DuroMax XP4400E Review – Is it Worth the Price?

DuroMax XP4400E gas powered generator

Many people have found that the DuroMax XP4400 is a good deal for the money. The quality and workmanship of the unit might not be the best. However, you only pay about 1/3 of the price of a Honda or Yamaha inverter for twice the peak output. Clearly, for anyone with basic power needs, this unit is worth considering.

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The DuroMax XP4400, however, does not offer electric start feature. Not everyone is able to pull a crank easily. If you are looking for an electric start unit, the DuroMax XP4400E is one to consider. Both the DuroMax XP4400 and the DuroMax XP4400E have similar specs. The difference is the XP4400E includes a battery. There is an indicator lamp that tells you when the battery has been recharged. Of course, a pull rope is also provided for manual start.

The XP4400E outputs 4400 watts at its peak, and 3500 watts continuously. You can click here to see a sampling of power ratings for common household appliances on Amazon. Basically, a generator in this capacity is good enough for for keeping essential appliances running during a power outage. You should not use it to power any computers or other consumer electronics with it however.

Equipped with a 4 gallon (15L) gas tank, runtime is listed as 8 hours at 50% load, meaning it will burn about 0.5 gallon/hour. Many customers have been pleased with fuel consumption. The XP4400E uses fresh, unleaded gas with an octane rating of 87 or higher to operate. If you want a better model, consider to get the Duromax XP4400EH that offers a dual fuel system. It operates on either standard gasoline or cleaner burning liquid propane.

DuroMax XP4400E

Champion 46539

DuroStar DS4400

DuroStar DS4000S

Starting watts 4400 Watt 4000 Watt 4400 Watt 4000 Watt
Running watts 3500 Watt 3500 Watt 3500 Watt 3300 Watt
Starting method Electric/manual Electric Remote Control Manual Manual
Outlets (2) 120V, 20-amp, 3-prong; (1) 120/240-volt, 30-amp twist-lock; (1) 12-volt DC (1) 120V DUPLEX outlet (5-20R); (1) 120V Twistlock Receptacle (L5-30R); (1) RV Receptacle (TT-30R) (2) 120-volt 20-amp 3-prong; (1) 120-volt/240-volt 30-amp twist-lock (2) 120V, 20-amp, 3-prong; (1) 120-volt, 30-amp twist-lock
Run time @ 50% load 8 hours 12 hours 8 hours 8 hours
CARB Compliant No Yes Yes No

Like most medium capacity generators, the DuroMax XP4400E comes equipped with two 120 Volt AC receptacles that you can use to connect electrical devices that run 120 Volt, 60 Hz, single phase, AC current. It also provides a 120/240 Volt AC receptacle. The RV switch (voltage selector) allows you to switch between 120 and 240V. It also has a DC receptacle for recharging 12 Volt automotive-type batteries only. Furthermore, there is a voltmeter that provides reading of voltage output.

The EPA Approved generator is powered by a 4-stroke, 7 HP OHV engine with forced air cooling system. To protect it from damage due to low oil, it is equipped with an automatic low oil shutoff. A circuit breaker reset switch protects the generator from electrical overload. Keep in mind that the gas-powered generator is not CARB-compliant. CARB rated engines run cleaner than non-compliant models.

As of this writing, Amazon.com users gave this product an overall rating of 4.1 stars. A number of reviewers have complained about damage during packaging. That being said, the wide-majority of reviews are very positive. For the majority, it works perfectly right out of the box. Some people have reported that the oil-fill tube is awkwardly placed, making it hard to access with normal size hands. However, this is not a deal breaker. The portable generator also comes with an angled oil funnel for this purpose.

DuroMax XP4400E Control Panel

In terms of performance, this unit is capable of handling most of the necessities of an average household such as sump pump, refrigerator, and freezer. Generators in the 3000 – 6000 watt category are not designed to run power-hungry appliances. However, for many of us, a generator in this class is much more practical than having a permanently mounted unit.

The XP4400E cannot be considered a silent generator. The advertised rating is 69 dBA. That being said, it is about a thousand dollars cheaper than a Honda inverter. Equipped with a large muffler, many reviewers have found that it is relatively quiet for a generator of its size. The four-point fully isolated motor mounts contribute to its smooth and quiet operation.

When it comes to assembly, all the tools required to assemble the wheels and handles are included. With the addition of gasoline and oil and the connection of the negative terminal to the battery the unit is ready to start. Based on the customer feedback, the battery came charged. The unit is shipped with the battery disconnected. Pay attention to the instructions and user reviews.

The 4-gallon gas tank is large enough to power the essentials overnight. With key start mechanism, people have found that it is very easy to start. While it is not light in weight, the wheel kit and the pull handle make it easy to move. The never-flat knobby tires do not need inflating. Owners have also found that the air filter is easy to remove for cleaning without the need of any tools.

The DuroMax 4,400 Watt generator is not perfect. But if you have a need for an electric start model which has enough wattage to handle the basic needs, then it may be the right choice for you. While you certainly are not going to run your entire house off it, for the price, it is woth considering.

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