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DuroStar DS13000EH Spec Review

The DuroStar DS13000EH is a powerful open frame dual fuel generator with a rated wattage of 10500 W and a starting wattage of 13000 W.

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  • $1,499.99 - June 6, 2021
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Since: February 4, 2021
  • Highest Price: $1,499.99 - April 10, 2021
  • Lowest Price: $1,399.00 - February 4, 2021

Description

The DuroStar DS13000EH is a Dual Fuel workhorse powered by a 500cc OHV Engine and runs on gasoline or propane. Producing over 13,000 watts you can rest assured you will stay powered through any storm including your household essentials such as lights, small and large appliances, and your home's central A/C. (source: DuroStar (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the DuroStar DS13000EH

In a nutshell, the DuroStar DS13000EH 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 DS13000EH in use

The DuroStar DS13000EH

Thanks to its dual-fuel technology, the DuroStar DS13000EH delivers 120/240V and offers power and versatility. When gasoline-powered, it benefits from a running wattage of 10500W and a peak wattage of 13000W. When propane-powered, it has 9975 rated watts and 12350 peak watts.

The generator features a conventional 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).

Regarding its running time, the DS13000EH, with a 8.3 gallons fuel capacity can operate for around 8.5 hours at 50% load with a full tank of gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.98 GPH). When using propane, it can run for around 3.2 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 1.47 GPH).

The DS13000EH is unsuitable for the powering of sensitive electronic devices due to its relatively high THD (<12%).

Outlets

The control panel features 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

Additionally, it features 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle allowing you to easily charge your batteries.

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, since the DS13000EH 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

The design of the DuroStar DS13000EH is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L29 x W30 x H26 in, offering support and stability and enabling the possibility of raising it above ground level. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

Although this generator is technically considered 'portable' (in the sense that it can be moved), its 234 lbs make it incredibly difficult to manually lift and transport. Nevertheless, thanks to its wheel kit and its folding handle (a decent solution to its lack of maneuverability), the generator can be easily moved, once placed the ground.

Features

Panel of the DuroStar DS13000EH

The DS13000EH's control panel

The DS13000EH's control center features a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours to aid you with the monitoring of its status and activity.

In addition to this info, the device’s light indicator will display if its oil levels are insufficient.

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

Security-wise, this product benefits from an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), which gives you a complete peace of mind when using it.

Besides the classic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, the DuroStar DS13000EH also comes with some accessories: funnel, tool kit and propane hose are included.

Emissions

The DuroStar DS13000EH 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, making it usable in forested areas.

The DuroStar DS13000EH versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the DuroStar DS13000EH compare to generators of similar power (between 10000 and 11000 W).

  • As for its weight, the DuroStar DS13000EH weighs only 234 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.
  • This generator has a somewhat average expected noise for its power range, rated at 74 dBA. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the A-iPower SUA13000EFI. With just 69 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • Regarding its autonomy, the autonomy of the DS13000EH, reaching around 8.5 hours at a 50% load, can be considered as low end, compared to other products of a roughly equal output. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Powerhorse 13000ES, reaching 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. 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 0.98 GPH. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.78 GPH, the A-iPower SUA13000EFI is a device you should look out for.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: DuroStar DS13000EH vs DuroMax XP13000EH.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 10000-11000W generators, the DuroStar DS13000EH 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
  • Electric start
  • Dual Fuel
  • Lightweight for its kind (234 lbs)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (74 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the DuroStar DS13000EH and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine500 cc DuroStar OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Power
 GasolinePropane
Running watts10500 W9975 W
Starting watts13000 W12350 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% loadUnknownUnknown
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
Weight234 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)29 x 30 x 26 in
Noise (lower limit)74 dBA
THD< 12%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, propane hose, battery, and wheel kit
Warranty3 years

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 DS13000EH 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 homeMicrowave (1000 watts)15001500
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Dish washer15003000
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
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Electric fry pan15001500
Rice cooker650650
Radio100100
Total8390 W8980 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Disc sander12001200
Milk cooler11001800
Total8360 W12860 W

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