensive, there are no LED lights to indicate overload, low oil or output ready. There is however a low oil sensor which stops the engine on detecting the level is insufficient for safe operation. It has Yellow Touch Zones for guided access to its main components.
The generator has automatic voltage regulation, Smart Idle control, and a digital Data Center/LED display that cycles through Volts, Frequency, Lifetime Run Hours, and current run time with a "Maintenance Required" reminder when needed.
In addition to the push button electric start/stop (powered by an included battery and battery charger), the WGen12000 also has a wireless key fob so you can easily start the generator remotely from up to 260 feet away. Both methods of starting are backed up by a manual pull recoil cord, which you can use, for example, if the battery is flat.
The receptacles include 2xGFCI 5-20R 120v 20 Amp household duplex outlets, 1x120v L5-30R, 1xTransfer Switch Ready L14-30R 120v/240v 30 Amp twist-lock, and 1x120v/240v 50 Amp 14-50R. All have rubber outlet covers to protect them from the environment. In addition, the panel includes 2x5v USB ports.
An innovative alternative to having a professional electrician install a transfer switch, Westinghouse offer an optional Smart Transfer Switch on this model which you can connect yourself to automatically switch the grid's supply to your portable generator's power.
A fuel gauge is located next to the fuel cap on the top of the generator allowing you to monitor fuel usage. Operating at 50% load, it can run for up to 11 hours from its 10.5-gallon (40 L) gasoline fuel tank.
With EPA Certification and CARB Compliance the WGen12000 can be used in all 50 states.
Like all of Westinghouse's generator product line, this is backed by a 3-year limited warranty (residential) and Lifetime Technical Support.
Here you can see the wGen12000 manual for this model.
Have a look at more information about the dangers of carbon monoxide.
The WGen12000 is powered by an Ultra Duty 713cc OHV V-Twin Westinghouse engine in a cast iron sleeve for long-lasting durability. On gasoline, it produces an impressive 15000 starting watts and 12000 running watts.
As this model uses traditional technology the power output is subject to fluctuations, making it unsuitable for connecting sensitive electronics without the use of a line conditioner/UPS/surge protector.
The specified power outputs have been measured at around sea level. For those who live at higher altitudes the outputs diminish, so this should be taken into account when calculating needs.
Set in an open frame made of hardened-steel with protective roll bars, a foam grip handle, and a lifting hook, the WGen12000 weighs an enormous 352lbs. Westinghouse include a kit of two solid never-flat wheels to make it easier for you to move it around. You may not want to move such a heavy unit often, so watch out for deformations in the never-flat wheels when the generator is left in one place for an extended period. Some owners have replaced the supplied wheels with alternatives, while others have found a way to prop the unit up, thereby taking the weight off the wheels.
The WGen12000 gets 4 and 5-star reviews. It's easy to set up with everything supplied (except fuel). One of its best features is the intelligent idle, which allows the generator to run more quietly when not under load. Owing to its weight, the generator is delivered on a pallet.
Big, noisy, and powerful, the generator is able to easily power a 1770 square foot home's lights, electronics, central A/C, refrigerator and freezer.
The dip stick is useless and it's not possible to put an oil pan beneath the drain plug to catch the oil, making the process of changing the oil potentially a messy business.
There seems to be a design flaw in that the 14-50R 50 Amp outlet is directly above one of the wheels, which interferes with connecting a heavy cord with a right-angle plug.
It's inconvenient to have to remove the battery to connect the leads.
|50A @ 240v 100A @120V
|63A @ 240v 125A @120V
|Fuel Tank Capacity
|10.5 gal (40 L)
|Run Time @ 50%
|Total Harmonic Distortion
|2 Duplex 120v 5-20R GFCI
|1 120v L5-30
|1 120/240v L14-30R
|1 120/240v 14-50R
|2 USB ports
|Lifetime Run Hours
|Low Oil Indicator
|Output Ready Indicator
|Transfer Switch Ready
|ST Switch Ready
|Low Oil Shutdown
|51.2 oz. (1.6 qt)
|Oil Bottle (10w-30)
|Spark Plug + Assembly Wrench
|Remote Key Fob
|12v Battery Cable
|3 Year Limited
|1 Year Limited
|34L x 31W x 35H in.
|35.4L x 24.4W x 33.5H in.
|Dry Unit Weight
|352 lb. (160 kg)
|403.4 lb. (183 kg)