DuroMax Elite MX1500 1,500 Watt 3 HP OHV 4-Cycle Gas Powered Portable Generator
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- Durable 3.0 HP, Air-Cooled Engine
- Output: 1500 Watts Max / 1000 Watts Rated
- 4.5 Hour Run Time At 1/2 Load
- 2 - 120v AC 20A 3-Prong Outlets
- Non-CARB Compliant/Not For Sale In California
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Great for camping, RVs, sporting events, home back-up power, job sites, and more, the top-of-the-line DuroMax Elite MX1500 gas-powered generator has a 3.0-horsepower air-cooled overhead valve engine with a recoil start that cranks out 1,000 constant running watts of power (and a peak of 1,500 watts; learn more about wattage needs below). This generator is EPA approved with a rating of 69 dBA for quiet operation, and it's also safe to use in U.S. National Parks thanks to the super quiet exhaust with spark arrestor.
Note for California residents: This model is not CARB-compliant. Units sold to California must be CARB-compliant.
The power panel features the main controls, including start switch, volt meter, and circuit breakers (120- and 12-volt). It offers two 120-volt, 9-amp, 3-prong outlets (NEMA Certified). The MX1500 has a 4.5-hour run time at 1/2 load, and it has a 1-gallon fuel tank that also includes an easily readable gauge. The heavy duty steel frame has four-point fully isolated motor mounts for smooth and quiet operation, and it's equipped with rubber feet to reduce vibration. Backed by a 1-year limited warranty.
What's in the Box
DuroMax generator; tool kit; operating instructions
|Engine horsepower||3.0 hp||7.0 hp||7.0 hp|
|Low oil shutdown||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Fuel tank size (gallons)||1.0||4.0 (steel)||4.0 (steel)|
|Run time @ 50% load||4.5 hours||8 hours||8 hours|
|Outlets||(2) 120-volt, 9-amp, 3-prong||(2) 120-volt, 20-amp, 3-prong; |
(1) 120/240-volt, 30-amp twist-lock
|(2) 120-volt, 20-amp, 3-prong; |
(1) 120/240-volt, 30-amp twist-lock
|Wheel type||--||Knobby, never-flat||Knobby, never-flat|
|Warranty||1-year, limited||1-year, limited||1-year, limited|
Your Generator Needs
To determine whether a generator is appropriate for your needs, you need to first add up the wattage of tools, appliances, and motors you want to run at the same time. Then select a generator with the running wattage rating to match or exceed the total load.
Keep in mind that tools and appliances with electric motors require additional surge wattage at startup that can be double or triple the normal running wattage requirement. Look at the surge watts required and make sure you choose a generator with enough additional wattage to start them. (And remember that you're typically not starting more than half of the items at the same time.)
Here's a sampling of power ratings for common household appliances.
Note: These are only estimated wattages. Please check your particular appliance for actual wattage.
From the Manufacturer
Top Customer Reviews
The AVR works well, the voltage output stayed within one volt of 115VAC regardless of load. The governor works as expected, it will overshoot slightly up and down once when a large load change occurs. Pretty much typical of all fan type governors. All of these Chinese generators (from dozens of different companies) are clones of Honda models sold several years ago. I won't claim this generator (or any of the other clones) are as good as a Honda, but they are much closer than most Honda owners would probably admit. Noise levels are pretty darn close to Honda as well. If anything, they seem to have more mechanical noise, but the exhaust noise is well muffled.
Fuel consumption is also very Honda-like. That is to say - very good. Overall, I'd say you are getting about 80% of the quality of a Honda, and 100% of the engineering design features. The prices for these things vs. a real Honda can be 1/5 as much or lower (80% LESS)- depending on where you buy it. I got my MX-1500 for $159 and free shipping. Some other places are selling the same basic generator with different ratings and brand name stamped on then for almost double that price.Read more ›
Otherwise, I ran it for two hours while monitoring the output with a 600 W worklight and a P4400 Kill A Watt. Ran fine, steady, and relatively quiet at 63Hz freq. Didn't seem to put a dent into the gas supply in the tank. Did not get a chance to use it for a real emergency yet - I got it for the recent hurricane on the East coast, but never lost city power. Be aware that it's rated at only 1000 W continuous duty, though. I got it mainly for the sump pump which is about all it could handle, anyway. Made in China. Big surprise there!!
Only a voltage meter on the generator: this doesn't tell you the power draw, so if operating near the limit you will probably want something more informative. I've been using a Kill A Watt to confirm that I'm under 1000 watts. Even though an ammeter is more expensive than a voltage meter, something to monitor power draw would be good.
"Super quiet exhaust": If this is super quiet, I'd hate to hear loud. The muffler is more of a spark arrestor than a noise reducer. I don't have any reason to doubt the rated volume, though (69 dBA).
Fuel tank: the Amazon description says 1 gallon, but mine definitely has a 2 gallon tank (confirmed in the manual). According to the manual, it is rated to 8 hours of runtime on a tank, and that seems about right.
Overall, so far it has been a good buy for the price. I know that there are nicer generators available, but if you need something small and inexpensive, this may be a good choice.
Here's the update. It passed the test! Camping with two lights running and a cpap machine. The run time was about 5 hours on one tank of gas. Tank refilled and ran again smoothly till it was out of gas. So as far as I'm concerned this product does what it promises and you can count on it!
New out the box with good design and easy instructions. Added gas and oil and 4 pulls later it's running like a champ. I ran it for an hour and plugged in some lights into the 120v plugs with no problems. DC volt meter showed a good stable current available. The real test will be in a couple of days when it goes primitive camping. Weight is not bad at all and the frame serves as handles. It has small rubber feet so the vibration is reduced and the unit was stable. It is quieter than most portable generators but still you won't want it right next to your tent or sleeping quarters. We use 100' extension cords. So far I really like this thing!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have used this geni every day since feb 2012 somethimes I've run it 24 to 30 hours continus with an external gas tank of my own and I use the best quality oil and gas I can... Read morePublished on April 16, 2013 by biggmike932
So I bought this generator last year and so far I am very impressed. I wanted something light enough to use for camping and to strap to the back of my four wheeler for use around... Read morePublished on April 16, 2013 by farmerj2000
This was a gift for my husband. In our old home we had the power go out several times and in our new home we don't have to worry anymore.Published on January 6, 2013 by Nancy C. Gorgol
Bought this generator when Hurricane Sandy was forecasted to hit my area. The price was great and the shipping through Prime was amazingly quick. Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by North Jersey Mamma
I never thought that I would get my moneys worth on this, its even better than my Briggs and Stratton 5500 Storm Responder!!! Read morePublished on December 17, 2012 by Gabe S.
this is a handy little generator if you dont have a long enough extention cord take it to the cord but use it outsidePublished on December 11, 2012 by fred pierce
Bought this little gem right before hurricane Sandy hit. Instructions were straight forward. It didn't come with oil so be sure you have a quart on hand. Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by David Fabricant
Ordered this on Thursday and received on Saturday before the storm. Power went out about 7 pm Monday and came back about 7 pm Sunday (6 days). Read morePublished on November 5, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I live in NJ and was desperately trying to get a generator before Hurricane Sandy bore down on us. It was due to land on Sunday and I was trying everywhere to get a generator on... Read morePublished on November 3, 2012 by joe