duromax xp13000e portable generator review

DuroMax XP13000E Portable Generator Review

A Hard Worker for Your Big Power Needs

The DuroMax XP13000E is one of the biggest models in the DuroMax portable generator product line. It’s supposed to provide your home with enough power to keep your appliances running like normal even during emergencies and outages, or if you’re living off-grid. The same goes for your worksite—you can plug in even your heavy-loading tools without a hitch. But does it live to its hype? Let’s find out.


  • Dimensions: 40 x 29.5 x 27.5 inches
  • Weight: 260 lbs
  • Starting watts: 13,000 W
  • Running watts: 10,500 W
  • Voltage: 120V/240VAC and 12VDC
  • Amperage: 43.75A/87.5A
  • Frequency: 60Hz
  • Horsepower: 20 HP
  • Engine type: 4-cycle, air-cooled, spark-ignition
  • Engine size: 500cc
  • Engine speed: 3,600rpm
  • Start type: electric, recoil
  • Fuel type: gasoline
  • Fuel tank capacity for gasoline: 8.3 gallons
  • Runtime at half load: 8.5 hours
  • Volume level: 74dB
  • EPA- and CARB-approved for all 50 states

Engine capacity and wattage

At 40 inches long, 29.5 inches wide, and 27.5 inches high, the XP13000E is one big machine. Its engine is pretty big, too—500 cc and 20 horsepower. With that engine size, it can run continuously at 10,500 watts and surge up to 13,000 watts. This makes this model one of the most powerful in the DuroMax line of portable generator products.

With this much power at your disposal, you can pretty much keep more than just the lights on during emergencies and outages. In fact, you can keep your whole house powered up like you normally would on any given day. This model can handle heavy loads from big appliances even at the same time. So, you can plug in your refrigerator, freezer, electric oven, air conditioning, water heater, and even your washing machine and TV set without worrying too much about it.

Another thing you don’t have to worry too much about when using the XP13000E is noise. Its noise rating is pegged at 74 decibels, which is only slightly louder than the sound that your dishwasher or your hair dryer creates. Thus, if you’re talking to someone and you’re standing near this generator, you’d still be able to hear what the other person is saying. You’re also not likely to bother the neighbors while using this model unless they’re overly sensitive to noise. This is all thanks to this model’s built-in muffler, which tamps down both noise and emissions.

Despite its size, the XP13000E is not at all difficult to move from one location to another. You only need to attach its wheel kit and then push it around. However, you should avoid leaving this machine in the same position for longer periods. Its tires have the tendency to develop flat spots if left standing on the same place far too long.

You won’t find it hard to start this model’s engine as well. You only need to flip the switch on the control panel. However, it’s highly recommended that you break this generator in first before using it. This ensures that the engine will stay running smoothly and efficiently for years. DuroMax suggests feeding its engines with SAE 10W-30 engine oil. This type of oil is gentler than the ones used for two-stroke gasoline engines and oils with additives.

Fuel consumptionduromax xp13000eh portable generator review

Yet another thing you may like about this DuroMax portable generator is how efficiently it consumes fuel. This product runs on gasoline, and you can pour in up to 8.3 gallons in its tank. With this amount of gas in the tank, this machine can function continuously for eight and a half hours. It also automatically goes into idle mode when none of the appliances plugged into it are on. This idle mode prevents you from wasting gas. It also extends the generator’s life.

Just like most DuroMax generator products, you’re clear to use the XP13000E anywhere in the US. It’s EPA- and CARB-compliant. However, if you plan on using this machine at high altitudes, you’ll have to have its carburetor altered to keep its compliance. That’s because this machine tends to use up more gasoline at high altitudes, yet can lose horsepower at the same time. The modified carburetor will help keep the generator’s gasoline consumption as close to normal as possible, as well as minimize emissions.


The XP13000E has a full-featured control panel. On this control panel, you’ll find five outlets: two 120V 20A GFCI outlets, one 120V 30A twist-lock outlet, one 120/240V 30A twist-lock outlet, and one 120/240V 50A heavy-duty outlet. The presence of a wide variety of outlets ensures that you can plug in almost any tool or appliance to this model. What’s more, you can safely use 120V and 240V at the same time, thanks to DuroMax’s MX2 technology. But if you want to dedicate the generator’s full power to 120V, all you need to do is to make the switch on the voltage regulator.

Ideal usage

This DuroMax product is intended for use as a backup generator that can keep your household running smoothly as if you’re not experiencing a power outage or emergency. You can keep a number of heavy-loading appliances at the same time without worrying too much about it. The same goes for your workshop or outdoor worksite—you can plug in your power tools without fear of overloading the genset.

If you’re a fan of the RV lifestyle, this generator model can work well with your 70-foot RV or five-wheeler. It has more than enough capacity to power your RV appliances, and then some. However, can be a heavy piece to haul around, so better check first if you can carry this weight in your RV. Otherwise, you may want to look for a smaller and more compact generator with a similar engine capacity.

You can also use this model to fire up your grill and blast your music at tailgate parties, although it may look like a bit of an overkill. You’ll definitely want a smaller and quieter generator if you’re only looking to keep your lights on and charge batteries during tent-camping trips.

What’s in the box

  • Oil funnel
  • Spark plug wrench
  • Tool set (wrenches and double-sided screw driver)
  • Wheel and handle kit
  • DC charging cables
  • Downloadable owner’s manual

What users say about the DuroMax XP13000E

Users who have reviewed the DuroMax XP13000E said they got exactly what they expected out of the product. This generator was able to provide power to all major appliances in one reviewer’s house, as well as heavy-loading tools in another reviewer’s workshop. They also said this model is a lot quieter than others of its size.

On the other hand, users who gave this product negative feedback mostly reported getting it defective or missing a few parts. One reported that it’s louder than they wanted.

Check out the DuroMax XP13000E product page for more information and deals.

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