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Powerhorse 13000ES Spec Review

The Powerhorse 13000ES is a powerful open frame generator with a rated wattage of 10000 W and a starting wattage of 13000 W.

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  • $1,899.99 - July 7, 2021
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  • $1,749.99 - March 18, 2021
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Since: February 22, 2021
  • Highest Price: $1,899.99 - July 7, 2021
  • Lowest Price: $1,749.99 - March 18, 2021

Description

This Powerhorse Portable Generator is built to handle high-power demands in emergencies and on the job. Less than 5% total harmonic distortion allows you to enjoy clean power for running sensitive electronics.

Zoom on the Powerhorse 13000ES

In a nutshell, the Powerhorse 13000ES is a powerful portable generator mostly geared towards professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure.

In the following paragraphs, we shall explore the power characteristics, available outlets, portability, and any additional features of the device, along with its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The Powerhorse 13000ES in use

The Powerhorse 13000ES

The Powerhorse 13000ES's engine, 622 cc OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120/240V. It provides a running wattage of 10000W and reaches a peak wattage of 13000W.

At a noise rating of 77 dBA (less noisy than a dishwasher), this generator can be started via a simple traditional pull-start mechanism, or a simple and elegant electric starter (battery not included).

Thanks to a fuel capacity of 12.6 gallons, the 13000ES can operate for around 15 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.84 GPH).

The 13000ES generates a clean sine wave: providing <5% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), delicate electronics can be plugged in its AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 7 AC outlets:

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

Furthermore, it has 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle allowing you to easily charge your batteries.

This Powerhorse generator features an L5-30R receptacle, enabling an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. However, it is still not quite RV ready. Besides, due to the featured twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the 13000ES is transfer switch ready: you may connect it to a breaker box to power your household during a power outage.

Portability

The design of the Powerhorse 13000ES is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L33.5 x W24.4 x H25.6 in, offering support and stability and enabling the possibility of raising it above ground level. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

Since the generator weighs 324 lbs, it will be incredibly difficult to manually lift it and transport it, even though it is technically considered to 'be portable' (in the sense that it is movable). Nevertheless, thanks to its wheel kit 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 Powerhorse 13000ES

The 13000ES's control panel

One of the many 13000ES's features is the data center, included in its control panel, which conveniently provides information on the voltage and lifetime run hours and thus, helps you monitor its activity and status.

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

From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, giving you a peace of mind during use.

Besides the usual set of documentation and owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, Powerhorse also included a tool kit in the 13000ES's packaging.

Emissions

The Powerhorse 13000ES is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

However, it features a spark arrestor and therefore, can be used in forested areas.

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The Powerhorse 13000ES versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Powerhorse 13000ES compare to generators of similar power (between 9500 and 10500 W).

  • As its dry weight is 324 pounds, the Powerhorse 13000ES is one of the heavier of the products which can generate 9500 to 10500 running watts. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Rainier R12000DF, weighing just 196 pounds.
  • Among the generators of a comparable running wattage, this generator with a lowest noise of 77 dBA can be judged as noisy. If you are concerned with noise, check out the A-iPower SUA13000EFI, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 69 dBA.
  • As the 13000ES features an autonomy of around 15 hours at 50% load, it has one of the highest run times in comparison to the other generators of its power range.
  • Run times are important, yet thanks to their dependence on the fuel capacity, they should be judged along with the fuel consumption of the device. This generator has an average fuel consumption among comparably powerful devices, as it reaches 0.84 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Westinghouse WGen9500DF, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.55 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 9500-10500W generators, the Powerhorse 13000ES 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:
  • Electric start
  • Clean sine wave
  • High run time
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the expensive side
  • Battery not included
  • No remote start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • On the heavy side (324 lbs)
  • On the noisy side (77 dBA)

Do you own the Powerhorse 13000ES and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine622 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts10000 W
Starting watts13000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)83.3/41.7 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)108.3/54.2 amps
Run time @50% load15 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 50A (14-50R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style)
Data centerLifetime run hours and voltage
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tankSteel, 12.6 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight324 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)33.5 x 24.4 x 25.6 in
Noise (lower limit)77 dBA
THD< 5%
EmissionsEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedTool kit and wheel kit
Warranty2 years
Other model numbers799215

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 Powerhorse

Powerhorse is a trademarked brand name of gas-powered outdoor products owned and distributed by the Northern Tool & Equipment Company Inc. through their store locations and online. Powerhorse outdoor products include gas- and electric-powered tools including pressure washers, wood chippers/shredders, log splitters, electric generators and inverters. The product line also offers engines and water pumps. The brand's motto is "Power You Can Depend On". Powerhorse generators are engineered, developed and tested in Minnesota, but manufactured in China.

Warranty Information

The Powerhorse 13000ES is covered under a warranty for up to 2 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of Powerhorse generators, please contact the Powerhorse Customer Support: 1-866-443-2576.

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 homeDish washer15003000
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Electric fry pan15001500
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Waffle iron750750
Total7992 W9492 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Electric fry pan15001500
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
DVD player350350
Total7990 W8580 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Pressure washer (1 hp)12003600
Reciprocating saw730960
Total7990 W12490 W
I need the replacement wheels and parts that go with them, and the feet for the frame. Can I buy these? (Asked July 28, 2020)

Replacement parts can be ordered directly from Northern Tool + Equipment: 1-800-657-0516

I have a powerhouse 13,000 ES generator I’m trying to find an old filter for If I can get a part number on it. (Asked July 04, 2021)

Replacement part numbers can be found pages 49-54 of the owner's manual (opens in a new tab).

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