Zoom on the Dewalt DXGN7200
In summary, the Dewalt DXGN7200 is a portable generator especially useful for:
- Food truck owners who do not wish to see their business interrupted under any circumstances
- Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
- Professionals who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working
- RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
In the sections ahead, the power characteristics, availability of various outlets, the portability, and any additional features of the device shall be discussed, including its emission compliance information.
Power & Run Time
The Dewalt DXGN7200's core is the 389 cc (11.7 hp) Honda GX390 OHV 4-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120/240V, it provides a running wattage of 6100W and a peak wattage of 7200W.
With a noise rating of 79 dBA (less noisy than a shower), the generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism, but also a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery not included).
The fuel capacity of 8 gallons allows the DXGN7200 to operate for around 13 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.62 GPH).
As the DXGN7200 has a relatively high THD (<6%), it is not recommended to use it to power sensitive electronic devices.
The control panel includes the following 6 AC outlets:
While this Dewalt generator is not RV Ready, its L5-30R receptacle can be used for a simple RV connection with an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. Besides, as it features a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the DXGN7200 is transfer switch ready: in case of a power outage, you will be easily able to connect it to a breaker box and power your household.
The dimensions of the Dewalt DXGN7200, which are L30.5 x W21.3 x H24.8 in, and its typical, open frame design provides stability and enables the generator to be raised above ground level. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy outdoor use.
While the generator is considered to be technically 'portable' (in the sense that you can move it), manually lifting and transporting it may be challenging, due to its high weight of 195 lbs.
Further safety during transport, loading and unloading of the device is provided by a lift hook, which is placed on the top of the generator's frame.
One of the many DXGN7200's features is the data center, included in its control panel, which conveniently provides information on the lifetime run hours and thus, helps you monitor its activity and status.
The generator allows for a quick, easy and convenient assessment of its gas level, as it is equipped with a built-in fuel gauge.
From a security standpoint, the product offers an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, allowing you to use it with a peace of mind.
Besides the features previously mentioned, accessory-wise, the Dewalt DXGN7200 comes with the usual documentation and owner's manual (opens in a new tab) needed to get you promptly started.
The Dewalt DXGN7200 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 50 states, including California.
Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, making it usable in forested areas.
The Dewalt DXGN7200 versus other generators
The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Dewalt DXGN7200 compare to generators of similar power (between 5500 and 6500 W).
- Since the generator weighs in at a dry weight of 195 lbs, the Dewalt DXGN7200 belongs in the expected weight range for devices which can produce between 5500 and 6500 rated watts. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Pulsar G65BN, weighing just 126 pounds.
- As this generator has its lowest possible noise of 79 dBA, it should be considered noisier compared to its peers of a comparable running wattage. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Honda EU7000iS. With just 52 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
- As the DXGN7200 features an autonomy of around 13 hours at 50% load, it has a higher run time than an average generator of its power range. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Cat RP5500, which is able to run for around 15 hours.
- While the run time is an important parameter, it is dependent on the fuel tank’s capacity and thus, doesn’t say much on its own unless we consider fuel consumption as well. This generator has an average fuel consumption among comparably powerful devices, as it reaches 0.62 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Lifan ESI 7000iER-EFI. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.38 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.
As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 5500-6500W generators, the Dewalt DXGN7200 is on the average side of the price range.
Therefore, this generator nicely fits in the expected budget for this kind of product.
The bottom line
- In the expected price range
- GFCI Outlets
- Honda engine
- Electric start
- High run time
- Decent weight (195 lbs)
- Decent fuel efficiency
- Battery not included
- No remote start
- On the noisy side (79 dBA)
Features and Specifications
|Engine||389 cc Honda GX390 OHV 4-stroke|
|Starting system||Recoil, Electric|
|Voltage||AC: 120/240V 60 Hz|
|Running watts||6100 W|
|Starting watts||7200 W|
|Running amps (@120/240V)||50.8/25.4 amps|
|Peak amps (@120/240V)||60/30 amps|
|Run time @50% load||13 h|
|Run time @25% load||Unknown|
|Automatic Voltage Regulation||Yes|
|AC outlets|| |
|Data center||Lifetime run hours|
|Fuel tank||Metal, 8 gal|
|Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)||30.5 x 21.3 x 24.8 in|
|Noise (lower limit)||79 dBA|
|Security||Low oil and overload protection|
|Neutral||Bonded to frame|
|Other model numbers||PD612MHB005|
Unlike many websites, we did our best to research each of the specs above. That being said, we are not immune to making the occasional mistake or omission. Should you notice any missing or incorrect values, don't hesitate to suggest improvements so we can address the issue.
DeWalt is a well renowned, US-based, tool and power equipment company, founded in 1922 by Raymon DeWalt. DeWalt is nowadays a subsidiary of the Stanley Black & Decker corporation, owns 7 manufacturing facilities in the US and offers a large selection of products, from screwdrivers to portable generators. DeWalt’s portable generator line consists of conventional, open designs of various outputs, some of which are powered by Honda engines. However, unlike many of their tools, they are apparently not all made in the US and are manufactured under license by Generac.
The Dewalt DXGN7200 is covered under a warranty for up to 3 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of Dewalt generators, please consult Dewalt's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-800-4-DEWALT (800-433-9258).
Questions & Answers
What can it power?
|Item||Running Watts||Starting Watts|
|At home||AC (10,000 BTU)||1500||2200|
|Microwave (1000 watts)||1500||1500|
|Electric fry pan||1500||1500|
|Refrigerator (energy star)||192||1192|
|Total||4872 W||5872 W|
|For camping||RV AC (11,000 BTU)||1010||1600|
|Total||4840 W||5430 W|
|For work||Table saw||1800||4500|
|Total||4460 W||7160 W|
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