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DuroStar DS13000E - 10500/13000W Portable Generator With Electric Start

The DuroStar DS13000E is a powerful open frame generator with a rated wattage of 10,500 W and a starting wattage of 13,000 W. (Read full specs)

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Since: October 15, 2023
  • Highest Price: $1,567.10 - April 4, 2024
  • Lowest Price: $77.14 - April 11, 2024

Description

The all-new DuroStar DS13000E is a workhorse powered by a 500cc OHV Engine. With 10,500 watts of running power and the ability to surge up to 13,000 watts, this generator can power household essentials such as lights, small and large appliances, and your home's central A/C system.

Zoom on the DuroStar DS13000E

In a nutshell, the DuroStar DS13000E is a powerful portable generator mostly geared towards professionals in need of safely powering high-intensity work or lighting equipment.

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 DS13000E in use

The DuroStar DS13000E

The DuroStar DS13000E's design includes a gasoline-fueled 500 cc (18 hp) DuroStar OHV 4-stroke engine. With a 120/240V output, it gives a running wattage of 10,500W and also a peak wattage of 13,000W.

Enjoying a noise rating of 74 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a dishwasher), this generator can be started thanks to a conventional pull-start mechanism, but also to a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included).

The DS13000E can operate for around 8 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 1.04 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 8.3 gallons.

The quite high THD (<12%) of the DS13000E makes it unsuitable for powering sensitive electronic devices.

Outlets

The control panel features the following 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

Furthermore, it has 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle with which you may charge your batteries with ease.

Even though this DuroStar generator isn't quite RV Ready, its L5-30R receptacle allows an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. Besides, as the DS13000E holds a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: you'll easily be able to connect it to your breaker box to power your home during a power outage.

Portability

The DuroStar DS13000E has the following dimensions: L29 x W30 x H26 in. In combination with its conventional, open frame design, they provide support and allow the generator to be raised above ground level. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

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 236 lbs. However, this lack of maneuverability is compensated by its wheel kit (⌀10") and its folding handle, with which you can conveniently shift it, once it's on the ground.

Features

Panel of the DuroStar DS13000E

The DS13000E's control panel

To help you monitor the DS13000E's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours.

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

Thanks to a built-in fuel gauge, the generator allows you to quickly, conveniently and easily check the gas level at a glance.

From a security standpoint, the product offers an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), allowing you to use it with a peace of mind.

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start the generator quickly, the DuroStar DS13000E also comes with several accessories, including: tool kit and funnel.

Emissions

The DuroStar DS13000E is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Thus, selling and purchasing this generator is allowed in each of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, so it is adequate for use in forested areas.

The DuroStar DS13000E versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the DuroStar DS13000E compare to generators of similar power (between 10000 and 11000 W).

  • As for its weight, the DuroStar DS13000E weighs only 236 pounds, making it one of the lighter generators in the 10000-11000 rated wattage category. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the A-iPower SUA13000EFI, standing at just 218 lbs.
  • Because this generator emits noise as low as 74 dBA, it can be considered to have a pretty average expected noise rating for a device of its power. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the A-iPower SUA13000EFI with only 69 dBA.
  • Autonomy-wise, with around 8 hours on a full tank at a 50% load, the DS13000E is on the low end when compared to other generators of a similar power output. If you consider autonomy on a single full tank as one of the deciding factors, one of the generators in the same power range that offers the highest run time is the Powerhorse 13000ES, 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. In fact, this generator is not among the most fuel efficient, within the aforementioned wattage range : its estimated gasoline consumption at 50% load is around 1.04 GPH. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the A-iPower SUA13000EFI. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.78 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 10000-11000W generators, the DuroStar DS13000E 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
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • 4 different AC outlet types
  • Electric start
  • Lightweight for its kind (236 lbs)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (74 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine500 cc DuroStar OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts10,500 W
Starting watts13,000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)87.5/43.8 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)108.3/54.2 amps
Run time @50% load8 h
Run time @25% load17 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 (cigarette lighter style)
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tankSteel, 8.3 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight236 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)29 x 30 x 26 in
Noise (lower limit)74 dBA
THD< 12%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, battery, and wheel kit
UPC811640015718

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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 DS13000E 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
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Electric fry pan15001500
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
Electric fry pan15001500
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
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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