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DuroMax XP12000EH Spec Review

The DuroMax XP12000EH is a powerful open frame dual fuel generator with a rated wattage of 9500 W and a starting wattage of 12000 W.

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Description

Offering power and versatility, the XP12000EH is the dual fuel generator you’ve been missing. Producing over 12,000 watts you can rest assured you will stay powered through any storm. Perfect for home backup, the dual fuel option doubles fuel life when running propane, making this unit an effective, low-maintenance solution for your home standby needs. (source: DuroMax (opens in a new tab))

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In summary, the DuroMax XP12000EH is a powerful portable generator especially useful for:

  • Small homeowners in search of a full power backup solution
  • Professionals in need of safely powering high-intensity work or lighting equipment

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 DuroMax XP12000EH in use

The DuroMax XP12000EH

The dual-fuel technology of the DuroMax XP12000EH allows for an output of 120/240V and provides superb power and versatility. If gasoline-powered, the device provides a running wattage of 9500W and a starting wattage of 12000W. If propane-powered, it gives 8075 rated watts and 10200 starting watts.

At a noise rating of 72 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a shower), this generator can be started via a conventional pull-start mechanism, or a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included).

The XP12000EH, with a fuel capacity of 8.3 gallons, reaches a run time of around 9 hours at 50% load utilizing gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.92 GPH). Alternatively, it can reach a run time of around 4 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 1.18 GPH) with propane.

As the XP12000EH has a relatively high THD (<12%), it is not recommended to use it to power sensitive electronic devices.

Outlets

The control panel features 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

In addition, it provides 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A output with which you may charge your batteries with ease.

This DuroMax generator features an L5-30R receptacle, enabling an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. However, it is still not quite RV ready. Besides, since the XP12000EH bears a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: it is easily connectible to a breaker box and can power your home in case of a power outage.

Portability

The dimensions of the DuroMax XP12000EH, which are L29 x W30 x H26 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.

Since the generator weighs 224 lbs, it will be incredibly difficult to manually lift it and transport it, even though it is technically considered to 'be portable' (in the sense that it is movable). Still, once it is on the ground, its wheel kit and its folding handle can easily solve the issue of low mobility and allow for easy relocation of the device.

Features

Panel of the DuroMax XP12000EH

The XP12000EH's control panel

The XP12000EH's control center features a convenient voltmeter, which provides an easy way to monitor power output anytime to aid you with the monitoring of its status and activity.

In addition to this info, a light indicator shows you if its oil levels are insufficient.

A built-in fuel gauge allows for a quick, easy and convenient check of the fuel level of the generator.

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.

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start the generator quickly, the DuroMax XP12000EH also comes with several accessories, including: tool kit, propane hose and funnel. An official storage cover is also available, as a separate purchase.

Emissions

The DuroMax XP12000EH 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 and therefore, can be used in forested areas.

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The DuroMax XP12000EH versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the DuroMax XP12000EH compare to generators of similar power (between 9000 and 10000 W).

  • As for its weight, the DuroMax XP12000EH weighs only 224 pounds, making it one of the lighter generators in the 9000-10000 rated wattage category. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Rainier R12000DF, with a dry weight of only 196 lbs.
  • With a lowest possible noise of 72 dBA, this generator places itself amongst the more quiet of the products delivering similar power. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the A-iPower SUA12000ED, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 69 dBA.
  • Regarding its autonomy, the autonomy of the XP12000EH, reaching around 9 hours at a 50% load, can be considered as low end, compared to other products of a roughly equal output. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the Powerhorse 13000ES, as it provides around 15 hours.
  • Even though run times are undoubtedly important, they are dependent on the fuel capacity to a large extent. For a more wholesome picture, we must take into consideration the fuel consumption of the generator. This generator is somewhat less fuel efficient than devices of comparable output: its estimated fuel consumption reaches 0.92 GPH at a 50% load. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Westinghouse WGen9500DF, with a fuel consumption of 0.55 GPH could be in your good books.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 9000-10000W generators, the DuroMax XP12000EH 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
  • Electric start
  • Dual Fuel
  • Lightweight for its kind (224 lbs)
  • Quiet for its power (72 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the DuroMax XP12000EH and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine457 cc DuroMax OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Power
 GasolinePropane
Running watts9500 W8075 W
Starting watts12000 W10200 W
Running amps (@120/240V)79.2/39.6 amps67.3/33.6 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)100/50 amps85/42.5 amps
Run time @50% load9 h4 h
Run time @25% loadUnknownUnknown
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
Weight224 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)29 x 30 x 26 in
Noise (lower limit)72 dBA
THD< 12%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, propane hose, battery, and wheel kit
Warranty3 years

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.

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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 XP12000EH 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 sizing calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeElectric fry pan15001500
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Dish washer15003000
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
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
Circular saw12003200
Bug zapper8080
Total7340 W11840 W
Does the DuroMax XP12000EH Duel Fuel Portable Generator have a bonded or floating neutral? (Asked May 13, 2020)

According to DuroMax, the neutral is floating.

What is the oil tank size of the Duromax xp12000eh? (Asked May 19, 2020)

The unit's engine oil capacity is 37 fl. oz.

can the dura max handle a 230 amp 3hp well pump submersible (Asked November 25, 2020)

Assuming that you meant "230V" and not "230 amp", it could probably be fine via the 14-50R outlet. However, you'd need to check the actual amp draw of your appliance, especially when starting it up. You may find more information on how to do it in this article.

what type of oil does it take (Asked July 28, 2021)

For general all-temperature use, SAE 10W30 is recommended.

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DuroMax XP12000EH
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  1. 3.4
    Price
    60
    Value
    50
    Quality
    70
    Performance
    90

    Great generator! Has it all; fuel consumption is on the high side though. One disturbing fact: the literature says it is a floating neutral generator, but a quick continuity test proves otherwise—it is bonded neutral from the factory. DuroMax needs to get their story straight on this as it is putting people at risk who are using the generator as a back-up power source wired to a house’s primary breaker panel.

    + PROS:
    • Lots of features, relatively quiet,
    - CONS:
    • High fuel consumption rate; misinformation about the bonded/floating neutral.
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  2. 4.75
    Price
    90
    Value
    100
    Quality
    90
    Performance
    100

    First generator was a Honda 4000 watt. Great for its intended use. But not intended for full home backup power. So bought this one and haven’t looked back since. Have used it 3-4 times during power outage. It runs all essential home appliances with exception of water heater. Certain it will run that to. Just haven’t needed to yet. Longest outage was 10 hrs.

    + PROS:
    • Great generator. Would buy it again
    - CONS:
    • Chinese battery & cables are cheep Chinese garbage. Replaced with a Duracell 350 CCA. And heavier cables. Battery is bigger than oem so won’t fit oem spot. So put it in portable battery box on floor in cart I built for generator. Replaced no flats with air filled tires. Other than above mentioned. Have no complaints. FYI using Amsoil full synthetic engine oil since 1st fill
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