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DuroStar DS5000X - 4000/5000W Portable Generator With Electric Start

The DuroStar DS5000X is a portable open frame 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

Powered by a 224cc DuroMax engine, this generator is excellent for camping, RVs, power on the jobsite, and will run various household essentials such as lights and appliances when the power goes out.

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In summary, the DuroStar DS5000X is a portable generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • Occasional participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • 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.

Power & Run Time

The DuroStar DS5000X in use

The DuroStar DS5000X

The DuroStar DS5000X houses a 224 cc OHV 4-stroke engine, which provides 120/240V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 4,000W along with a peak wattage of 5,000W.

Enjoying a noise rating of 69 dBA (less noisy than background music), this generator offers the versatility of starting with either a traditional recoil pull-start mechanism or a hassle-free and practical electric starter (battery included).

Thanks to its 4 gallons fuel tank, the DS5000X can run continuously for up to 22 hours on a full tank (with an average fuel consumption of approximately 0.18 GPH).

Since the DS5000X has a somewhat high THD (<12%), it is advisable to not use it for the powering of sensitive electronic devices.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 3 AC outlets:

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

Due to the featured twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the DS5000X is transfer switch ready: you may connect it to a breaker box to power your household during a power outage.

Portability

At L25 x W23 x H22 in, the DuroStar DS5000X boasts a traditional open frame structure, ensuring stability and allowing for convenient maintenance access to components, promoting air circulation. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy outdoor use.

While weighing 130 lbs, the generator is classified as 'portable,' indicating its mobility, albeit its heftiness may limit portability in specific situations. Nevertheless, it can still be moved quite conveniently with the help of its wheel kit (⌀8") and its folding handle, once it is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the DuroStar DS5000X

The DS5000X's control panel

To help you monitor the DS5000X's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a convenient meter, providing voltage, frequency, and lifetime hours data.

In addition to this info, a light indicator on the device will notify you if its oil levels are insufficient.

The generator allows for a quick, easy and convenient assessment of its gas level, as it is equipped with a built-in fuel gauge.

As far as security is concerned, the generator can be used with a peace of mind, as it features an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker).

The DS5000X 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.

Besides the classic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, the DuroStar DS5000X also comes with some accessories: funnel and tool kit are included.

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The DuroStar DS5000X versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the DuroStar DS5000X compare to generators of similar power (between 3500 and 4500 W).

  • At a weight of 130 pounds, the DuroStar DS5000X places in the expected weight range of the generators in the 3500-4500 rated wattage range. If weight is an important consideration for you, the Genmax GM4600iAEFIC stands out as one of the top contenders in this power category, with a dry weight of 58.4 pounds.
  • This generator, with its lowest noise level at 69 dBA, is noisier than most generators of comparable running wattage. If you value reduced noise levels, the Westinghouse iGen4500DF could be worth considering. It's one of the quietest generators in its power range, rated at 52 dBA.
  • With a run time of up to 22 hours at 25% load, the DS5000X has one of the higher run times, compared to its similarly powerful peers. If wyou wish to prioritize autonomy, the Firman W03661OF shines as one of the top contenders, offering one of the highest run times among generators with similar power output, totaling 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. This generator is one of the more fuel-efficient options in its power range, consuming approximately 0.18 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Champion 200988, with a fuel consumption of 0.16 GPH could be in your good books.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 3500-4500W generators, the DuroStar DS5000X 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
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (130 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • On the noisy side (69 dBA)

Do you own the DuroStar DS5000X and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine224 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty5 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Running watts4,000 W
Starting watts5,000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)33.3/16.7 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)41.7/20.8 amps
Run time @50% load9 h
Run time @25% load22 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
Weight130 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
UPC811640016708

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 DS5000X 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 sizer.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeAC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Electric fry pan15001500
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
Drain cleaner250250
Bug zapper8080
Total2130 W4830 W

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