The Westinghouse model WH2200iXLT inverter generator creates 2200 watts at its peak and 1800 watts in continual mode. What are the pros and cons of this inverter generator? What information would consumers want to know before buying this inverter generator? We’ll answer these questions and more.
Pros of the Westinghouse 2200 Watt Inverter Generator
All inverter generators are quieter than traditional generators. This inverter generator is quiet for that type of generator. It puts out only 60 decibels at noise when running at half load.
This gas powered portable generator is CARB compliant. It is so efficient it is legal to sell in California.
Like many inverter generators, it produces power with less than 3% total harmonic distortion, making it safe for charging your laptop or cell phone. However, you need to turn on load circuit breakers one at a time with a few seconds between them or else the line frequency will change – and that will damage your electronics.
Many inverter generators can be connected with each other to supply even more power. The WH2000iXLT model can be connected to other model WH2000iXLT or WH2400i digital inverter generator via a Westinghouse brand parallel cord to deliver power to your campsite or RV. This provides 3600 running watts, which more than adequately covers anything you need to power when camping or most appliances in an RV.
The generator has a low oil shutoff. Some units this cheap lack that safety feature.
The unit is easy to assemble.
The Westinghouse generator has both an electric start charged by the battery and a pull start. If the alternator fails to charge the battery, you can still pull start it. However, if the issue recurs repeatedly despite periodically using the generator, you’ll want to have it serviced because there is an issue with the battery or the alternator. You should ideally run it once a month with a load to prevent this problem in the first place.
Cons of the Westinghouse 2200 Watt Generator
Some units develop problems due to faulty internal fuel cuff-off valves, and getting service for the issue is difficult since the issue doesn’t occur until a year or two after purchase.
In general, if the unit is defective from the get-go, getting service for it under the warranty is difficult.
If the starter switch has problems soon after you buy it, it will quickly stop working at all.
Observations about the Westinghouse Model WH2200iXLT Portable Generator
At 43 pounds, this is neither the lightest nor heaviest portable inverter generator on the market.
This generator comes with a two year limited warranty. The United States division of Westinghouse began the process of bankruptcy in 2017 due to serious financial losses in its nuclear power plant division. While the company is likely to stay open, this isn’t certain. Whether or not you’ll be able to find replacement parts or warranty work from the company long term is at this point unknown. This will not make it easier to find service for existing Westinghouse generators. The biggest complaint of many is that Westinghouse tells you to take the units to a service center at your own expense, even if there is only one in the state.
It comes with a 1.3 gallon gas tank. There is not a natural gas conversion kit from Westinghouse for this generator, but some customers report being able to make the conversion with universal conversion kits. Do not let the generator run out of gas when it is running or the generator wear and tear will be severe as it is starved for fuel. Turn it off and refuel it before it starts lurching.
Don’t store this generator with gas in it, because this increases the odds of later mechanical failure. If it won’t start after sitting in storage, draining the fuel tank and carburetor, putting in fresh fuel and trying to restart it may work. If it doesn’t, the unit requires service. To prevent this problem, either drain gas from it entirely before storing for any length of time or put fuel stabilizer in the fuel before you store it, in case you don’t know when you’ll next need it. The fuel stabilizer helps keep the carburetor clean.
This is an affordable inverter generator with the capacity to run your campsite or connect with another Westinghouse generator to run your RV. The generator is able to recharge sensitive electronics or heavier appliances. It needs some maintenance and care to prevent problems, but if there are problems, arranging service is a challenge now that may get worse over time.