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DuroStar DS5000DX - 4000/5000W Dual Fuel Generator With Electric Start

The DuroStar DS5000DX is a portable open frame dual fuel generator with a rated wattage of 4,000 W and a starting wattage of 5,000 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

The DS5000DX generator is perfect for power at home and on-the-go, with 5,000 peak watts and 4,000 running watts of compact Dual Fuel power.

Zoom on the DuroStar DS5000DX

In a few words, the DuroStar DS5000DX is a portable generator perfectly suited for:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • People occasionally participating in outdoor fairs, festivals or events
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • Professionals in need of safely powering high-intensity work or lighting equipment

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

The DuroStar DS5000DX in use

The DuroStar DS5000DX

Featuring dual-fuel technology, the DuroStar DS5000DX provides 120/240V, as well as versatility and power. Running on gasoline, it delivers a running wattage of 4,000W and a peak wattage of 5,000W. Alternatively, when fueled by propane, it offers 3,800 running watts and 4,750 peak watts.

At a noise rating of 69 dBA (less noisy than an office), this generator can be started via a simple traditional pull-start mechanism, or a no-fuss and convenient electric starter (battery included).

Regarding its running time, the DS5000DX, with a 4 gallons fuel capacity, can operate for up to 22 hours with a full tank of gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.18 GPH). When using propane, it can run for up to 22 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.21 GPH).

The quite high THD (<12%) of the DS5000DX makes it unsuitable for powering sensitive electronic devices.

Outlets

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

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

Because the DS5000DX 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

At L25 x W23 x H22 in, the DuroStar DS5000DX boasts a traditional open frame structure, ensuring stability and allowing for convenient maintenance access to components, promoting air circulation. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

While technically classified as 'portable' due to its ability to be moved, the 135 lbs of this generator make manual lifting and transportation incredibly difficult. However, the limited maneuverability is remedied with its wheel kit (⌀8") and its folding handle, facilitating convenient shifting once the generator is positioned on the ground.

Features

Panel of the DuroStar DS5000DX

The DS5000DX's control panel

The DS5000DX's control center features a convenient meter showing you 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 illuminate to indicate if the oil level is too low.

A built-in fuel gauge allows for a quick, easy and convenient check of the fuel level of the generator.

From a security standpoint, the generator is furnished with an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), ensuring peace of mind during operation.

The DS5000DX 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.

Alongside the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) for quick setup, the DuroStar DS5000DX is bundled with additional accessories: funnel, propane hose and tool kit.

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The DuroStar DS5000DX versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the DuroStar DS5000DX compare to dual fuel generators of similar power (between 3500 and 4500 W).

  • As its dry weight is 135 pounds, the DuroStar DS5000DX is one of the heaviest of the dual fuel products which can generate 3500 to 4500 running watts. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above-mentioned power range is the WEN DF402iX, with a dry weight of just 66.1 pounds.
  • As this generator has its lowest possible noise of 69 dBA, it should be considered noisier compared to its peers of a comparable running wattage. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Westinghouse iGen4500DF, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 52 dBA.
  • Compared to dual fuel devices of similar power, the DS5000DX stands out with one of the higher run times, lasting up to 22 hours at 25% load. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Firman WH03662OF, reaching up to 25 hours.
  • Run time is a key metric, but it's dependent on the generator's fuel capacity. Therefore, discussing fuel efficiency is necessary to get the full picture. With an estimated gasoline consumption of 0.18 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load, this generator is among the more fuel-efficient of the products in the above-mentioned wattage range. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.16 GPH, the Champion 200988 is a device you could look out for.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 3500-4500W dual fuel generators, the DuroStar DS5000DX 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
  • Electric start
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • On the heavy side (135 lbs)
  • On the noisy side (69 dBA)

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine224 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty5 years
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Power
GasolinePropane
Running watts4,000 W3,800 W
Starting watts5,000 W4,750 W
Running amps (@120/240V)33.3/16.7 amps31.7/15.8 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)41.7/20.8 amps39.6/19.8 amps
Run time @50% load9 h9 h
Run time @25% load22 h22 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 outletsNo
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tank4 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight135 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, propane hose, battery, and wheel kit
SeriesDX
UPC811640016708

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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 DS5000DX 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 wattage calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeElectric fry pan15001500
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Total3192 W4192 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Mixer200200
Total3190 W3780 W
For workTable saw18004500
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Bug zapper8080
Total2130 W4830 W

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