Are you an avid RV or camper person? Do you need a reliable, portable, easy-to-use generator to power up all of your electrical needs? If the answers to those questions are yes, then it sounds like you need to read a Westinghouse iGen2500 review.
Going out on trips with friends, family, and pets can be an exciting adventure that you want to do over and over again. But nobody needs to have bad memories of what would have been a fun and enjoyable trip, just because they took along a faulty generator.
You want a generator that you can rely on for all of your camping, tailgating, and RV needs, so you’re never stuck in a dark or cold camper in the middle of nowhere.
There are several generators out there that seem quite similar (and some of them are very similar), so it can be difficult to choose which one will work best for you and your family's needs.
So, what exactly is the Westinghouse iGen2500, and what are its features?
WESTINGHOUSE IGEN2500 REVIEW: OVERVIEW
The Westinghouse iGen2500 is a portable inverter generator. It’s light, compact, and portable, making it an easy alternative to powering up all of your electronic needs when you’re camping or RVing.
The iGen2500 has a U.S. Forest-Approved spark arrestor. That means you can put your mind at ease next time you’re out camping in the great outdoors, knowing your generator is a safe way to power up all of your electronic needs. Plus, it’s also CARB and CSA compliant.
To make this generator even safer, it comes with safety features already built into it, such as overload protection and the ability to automatically shut down when it gets low on oil. And if you ever have trouble with it, the iGen2500 digital inverter generator has a three-year warranty behind it and lifetime technical support.
On top of quietly powering all of your electronic needs, it’s lightweight and easy to carry. With a compact design, it only weighs 48 pounds and comes with a carrying handle already built into it, so you don’t have to lug it around awkwardly.
And if you want to check to see how much fuel is left, what the load/output is, how many volts it's using, and much longer it’ll run, glance over to the real-time LED display on it.
WESTINGHOUSE IGEN2500 REVIEW: PRODUCT SPECS
A 98cc 4-stroke Westinghouse engine powers the iGen2500. The engine automatically adjusts how fast it’s engine runs depending on how much power you need. That means you don’t end up with a generator that wastes fuel and energy.
It generates up to 2,500 peak watts and 2,200 running watts. Plus it has 2 USB ports (5-Volt DC) and a 120-Volt AC 20 Amp-household duplex receptacles.
It’s 30 to 50 percent more fuel efficient when compared with a traditional generator, running for up to 10 hours on its 1-gallon fuel tank.
In fact, the iGen2500 uses two different fuel-saving techniques that keep you from using up unnecessary fuel and energy. The first has to do with the type of electrical wave it produces.
Because it generates a pure sine wave, the electrical equipment it’s powering uses much less power than they would use off of regular generators. That means less wear and tear on your generator.
The second way the iGen2500 saves you fuel and money is by reducing the amount of energy and power it uses as needed. Instead of running full-blast every second you have it turned on, it uses finely-tuned electronic controls to monitor how much power it’s required to generate.
However, even with all that power, it runs smoothly and quietly at only 52 dBA. With an acoustic enclosure that’s been double-insulated, asymmetrical cooling fans and low tone mufflers, you’d never know how powerful this generator actually is just by listening to it.
Plus, you can trust it with your more fragile electronics like your laptops, lights, and TVs, not to mention the heavy stuff like refrigerators and gas furnaces.
If you purchase iGen2500, Westinghouse also provides you with an oil bottle, owner’s manual, funnel, and tool kit.
POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE CUSTOMER REVIEW INFO
We checked professional reviews to see what the experts had to say about the iGen2500’s fuel-efficiency, average price, and overall performance. We also took a look at what customers who used the generator for their own RV and camping needs had to say.
Chain Saw Journal did a Westinghouse iGen2500 review and said it is the ideal portable generator for RVs and home backup, with the Machinery Critic also calling it the ultimate portable generator (for RVs and home backup).
Chain Saw Journal highlighted the fact that this generator can save you a lot of fuel and money with its fuel-efficiency techniques. While Machinery Critic highlighted the fact that it’s small, light, and user-friendly.
One pleased customer on Amazon (they gave the iGen2500 a 5-star rating) did point out one problem they ran into. They said they purchased two of these generators to parallel together for their back-up power and camper.
While the review said both generators immediately started up straight out of the box, they struggled with paralleling. When the customer plugged in the parallel cord, both generators tripped on overload.
However, this wasn’t a big deal to the customer, as they pushed the reset button and it began working fine. They used the generators to run the air conditioner, microwave oven, and every other piece of electrical equipment in their camper at the same time and had no more problems.
Two customer reviews who gave poor star ratings said they were extremely disappointed with the iGen2500 once it arrived. They both said it only worked for a few minutes before it died on them. Even after restarting it, it only ran for a few seconds at a time for the one customer.
Amazon customers rate it 4.3 out of 5 stars.
In December 2017, MWE Investments recalled the iGen2500 and another product because they were fire hazards. Four of the generators overheated and caught fire. Although there were no injuries associated with the fires, it is something to consider.
WESTINGHOUSE IGEN2500 REVIEW: COMPARISON TO OTHER MAJOR BRANDS
In this section, we compare the price, engines, power, fuel tanks, runtime, and convenience (quietness, user-friendly, portability) of two other generators from major brands in the market.
WESTINGHOUSE IGEN2500 REVIEW: HOW WE DID IT
For our research, we looked at both reviews done by professional companies who deal with this type of equipment all the time. We also looked at reviews from customers who purchased it for their camping and RV needs.
Our customer reviews came from Amazon, and we read both the positive and negative reviews people left. Therefore, we received a solid idea of how well this generator performs in real life situations.
This generator is very easy to set up and use. It comes with 2, 3-prong 120V receptacles and an AC 120V 30A RV plug. Also, it comes with a 12V DC receptacle and 2, 5V USB ports. It has a runtime of 7.5 hours (half-load) on a 1.85-gallon fuel tank.
The engine is a 212 cc 4-stroke OHV, producing up to 3100 surge watts and 2800 rated watts. It also adjusts fuel consumption depending on the power needs (like the Westinghouse does) and runs quietly as well.
In addition, it has built-in wheels and a collapsible handle to make it easy to transport. Unfortunately, it only has a two-year warranty.
Some customers complained about damage upon the arrival of their generator and that the cons outweigh the pros. They said it wasn't as reliable as it should be and that it wasn't very quiet.
But others say it is quiet and really easy to transport. It has an Amazon rating of 3.6 out of 5 stars.
This generator is also very easy to set up and use. Plus it's quiet and fuel efficient with a 111 cc OHV engine, generating 2,200 starting watts and 1700 running watts. It also has a 1-gallon fuel tank and runs for up to 10 hours straight.
The only problems with it are the short warranty (two years) and the lack of ratings. There are no customer ratings for the product on Amazon or on eBay.
This 3500 watt portable generator from Champion begins with a remote start. And you don't have to worry about whether it will start in cold weather because it has a three-way start and Cold Start Technology. That pretty much guarantees you won't be sitting in the cold for long.
It's not only reliable, it's powerful with 4000 starting watts and 3500 watts thereafter. This powerhouse will run for 12 hours and will power anything and everything you need.
And you don't have to worry about overloading your electronics because this generator has a built-in surge protector for your convenience.
Most customers on Amazon loved this generator, sporting it a 4.4 out of 5 stars.
Happy users say they've had this generator for years and it's never failed them -- taking them through storms, hurricanes, and high-altitude trips. Not only that, it's easy to use.
Others say it's not great quality, customer support is lacking, and their generators failed them when they needed it the most.
WESTINGHOUSE IGEN2500 REVIEW: PROS AND CONS
The biggest pros of the iGen2500 are that it’s extremely fuel efficient, has a warranty that lasts a year longer than 2 other major brands, and can run for 10 hours on only a 1-gallon fuel tank.
However, there are no wheels for the iGen2500, as compared to the WEN’s 56310i-RV. And it's not for running heavy duty power tools.
The other major brands don’t offer an LED real-time display.
However, they’re also easy to use, fairly cost-effective, and have comparable runtime hours and fuel-efficiency.
WESTINGHOUSE IGEN2500 REVIEW: SHOULD YOU BUY IT?
Nobody wants to be stuck with a generator that doesn’t do the job it promised. The next time you decide to take off to the mountains or any other place in your RV or camper, you may want to think about investing in the iGen2500 for your electrical needs.
Whatever generator you decide to go with, you want to make sure that it’s reliable, easy-to-transport, and fuel-efficient
Did you choose to buy one of the generators we mentioned in our Westinghouse iGen2500 review? Let us know in the comment section below.