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NorthStar c13000s - 10500/13000W Portable Generator With Electric Start And Honda Engine

The NorthStar c13000s is a powerful open frame generator with a rated wattage of 10,500 W and a starting wattage of 13,000 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

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In summary, the NorthStar c13000s is a powerful portable generator especially useful for professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure.

In the sections ahead, the power characteristics, availability of various outlets, the portability, and any additional features of the device shall be discussed.

Power & Run Time

The NorthStar c13000s's design includes a gasoline-fueled 688 cc Honda GX630 OHV V-Twin engine. With a 120/240V output, it gives a running wattage of 10,500W and also a peak wattage of 13,000W.

The generator is rated for a noise of 72 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a vacuum cleaner). Its starting mechanism is based on a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included).

The c13000s's fuel tank holds 12 gallons, ensuring uninterrupted operation for around 10.9 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption approximately 1.1 GPH).

With a <5% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), the c13000s delivers a clean sine wave—essential for safeguarding your delicate electronics when plugged into its AC outlets.

Outlets

The control panel features 9 AC outlets as follows:

Three Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle
120/240V 50A (14-50R) receptacle

Even if this NorthStar generator isn't quite RV Ready, it still allows for an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor, thanks to its L5-30R receptacle. Besides, with its twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the c13000s is designed to be transfer switch ready, allowing easy connection to your breaker box for powering your home during a blackout.

Portability

With a size of L43 x W36 x H35 in, the NorthStar c13000s features an open frame design, providing stability and simplified maintenance access to components, enhancing air circulation. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy outdoor use.

Even though this device may be technically portable (as in movable), manipulation and transportation without special equipment can be a challenge, as it weighs 387 pounds. However, its challenging mobility is solved by its wheel kit (⌀10") and its folding handle, which will ease its displacement, once it is on the floor.

Features

Panel of the NorthStar c13000s

The c13000s's control panel

To help you monitor the c13000s's status and activity, the unit's control panel is equipped with a digital display that provides extensive information on the generator (more information about it below).

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.

It also includes a carbon monoxide sensor. This sensor is designed to monitor the level of carbon monoxide present during the generator's operation. If the generator is positioned incorrectly and carbon monoxide levels rise to an unsafe level, the generator will automatically shut down.

In addition to the standard documentation and the user manual for prompt setup, NorthStar has also included accessory] in the packaging of the c13000s.

Full-Featured Display

The Home, Service, and Diagnostic screens of the display

The excellent digital display

The unit is fitted with a colored, multi-function LCD display that offers simple, yet incredinbly exhaustive, at-a-glance monitoring. It features 3 screens:

  • Home: Gives you information about the load that is connected, fuel level, and total runtime of the generator
  • Service: Displays maintenance intervals and the time remaining before each service is due
  • Diagnostic: Provides various electrical data, such as voltage, current, and frequency

The NorthStar c13000s versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the NorthStar c13000s compare to generators of similar power (between 10000 and 11000 W).

  • With its weight of 387 lbs, the NorthStar c13000s is one of the heaviest generators in the 10000-11000 rated wattage category. If weight is an important consideration for you, the DuroStar DS13000MX stands out as one of the top contenders in this power category, with a dry weight of 209 pounds.
  • At just 72 dBA rated noise level, this generator is positioned as one of the quieter choices among devices delivering similar power. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the A-iPower SUA13000EFI with only 69 dBA.
  • Thanks to an impressive running time of around 10.9 hours at 50% load, the c13000s benefits from a higher run time than many generators of a similar output. For those prioritizing autonomy, the Powerhorse 13000ES could be considered, as it offers one of the longest run times among generators with similar power output, reaching around 15 hours.
  • While run time is vital, it hinges on the fuel capacity. To grasp the full picture, we must also factor in fuel efficiency. Among generators of similar output, this generator ranks somewhat poorly in fuel efficiency, with an estimated consumption of 1.1 GPH at a 50% load. If gasoline efficiency is at the top of your list, you may want to have a look at the A-iPower SUA13000EFI, which has great fuel efficiency, with a gas consumption of only 0.78 gallons per hour.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 10000-11000W generators, the NorthStar c13000s is on the expensive side of the price range.

While certainly not the cheapest of its kind, purchasing it would most likely also mean enjoying the reliability of a high-end product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Excellent display, full of information
  • CO Sensor
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Impressive quantity of AC outlets
  • 4 different AC outlet types
  • Honda engine
  • Electric start
  • Clean sine wave
  • Quiet for its power (72 dBA)
  • High run time
  • Made in USA
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the expensive side
  • No recoil back-up
  • No remote start
  • On the heavy side (387 lbs)
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine688 cc Honda GX630 OHV V-Twin
Starting systemElectric
Warranty4 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Running watts10,500 W
Starting watts13,000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)87.5/43.8 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)108.3/54.2 amps
Run time @50% load10.9 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 3x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 50A (14-50R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerPower output, fuel level, lifetime run hours, voltage and frequency
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank12 gal
Fuel gaugeDigital
Misc
Weight387 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)43 x 36 x 35 in
Noise (lower limit)72 dBA
THD< 5%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedFunnel, battery, and wheel kit
Country of originUSA
SeriesCommercial-Grade
Other model numbers1654404

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About NorthStar

NorthStar is a brand of outdoor power equipment trademarked and sold by the Northern Tool + Equipment company which has been based in Burnsville, Minnesota, USA since being founded in 1981. NorthStar products include log splitters, portable generators, air compressors, and pressure washers. Their line of commercial-grade portable generators is manufactured in the US. With many units powered by Honda engines, NorthStar outdoor power tools make up a large percentage of the product line for the fast-growing Northern Tool company.

Warranty Information

The NorthStar c13000s is covered under a warranty for up to 4 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of NorthStar generators, please contact the NorthStar Customer Support: 1-800-270-0810.

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 homeDish washer15003000
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Electric fry pan15001500
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Vacuum cleaner10751175
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Cell phone charger2020
Total8392 W9892 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Pressure washer (1 hp)12003600
Milk cooler11001800
Total8360 W12860 W

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