GenTent Independent Lab Testing Online Report
Our own test plan puts twelve GenTent main product features under test across nearly fifty individual tests, however, we have always felt it important to find an experienced, reputable third part independent test that could provide independent claims verification testing. In fact, we offered to develop tests for this category product with Underwriters Laboratory (UL), but since they focus on products that are electrical in nature, UL does not test product such as GenTent. We also have extended an open invitation to the Consumer Products Safety Commission should they ever wish to test the product. This said, we are pleased to have found 360° Product Testing, a company that focuses on product claims testing. This online report provides the results they published in February and March 2015 across two testing periods.
Testing of the GenTent 10K StormBracer Edition was performed with a Westinghouse WH7500E 7500 watt portable generator. The GenTent 10K fits most generators with frame widths between 16” and 22-½”, and frame length between 23” and 32”; the frame of the WH7500E is approximately 20” x 27 ½”. Test occured between January and March of 2015, and covered these important product claims:
- Outlet Moisture Protection
- Snow Load
- Wind Survivability
- Generator Cooling Interference
- Impeding Generator Air Intake
- Materials Auto-Ignition Resistance
- The GenTent canopy did not ignite and melted at a temperature higher than any generator part or surface was observed to reach.
- No discernable temperature difference of the generator, attributable to the GenTent, was found during operation.
- The GenTent did not impede the generator air intake in any significant way.
- When subjected to conditions equivalent to a substantial rainstorm and erratic winds, the GenTent provides moisture protection of the control panel and outlets.
- The GenTent is capable of supporting a snow load greater than is likely to build up on the canopy.
- The GenTent remained attached and undamaged at sustained wind speeds of ≥70 mph from all four sides.