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DuroMax XP13000HX Spec Review

The DuroMax XP13000HX 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 XP13000HX is the crown jewel of the HX Series with 13,000 watts of POWER. This unit provides the power normally found in stationary home standby generators but in a more affordable, portable package! With a 500cc OHV DuroMax Engine, this workhorse is PERFECT for HOME BACK UP and can power most household essentials. (source: DuroMax (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the DuroMax XP13000HX

In summary, the DuroMax XP13000HX is a powerful portable generator especially useful for 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 XP13000HX in use

The DuroMax XP13000HX

With its dual-fuel technology, the powerful and versatile DuroMax XP13000HX 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.

The generator features a simple traditional 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 shower).

Regarding its running time, the XP13000HX, with a 8.3 gallons fuel capacity can operate for around 8.5 hours at 50% load with a full tank of gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.98 GPH). When using propane, it can run for around 3.2 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 1.47 GPH).

As the XP13000HX has a relatively high THD (<12%), it is not recommended to use it to power sensitive electronic devices.

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 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

Even though this DuroMax generator isn't quite RV Ready, its L5-30R receptacle allows an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. Besides, as it features a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the XP13000HX 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.

Portability

The DuroMax XP13000HX has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L29 x W30 x H26 in, which offers support and allows it to be raised above ground level. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

Even though this device may be technically portable (as in movable), manipulation and transportation without special equipment can be a challenge, as it weighs 240 pounds. However, this lack of maneuverability is compensated by its wheel kit and its folding handle, with which you can conveniently shift it, once it's on the ground.

Features

Panel of the DuroMax XP13000HX

The XP13000HX's control panel

The XP13000HX's status and activity may be monitored conveniently via the control panel, as it features a convenient meter showing you voltage, frequency and lifetime hours.

In addition to this info, a light indicator serves to show you when the oil level is too low.

Thanks to a built-in fuel gauge, the generator allows you to quickly, conveniently and easily check the gas level at a glance.

As far as security is concerned, the generator can be used with a peace of mind, as it features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off.

The XP13000HX also benefits from Duromax’ 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).

While the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the DuroMax XP13000HX, the following accessories are also included: funnel, tool kit and propane hose.

Emissions

The DuroMax XP13000HX is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Therefore, its sale and purchase are permitted in all of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor and thus, may be used in forested areas.

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The DuroMax XP13000HX versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the DuroMax XP13000HX compare to generators of similar power (between 10000 and 11000 W).

  • As far as its dry weight is concerned, the DuroMax XP13000HX weighs just 240 pounds and thus, it is one of the lighter 10000 to 11000 rated wattage generators. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the A-iPower SUA13000EFI, weighing just 218 pounds.
  • This generator has a somewhat average expected noise for its power range, rated at 74 dBA. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the A-iPower SUA13000EFI, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 69 dBA.
  • As far as autonomy is concerned, providing around 8.5 hours of runtime with a full tank at a 50% load, the XP13000HX falls into the low end in comparison with other devices of a comparable power output. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the Powerhorse 13000ES, boasting with 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. In fact, this generator is not among the most fuel efficient, within the aforementioned wattage range : its estimated gasoline consumption at 50% load is around 0.98 GPH. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the A-iPower SUA13000EFI, with a fuel consumption of 0.78 GPH could be in your good books.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: DuroMax XP13000HX vs DuroMax XP13000EH.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 10000-11000W generators, the DuroMax XP13000HX 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
  • Lightweight for its kind (240 lbs)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (74 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the DuroMax XP13000HX 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)
Engine500 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
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 h3.2 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
Weight240 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 XP13000HX 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 homeElectric fry pan15001500
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Dish washer15003000
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Vacuum cleaner10751175
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total8372 W9872 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Electric fry pan15001500
Rice cooker650650
Radio100100
Total8390 W8980 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Disc sander12001200
Milk cooler11001800
Total8360 W12860 W

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DuroMax XP13000HX
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  1. 4.25
    Price
    90
    Value
    90
    Quality
    80
    Performance
    80

    I recently purchased this generator to power my house and business. I opened the box, installed the wheels, front legs, and handles, removed the red shipping engine brace, connected the negative battery cable, and added oil. The generator comes with pot-metal tools, but honestly use your own.

    I broke the generator in on propane for 15 mins, alternating a small 1500 watt load for a few minutes off and on (stator heat cool cycles). Then changed oil. Changing the oil is messy (gets on the frame/engine brace) but I guess that is normal for generators.

    The engine (push button) fired right up without an effort, and the generator is very easy to operate. The start push button is also the stop button (just hold it in till it starts blinking). This generator is loud, but it is 13Kw and an open frame design.

    The oil dipstick threading is M27-3.0. I ordered a magnetic dipstick in that thread pitch, and it fit perfectly.

    + PROS:
    • The new digital (hours, volts, hertz) gauge is easy to use and read.
    - CONS:
    • The idle down switch does not work on propane fuel, only gasoline.
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  2. 4.9
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    Value
    90
    Quality
    100
    Performance
    100

    I went online to see how to break in an engine on a portable generator. I looked at several links and they all practically said the same thing. After running the engine for an hour I changed the oil. It was dirty. Second hour not so dirty. I even did it another hour and it was pretty clean. The 4th hour I put a load on the engine. I never had a problem with the oil getting on the frame because I tilted the the front of the unit towards the rear about a half inch and to the oil drain side about the same. I have since ran the unit for several more hours with no problems. I’m buying a line conditioner to use for sensitive items. I already have USP battery backup units to run my computers on. It’s a great unit. I’m happy with it.

    + PROS:
    • Company sends a free cover when you register it.
    • Well built.
    - CONS:
    • Heavy but manageable.
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  3. 2.15
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    70
    Value
    60
    Quality
    20
    Performance
    20

    The generator looks good and works very good. However, I’m of the opinion that We purchase a Monday Morning assambled one! Our HX 13000 XP smokes none stop.

    We were told that it could have oil In the muffler. To keep running it….. How did oil got to the muffler? Remains Unanswered.

    Cant afford to do that. So we are looking to returned it….

    + PROS:
    • It does all we need!
    - CONS:
    • Shipping it to your self is not the best option!
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