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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))

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In a nutshell, the DuroMax XP13000HX is a powerful portable generator mostly geared towards professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure.

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

The dual-fuel technology of the DuroMax XP13000HX allows for an output of 120/240V and provides superb power and versatility. If gasoline-powered, the device provides a running wattage of 10500W and a starting wattage of 13000W. If propane-powered, it gives 9975 rated watts and 12350 starting watts.

At a noise rating of 74 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a dishwasher), this generator can be started via a simple traditional pull-start mechanism, or a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included).

The XP13000HX, with a fuel capacity of 8.3 gallons, reaches a run time of around 8.5 hours at 50% load utilizing gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.98 GPH). Alternatively, it can reach a run time of around 3.2 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 1.47 GPH) with propane.

The quite high THD (<12%) of the XP13000HX 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

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 XP13000HX 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 XP13000HX, 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. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

As the generator's weight is 240 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable). 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 control center features a convenient meter showing you voltage, frequency and lifetime hours to aid you with the monitoring of its status and activity.

In addition to this info, when its oil levels are insufficient, you will be informed by the featured light indicator.

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

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

The XP13000HX 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).

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: tool kit, funnel and propane hose.

Emissions

The DuroMax XP13000HX 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 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. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the A-iPower SUA13000EFI, standing at just 218 lbs.
  • As this generator can emit noise as low as 74 dBA, it finds itself in the average expected noise for this kind of power. 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.
  • The XP13000HX's autonomy is somewhat low end compared to devices of its power range, as it reaches only around 8.5 hours at 50% load on a full tank. If you consider autonomy on a single full tank as one of the deciding factors, one of the generators in the same power range that offers the highest run time is the Powerhorse 13000ES, 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 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.
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?

Let us know and write your own review.

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 wattage 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
Pressure washer (1 hp)12003600
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
    Price
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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
    Price
    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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