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DuroMax XP5500EH - 4500/5500W Dual Fuel Generator With Electric Start

The DuroMax XP5500EH 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 XP5500EH Dual Fuel portable generator is designed as a powerful user-friendly unit that provides 5,500 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))

Zoom on the DuroMax XP5500EH

In a nutshell, the DuroMax XP5500EH is a portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle
  • People occasionally participating in sporting competitions, open-air performances and outdoor festivals
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • Professionals who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working

Over the following sections, you'll uncover its power characteristics, the selection of outlets it offers, its overall portability, and the supplementary features it includes.

Power & Run Time

The DuroMax XP5500EH in use

The DuroMax XP5500EH

The DuroMax XP5500EH, equipped with dual-fuel technology and delivering 120/240V, ensures both power and versatility. Running on gasoline, it delivers a running wattage of 4,500W and a starting wattage of 5,500W. On propane, it provides 4,275 running watts and 5,225 starting watts.

Enjoying a noise rating of 69 dBA (less noisy than an office), this generator can be started thanks to a conventional pull-start mechanism, but also to a hassle-free and practical electric starter (battery included).

The running time of the XP5500EH, with its 4 gallons fuel capacity, can reach up to 19 hours on a full tank of gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.44 GPH). With propane, it can reach up to 15 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.31 GPH).

The powering of sensitive electronic devices with the XP5500EH is not recommended due to its relatively high THD (<12%).

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 3 AC outlets:

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

Furthermore, it has 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A output enabling simple battery charging for added ease.

Because the XP5500EH is equipped with a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: it can power your home during a power outage, as it can be easily connected to your breaker box to power your household.

Portability

With a size of L25 x W22 x H22 in, the DuroMax XP5500EH features an open frame design, providing stability and simplified maintenance access to components, enhancing air circulation. The device has been designed for tough environments and demanding outdoor use.

Despite its weight of 124 lbs, the generator is considered 'portable,' signifying its capability to be moved, albeit its heaviness may hinder easy transport. Still, once it is on the ground, its wheel kit (⌀8") 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 XP5500EH

The XP5500EH's control panel

The control panel of the XP5500EH includes a convenient voltmeter, which provides an easy way to 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.

The fuel level of the generator can be determined quickly, easily, and conveniently with the help of its built-in fuel gauge.

Regarding security, the generator comes with an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), providing peace of mind during operation.

Apart from the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), which lets you start it right away, the DuroMax XP5500EH also is packed along with the following accessories: tool kit, propane hose and funnel.

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The DuroMax XP5500EH versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the DuroMax XP5500EH compare to dual fuel generators of similar power (between 4000 and 5000 W).

  • With its weight of 124 lbs, the DuroMax XP5500EH is one of the heavier dual fuel generators in the 4000-5000 rated wattage category. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Pulsar PG5000BiSRCO, with a dry weight of only 78.2 lbs.
  • This generator has a somewhat average expected noise for its type and 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 Champion 201273 with only 61 dBA.
  • Autonomy-wise, with around 9 hours on a full tank at a 50% load, the XP5500EH is on the low end when compared to other dual fuel generators of a similar power output. If extended autonomy is what matters most to you, the Champion 201322 could be an excellent choice, offering one of the longest run times among units in its power category, reaching around 14 hours.
  • Run time is a key metric, but it's dependent on the generator's fuel tank capacity. Therefore, discussing fuel efficiency is necessary for a complete understanding. This generator is somewhat less fuel-efficient than devices of comparable output: its estimated fuel consumption reaches 0.44 GPH at a 50% load. 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.
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Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 4000-5000W dual fuel generators, the DuroMax XP5500EH 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
  • Dual Fuel
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Electric start
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (69 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • On the heavy side (124 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 DuroMax OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty3 years
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
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 outlets1x 12V 8A output
Data centerVoltmeter
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tank4 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight124 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)25 x 22 x 22 in
Noise (lower limit)69 dBA
THD< 12%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, propane hose, battery, and wheel kit
UPC811640013486

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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 XP5500EH 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 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
Drain cleaner250250
Total2780 W5480 W
How does one get service and/or repair? (Asked April 10, 2020)

DuroMax offers service centers all across the USA. You can find their list here (opens in a new tab).

Where can I get replacement battery for Duramax hybrid 5500 generator? thank you (Asked April 30, 2024)

Battery part number is DMXP-BAT-1. It can be purchased directly through DuroMax.

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