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DuroMax XP13000EH - Spec Review

The DuroMax XP13000EH is a powerful open frame dual fuel generator with a rated wattage of 10500 W and a starting wattage of 13000 W.

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Description

The all new DuroMax XP13000EH is a dual fuel workhorse powered by a 500cc OHV Engine and runs on gasoline or propane. With 10,500 watts of running power and the ability to surge up to 13,000 watts, this generator can power household essentials such as lights, small and large appliances, and your home's central A/C system. The fully loaded power panel features multiple outlets including 2 120V GFCI protected household outlets. Also on the power panel are individual breakers to prevent overloading and keep everything safe. This unit is both EPA and CARB approved for operation in all 50 states. (source: DuroMax (opens in a new tab))

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In summary, the DuroMax XP13000EH is a powerful portable generator especially useful for 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 XP13000EH in use

The DuroMax XP13000EH

With its dual-fuel technology, the powerful and versatile DuroMax XP13000EH provides an output of 120/240V. While gasoline-powered, it gives a running wattage of 10500W along with a peak wattage of 13000W. While propane-powered, it provides 9975 rated watts and 12350 starting watts.

Enjoying a noise rating of 74 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a shower), this generator can be started thanks to a simple traditional pull-start mechanism, but also to a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included).

With a fuel capacity of 8.3 gallons, the XP13000EH can operate for around 8.5 hours at 50% load using gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.98 GPH), or for around 3.5 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 1.34 GPH) using propane.

The quite high THD (<12%) of the XP13000EH makes it unsuitable for powering 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

In addition, it provides 1 DC outlet: there's a 5V USB port with which charging of electronics like mobile phones and tablets is made convenient.

Even if this DuroMax generator isn't quite RV Ready, it still allows for an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor, thanks to its L5-30R receptacle. Besides, since the XP13000EH 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

With its dimensions of L29 x W30 x H26 in, the conventional, open frame design of the DuroMax XP13000EH offers stability and allows the generator to be raised above ground level. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

Although this generator is technically considered 'portable' (in the sense that it can be moved), its 234 lbs make it incredibly difficult to manually lift and transport. Nevertheless, it can still be moved quite conveniently with the help of its wheel kit and its folding handle, once it is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the DuroMax XP13000EH

The XP13000EH's control panel

The control panel of the XP13000EH includes a convenient meter showing you voltage, frequency and lifetime hours, helpful for the monitoring of its status and activity.

In addition to this info, when the oil level is too low, you will be informed by the featured light indicator.

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 standpoint, the product offers an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), allowing you to use it with a peace of mind.

Besides the classic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, the DuroMax XP13000EH also comes with some accessories: battery charging cables, funnel, propane hose and tool kit are included. An official storage cover is also available, as a separate purchase.

Emissions

The DuroMax XP13000EH 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, which makes it suitable for use in forested areas.

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The DuroMax XP13000EH versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the DuroMax XP13000EH compare to generators of similar power (between 10000 and 11000 W).

  • In terms of its dry weight, the DuroMax XP13000EH stands at only 234 lbs, meaning that is one of the lighter devices of the 10000-11000 rated wattage category Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the A-iPower SUA13000EFI, with a dry weight of only 218 lbs.
  • This generator has a somewhat average expected noise for its power range, rated at 74 dBA. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the A-iPower SUA13000EFI. With just 69 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • As for its autonomy, the XP13000EH, with an autonomy of around 8.5 hours at a 50% load, is placed on the low end among the generators of its kind. 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.
  • Run times are important, yet thanks to their dependence on the fuel capacity, they should be judged along with the fuel consumption of the device. Compared to its peers, this generator is not exactly fuel efficient, compared to similarly powerful devices, with an estimated fuel consumption of 0.98 GPH at a 50% load. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the A-iPower SUA13000EFI. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.78 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 10000-11000W generators, the DuroMax XP13000EH is on the cheap side of the price range.

It can therefore be a really good buy if you're looking to acquire a budget generator.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Inexpensive
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Electric start
  • Dual Fuel
  • Lightweight for its kind (234 lbs)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (74 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the DuroMax XP13000EH 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)
Engine500 cc DuroMax OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Power
 GasolinePropane
Running watts10500 W9975 W
Starting watts13000 W12350 W
Running amps (@120/240V)87.5/43.8 amps83.1/41.6 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)108.3/54.2 amps102.9/51.5 amps
Run time @50% load8.5 h3.5 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 5V USB port
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tank8.3 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight234 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
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, propane hose, battery charging cables, 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 XP13000EH 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 homeSump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Furnace fan (1/2 hp)8752350
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Clothes dryer54006750
Freezer8101750
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total8382 W9857 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Electric fry pan15001500
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Blender400850
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total8385 W8835 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Circular saw12003200
Milk cooler11001800
Total8360 W12860 W
What size propane tank is required? (Asked September 29, 2019)

Propane tank size is completely up to you. The bigger the tank, the higher the runtime on propane.

Can this unit be converted to natural gas? (Asked September 23, 2020)

There are no official conversion kits.

Dose the xp13000eh run on high or low pressure propane (Asked May 07, 2021)

LPG source should be 3 PSI or more.

Is the 13000eh weather proof? (Asked July 25, 2021)

The unit is not weather proof and must be properly sheltered. We recommend reading our article on operation in bad weather.

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DuroMax XP13000EH
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  1. 2.4
    Price
    50
    Value
    60
    Quality
    10
    Performance
    70

    Instructions in the manual are incorrect regarding floating neutral

    + PROS:
    • Pricing is fair
    - CONS:
    • Manual is wrong. It shows the unit as “Floating Ground”, it is NOT. This is a bonded generator. I even called Duromax customer service, and they stated it is a Floating Ground. But when my electrician tested the units outlets, the grounds and the neutrals all show continuity among each other! Now I have to pay him to como again to install a different generator to my house.
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  2. 4.9
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    100
    Value
    100
    Quality
    90
    Performance
    100

    In reply to Karl’s post : So why not just run a 10 or 12 gauge wire from the gen panel ground terminal to a grounding rod outside?? Seems the least expensive alternative. Taking this from an electrical engineer who lives next to me with the exact same generator.

    + PROS:
    • Otherwise, my gen has been reliable and does the job powering virtually the whole house. The only drawback is I need to take the refrigerators off the grid for a bit while the AC fires up. My HVAC requires 11000w to start. Leaving the refrigerators off for a bit while cooling the house down works. Pricing was very fair in 2019 compared to what they want now.
    - CONS:
    • Manual is poorly written and needs to be more model specific instead of a universal pile of garbage.
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    Jaime Rodriguez April 30, 2021 at 5:40 pm
    2.25
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    Performance
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    I agree with the manual as being poorly written, I haven’t been able to use it because it wont stay on, I’m running propane dedicated as gasoline has too many issues when you store it, sent an email to customer service with my issue and no reply, manual directs you to call customer service before returning it back to the store, but it’s going back today as they never replied to my email……. I have a Champion Dual fuel generator as well as a Powerhorse generator, I run the Champion on LP only and it has no issues staying on, not too happy with this product.

    + PROS:
    • None
    - CONS:
    • Wont stay on electric starter stays stuck and it cranks on it's own, have to push the off button to make it stop.
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  4. 0.75
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    Quality
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    Performance
    10

    Junk 3 family members bought the same model all 3 broke down within 75 – 100 hours

    + PROS:
    • There is none
    - CONS:
    • Broke down less than 60 hours
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  5. 0.5
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    Great only blew up once and there was a missing fuel tank and outlite plug, but other than that great product would buy.

    + PROS:
    • Love this product would by again.
    - CONS:
    • None but sometimes blow up. But other than that it’s great
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