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DuroStar DS4400E - 3500/4400W Portable Generator With Electric Start

The DuroStar DS4400E is a portable open frame generator with a rated wattage of 3,500 W and a starting wattage of 4,400 W. (Read full specs)

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  • $1,187.16 - December 30, 2023
  • $1,583.20 - December 1, 2023
  • $1,319.17 - November 27, 2023
  • $1,115.86 - November 22, 2023
  • $1,319.17 - November 11, 2023
  • $1,115.86 - November 11, 2023
  • $1,319.17 - November 9, 2023
  • $1,115.86 - November 6, 2023
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Since: August 20, 2023
  • Highest Price: $2,068.25 - August 29, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $1,094.75 - September 20, 2023

Description

The DuroStar DS4400E 4,400 watt generator is the #1 selling generator available from DuroStar. Powered by a 7HP DuroStar engine, this model features a fully loaded power panel, electric start, and much more.

Zoom on the DuroStar DS4400E

To sum up, the DuroStar DS4400E is a portable generator tailored for:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • People occasionally participating in outdoor fairs, festivals or events
  • Amateur DIY lovers
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • Professionals who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working

Over the following sections, you'll uncover its power characteristics, the selection of outlets it offers, its overall portability, and the supplementary features it includes.

Power & Run Time

With a 212 cc (7 hp) DuroStar OHV 4-stroke engine, the DuroStar DS4400E operates on gasoline, providing 120/240V, with a running wattage of 3,500W and a starting wattage of 4,400W.

At a noise rating of 69 dBA (less noisy than a normal conversation), this generator can be started via a manual recoil starter system, or a practical and straightforward electric starter (battery included).

With a full tank, the DS4400E can operate for up to 25 hours (fuel consumption around 0.16 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 4 gallons.

The DS4400E is unsuitable for the powering of sensitive electronic devices due to its relatively high THD (<12%).

Outlets

The control panel is equipped with the following 3 AC outlets:

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

Moreover, it boasts 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A output enabling simple battery charging for added ease.

Since it boasts a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the DS4400E is engineered to be transfer switch ready, ensuring easy integration with your breaker box to provide backup power to your home during outages.

Portability

At L25 x W24 x H21 in, the standard open frame design of the DuroStar DS4400E delivers stability alongside easy maintenance access to components and good air cooling. The device has been designed for tough 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 122 lbs. Nevertheless, thanks to its wheel kit (⌀8") 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 DS4400E

The DS4400E's control panel

To help you monitor the DS4400E's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a convenient voltmeter, which provides an easy way to monitor power output anytime.

In addition to this info, the generator's light indicator provides visual feedback when the oil level is too low.

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

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

Along the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), useful for starting the generator right away, the DuroStar DS4400E's package also includes these accessories: battery charging cables, tool kit and funnel. An official storage cover is also available, as a separate purchase.

The DuroStar DS4400E versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the DuroStar DS4400E compare to generators of similar power (between 3000 and 4000 W).

  • At a dry weight of 122 pounds, the DuroStar DS4400E is one of the heavier devices which can produce between 3000 and 4000 running watts. If weight is a key factor for your needs, the Pulsar PGD40iSCO is noteworthy for being one of the top contenders in this power range, with a dry weight of 46 pounds.
  • When comparing it to devices with a similar running wattage, this generator's lowest noise level of 69 dBA puts it alongside the noisier units. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may want to take a look at the Westinghouse iGen4500DF. It's one of the quietest options among generators of similar power, rated at 52 dBA.
  • Thanks to an impressive running time of up to 25 hours at 25% load, the DS4400E benefits from a higher run time than many generators of a similar output. If run time is one of your main concerns, the DuroStar DS4000S could be worth looking at. It boasts one of the highest run times among units of comparable power, lasting up to 26 hours.
  • Run time is crucial, but it heavily relies on the fuel tank's capacity. Thus, considering fuel efficiency alongside is essential. With a fuel consumption rate around 0.16 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load, this generator is one of the more fuel-efficient models within the aforementioned wattage range. If you wish to get a unit of similar power, but with one of the best fuel efficiency, you could consider the Energizer eZV3500P, which has an impressively low fuel consumption of 0.13 GPH.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 3000-4000W generators, the DuroStar DS4400E 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
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • On the heavy side (122 lbs)
  • On the noisy side (69 dBA)

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine212 cc DuroStar OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts3,500 W
Starting watts4,400 W
Running amps (@120/240V)29.2/14.6 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)36.7/18.3 amps
Run time @50% load10 h
Run time @25% load25 h
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A output
Data centerVoltmeter
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tank4 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight122 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)25 x 24 x 21 in
Noise (lower limit)69 dBA
THD< 12%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, battery charging cables, battery, and wheel kit
UPC811640013561

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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 DS4400E 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 generator sizing calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeAC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total2797 W3897 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Electric fry pan15001500
Radio100100
Total2790 W3380 W
For workGrinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Bug zapper8080
Total2740 W3840 W
Where can you find an OEM equipment battery? All I can find are too large or have positive terminal on right side - mine requires left side (Asked July 09, 2022)

Replacement parts can be ordered through DuroMax Support: 1-844-DUROMAX, option 1.

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