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DuroStar DS4500X - 3500/4500W Portable Generator With Electric Start

The DuroStar DS4500X is a portable open frame generator with a rated wattage of 3,500 W and a starting wattage of 4,500 W. (Read full specs)

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Price history for the DuroStar DS4500X
Latest updates:
  • $429.00 - May 31, 2024
  • $399.00 - May 17, 2024
  • $369.00 - April 20, 2024
  • $379.00 - April 4, 2024
  • $399.00 - February 15, 2024
  • $549.00 - January 23, 2024
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Since: January 23, 2024
  • Highest Price: $549.00 - January 23, 2024
  • Lowest Price: $369.00 - April 20, 2024

Description

The DS4500X is perfect for power at home and on-the-go, with 4,500 peak watts and 3,500 running watts.

Zoom on the DuroStar DS4500X

In short, the DuroStar DS4500X is a portable generator adequately designed for:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • 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 be able to deliver results, even during a power failure

In the upcoming sections, you'll discover its power characteristics, the array of outlets it presents, its overall portability, and the additional features it possesses.

Power & Run Time

The DuroStar DS4500X in use

The DuroStar DS4500X

With a 212 cc OHV 4-stroke engine, the DuroStar DS4500X operates on gasoline, providing 120/240V, with a running wattage of 3,500W and a starting wattage of 4,500W.

At a noise rating of 69 dBA (less noisy than background music), this generator provides the choice between a classic hand-operated recoil starting mechanism or a convenient and efficient electric starter (battery included) for starting.

With a full tank, the DS4500X can operate for up to 25 hours (fuel consumption around 0.16 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 4 gallons.

As the DS4500X has a relatively high THD (<12%), it is not recommended to use it to power sensitive electronic devices.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 5 AC outlets:

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

Because the DS4500X is equipped with a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: it can power your home during a power outage, as it can be easily connected to your breaker box to power your household.

Portability

With dimensions of L25 x W23 x H22 in, the standard open frame design of the DuroStar DS4500X provides stability and easy maintenance access to components, as well as good air circulation. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

While weighing 126 lbs, the generator is classified as 'portable,' indicating its mobility, albeit its heftiness may limit portability in specific situations. Nevertheless, the restricted maneuverability is counteracted by its wheel kit (⌀8") and its folding handle, enabling easy shifting once the generator is set in place.

Features

Panel of the DuroStar DS4500X

The DS4500X's control panel

The DS4500X and its control panel include a convenient meter, displaying voltage, frequency, and lifetime hours information. This feature comes handy when monitoring its status and activity.

In addition to this info, a light indicator allows you to instantly see if the oil level is too low.

With its built-in fuel gauge, the generator provides quick and convenient gas level checks.

Considering security aspects, the generator boasts an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, offering peace of mind throughout operation.

The DS4500X 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.

Apart from the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to facilitate setup, the DuroStar DS4500X features extra accessories: funnel and tool kit.

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The DuroStar DS4500X versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the DuroStar DS4500X compare to generators of similar power (between 3000 and 4000 W).

  • With a weight of 126 lbs, the DuroStar DS4500X is notably on the heavier side among generators in the 3000-4000 rated wattage range. if you wish to prioritize weight, the Pulsar PGD40iSCO is one of the top contenders in its power category, weighing only 46 pounds.
  • Among the generators of a comparable running wattage, this generator with a lowest noise of 69 dBA can be judged as noisy. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Westinghouse iGen4500DF with only 52 dBA.
  • At 25% load, the DS4500X boasts a higher run time than most similarly powerful products, reaching up to 25 hours. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the DuroStar DS4000S, as it provides 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. Among generators of similar power, this generator stands out with a better fuel efficiency than most, with consumption rates around 0.16 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load. If minimizing fuel usage is one of your key priorities, the Energizer eZV3500P is one of the most efficient devices with similar power output, with a gasoline consumption of only 0.13 gallons per hour.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 3000-4000W generators, the DuroStar DS4500X 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
  • CO Alert technology
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Electric start
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • On the heavy side (126 lbs)
  • On the noisy side (69 dBA)

Do you own the DuroStar DS4500X and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine212 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty5 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Running watts3,500 W
Starting watts4,500 W
Running amps (@120/240V)29.2/14.6 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)37.5/18.8 amps
Run time @50% load10 h
Run time @25% load25 h
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tankMetal, 4 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight126 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)25 x 23 x 22 in
Noise (lower limit)69 dBA
THD< 12%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, battery, and wheel kit
SeriesX
UPC811640016678

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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 DS4500X 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 homeMicrowave (1000 watts)15001500
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
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Radio100100
Total2790 W3380 W
For workGrinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Bug zapper8080
Total2740 W3840 W

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