DuroMax XP5500E Portable Generator Review

DuroMax XP5500E is not only durable and reliable but also quite affordable. It looks sturdy, thanks to its heavy-duty steel frame. Its powerful engine gives excellent output, and the MX2 Power Boost Technology boosts the power to handle heavy loads. Also, XP5500E features idle control for fuel savings and has GFCI outlets and surge protection.

DuroMax XP5500E Power Station


Generator Type: DuroMax XP5500E is a powerful open frame conventional generator. It is gas-powered and has a solid built and extremely durable feel. It can work perfectly fine even on the toughest worksites. Also, you can buy it for home or RV use.

Warranty Period: The warranty period for this generator is up to 3 years.

Mobility: Despite its robust design, it is not a heavyweight generator. It only weighs 127 pounds and has a small footprint. Its dimensions are 24” (L) x 17” (W) x 17” (H).

DuroMax XP5500E is a portable machine as it comes with a wheel & handle kit to help users move it easily on the ground.

Start System: It features a keyed electric start system (battery included) with a recoil backup.

Engine: A 225cc, 7.5 HP, 4-stroke DuroMax OHV engine equipped with an air-cooled system to prevent overheating.

Output Power: DuroMax XP5500E provides 120/240 voltage output and delivers 5500 peak watts and 4500 rated watts. This output power is enough to handle both light and heavy loads.

MX2 Power Boost: This MX2 Power Boost Technology is ideal for RV usage. Either you can get maximum power from each of the 120 Volt outlets or operate your generator at both 120 Volts and 240 Volts at the same time.

THD Rating: It doesn’t produce clean power as its Total Harmonic Distortion rating is <12%. So, except for your sensitive electronics, you can power anything from this generator.

THD measures power quality. A higher THD means that electrical signals are not clean and stable. They have much harmonic distortion that can damage your delicate electronics.

Decibel Rating: A super quiet muffler reduces the engine’s noise, which operates at 69 dBA from 23 feet away. At this decibel rating, you can use this generator at campgrounds and parks.

Fuel Tank Size and Runtime: You can fill up to 3.96 gallons of gasoline in its tank to give you around 9 hours of runtime at half load.

You also have a fuel gauge to check the fuel level anytime.

Idle Control: When not in use, its engine automatically goes into an inactive state where it runs at lower RPM (Revolutions per Minute) to reduce noise and save fuel.

RPM refers to the number of turns a motor takes in one minute.

Power Receptacles: Its power panel has 1 DC outlet and 3 AC outlets.

A 12 Volt 8 Ampere DC outlet is for charging your external batteries. Two 120 Volt, 20 Ampere AC GFCI outlets are for powering your appliances and tools. And one 120/240 Volt 30 Ampere (L14-30R) outlet is transfer switch ready. It connects the generator to the manual transfer switch of your house.

Voltmeter: Voltmeter shows the voltage output of the generator.

Oil Alert Lamp: A glowing oil alert lamp indicates that the remaining oil is insufficient to run the engine.

Safety Features: Surge arrest technology and low oil shutoff are its safety features.

Surge arrest technology protects the unit as well as your connected appliances from power surges. It is a spike in the electrical current that can damage both your generator and appliances.

When the oil level goes down, low oil shutoff gets activated and immediately turns off the engine.

Emissions: This product is approved by both EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and CARB (California Air Resources Board), allowing you to use it in any American state.

Included Accessories: DC charging cables, a wheel & handle kit, a toolset, a spark plug wrench, and an oil funnel

DuroMax XP5500E vs. Pulsar PG6000 vs. Champion 100496

Features Models
  DuroMax XP5500E Pulsar PG6000 Champion 100496
Peak / Rated Watts 5500W / 4500W 6000W / 5000W 6250W / 5000W
Tank Size 4 gal. 6.6 gal. 5.7 gal.
Runtime 9 hrs (1/2 load) 13.5 hrs (1/2 load) 9 hrs (1/2 load)
Noise  69 dBA 72 dBA 74 dBA
Starting Mechanism Recoil, Electric Recoil Recoil
Weight 127 lbs. 159 lbs. 152.1 lbs.

My Opinion:

Pros: DuroMax XP5500E is a powerful generator that is quite inexpensive. It is a portable machine, so users can easily move it around. It generates incredible output power and has GFCI receptacles. Also, XP5500E is fuel-efficient, easy to set up, and has an acceptable noise of 69 dBA.

Cons: Its screws and attachments corrode easily. Also, its gasoline tank is smaller.


What is the spark plug?

The spark plug provides ignition to the engine of the generator.

Which engine oil should I use, and what is the oil capacity of XP5500E?

Its engine oil capacity is 20 fluid ounces. It is suggested to use conventional SAE 10W-30, 5W-30, or 30motor oil for this 4-stroke engine. Never try to use 2-stroke engine oils or oils with additives. After the initial 20 hours of operation, you can replace the conventional oil with a synthetic one.

How can you empty the gas tank for generator storage?

Before going to store your generator for extended periods, you should empty the gas tank.

  • First of all, shut off the fuel valve and remove the fuel filter cup.
  • Make the fuel filter cup empty and drain complete gasoline from the generator by turning on the fuel valve.
  • After complete drainage, shut off the fuel valve again and reinstall the fuel filter cup.
  • Now, store the collected gasoline by mixing a fuel stabilizer.

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