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DuroMax XP12000E - 9500/12000W Portable Generator With Electric Start

The DuroMax XP12000E is a powerful open frame generator with a rated wattage of 9,500 W and a starting wattage of 12,000 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

Offering power and versatility, the XP12000E is the portable generator you’ve been missing. Producing over 12,000 watts you can rest assured you will stay powered through any storm. (source: DuroMax (opens in a new tab))

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In summary, the DuroMax XP12000E is a powerful portable generator especially useful for:

  • Prudent homeowners who want a backup power source in case of a power outage
  • Professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle

The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics, the different outlets it offers, its overall portability, and the extra features it benefits from.

Power & Run Time

The DuroMax XP12000E's core is the 457 cc (18 hp) DuroMax OHV 4-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120/240V, it provides a running wattage of 9,500W and a peak wattage of 12,000W.

At a noise rating of 74 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a shower), this generator provides the choice between a standard recoil pull-rope starting mechanism or a user-friendly and efficient electric starter (battery included) for starting.

With a fuel capacity of 8.3 gallons, the XP12000E can run for up to 19 hours when the tank is full (fuel consumption is approximately 0.44 gallons per hour).

As the XP12000E has a relatively high THD (<12%), it is not recommended to use it to power sensitive electronic devices.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 5 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle
120/240V 50A (14-50R) receptacle

It also sports 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A output with which charging your batteries is made easy.

If you own an RV with a 50-amp service, you can consider this DuroMax unit as RV-ready, as it features a 14-50R outlet. Its L5-30R receptacle can also be used for a simple RV connection with an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. In addition, with its twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the XP12000E is configured to be transfer switch ready, allowing straightforward connection to your breaker box to supply backup power to your home during outages.

Portability

At L30 x W30 x H26 in, the traditional open frame structure of the DuroMax XP12000E ensures stability while facilitating convenient maintenance access to components and promoting air cooling. The device has been designed for tough environments and demanding outdoor use.

As the generator's weight is 217 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable). However, the lack of maneuverability can be offset with its wheel kit and its folding handle, which allows for convenient shifting once the generator is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the DuroMax XP12000E

The XP12000E's control panel

The XP12000E's control center features a handy voltmeter that allows you to easily monitor power output anytime to aid you with the monitoring of its status and activity.

In addition to this info, the device’s light indicator will display if its oil levels are insufficient.

Benefiting from its built-in fuel gauge, the generator allows for easy and immediate gas level inspections.

As for its security measures, the device features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, letting you use it with a peace of mind.

Beyond the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to assist with setup, the DuroMax XP12000E ships with supplementary accessories: funnel and tool kit. An official storage cover is also available, as a separate purchase.

The DuroMax XP12000E versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the DuroMax XP12000E compare to generators of similar power (between 9000 and 10000 W).

  • At 217 lbs in dry weight, the DuroMax XP12000E fits well within the typical weight bracket for generators producing 9000 to 10000 rated watts. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Westinghouse iGen11000DFc, with a dry weight of only 187.4 lbs.
  • The generator can be considered average in its noise for its power category, as it is rated at 74 dBA. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the DuroMax XP11000iH with only 61 dBA.
  • With a run time of up to 19 hours at 25% load, the XP12000E has one of the higher run times, compared to its similarly powerful peers. For those prioritizing autonomy, the DuroMax XP11500EH could be considered, as it offers one of the longest run times among generators with similar power output, reaching up to 20 hours.
  • The run time is important, but also hugely depends on the capacity of the fuel tank and doesn't mean much if we don't talk about fuel consumption as well. This generator provides better fuel efficiency than most others in its wattage range, consuming approximately 0.44 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the DuroMax XP11000iH, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.39 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: DuroMax XP12000E vs DuroMax XP12000EH.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 9000-10000W generators, the DuroMax XP12000E 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

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • 4 different AC outlet types
  • Electric start
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (217 lbs)
  • Acceptable noise (74 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine457 cc DuroMax OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts9,500 W
Starting watts12,000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)79.2/39.6 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)100/50 amps
Run time @50% load8 h
Run time @25% load19 h
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 50A (14-50R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A output
Data centerVoltmeter
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tank8.3 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight217 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)30 x 30 x 26 in
Noise (lower limit)74 dBA
THD< 12%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, battery, and wheel kit
UPC811640014674

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About DuroMax

Duromax is a small, American based power equipment company, with headquarters in Ontario, California. Duromax specializes in several products, including pumps, engines, pressure washers, and most importantly, power generators. In this regard, the company focuses solely on portable generators, of mostly small and medium power outputs, and dual fuel devices. Duromax’s generators are designed and serviced in the US, however, their production is outsourced overseas. Founded in 2003, DuroMax starts to be seen as an important player in the power generator market.

Warranty Information

The DuroMax XP12000E 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 DuroMax generators, please consult DuroMax's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-844-DUROMAX (844-387-6629).

Questions & Answers

What can it power?
Examples of items that can be simultaneously powered.
The examples below are based on a maximum load of 80% and estimated wattages. For a more accurate estimation, use our generator size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeMicrowave (1000 watts)15001500
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Electric fry pan15001500
Dish washer15003000
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Slow cooker270270
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total7567 W9067 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Radiant heater13001300
Radio100100
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total7595 W8185 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Disc sander12001200
Bug zapper8080
Total7340 W11840 W

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