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DuroStar DS13000DX - 10500/13000W Dual Fuel Generator

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.

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  • $1,699.00 - April 20, 2023
  • $1,359.00 - April 14, 2023
  • $1,699.00 - March 7, 2023
  • $1,274.25 - February 28, 2023
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Since: February 28, 2023
  • Highest Price: $1,699.00 - March 7, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $1,274.25 - February 28, 2023

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 a nutshell, the DuroStar DS13000DX is a powerful portable generator mostly geared towards professionals who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working.

In the following paragraphs, we shall explore the power characteristics, available outlets, portability, and any additional features of the device, along with its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The DuroStar DS13000DX in use

The DuroStar DS13000DX

Thanks to its dual-fuel technology, the DuroStar DS13000DX delivers 120/240V and offers power and versatility. When gasoline-powered, it benefits from a running wattage of 10,500W and a peak wattage of 13,000W. When propane-powered, it has 9,975 rated watts and 12,350 peak watts.

The generator features a simple traditional pull-start mechanism and also a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included). It is rated for a noise of 74 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a dishwasher).

With a fuel capacity of 8.3 gallons, the DS13000DX can operate for around 8.5 hours at 50% load using gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.98 GPH), or for around 3.2 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 1.47 GPH) using propane.

The quite high THD (<12%) of the DS13000DX makes it unsuitable for powering sensitive electronic devices.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 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

This DuroStar generator features an L5-30R receptacle, enabling an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. However, it is still not quite RV ready. Besides, due to the featured twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the DS13000DX is transfer switch ready: you may connect it to a breaker box to power your household during a power outage.

Portability

The DuroStar DS13000DX has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L30 x W29 x H26 in, which offers support and allows it to be raised above ground level. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough environments.

As the generator's weight is 240 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable). 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

The control panel of the DS13000DX includes a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours, helpful for the monitoring of its status and activity.

In addition to this info, when its oil levels are insufficient, you will be informed by the featured light indicator.

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 overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, letting you use it with a peace of mind.

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.

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start the generator quickly, the DuroStar DS13000DX also comes with several accessories, including: propane hose, funnel and tool kit.

Emissions

The DuroStar DS13000DX 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 thus, may be used in forested areas.

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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).

  • As for its weight, the DuroStar DS13000DX weighs only 240 pounds, making it one of the lighter generators in the 10000-11000 rated wattage category. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the A-iPower SUA13000EFI, with a dry weight of only 218 lbs.
  • 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.
  • Regarding its autonomy, the autonomy of the DS13000DX, reaching around 8.5 hours at a 50% load, can be considered as low end, compared to other products of a roughly equal output. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the Powerhorse 13000ES, as it provides around 15 hours.
  • The run time is important, but also hugely depends on the capacity of the fuel tank and doesn't mean much if we don't talk about fuel consumption as well. Standing at an estimated 0.98 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, this generator is somewhat average in this area compared to other devices, within the aforementioned wattage range. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the A-iPower SUA13000EFI, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.78 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

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

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 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 sizer.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeSump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Furnace fan (1/2 hp)8752350
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Clothes dryer54006750
Freezer8101750
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total8382 W9857 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Electric fry pan15001500
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Blender400850
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total8385 W8835 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Circular saw12003200
Milk cooler11001800
Total8360 W12860 W

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