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DuroStar DS13000DX - 10500/13000W Dual Fuel Generator With Electric Start

The DuroStar DS13000DX is a powerful open frame dual fuel generator with a rated wattage of 10,500 W and a starting wattage of 13,000 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

The DS13000DX is the largest and most powerful dual fuel gasoline generator in the DX Series, with 13,000 peak watts and 10,500 running watts.

Zoom on the DuroStar DS13000DX

In summary, the DuroStar DS13000DX is a powerful portable generator especially useful for professionals who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working.

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 DS13000DX in use

The DuroStar DS13000DX

Featuring dual-fuel technology, the DuroStar DS13000DX provides 120/240V, and offers both power and versatility. Running on gasoline, it delivers a running wattage of 10,500W and a starting wattage of 13,000W. When propane-powered, it offers 9,975 running watts and 12,350 starting watts.

At a noise rating of 74 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a shower), this generator can be started via a traditional recoil pull-start mechanism, or a user-friendly and hassle-free electric starter (battery included).

In terms of run time, the DS13000DX, boasting a 8.3 gallons fuel tank, can run for around 8.5 hours at 50% load on a full tank of gasoline (with fuel consumption averaging 0.98 gallons per hour). Additionally, it provides around 3.2 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 1.47 GPH) of operation with propane.

Since the DS13000DX has a somewhat high THD (<12%), it is advisable to not use it for the powering of sensitive electronic devices.

Outlets

The control panel features the following 7 AC outlets:

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

Despite not meeting the 'RV Ready' criteria, this DuroStar generator grants the advantage of simple RV compatibility via its L5-30R receptacle, enabling you to conveniently power your RV by using an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. Besides, thanks to its twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the DS13000DX is transfer switch ready, facilitating easy hookup to your breaker box to provide backup power for your home during blackouts.

Portability

At L30 x W29 x H26 in, the standard open frame design of the DuroStar DS13000DX delivers stability alongside easy maintenance access to components and good air cooling. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

While the generator is considered to be technically 'portable' (in the sense that you can move it), manually lifting and transporting it may be challenging, due to its high weight of 240 lbs. Nevertheless, it can still be moved quite conveniently with the help of its wheel kit (⌀10") and its folding handle, once it is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the DuroStar DS13000DX

The DS13000DX's control panel

Included in the control panel of the DS13000DX are a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours, essential for monitoring its status and activity.

In addition to this info, a light indicator on the device will signal if the oil level is too low.

The built-in fuel gauge of the generator ensures simple and quick gas level assessments.

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 DS13000DX also benefits from DuroStar’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 DuroStar DS13000DX ships with supplementary accessories: tool kit, funnel and propane hose.

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The DuroStar DS13000DX versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the DuroStar DS13000DX compare to generators of similar power (between 10000 and 11000 W).

  • In terms of its weight, the DuroStar DS13000DX weighs merely 240 pounds, earning it a spot among the lighter generators within the 10000 to 11000 rated wattage category. Weight-conscious users may find the A-iPower SUA13000EFI appealing, as it is one of the top contenders in this power range, weighing just 218 pounds.
  • Since the generator's noise is rated at 74 dBA, it has the roughly average expected noise for a device of similar 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 A-iPower SUA13000EFI, whose lowest noise levels reach just 69 dBA.
  • In terms of autonomy, the DS13000DX offers around 8.5 hours at a 50% load, placing it at the lower range within its power range. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the Powerhorse 13000ES, boasting with 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. The generator utilizes approximately 0.98 GPH of gasoline at a 50% load, placing it within the typical range of fuel consumption seen in products of comparable wattage. If you wish to get a unit of similar power, but with one of the best fuel efficiency, you could consider the A-iPower SUA13000EFI, which has an impressively low fuel consumption of 0.78 GPH.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 10000-11000W generators, the DuroStar DS13000DX 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
  • Dual Fuel
  • CO Alert technology
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • 4 different AC outlet types
  • Electric start
  • Lightweight for its kind (240 lbs)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (74 dBA)
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • Relatively low run time

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine500 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty5 years
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Power
GasolinePropane
Running watts10,500 W9,975 W
Starting watts13,000 W12,350 W
Running amps (@120/240V)87.5/43.8 amps83.1/41.6 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)108.3/54.2 amps102.9/51.5 amps
Run time @50% load8.5 h3.2 h
Run time @25% load17 h6.5 h
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 50A (14-50R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tank8.3 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight240 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)30 x 29 x 26 in
Noise (lower limit)74 dBA
THD< 12%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, propane hose, battery, and wheel kit
SeriesDX
UPC811640016739

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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 DS13000DX 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 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 generator sizing calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeElectric fry pan15001500
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Dish washer15003000
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Vacuum cleaner10751175
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total8372 W9872 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Electric fry pan15001500
Rice cooker650650
Radio100100
Total8390 W8980 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Pressure washer (1 hp)12003600
Milk cooler11001800
Total8360 W12860 W

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