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DuroMax XP5500E Spec Review

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

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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 a nutshell, the DuroMax XP5500E is a portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • People occasionally participating in sporting competitions, open-air performances and outdoor festivals
  • 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 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.

With a noise rating of 69 dBA (less noisy than a normal conversation), the generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism, but also a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included).

The fuel capacity of 4 gallons allows the XP5500E to operate for around 9 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.44 GPH).

The powering of sensitive electronic devices with the XP5500E is not recommended due to its relatively high THD (<12%).

Outlets

The control panel features the following 3 AC outlets:

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

It also sports 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A output with which charging your batteries is made easy.

Due to the featured twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the XP5500E is transfer switch ready: you may connect it to a breaker box to power your household during a power outage.

Portability

The design of the DuroMax XP5500E is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L25 x W24 x H21 in, offering support and stability and enabling the possibility of raising it above ground level. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough 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 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.

Security-wise, this product benefits from an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), which gives you a complete peace of mind when using it.

While the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the DuroMax XP5500E, the following accessories are also included: battery charging cables, funnel and tool kit.

Emissions

The DuroMax XP5500E 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 therefore, can be used 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).

  • In terms of its dry weight, the DuroMax XP5500E stands at only 122 lbs, meaning that is one of the lighter devices of the 4000-5000 rated wattage category Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Pulsar PG5250, with a dry weight of only 99.5 lbs.
  • This generator has a somewhat average expected noise for its power range, rated at 69 dBA. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Yamaha EF4500iSE with only 58 dBA.
  • 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.
  • Even though run times are undoubtedly important, they are dependent on the fuel capacity to a large extent. For a more wholesome picture, we must take into consideration the fuel consumption of the generator. This generator is one of the more fuel efficient models of the aforementioned output range, as its estimated fuel consumption reaches just 0.44 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Pulsar PG5250B, with a fuel consumption of 0.33 GPH could be in your good books.

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
Peak 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 sizing calculator.
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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