This Duromax XP5500EH review is based on multiple tests conducted by our experts in the lab, like checking how noisy it is, how long it runs, and how much it can handle. These tests helped them gather useful information for a review that anyone can easily understand. We gave it a solid 9 based on its overall performance. Our skilled team thoroughly checked it to write a detailed review.
Who Should Buy Duromax XP5500EH?
The Duromax XP5500EH is perfect for homeowners and outdoor enthusiasts who need a reliable power source during outages or camping trips. With dual-fuel capability, an electric start, and robust features, it’s user-friendly for those seeking versatility, ease of use, and dependable power for essential appliances and recreational activities.
Duromax XP5500EH Review
The Duromax XP5500EH is like a younger brother to the Duromax XP13000EH and Duromax XP12000EH, with all the power, durability, reliability, and fuel efficiency at a smaller scale. Additionally, the Duromax XP5500EH is highly portable and easy to carry around.
The unboxing experience was nice; we got along with the package.
After filling the machine with oil using the electronic switch, the generated starter ran very smoothly within 10 seconds.
This machine was specially designed for camping and outdoor activities, keeping portability in mind.
It is EPA and CSA-certified and equipped with a hybrid engine, allowing users to switch between gasoline and propane, which is very convenient.
This machine has a dual-fuel engine that can generate up to 4500 W on gasoline and 4225 W on propane, based on our team load test.
The difference is not great, so users can switch between fuels based on their needs without cutting off any real power.
People often choose propane since it burns the cleanest, and the difference between the two is not that significant.
It is also RV-ready. You can choose to operate between 120V and 240V.
Like other models in the XP series, the Duromax XP5500EH also comes with an ECO mode.
Eco-mode automatically adjusts the engine’s RPM according to the power needed to save fuel and reduce noise.
Design and Convenience [RATINGS: 8.8]:
Duromax XP5500EH weighs around 124 pounds with 25 x 22 x 22 (L x W x H) inches in dimensions. It is somewhere in between a heavy and a light camping generator.
It is easy to move around with the help of a carry handle and wheels. It features both manual and electric start, but you’ve got to purchase the battery separately.
We also liked the neat and clean design of the control panel. It features two 120V 20A standard outlets, one 120V 30A twist lock, an MX2 switch, a propane inlet, and an analog voltmeter.
MX2 allows getting the maximum power out of both 120V receptacles.
Based on our tests, the analog meter on the control panel is about 95% accurate.
Noise Test [RATINGS: 7.6]:
According to the manufacturer, the Duromax XP5500EH generates close to 69 dB of noise. We tested that theory by putting this generator under 55%, and the following are the results:.
- From 20 feet away, at 55% load on eco-mode, the noise was 72
- From 30 feet away, at 55% in eco-mode, the noise was 69
It is not a super quiet generator, but it is not bad at all. If you use it at least 20 feet away from your home, the noise won’t disturb you.
Fuel-Efficiency/Runtime Test [RATINGS: 9.1]:
The XP series of Duromax generators is all about high-quality performance based on very good fuel efficiency. We also tested that theory, but put the XP5500EH under our fuel-efficiency test, and the following are the results:
- Gasoline: At 50% load (2250W), the generator lasted for 9.2
- Propane: At 50% load (2138W), the generator lasted for 8.1
The above-mentioned results are magnificent. The best part of the test was that the engine was not getting too hot.
Load Test [RATINGS: 9.9]:
The major test we consider for any generator to pass is the load test. We tested Duromax XP5500EH, and here are the results.
- The generator produced 4490 watts of gasoline.
- Constantly, it was able to give off 4505 to 4515 watts even after adding a heat lamp to an already-loaded generator.
- On propane, the total load was 4225W, and the machine was able to generate 4215
- With an extra heat lamp on propane as well, the final result was 4220W before the overload alarm went off.
This is a beast of a dual-fuel generator. It is extremely powerful.
FEATURES & SPECS
Comparing Other Generators with Duromax XP5500EH
|Champion 4000 Watts
|Dual Fuel (Gasoline/Propane)
|Run Time at 50% Load
|9.2 hours (Gasoline) / 8.1 hours (Propane)
|Fuel Tank Capacity
|Noise Level (at 25 feet)
|72 dB (from 20 feet)
|2x 120V GFCI, 1x 120/240V twist-lock
|2x 120V GFCI, 2x USB, 1x 120/240V twist-lock
|2x 120V duplex, 1x 120V twist-lock
|Wheel kit and handles
|Telescoping handle, wheels
|Wheels and foldable handle
|No (49-state compliant)
We performed the runtime test on three different occasions, and each time, the generator was able to run without any bad vibrations or fluctuations. The OHV cooling engines are specially designed for the long haul.
Here’s a list of appliances and equipment that the Duromax XP5500EH could run at the same time or separately.
This model also comes with a low-oil sensor and overload alarm, which is always a plus for users who often forget to change the oil on time or who overload their generators.
Overall, the DUROMAX XP5500EH is a solid hybrid generator with all the modern features, excellent runtime, a durable body, and excellent load-handling capacity.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I change the oil in my generator?
Refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations, but it’s typically recommended to change the oil after the first 20 hours of use and then at regular intervals afterward.
Can I parallel two Duromax XP5500EH generators?
Check the product specifications and manual. If the generator is parallel-capable, it should be indicated in the documentation.
What maintenance is required for the Duromax XP5500EH?
Regular maintenance includes checking oil levels, changing the oil and spark plug, cleaning the air filter, and inspecting the fuel system. Refer to the manual for a detailed maintenance schedule.
How do I store my generator when it is not in use?
Store the generator in a cool, dry place, and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for long-term storage. This may include draining the fuel system and storing the generator with a full tank of fuel.