DuroMax XP12000EH Generator-12000 Watt Gas or Propane Powered Home Back Up & RV Ready, 50 State Approved Dual Fuel Electric Start Portable Generator, Black and Blue
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||30 x 29 x 26 inches|
|Item Weight||224 Pounds|
|Color||Black and Blue|
|Engine Type||4 Stroke|
|engine displacement||457 Cubic Centimeters|
|Run time||8 hours|
|fuel type||Dual Fuel|
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- Powerful DuroMax Engine: the XP12000EH is powered by a DuroMax 18HP, 457cc OHV engine.
- Dual fuel technology: the ability to run on propane or gasoline allows the freedom and flexibility of fuel choice.
- Plenty of power: with 12, 000 starting watts and 9, 500 running watts, This unit can handle heavy loads from lights and a refrigerator to a home air conditioner and high amperage power tools.
- Maximum power: with DuroMax MX2 technology, get the maximum power from each of the 120 volt receptacle. Choose between operating the generator at both 120 V and 240 V Simultaneously, or at 120 only with full power.
- Powering everyone anywhere: like all DuroMax generators, the XP12000EH is EPA and CARB approved For use in all 50 States.
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|Sold By||Available from these sellers||Amazon.com||Amazon.com||Autocare Depot||Amazon.com|
|Item Dimensions||30 x 29 x 26 inches||27.2 x 26.1 x 26 inches||30 x 30 x 26 inches||28.5 x 26 x 25.5 inches||25.1 x 17.3 x 18.3 inches|
|Item Weight||224.00 lbs||200.00 lbs||228.00 lbs||209.00 lbs||95.70 lbs|
|Power Source||Dual Fuel||Dual Fuel||Gas Powered||Dual Fuel||Gas, Propane|
|Voltage||240 volts||—||240 volts||120240 volts||—|
|Wattage||12000 watts||12000.0 watts||12000.0 watts||12000 watts||3400.0 watts|
Be ready for anything with DuroMax’s XP12000EH, 12, 000-watt Dual Fuel portable generator. Nicknamed the "BEAST", this unit provides the power normally found in home standby units but in a portable package. Offering power and versatility, the XP12000EH is perfect for powering your home’s essential appliances and even central A/C through any power outage, storm, or emergency event. You can also easily transport this unit to the job or camp site. This Dual Fuel generator runs on either gasoline or propane, which provides the freedom and flexibility of fuel choice. While gasoline is a tried and true fuel option, liquid propane lasts longer, costs less, has a longer storage life and won’t gum up or damage the carburetor. The XP12000EH features a user-friendly, keyed electric start, and is also equipped with an optional recoil start. This powerhouse generator is powered by a 457cc, 18HP DuroMax OHV Engine that feeds the fully loaded power panel allowing the user to pull up to the maximum 12, 000 watts of power. The panel includes two 120V/20AMP outlets, one 120v/30AMP twist lock outlet, a 120/240V 30AMP outlet, and a 50-amp heavy duty outlet to power the most demanding needs. The panel also features a volt meter, circuit breakers, low oil indicator, idle control, and DuroMax’s unique MX2 switch, which doubles your 120-volt amperage for heavy loads. With it you can get maximum power from each 120-volt receptacle and have the option of operating at both 120 and 240 volts simultaneously. The units heavy-duty all-metal frame has fully-isolated motor mounts, and an oversized noise reducing muffler with a built-in spark arrestor allowing for smooth and quiet operation. The XP12000EH is easy to transport over any terrain with the included handle kit and runs on rugged and durable solid-fill tires. Like all DuroMax generators, this unit is built with all copper windings, that will last for years, and is covered by a 3-year factory .
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This is more than enough to run my hole home, and I have 3 freezers, 1 fridge, and many other devices. Granted, my lights in my house are ALL LED now, which helps! But I was able to run three window unit also with four box fans with celling paddle fans, water heater, house water pump all at the same time.
Most of the time I don’t rate or comment. BUT seeing some of these peoples who don’t have a clue what they doing writing comments here.
If you never worked with four-stroke engines. Hire someone else don't blame the generators, do to ignorance of how to ADJUST IT.
Then yes, I saw you needed to hook up the negative ground wire, (all batteries on engines never comes hook up) to the battery so I did that.
(Now this quote from some other people writings) #1 “the unit will start rite up but surges badly on LP. Turning off the auto throttle switch corrects this issue. There is nothing in the manual regarding this switch. Once this was done the engine runs smooth.”#2 Engine revs up then dies down. Pretty annoying.
(YOUR FIX) If you adjust the idle on the carburetor up, you can fix this and the auto throttle will work for LP running. Knowing what to do is key here. And No, you will not find this in the instructions. Again, Hire someone else if you do not know what I am talking about, don't blame the generator.
It is shipped without oil, so it needs 1qt and a half of 5-w30. This is in your instructions, so, why be surprise you don’t have any oil.
I do not recommend the 20gal that’s a full-sized grill propane cylinder. You can only use a little under half a tank before you will have problems with not enough Pressure to run generator. Get a sixty or eighty gallon, will work better and longer. I myself have it on a 250gal tank.
Hope I have cleared up these “People miss understandings of what not to do.
I originally purchased this because it ran on propane and had no intention of every putting gasoline into it. But the storm came up faster than the gas company could install a couple of 120 gallon tanks. I did try it first on propane and, to my amazement, it started up on the first turn of the key. Same thing when I filled it with gas. I modified my garbage can alcove outside the garage (added a home-made insulated exhaust pipe, put in a 16 x 16 vent, and bolted an old 12 fan to the underside of a sloped hinged cover (just lifts up for access.) I started it up and it ran outside in the enclosure all day. The remote thermometer never went above 90 degrees.
All in all I have absolutely no complaints. I should mention that the lights dim when the A/C kicks on but, from what I've been able to discern from all my internet searches, this isn't really a problem. Given that the fuel consumption of most standby units is 2x to 3x what the DuroMax is, I plan on using this for the foreseeable future.
We have been running on the generator now for five full days and it has held up quite well. We started off on propane from a 100lb tank and that lasted from mid-day Sunday when the power went out to Tuesday afternoon when we noticed the condensation at the very bottom of the propane tank (~47 hours) That utilization is running a ~2,600sqf 5br home with 4 ton 16 seer A/C and a well and two refridgerators (we have on-demand electric water heaters that are on a separate box and are too high a load for the generator so they are not included). One note about the A/C, as noted in another review, the lights do dim when the A/C kicks on because the startup load is pretty heavy on a 4 ton A/C unit. We did not turn the breaker on with the double oven, but the stove top and microwave have been used numerous times. For the A/C, it does put a heavy load on the generator when it starts however after startup, the A/C runs quite well. We have ensured we do not use the A/C at the same time as the stove based on the load. We have the generator into the house using a Reliance Reliance Controls Corporation PBN50 50-Amp NEMA 3R CS6375 Power Inlet Box for Generators Up to 12,500 Running Watts and a 15ft cable Conntek 1450SS2-15 15-Foot Temporary Power Cord, 50-Amp 125/250-Volt, NEMA 14-50P Generator Plug to CS6364 Locking Connector directly to the power box. In the box we installed a manual interlock kit to meet code requirements Square D by Schneider Electric HOMCGK2C Homeline Cover Generator and QOM2 Frame Size Main Breaker Interlock Kit . Once we ran out of propane, we switched to gasoline and have been running on that ever since (yes, we are still out of power 5 days later). For the gasoline, the longest we have allowed the generator to run without filling is 12 hours overnight, and that was with the A/C set to 78 degrees, so it did come on during the night, and when we filled the tank in the morning, there was still over an inch of gasoline left in the tank. These times will vary based on the load upon the generator, and we realize we have been using it well above a 50% load.
On the technical side, the reason this gets four stars instead of five is because of the tires. After receiving the generator, the wheels were installed and the generator stored in our garage. The wheels are made of solid plastic, and the weight of the generator made them go flat on the down side. We replaced them with pneumatic tires and that addressed the issue. Secondly, it would be very useful to have a load indicator on the generator to show overall load against the output. The generator starts quickly and easily using the electric start, however I could not get it to start with the pull rope. Also the charging indicator has come on numerous times even though the generator has been running for days, and if the battery is not charged at this point, I am unsure why it would happen. Lastly, the user manual says to change the oil every 20 hours or monthly. We changed the oil as specified, and it certainly looked as if it needed to be changed. Do NOT put this off because as with any engine, dirty oil will cause the engine to overheat and eventually cause damage.
Lastly for the seller we purchased from. They did very well addressing concerns with shipping because we live way out on a dirt road and there were difficulties with the drop shipment. The seller did address the issues very quickly and ensured that we were satisfied with the sale.
Based on our current use we would (and have) recommended this generator to friends. It is (so far) very solid and meets our current needs. We will provide an update to the review after our power is restored and the first real use of the generator is complete.
UPDATE - So just wanted to update this review after 3 years of use. The generator has seen a lot of use as we live in Florida and losing power is not an unusual occurrence. I even accidentally dropped it while moving it with my tractor and it got pretty banged up cosmetically. Having said that, at over 3 years old it runs like a champ and starts every time. The only thing that has had to be replaced was this year the battery. In the Florida heat with a sealed battery that is not unexpected. We again stand by our initial review and would absolutely buy this generator again.
Update December 31, 2020 - Pulled the generator out to use it to power a welder in an area with no power. Initially it ran, but was very difficult to start with propane (we have used it almost exclusively with propane). It ran for one day on the propane, but the second day it ran for about 15 minutes and just sputtered and died. Upon inspection there seems to be a good deal of oil around the pressure regulator, but again, it would not start or run at all on propane.
Filled the tank with gasoline and it started on the first turn of the key. Ran perfectly for 8 hours. We are assuming the pressure regulator has either failed or is gunked up with oil. After some amount of research, it is apparently not uncommon for propane to have oil in it depending on the source of the propane. If it is generated from crude oil, it may have a higher content of actual oil residue in the propane. I'm not going to take stars away because I think this may be more of an issue with the propane source than the generator. Going to replace the regulator and see if that fixes the problem.