The advantage of a portable generator is that you can bring it when going off the grid for camping and you need to power your cooking equipment and radio in your cabin or RV. Inverter generators are more expensive than their counterparts but it is worth all the money. The advantages that the inverter generators offer are portability, high quality power output, high fuel efficiency, parallel capability, quiet operation, easy maintenance and clean electricity. There are many inverter generators that are available on the market with different power and features. Today we are going to see two of them which are Wen 56380i and Predator 3500.
Power & Run Time
The WEN 56380i uses the 212 cc WEN OHV 4-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output 120V, it provides a running wattage of 3400W and a peak wattage of 3800W. The Predator 3500 houses a 212 cc OHV 4-stroke engine, which provides 120V same as WEN and runs on gasoline. It delivers a lower running wattage than WEN at 3000W with a peak wattage of 3500W. Read also: Honda EU3000iS vs Yamaha EF3000iSEB.
The 5380i generates a clean sine wave reaching a <1.2% THD, whereas 3500 reaches <5%, for both generators this means that your sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets. Both inverter generators feature a conventional pull-start mechanism and also a simple electric starter, where the battery is included. In addition, both are also parallel capable but the parallel kit is not included, this means that power can be doubled when linked to another similar or compatible unit.
The noise rate for the WEN and Predator is at 57dBA, that can be said less noisy than rainfall. The fuel capacity of 2.2 gallons allows the 56380i to operate around 8.5 hours at 50% load with a full tank, whereas the 3500 can operate longer for up to 11 hours with a full tank due to its fuel capacity of 2.6 gallons.
|WEN 56380i||Predator 3500|
|Product Dimensions||23.2 x 18 x 20.1 inches||22.75 x 17.3 x 20 inches
|Shipping Weight||110.8 pounds||110 pounds
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The WEN provides 3 AC outlets, which are Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) and 120V 30A (TT-30R) receptacles. Furthermore, it has 3 DC outlets : there is a 12V 8A receptacle with which you may charge your batteries with ease and two 5V USB ports to charge electronics like mobile phones and tablets. On the other hand, the Predator only has 1 DC outlet of 12V 8A receptacle while it also has 3 AC outlets: Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) and 120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle.
Unfortunately the Predator is not RV ready but it still allows for an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor which is included. The WEN generator is RV ready since it has TT-30R.
The dimension for the Predator 3500 is L22.8 x W17.3 x H20 and it weighs 99.2 lbs. The WEN also has the same weight but has a slight difference in dimension at L23.2 x W18 x H20.1. Despite its weight, both inverter generators have a wheel kit and its folding handle that makes it easy to move once placed on the floor.
For the control panels both inverter generators share the same features, there is a digital data center to assist you in monitoring its status and activity, as it provides information on the power output, voltage and lifetime run hours. Additionally there are also the device’s light indicators to show you when the generator is ready, the generator is overloaded and its oil levels are insufficient.
Just like other inverter generators on the market, WEN and Predator have a built-in fuel gauge. As for the security measures these generators feature an overload protection or circuit breaker and an automatic low oil shut-off, letting the users to use it with a peace of mind.For the Predator 3500 the following accessories are included: tool kit, battery charging cables, RV adapter and funnel. For WEN 56380i there is a tool kit and funnel included. Both generators can be usable in forested areas since it has a spark arrestor.
WEN 56380i vs Predator 3500
In the end, both generators share similar power and features but let us take a closer look at the little differences. The WEN 56380i will power more appliances and tools since it has a running wattage of 3400 W and its starting wattage of 3800 W will give more power to start the appliances which require an additional boost to get their motor running. Compared to the Predator which only has a running watts at 3000 W and starting watts at 3500.
As for the fuel efficiency we can say that both have similarities. Moreover, if noise is important for you both devices have a noise rating at 57dBA. Both products also benefit from a wheel kit considering both have a weight of 99.2 which will require more effort to be manually lifted and transported. Neither of these generators will take up less storage space, since they share the same overall bulk. As mentioned before, both generators are safe for your delicate electronics to be plugged in an AC outlet also they are both equipped with a data center. The data center allows users to conveniently monitor some aspects of the power output.
Finally we can say that the WEN 56380i wins over the Predator since it has more power and also wins in terms of the outlets. In addition, the WEN is RV ready than the Predator and for the outlets, the WEN wins since it has 3 AC outlets and 3 DC outlets. This doesn’t mean that the Predator is not the best choice but it is back to your needs. The Predator is also enough for RV traveller, DIY lovers and for camping hobbyists.