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DuroMax XP5500E Spec Review

The DuroMax XP5500E is an open frame portable generator with a rated wattage of 4500 W and a starting wattage of 5500 W.

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  • $494.10 - January 20, 2021
  • $549.00 - October 10, 2020
  • $527.40 - October 8, 2020
  • $549.00 - September 23, 2020
  • $768.60 - September 20, 2020
  • $549.00 - September 3, 2020
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Since: September 3, 2020
  • Highest Price: $768.60 - September 20, 2020
  • Lowest Price: $494.10 - January 20, 2021

Description

DuroMax 5,500 watt generator is the most powerful generator in its class. With an available 5.500 peak watts in a small footprint, this Generator can be used anywhere for anything. Similar units cost 2x as much and are 2x the weight. (source: DuroMax (opens in a new tab))

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In summary, the DuroMax XP5500E is a portable generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • People occasionally participating in sporting competitions, open-air performances and outdoor festivals
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
  • 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 XP5500E houses a 225 cc (7.5 hp) DuroMax OHV 4-stroke engine, which provides 120/240V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 4500W along with a peak wattage of 5500W.

Enjoying a noise rating of 69 dBA (less noisy than a normal conversation), this generator can be started thanks to a simple traditional pull-start mechanism, but also to a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included).

With a fuel capacity of 4 gallons, the XP5500E may run for around 9 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.44 GPH).

The XP5500E is unsuitable for the powering of sensitive electronic devices due to its relatively high THD (<12%).

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 with which charging your batteries is made easy.

Since the XP5500E 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 L25 x W24 x H21 in, the conventional, open frame design of the DuroMax XP5500E offers stability and allows the generator to be raised above ground level. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

Even though this device may be technically portable (as in movable), manipulation and transportation without special equipment can be a challenge, as it weighs 122 pounds. Still, once it is on the ground, its wheel kit and its folding handle can easily solve the issue of low mobility and allow for easy relocation of the device.

Features

Panel of the DuroMax XP5500E

The XP5500E's control panel

To help you monitor the XP5500E's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a convenient voltmeter, which provides an easy way to monitor power output anytime.

The generator includes a built-in fuel gauge, a quick, easy and convenient method of checking the device’s gas level.

From a security standpoint, the product offers an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, 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 XP5500E also comes with some accessories: funnel, tool kit and battery charging cables are included.

Emissions

The DuroMax XP5500E is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Thus, selling and purchasing this generator is allowed in each 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 XP5500E versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the DuroMax XP5500E compare to generators of similar power (between 4000 and 5000 W).

  • As far as its dry weight is concerned, the DuroMax XP5500E weighs just 122 pounds and thus, it is one of the lighter 4000 to 5000 rated wattage generators. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above mentioned power range is the Pulsar PG5250, with a dry weight of just 99.5 pounds.
  • This generator has a somewhat average expected noise for its power range, rated at 69 dBA. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Yamaha EF4500iSE. With just 58 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • Autonomy-wise, with around 9 hours on a full tank at a 50% load, the XP5500E is on the low end when compared to other generators of a similar power output. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the Dewalt DXGN4500, as it provides 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. With an estimated gasoline consumption of 0.44 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, this generator is among the more fuel efficient of the products in the above-mentioned wattage range. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Pulsar PG5250B. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.33 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 4000-5000W generators, the DuroMax XP5500E 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
  • Lightweight for its kind (122 lbs)
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (69 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • Relatively low run time

Do you own the DuroMax XP5500E and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine225 cc DuroMax OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts4500 W
Starting watts5500 W
Running amps (@120/240V)37.5/18.8 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)45.8/22.9 amps
Run time @50% load9 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
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
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank4 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight122 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)25 x 24 x 21 in
Noise (lower limit)69 dBA
THD< 12%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, 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 XP5500E 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
Clothes iron12701270
Mixer200200
Total3587 W5062 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Slow cooker270270
Pair of small speakers4545
Total3595 W4015 W
For workTable saw18004500
Reciprocating saw730960
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Total2780 W5480 W
What type of oil does it use? (Asked March 19, 2020)

The recommended engine oil is SAE 10W-30, which works between 0 and 80°F. Below this range, you should use SAE 5W-30. Above, SAE 30.

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