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DuroStar DS10000E - 8000/10000W Portable Generator With Electric Start

The DuroStar DS10000E is a portable open frame generator with a rated wattage of 8,000 W and a starting wattage of 10,000 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

Be ready for anything with the DuroStar DS10000E generator. Easy to transport over any terrain, from the woods to the downtown, the DS10000E generator will keep you going.

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In a few words, the DuroStar DS10000E is a portable generator perfectly suited for:

  • Food van owners who know that just a short power outage could lose them hundreds of dollars
  • 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
  • RV travellers looking for even more independence

In the sections ahead, the power characteristics, availability of various outlets, the portability, and any additional features of the device shall be discussed.

Power & Run Time

The DuroStar DS10000E in use

The DuroStar DS10000E

The DuroStar DS10000E houses a 439 cc (18 hp) OHV 4-stroke engine, which provides 120/240V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 8,000W along with a peak wattage of 10,000W.

The generator, rated for a noise of 72 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a vacuum cleaner), provides flexibility in starting, offering both a manual recoil starter system and a no-fuss and convenient electric starter (battery included).

With a fuel capacity of 8.3 gallons, the DS10000E can run for up to 22 hours when the tank is full (fuel consumption is approximately 0.38 gallons per hour).

The powering of sensitive electronic devices with the DS10000E is not recommended due to its relatively high THD (<12%).

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 5 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle
120/240V 50A (14-50R) receptacle

In addition, it provides 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A output making battery charging a breeze.

If you own an RV with a 50-amp service, you can consider this DuroStar unit as RV-ready, as it features a 14-50R outlet. Its L5-30R receptacle can also be used for a simple RV connection with an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. In addition, since the DS10000E 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

Measuring L29 x W30 x H26 in, the classic open frame build of the DuroStar DS10000E delivers stability and easy maintenance access to components, facilitating air circulation. The device has been designed for tough environments and demanding outdoor use.

As the generator's weight is 218 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable). However, its challenging mobility is solved by its wheel kit (⌀10") and its folding handle, which will ease its displacement, once it is on the floor.

Features

Panel of the DuroStar DS10000E

The DS10000E's control panel

The DS10000E and its control panel include a convenient voltmeter, which provides an easy way to monitor power output anytime. This feature comes handy when monitoring its status and activity.

In addition to this info, a light indicator shows you 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.

As for its security measures, the device features an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), letting you use it with a peace of mind.

Apart from the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to facilitate setup, the DuroStar DS10000E features extra accessories: tool kit, funnel and battery charging cables. An official storage cover is also available, as a separate purchase.

The DuroStar DS10000E versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the DuroStar DS10000E compare to generators of similar power (between 7500 and 8500 W).

  • At 218 lbs in dry weight, the DuroStar DS10000E fits well within the typical weight bracket for generators producing 7500 to 8500 rated watts. If weight is an important consideration for you, the Westinghouse ecoGen10000 stands out as one of the top contenders in this power category, with a dry weight of 147.7 pounds.
  • This generator has a somewhat average expected noise for its power range, rated at 72 dBA. If noise is a concern for you, you could consider the DuroMax XP9500iH, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, rated at 61 dBA.
  • Among its devices with similar power, the DS10000E offers one of the highest run times, running for up to 22 hours at 25% load.
  • 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 0.38 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load, this generator is among the more fuel-efficient of the products in the above-mentioned wattage range. If you wish to get a unit of similar power, but with one of the best fuel efficiency, you could consider the DuroMax XP9500iH, which has an impressively low fuel consumption of 0.34 GPH.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: DuroStar DS10000E vs DuroMax XP10000E.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 7500-8500W generators, the DuroStar DS10000E is on the average side of the price range.

Therefore, this generator nicely fits in the expected budget for this kind of product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • 4 different AC outlet types
  • Electric start
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (218 lbs)
  • Acceptable noise (72 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine439 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts8,000 W
Starting watts10,000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)66.7/33.3 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)83.3/41.7 amps
Run time @50% load10 h
Run time @25% load22 h
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 50A (14-50R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A output
Data centerVoltmeter
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tank8.3 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight218 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)29 x 30 x 26 in
Noise (lower limit)72 dBA
THD< 12%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, battery charging cables, battery, and wheel kit
UPC811640013578

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About DuroStar

The DuroStar brand belongs to DuroMax, a company founded in 2003 and based in Ontario, California. DuroStar generators usually have a DuroMax twin, and only differ in their color scheme and in the factory in which they were produced. While DuroStar generators and engines are manufactured in China, the design and servicing centers reside in the US.

Warranty Information

The DuroStar DS10000E 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 DuroStar generators, please consult DuroStar's (DuroMax) 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 homeDish washer15003000
Electric fry pan15001500
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Security system180180
Total6372 W7872 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Satelite receiver250250
Total6390 W6980 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Drill600900
Bug zapper8080
Total5480 W9980 W

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