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DuroMax XP5500DX - 4500/5500W Dual Fuel Generator With Electric Start

The DuroMax XP5500DX is a portable open frame dual fuel generator with a rated wattage of 4,500 W and a starting wattage of 5,500 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

The XP5500DX packs a punch with 5,500 peak watts and 4,500 running watts of compact Dual Fuel power. (source: DuroMax (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the DuroMax XP5500DX

In a few words, the DuroMax XP5500DX is a portable generator perfectly suited for:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • People occasionally participating in outdoor fairs, festivals or events
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
  • Professionals who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working

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

Power & Run Time

The DuroMax XP5500DX in use

The DuroMax XP5500DX

Featuring dual-fuel technology, the DuroMax XP5500DX provides 120/240V, and offers both power and versatility. Running on gasoline, it delivers a running wattage of 4,500W and a starting wattage of 5,500W. When propane-powered, it offers 4,275 running watts and 5,225 starting watts.

At a noise rating of 69 dBA (less noisy than a normal conversation), this generator provides the choice between a standard recoil pull-rope starting mechanism or a user-friendly and hassle-free electric starter (battery included) for starting.

With a fuel capacity of 4 gallons, the XP5500DX can operate for up to 19 hours using gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.44 GPH), or for up to 15 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.31 GPH) using propane.

Due to the relatively high THD (<12%) of the XP5500DX, it is advised against using it for powering 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

Since it boasts a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the XP5500DX is engineered to be transfer switch ready, ensuring easy integration with your breaker box to provide backup power to your home during outages.

Portability

With its L25 x W23 x H22 in dimensions, the open frame structure of the DuroMax XP5500DX guarantees stability, simplified maintenance access to components, and better air cooling than enclosed units. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

While weighing 128 lbs, the generator is classified as 'portable,' indicating its mobility, albeit its heftiness may limit portability in specific situations. Nevertheless, thanks to its wheel kit (⌀8") and its folding handle (a decent solution to its lack of maneuverability), the generator can be easily moved, once placed the ground.

Features

Panel of the DuroMax XP5500DX

The XP5500DX's control panel

For convenient monitoring of its status and activity, the control panel of the XP5500DX includes a convenient meter, displaying voltage, frequency, and lifetime hours information.

In addition to this info, the device’s light indicator will display if its oil levels are insufficient.

Benefiting from its built-in fuel gauge, the generator allows for easy and immediate gas level inspections.

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.

The XP5500DX 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.

Apart from the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), which lets you start it right away, the DuroMax XP5500DX also is packed along with the following accessories: funnel, tool kit and propane hose.

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The DuroMax XP5500DX versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the DuroMax XP5500DX compare to dual fuel generators of similar power (between 4000 and 5000 W).

  • Tipping the scales at 128 lbs, the DuroMax XP5500DX qualifies as one of the heavier options among dual fuel generators rated between 4000 and 5000. if you wish to prioritize weight, the Pulsar PG5000BiSRCO is one of the top contenders in its power category, weighing only 78.2 pounds.
  • With noise emissions rated as low as 69 dBA, this generator falls within the typical noise range expected for devices of similar type and power. If you value reduced noise levels, the Champion 201273 could be worth considering. It's one of the quietest generators in its power range, rated at 61 dBA.
  • In terms of autonomy, the XP5500DX offers around 9 hours at a 50% load, placing it at the lower range within its type and power range. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Champion 201322, which is able to run for around 14 hours.
  • Though run time is a significant parameter, it's closely tied to the generator's fuel tank size. To get a comprehensive understanding, fuel efficiency must also be taken into account. In fact, this generator is not one of the most fuel-efficient options in the aforementioned wattage range: its estimated gasoline consumption at 50% load is around 0.44 GPH. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the WEN DF480iX. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.27 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Dual Fuel
  • CO Alert technology
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Electric start
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (69 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • On the heavy side (128 lbs)
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine224 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty5 years
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Power
GasolinePropane
Running watts4,500 W4,275 W
Starting watts5,500 W5,225 W
Running amps (@120/240V)37.5/18.8 amps35.6/17.8 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)45.8/22.9 amps43.5/21.8 amps
Run time @50% load9 h8 h
Run time @25% load19 h15 h
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tankMetal, 4 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight128 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)25 x 23 x 22 in
Noise (lower limit)69 dBA
THD< 12%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, propane hose, battery, and wheel kit
SeriesDX
UPC811640016562

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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 XP5500DX is covered under a warranty for up to 5 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 homeElectric fry pan15001500
Dish washer15003000
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Blender400850
Total3592 W5092 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Coffee maker600600
Total3590 W4180 W
For workTable saw18004500
Reciprocating saw730960
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Total2780 W5480 W

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