Portable generators are handy for situations that require high-power, such as home backup during power outages, running tools on construction sites, food truck operations, supporting outdoor events, and powering industrial machinery. However, choosing the right one can be challenging. You must consider factors such as sizing, noise levels, and budget among others.
In this article, we’ll compare two popular inverter generator models: DeWalt DXIG3600E and the Engel R3000IE. Each model brings its own set of features to the table and the aim is to help you decide which one suits your needs better.
Performance & Power
Running Power (W): DeWalt DXIG3600E – 3200W, Engel R3000IE – 3500W. The running power refers to the amount of continuous power a generator can provide. It’s important that your devices’ total running watts don’t exceed this number. In this case, both generators could comfortably power appliances like a water heater or an industrial vacuum cleaner each consuming 3000W.
Starting Power (W): DeWalt DXIG3600E – 3600W, Engel R3000IE – 3500W. The starting power is crucial for devices that require a burst of power when starting up which these generators can provide.
Engine type: DeWalt DXIG3600E: 121cc OHV engine; Engel R3000IE: 212 cc four-stroke engine. Both engines are of good quality with the DeWalt having an Overhead Valve (OHV) design leading to increased fuel efficiency and improved output.
The rated output for Engel R3000IE is specified at 3.5 kVA. This considers both real and reactive power; the latter doesn’t do useful work but is necessary for operation of some equipment.
Inverter: Both generators are equipped with inverter technology which provides cleaner power needed for sensitive electronics. They’re also quieter and more fuel-efficient.
Fuel & Run Time
Both models use petrol as fuel.
The DeWalt DXIG3600E has a slightly larger fuel tank capacity at 9 litres, compared to Engel R3000IE’s 8.3 litres. This difference could translate to more run times between refills with DeWalt generator.
While both generators have similar run times, the Engel R3000IE can go for about 8.5 hours at 50% load, slightly outlasting the DeWalt’s 8 hours at 1/4 load.
The DeWalt DXIG3600E is lighter (43kg) and slightly smaller in size than the Engel R3000IE (44.5kg). Both have wheels which make moving them around easier.
Outlets & Parallel Use
Both models have AC outlets – two each – allowing you to power multiple devices simultaneously.
For DC outlets, the DeWalt DXIG3600E offers dual USB ports and a single 12-volt outlet while the Engel R3000IE has one 12-volt outlet rated at 8.3A, suitable for charging phones, laptops or LED lights.
Parallel use is only specified for the Engel R3000IE which means you can hook up two of the same model for doubling your power output.
Features & Usability
Both models provide several user-friendly features, including an electric start system for ease of use, oil alert system for engine protection, and indicators for real-time performance feedback. The DeWalt DXIG3600E goes a step further with LED indicators for fuel and power levels.
DeWalt DXIG3600E operates at 63 dBA, which is slightly quieter than the Engel R3000IE’s 67 dBA noise level. To put this into context, it is somewhere in the range of normal conversation to a vacuum cleaner’s noise.
DeWalt DXIG3600E vs Engel R3000IE Comparison Table
|212 cc, 4-Stroke
|Max / Starting watts
|12V, Dual USB
|AC Frequency (Hz)
|Rated Output (kVA)
|Fuel Tank Capacity
|Run time (Hours)
|8.5 (at 50% load)
|Dry Weight (Kg)
|Size (L x W x H)
|64 x 39 x 45 cm
|59 x 47.8 x 51.1 cm
|Number of AC Outlets
|2 x 240V/15A IP44
|12V, 2x USB
|12V – 8.3A
|Electric Key Start / Recoil
|Recoil & Electric start
|Noise Level (dBA)
If you need more power and prefer a generator having features like LED indicators and electric start system then the DeWalt DXIG3600E might be your best bet. On the other hand, if you want a generator that can run longer and doesn’t mind occasional noise, then Engel R3000IE could be an option. It all depends on what you prioritise in a portable generator.