duromax xp13000eh portable generator review

DuroMax XP13000EH Portable Generator Review

A Moveable Machine with the Power of a Stationary Unit

We all want to stay safe and comfortable during hurricane season and other situations that can cause power outages. Of course, each of us has our own notions of what it means to be comfortable. For many of us, though, it’s a matter of keeping the lights on and using all the appliances we want to use as we normally would on regular days. DuroMax XP13000eh is designed to be a generator that can help you do just that. In fact, DuroMax claims this product has the power of a stationary unit in a completely portable package. But does this model’s performance match up to this claim?


  • Dimensions: 40 x 29.5 x 27.5 inches
  • Weight: 260 lbs
  • Starting watts: 13,000 W (gasoline), 12,350 W (propane)
  • Running watts: 10,500 W (gasoline), 9,975 W (propane)
  • 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, propane
  • Fuel tank capacity for gasoline: 8.3 gallons
  • Suggested propane tank size: 40 lbs
  • Runtime at half load: 8.5 hours (gasoline), 6.5 hours (propane)
  • Volume level: 74dB
  • EPA- and CARB-approved for all 50 states

Engine capacity and wattage

The XP13000EH is a big machine—literally. It stands 27.5 inches high, 29.5 inches wide, and 40 inches long. Plus, it has a 500-cc, 20-horsepower engine that can run on both gasoline and propane. And it weighs a hefty 260 pounds.

As its size suggests, this Genset model is also big on power. It has a running wattage of 10,500 W on gasoline and 9,975 W on propane. This wattage can even surge up to 13,000 W and 12,350 W on gasoline and propane respectively.

With this kind of power at your disposal, you can use pretty much most of your major appliances at home at the same time—your fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, air conditioning, water heater, electric stove, TV set, computer, the works. Aside from a few blimps, you probably won’t feel like you’re experiencing a power outage at that moment.

Though the XP13000EH is on the heavy side, it’s not that difficult to move around when it’s attached to its wheelset. You can move it anywhere you need it to be. Additionally, it doesn’t make as much noise as other generators of a similar size. With a noise rating of 74 decibels, you can enjoy a conversation even while standing close to this machine. And unless you have neighbors who are sensitive to noise, the sound this model makes won’t likely bother them either.

Getting this DuroMax Genset running is also easy. It’s just like starting your car. You only need to push the start button on the control panel. Alternatively, you can pull the recoil start at the back of this machine to turn it on.

So that the engine keeps running smoothly for years to come, you’ve got to break it in properly and do oil changes as scheduled in the owner’s manual. The ideal engine oil for nearly all DuroMax generators is SAE 10W-30. This type of oil doesn’t have a lot of additives that may be abrasive to your generator’s engine parts.

Fuel consumptionduromax xp13000eh portable generator review

Thanks to DuroMax’s very own dual-fuel technology, the XP13000EH can run on both gasoline and propane. This is extremely convenient because it allows you to use whatever you’ve got at hand. This Genset has a gasoline tank that can hold up to 8.3 gallons of fuel.

This amount can give you eight and a half hours of continuous running time. This Genset also works with any size propane tank, although DuroMax suggests that you use 40-pounder tanks. On propane, this machine can keep your house powered up for around six and a half hours.

Like DuroMax’s other Genset products, the XP13000EH is CARB- and EPA-compliant. You can buy and use this anywhere within the 50 states. However, you have to be extra careful if you intend to use it at high altitudes. Its engine guzzles up fuel much faster when used in such locations. Unfortunately, the increased fuel consumption doesn’t necessarily translate to increased horsepower.

It’s quite the opposite, actually, and there’s also the threat of increased emissions. To keep your machine’s EPA- and CARB-compliancy, you have to ask the dealer where you bought this machine to make a few adjustments to the carburetor. The modified carburetor will help slow down the machine’s fuel consumption, as well as bring down possible emissions.


Aside from the easy-to-push start button, as mentioned earlier, you’ll find five outlets on the XP13000EH’s full-featured control panel. These outlets—namely two 120V 20A GFCIs, one 120V 30A twist lock, one 120/240V 30A twist lock, and one 120/240V 50A heavy duty—allow you to use this generator with a variety of appliances and work tools. Another great feature of this control panel is its voltage selector. With this voltage selector, you can use this Genset on 120V and 240V simultaneously or dedicate all the machine’s power to 120V.

Ideal usage

The XP13000EH is designed as a backup generator that will help you keep your lights and your major appliances on as if you don’t have a power outage in your area. It certainly can supply you with enough power to make it happen.

Nonetheless, it’s still smart to keep an eye on your usage while using this machine. You can turn on most of your heavy-loading appliances at the same time, but not all of them at once. A sudden power surge can trip it up. The same applies to using this model at your worksite.

If you’re an avid RVer, you can travel around with this Genset as long as your RV has the space for it. It has more than enough for a 70-footer or a five-wheeler. Also, it can be convenient to have at hand if you have to stay at a campground with no electric hookups available. If you’re tent-camping, though, you’re better off with a smaller machine because this one will be too big for your needs.

What’s in the box

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

What users say about the DuroMax XP13000EH

The DuroMax XP13000EH is a highly rated portable generator. Most users loved the fact that it comes as advertised, with the ability to power major appliances in their homes without a lot of hiccups.

These users reported that it’s necessary to break this generator in as instructed on the owner’s manual to make it run efficiently. A lot of reviewers also noted that this product runs more quietly than the machines they previously used.

Admittedly, this DuroMax model isn’t a perfect product. Some users didn’t like how heavy it is to push around, even with the wheel kit attached. Some additionally reported that this model doesn’t run as efficiently on propane as it does on gasoline.

Take a look at the DuroMax XP13000EH product page for more information and deals.

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