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DuroMax XP4850EH Spec Review

The DuroMax XP4850EH is a compact open frame dual fuel portable generator with a rated wattage of 3850 W and a starting wattage of 4850 W.

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Description

The XP4850EH Dual Fuel portable generator is designed as a powerful user-friendly unit that provides 4,850 watts of power using gas or liquid propane. Perfect for running household appliances and providing power to the jobsite. This Dual Fuel workhorse packs a punch and will keep you powered at home, at work, and at play. (source: DuroMax (opens in a new tab))

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In summary, the DuroMax XP4850EH is a compact portable generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • People occasionally participating in outdoor fairs, festivals or events
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • 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 XP4850EH in use

The DuroMax XP4850EH

Thanks to its dual-fuel technology, the DuroMax XP4850EH delivers 120/240V and offers power and versatility. When gasoline-powered, it benefits from a running wattage of 3850W and a peak wattage of 4850W. When propane-powered, it has 3658 rated watts and 4608 peak watts.

The generator is rated for a noise of 69 dBA (less noisy than a normal conversation). Its starting mechanisms include a simple traditional pull-start mechanism and a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included).

As for its running time, the XP4850EH, along with its 4 gallons fuel capacity, can run for around 10 hours at 50% load with a full tank filled with gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.4 GPH). If propane is used, it can operate for around 9 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.52 GPH).

Since the XP4850EH has a somewhat high THD (<12%), it is advisable to not use it for the powering of sensitive electronic devices.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 3 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle

Additionally, it features 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A output allowing you to easily charge your batteries.

As it features a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the XP4850EH 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 design of the DuroMax XP4850EH is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L24 x W17 x H17 in, offering support and stability and enabling the possibility of raising it above ground level. The device has been designed for tough environments and demanding outdoor use.

While the generator is considered to be technically 'portable' (in the sense that you can move it), manually lifting and transporting it may be challenging, due to its high weight of 125 lbs. 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 XP4850EH

The XP4850EH's control panel

The control panel of the XP4850EH includes a handy voltmeter that allows you to easily monitor power output anytime, helpful for the monitoring of its status and activity.

In addition to this info, the device’s light indicator will display 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 far as security is concerned, the generator can be used with a peace of mind, as it features an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker).

Along the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), useful for starting the generator right away, the DuroMax XP4850EH's package also includes these accessories: propane hose, tool kit, funnel and battery charging cables.

Emissions

The DuroMax XP4850EH 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, which makes it suitable for use in forested areas.

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The DuroMax XP4850EH versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the DuroMax XP4850EH compare to generators of similar power (between 3500 and 4500 W).

  • At a weight of 125 pounds, the DuroMax XP4850EH places in the expected weight range of the generators in the 3500-4500 rated wattage range. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above mentioned power range is the WEN GN400i, with a dry weight of just 66.1 pounds.
  • When compared to devices able to produce a similar running wattage, this generator and its lowest emitted noise of 69 dBA is on the noisier side. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Cummins Onan P4500i, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 52 dBA.
  • As far as autonomy is concerned, providing around 10 hours of runtime with a full tank at a 50% load, the XP4850EH falls into the low end in comparison with other devices of a comparable power output. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the Honda EB4000X, as it provides around 16 hours.
  • The run time is important, but also hugely depends on the capacity of the fuel tank and doesn't mean much if we don't talk about fuel consumption as well. This generator has an average fuel consumption among comparably powerful devices, as it reaches 0.4 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Westinghouse iGen4200, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.17 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 3500-4500W generators, the DuroMax XP4850EH 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
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (125 lbs)
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • On the noisy side (69 dBA)
  • Relatively low run time

Do you own the DuroMax XP4850EH 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)
Engine208 cc DuroMax OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Power
 GasolinePropane
Running watts3850 W3658 W
Starting watts4850 W4608 W
Running amps (@120/240V)32.1/16 amps30.5/15.2 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)40.4/20.2 amps38.4/19.2 amps
Run time @50% load10 h9 h
Run time @25% loadN/AN/A
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A output
Data centerVoltmeter
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tank4 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight125 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)24 x 17 x 17 in
Noise (lower limit)69 dBA
THD< 12%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, propane hose, battery charging cables and battery
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.

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 XP4850EH 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 sizer.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeSump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Furnace fan (1/2 hp)8752350
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Washing machine9001650
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total3072 W4547 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Bug zapper8080
Total3060 W3480 W
For workTable saw18004500
Drain cleaner250250
Bug zapper8080
Total2130 W4830 W

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