DuroMax XP12000EH 12000-Watt 18 HP Portable Dual Fuel Electric Start Generator,Blue and Black
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- POWERFUL DUROMAX ENGINE: The XP12000EH is Powered by a DuroMax 18HP, 457cc DuroMax OHV Engine
- 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
- DUAL FUEL TECHNOLOGY: This generator runs on gasoline or propane giving you the freedom and flexibility of fuel choice.
- MX2 TECHNOLOGY: With DuroMax MX2 technology, get the maximum power from each of the 120 Volt receptacles; Choose between operating the generator at both 120V and 240V simultaneously, or at 120V only with full power
- LOW OIL SHUT-OFF: Protects your investment by automatically shutting the generator off when it senses that the oil is low.
- IDLE CONTROL: Generator lowers RPMs when not in use, saving fuel and reducing noise. Ideal in situations like on job sites where power is used intermittently.
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|Item Dimensions||30.00 x 29.00 x 26.00 inches||23.30 x 15.50 x 21.30 inches||22.00 x 25.00 x 22.00 inches||31.00 x 23.00 x 21.00 inches||31.00 x 21.00 x 23.00 inches|
|Item Weight||224.00 lbs||—||142.00 lbs||—||50.00 lbs|
|Power Source||Dual Fuel||Gas Powered||Dual Fuel||Dual Fuel||Gas Powered|
|Voltage||240 volts||—||120 volts||120 volts||120240|
|Wattage||12000 watts||—||—||10000 watts||9500|
The DuroMax XP12000EH is a workhorse powered by a 457cc OHV Engine. With 9,500 watts of running power and the ability to surge up to 12,000 watts, this generator can power household essentials such as lights, small and large appliances, and your home's central A/C system. The fully loaded power panel features multiple outlets including: 2 120V household GFCI outlets, 1 120V 30A twist lock outlet, 1 240V 30A outlet, and 1 240V 50A outlet. Also on the power panel are individual breakers to prevent overloading and keep everything safe.
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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.
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