Westinghouse Generators – Leading the way in powering up campsites

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Westinghouse Generators – Leading the way in powering up campsites

Westinghouse Generators – Leading the way in powering up campsites

Westinghouse has been a reputable and household brand name around the world for over a century, most commonly known for their appliances, the Westinghouse brand grew from years of research and development, predominantly in the area of mobile power solutions.  Westinghouse now has an extensive range of generators to cover home, work and play, with their digital inverter generators now leading the way when it comes to power for the caravan and camping enthusiast. With five units of varying size there is a unit to suit almost any camping need, we take a look below at how Westinghouse developed some of the best generators in the market.

The Westinghouse Family of Camping Generators

The Westinghouse History

The history of Westinghouse dates back to 1865 when a young George Westinghouse patented the rotary steam engine. This was soon followed by the railroad air brake in 1869 and founding of the Westinghouse Electric company in 1886.  In 1888 Nicola Tesla develops the first alternating current motor and begins working for Westinghouse. By 1891 Westinghouse developed the words first industrial AC system, going on to beat Thomas Edison in the ‘War of the Currents’.
Westinghouse also installed the hydro power generators at Niagara Falls and developed steam turbine driven generators.

The Westinghouse Electric Company c. 1886

In 1914 they entered the home appliance market, delving into radio technology, and by 1941 instrumental in producing power on a larger scale at Grand Coulee Dam. Other achievements include airport runway lighting at Idlewild International Airport, and gas turbines in the late 1940’s.  They have even built reactors for nuclear submarines, and their cameras were used to capture the first moon walk.  With this much technology behind them the next natural step was to harness this energy in small portable units and in 2011 the first line of portable generators was released.

Westinghouse AC Generators at Niagara Falls supply power to Buffalo, New Your c. 1896

The Westinghouse Range of Camping Generators

The full range of Westinghouse generators has harnessed years of experience to develop what is fast becoming the leading brand of generator in the market.  Each unit is built under the same stringent guidelines Westinghouse has set down to ensure its success over the long haul.   Because Westinghouse understand there are many different types of campers, they have come up with a range of models that are sure to suit individual needs.   Whilst there is a full  range of commercial generators to add to the list, we have selected the 5 most popular models that will be suit campers and caravanners.

While many campgrounds provide power as part of the amenities and facilities which are included at the park, there are also many attractive, peaceful sites in some of the more out of the way destinations that do not give you the opportunity to just plug in. It’s then that you’ll appreciate making the smart decision to pack your own power source.

iGen1200

1,200 Starting Watts / 1,000 Running Watts
Lightweight and Easy to Carry 15 kg with Handle
Ultra-Silent Running from only 51 dB(A)
Up to 15 Hours Run Time with 2.8 Litre Fuel Tank
Digital Inverter Technology – Safe for Electronics
2-Year Domestic Use Warranty (conditions apply)

The iGen1200

iGen2200

2,200 Starting Watts / 1,800 Running Watts
Lightweight and Easy to Carry 21 kg with Handle
Ultra-Silent Running from only 51 dB(A)
Up to 19 Hours Run Time with 4.3 Litre Fuel Tank
Digital Inverter Technology – Safe for Electronics
2-Year Domestic Use Warranty (conditions apply)

The iGen2200

iGen2500

2,500 Starting Watts / 2,200 Running Watts
Lightweight and Easy to Carry 21.5 kg with Handle
Ultra-Silent Running from only 51 dB(A)
Up to 17 Hours Run Time with 4.3 Litre Fuel Tank
Digital Inverter Technology – Safe for Electronics
2-Year Domestic Use Warranty (conditions apply)

The iGen2500

iGen4500

4,500 Starting Watts / 3,700 Running Watts
Push-Button Electric Start with Battery Included
Ultra-Silent Running from only 51 dB(A)
Up to 24 Hours Run Time with 13.5 Litre Fuel Tank
Digital Inverter Technology – Safe for Electronics
2-Year Domestic Use Warranty (conditions apply)

The iGen4500

2400i

Westinghouse have perfected Digital Inverter Generator Technology especially with the 2400i pure sign wave inverter model.  The 2400i’s pure sine wave power output is generated in a 3-step computer-controlled process, unlike a standard generator that uses the raw power output from a hardwired alternator.  And whereas a standard generator’s engine must run constantly at full speed, the 2400i’s engine operates more efficiently by running at varying speed according to the power demand.

2,400 Starting Watts / 2,100 Running Watts
Lightweight and Easy to Carry 20 kg with Handle
Ultra-Silent Running from only 51 dB(A)
Up to 24 Hours Run Time with 5 Litre Fuel Tank
Digital Inverter Technology – Safe for Electronics
2-Year Domestic Use Warranty (conditions apply)

The iGen4500

Features

Below are just some of the features that are built into the Westinghouse range of generators.  Click on each feature to see more.

With their highest-in-class maximum power outputs, Westinghouse iGen digital inverter generators let you operate more of your electrical devices.

Long Running
Long-range fuel tanks coupled with high-efficiency engines and ECO throttle control deliver up to 24 hours run time depending on the iGen model.

The iGen series offers you easy manual starting first time, every time no matter whether the engine is hot or cold. Simply follow the instructions.

Westinghouse generators are designed for easy and safe use with yellow coloured touch points that guide you to the controls required for normal operation.

No need to look for a key or reach for the recoil starter, with selected models you can be up and running in seconds by one touch on the electric-start button.

Digital inverter technology delivers pure sine wave power that’s safe for all of your electronic equipment such as TVs, computers, tablets and mobile phones.

Easily carried by one person, the iGen 1200,22200 & 2500 each have an ergonomically designed handle Incorporated in the generators casing.

The iGen series is exclusively powered by Westinghouse 4-Stroke OHV petrol engines incorporating the latest US EPA and Australian emission controls.

The iGen4500 is equipped with fixed and extendable handles and also Never-Flat wheels so you can move it about safely with minimal effort.

Built-in automatic safeguards reliably protect your investment against potential damage caused by low engine oil level or electrical system overload.

Advanced design of the engine and outer casing enables all iGen models to run ultra-silently from only 51 dB(A), which is barely audible.

All of the engine and electrical controls as well as the electrical outlets are clearly labelled and intuitively positioned.

ECO throttle control minimises fuel consumption by automatically adjusting engine speed to match the electrical power demand.

Everything you need to get started is conveniently provided in the box with your new generator. No assembly required. Just add petrol and enjoy!

If you want to service your own Generator but are not sure how, Westinghouse have made the process super easy by colour coding all the bits and pieces you need to touch. Their unique yellow coloured touch points guide you to the control and parts of the unit that you need to touch or use. It makes servicing a breeze.

How to Select Your Generator

Not sure what size Generator you will need???  Westinghouse have made that easy too with guide on how to work out the best size for your camping needs.  Simply follow the steps below…

1. Identify the devices you want to power simultaneously. Record the starting power and running power demands of each device in Watts.

2. Add up the running power of all devices. This total must be less than the generator’s rated running power output.

3. Identify the device with the highest starting power demand. Add this value to the running power demands of the other devices. This total must be less than the generator’s rated starting power output.

4. Select either a Professional or Utility Series generator for standalone plug and socket connection to portable electric devices. The RCD safety switch equipped PRO models offer you the best protection against electric shock as per Australian WH&S Regulations.

5. Or select a Utility Series generator if your application requires it to be connected to a fixed electrical installation by a licensed electrician. The RCD safety switch fitted to the PRO models will trip on load if connected to a multiple earthed neutral (MEN) electrical installation.

Working out Power Demands
To assist your further in working out the best generator for your needs, Westinghouse have provided a useful table that shows approximate wattage usage for most household appliances.  Although the table shows many items used around the house, many of these similar items are now used in caravans.  It should be remembered that the table is an approximate guide only as to the running and starting power demands of common devices. There are large variations in the performance of different makes and models of electrical devices and the manufacturer’s specifications are often inaccurate or misleading. High power, low duty cycle devices such as welders and plasma cutters are especially problematic in this regard.  It is recommended that the generator and powered devices be trialed to ensure that the combination performs to your satisfaction.

Download the Westinghouse watt estimator guide

For more detailed generator selection advice, refer to the consumer guides at westinghouseoutdoorpower.com.au

Warranty & Service

All Westinghouse generators are backed by a two year domestic warranty. Westinghouse also provide an Australia wide dealer network catering for maintenance, repairs, services and genuine spare parts. This is essential if using your generator whilst out camping or travelling around Australia.  Below you can download the full list of Service Agents.

Where can you get them?

Great news, the Westinghouse range of Generators is now available in the FRC Shop. Follow the link below for more information on each unit and pricing. Special Premium Member offers are available on these items.

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