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DuroMax XP5500HX - 4500/5500W Dual Fuel Generator With Electric Start

The DuroMax XP5500HX 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 XP5500HX delivers the most power in its class with 5500 watts of power you can take anywhere! With a 210cc OHV-V DuroMax Engine, this workhorse is PERFECT for Camping, RVs, tailgating, and can power lights and household appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, and fans during any power outage or emergency event. (source: DuroMax (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the DuroMax XP5500HX

In short, the DuroMax XP5500HX is a portable generator adequately designed for:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • Occasional participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and 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

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 XP5500HX in use

The DuroMax XP5500HX

With its dual-fuel technology, the DuroMax XP5500HX delivers 120/240V, and offers power and flexibility. Running on gasoline, it boasts a running wattage of 4,500W and a peak wattage of 5,500W. When powered by propane, it delivers 4,275 running watts and 5,225 peak watts.

Operating with a noise rating of 69 dBA (less noisy than a normal conversation), this generator offers two starting options: a standard recoil pull-rope starting mechanism and a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included).

With a fuel capacity of 4 gallons, the XP5500HX 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.

The powering of sensitive electronic devices with the XP5500HX is not recommended due to its relatively high THD (<12%).

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 3 AC outlets:

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

Additionally, it offers 2 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports enabling convenient charging of devices like mobile phones and tablets.

As it features a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the XP5500HX 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

With dimensions of L23 x W25 x H22 in, the traditional open frame design of the DuroMax XP5500HX ensures stability while allowing easy maintenance access to components and promoting effective air cooling. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough environments.

While technically classified as 'portable' due to its ability to be moved, the 128 lbs of this generator make manual lifting and transportation incredibly difficult. However, the constrained maneuverability is addressed with the assistance of its wheel kit (⌀8") and its folding handle, allowing for easy shifting once the generator is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the DuroMax XP5500HX

The XP5500HX's control panel

The XP5500HX and its control panel include a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours. This feature comes handy when monitoring its status and activity.

In addition to this info, a light indicator serves to show you when the oil level is too low.

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

As far as security is concerned, the generator comes with an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), providing peace of mind during use.

The XP5500HX 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.

Beyond the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to assist with setup, the DuroMax XP5500HX ships with supplementary accessories: propane hose, funnel and tool kit.

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The DuroMax XP5500HX versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the DuroMax XP5500HX compare to dual fuel generators of similar power (between 4000 and 5000 W).

  • Weighing in at 128 lbs, the DuroMax XP5500HX is one of the heavier dual fuel generators available in the 4000-5000 rated wattage segment. If you are mindful of weight, the Pulsar PG5000BiSRCO is among the top contenders in this power range, with a dry weight of 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’d prefer a less noisy device, one of the most quiet devices, which share the same power range with this one, is the Champion 201273, whose lowest noise levels reach just 61 dBA.
  • Autonomy-wise, with around 9 hours on a full tank at a 50% load, the XP5500HX is on the low end when compared to other dual fuel generators of a similar power output. If run time is one of your main concerns, the Champion 201322 could be worth looking at. It boasts one of the highest run times among units of comparable power, lasting around 14 hours.
  • While run time is vital, it hinges on the fuel capacity. To grasp the full picture, we must also factor in fuel efficiency. This generator doesn't excel in fuel efficiency when compared to others of its kind: it consumes approximately 0.44 GPH at a 50% load. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the WEN DF480iX, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.27 GPH, may be the right generator for you.
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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 XP5500HX 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
  • 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)
Engine210 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty5 years
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
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 outlets2x 5V USB port
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tankSteel, 4 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight128 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)23 x 25 x 22 in
Noise (lower limit)69 dBA
THD< 12%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, propane hose, battery, and wheel kit
UPC811640016203

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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 XP5500HX 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 generator sizer.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeElectric fry pan15001500
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Blender400850
Total3592 W4592 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
Does this come with an instruction manual for setup and maintenance? (Asked March 14, 2023)

The unit comes with an instruction manual in which you'll find explanations on anything related to setup, use, maintenance, and troubleshooting.

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