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DuroMax XP12000HX Spec Review

The DuroMax XP12000HX 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

The XP12000HX is the BEAST of the HX Series with 12,000-watts of POWER. This unit provides the power normally found in stationary home standby generators but in a more affordable, portable package! With a 457cc OHV DuroMax Engine, this workhorse is PERFECT for HOME BACK-UP. (source: DuroMax (opens in a new tab))

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In summary, the DuroMax XP12000HX is a powerful portable generator especially useful for:

  • Prudent homeowners who want a backup power source in case of a power outage
  • Professionals in need of safely powering high-intensity work or lighting equipment

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

Power & Run Time

The DuroMax XP12000HX in use

The DuroMax XP12000HX

With its dual-fuel technology, the powerful and versatile DuroMax XP12000HX provides an output of 120/240V. While gasoline-powered, it gives a running wattage of 9500W along with a peak wattage of 12000W. While propane-powered, it provides 9025 rated watts and 11400 starting watts.

The generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism and also a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included). It is rated for a noise of 74 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a vacuum cleaner).

The running time of the XP12000HX, with its 8.3 gallons fuel capacity, can reach around 8.8 hours at 50% load on a full tank of gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.94 GPH). With propane, it can reach around 3.6 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 1.31 GPH).

The quite high THD (<12%) of the XP12000HX makes it unsuitable for powering sensitive electronic devices.

Outlets

The control panel features the following 7 AC outlets:

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

This DuroMax generator isn't quite RV Ready, but it features an L5-30R receptacle, allowing a simple RV connection through an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. Besides, since the XP12000HX 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 DuroMax XP12000HX has the following dimensions: L29 x W30 x H26 in. In combination with its conventional, open frame design, they provide support and allow the generator to be raised above ground level. The device has been designed for tough environments and demanding outdoor use.

As the generator's weight is 230 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (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 XP12000HX

The XP12000HX's control panel

The control panel of the XP12000HX includes a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours, helpful for the monitoring of its status and activity.

In addition to this info, a light indicator serves to show you when its oil levels are insufficient.

The fuel level of the generator can be determined quickly, easily, and conveniently with the help of its built-in fuel gauge.

From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, giving you a peace of mind during use.

The XP12000HX also benefits from Duromax’s CO Alert carbon monoxide shutdown. If CO levels become unsafe or rapidly increase, the generator will automatically shut down, an indicator will light red, and the engine will not restart for 5 minutes. It’s a welcomed additional security feature, but don’t forget to always take your generator outside (opens in a new tab).

Besides the classic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, the DuroMax XP12000HX also comes with some accessories: tool kit, propane hose and funnel are included.

Emissions

The DuroMax XP12000HX 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 thus, may be used in forested areas.

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The DuroMax XP12000HX versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the DuroMax XP12000HX compare to generators of similar power (between 9000 and 10000 W).

  • Having a dry weight of 230 lbs, the DuroMax XP12000HX belongs in the expected weight range for generators which produce 9000 to 10000 rated watts. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above-mentioned power range is the Rainier R12000DF, with a dry weight of just 196 pounds.
  • Because this generator emits noise as low as 74 dBA, it can be considered to have a pretty average expected noise rating for a device of its power. If you’d prefer a less noisy device, one of the most quiet devices, which share the same power range with this one, is the A-iPower SUA13000EFI, whose lowest noise levels reach just 69 dBA.
  • The XP12000HX's autonomy is somewhat low end compared to devices of its power range, as it reaches only around 8.8 hours at 50% load on a full tank. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Powerhorse 13000ES, which is able to run for 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. Compared to its peers, this generator is not exactly fuel efficient, compared to similarly powerful devices, with an estimated fuel consumption of 0.94 GPH at a 50% load. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.55 GPH, the Westinghouse WGen9500DF is a device you should look out for.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: DuroMax XP12000HX vs DuroMax XP12000EH.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 9000-10000W generators, the DuroMax XP12000HX 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
  • CO Alert technology
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Electric start
  • Dual Fuel
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (230 lbs)
  • Acceptable noise (74 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the DuroMax XP12000HX and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine457 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Power
 GasolinePropane
Running watts9500 W9025 W
Starting watts12000 W11400 W
Running amps (@120/240V)79.2/39.6 amps75.2/37.6 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)100/50 amps95/47.5 amps
Run time @50% load8.8 h3.6 h
Run time @25% loadUnknownUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 50A (14-50R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tankSteel, 8.3 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight230 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)29 x 30 x 26 in
Noise (lower limit)74 dBA
THD< 12%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
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 XP12000HX 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 wattage calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeSump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Furnace fan (1/2 hp)8752350
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Clothes dryer54006750
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total7572 W9047 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
RV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
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

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