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Pulsar G10KBN - 8000/10000W Dual Fuel Generator

The Pulsar G10KBN is a portable open frame dual fuel generator with a rated wattage of 8000 W and a starting wattage of 10000 W.

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Description

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In a nutshell, the Pulsar G10KBN is a portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • Food van owners who know that just a short power outage could lose them hundreds of dollars
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level

In the sections ahead, the power characteristics, availability of various outlets, the portability, and any additional features of the device shall be discussed, including its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The Pulsar G10KBN in use

The Pulsar G10KBN

The dual-fuel technology of the Pulsar G10KBN allows for an output of 120/240V and provides superb power and versatility. If gasoline-powered, the device provides a running wattage of 8000W and a starting wattage of 10000W. If propane-powered, it gives 7000 rated watts and 9000 starting watts.

At a noise rating of 76 dBA (less noisy than a vacuum cleaner), this generator can be started via a simple traditional pull-start mechanism, or a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included).

The running time of the G10KBN, with its 6.6 gallons fuel capacity, can reach around 12 hours at 50% load on a full tank of gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.55 GPH). With propane, it can reach around 6 hours (estimation based on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.78 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 6 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R)
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle
120/240V 50A (14-50R) receptacle

In addition, it provides 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A output with which charging your batteries is made easy.

If you own an RV with a 50-amp service, you can consider this Pulsar unit as RV-ready, as it features a 14-50R outlet. In addition, since the G10KBN bears a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: it is easily connectible to a breaker box and can power your home in case of a power outage.

Portability

The Pulsar G10KBN has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L28.5 x W21.8 x H23 in, which offers support and allows it to be raised above ground level. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

Since the generator weighs 209 lbs, it will be incredibly difficult to manually lift it and transport it, even though it is technically considered to 'be portable' (in the sense that it is movable). Nevertheless, it can still be moved quite conveniently with the help of its wheel kit (⌀10") and its folding handle, once it is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Pulsar G10KBN

The G10KBN's control panel

To help you monitor the G10KBN's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a convenient meter showing you voltage, frequency and lifetime hours.

In addition to this info, a light indicator allows you to instantly see if the oil level is too low.

A built-in fuel gauge allows for a quick, easy and convenient check of the fuel level of the generator.

From a security standpoint, the product offers an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), allowing you to use it with a peace of mind.

Besides the classic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, the Pulsar G10KBN also comes with some accessories: tool kit, propane hose and funnel are included.

Emissions

The Pulsar G10KBN is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Thus, selling and purchasing this generator is allowed in each of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, so it is adequate for use in forested areas.

The Pulsar G10KBN versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Pulsar G10KBN compare to dual fuel generators of similar power (between 7500 and 8500 W).

  • Having a dry weight of 209 lbs, the Pulsar G10KBN belongs in the expected weight range for dual fuel generators which produce 7500 to 8500 rated watts. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Cummins Onan P9500df, standing at just 194 lbs.
  • This generator, with its lowest possible noise rated at 76 dBA falls into the more noisy category, compared to other devices of a similar running wattage. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Genmax GM9000iED with only 62 dBA.
  • With a run time of around 12 hours at 50% load, the G10KBN has one of the highest run times, compared to its similarly powerful peers.
  • Run times are important, yet thanks to their dependence on the fuel capacity, they should be judged along with the fuel consumption of the device. This generator is one of the most fuel efficient models of the aforementioned output range, as its estimated fuel consumption reaches just 0.55 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: Pulsar G10KBN vs Pulsar PG10000B16.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 7500-8500W dual fuel generators, the Pulsar G10KBN is on the average side of the price range.

Therefore, this generator nicely fits in the expected budget for this kind of product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
  • Several accessories included
  • Electric start
  • Dual Fuel
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (209 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • On the noisy side (76 dBA)

Do you own the Pulsar G10KBN and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine420 cc Ducar OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Power
 GasolinePropane
Running watts8000 W7000 W
Starting watts10000 W9000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)66.7/33.3 amps58.3/29.2 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)83.3/41.7 amps75/37.5 amps
Run time @50% load12 h6 h *
Run time @25% loadUnknownUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 50A (14-50R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A output
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tank6.6 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight209 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)28.5 x 21.8 x 23 in
Noise (lower limit)76 dBA
THDUnknown
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, propane hose, battery, and wheel kit
Warranty2 years
UPC814726023966

Unlike many websites, we did our best to research each of the specs above. That being said, we are not immune to making the occasional mistake or omission. Should you notice any missing or incorrect values, don't hesitate to suggest improvements so we can address the issue.
* Propane runtime is our own estimation, based on a 20 lbs tank and NIST 1994 GGE (Gasoline Gallon Equivalent) formula: 5.66 lbs of propane = 1 gal of gasoline.

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About Pulsar

Pulsar is a brand registered under the Pulsar Products inc., based in California, USA. The company offers a decent choice of air compressors, pressure washers and of course, generators – which range from 1,2 kW to 10 kW and include dual fuel and RV-Ready designs. Pulsar has several facilities scattered throughout the US, including two distribution centers – one in California and second in Illinois. However, the production of their products seems to be outsourced overseas, to the continent of Asia.

Warranty Information

The Pulsar G10KBN is covered under a warranty for up to 2 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of Pulsar generators, please contact the Pulsar Customer Support: 1-866-591-8921.

Questions & Answers

What can it power?
Examples of items that can be simultaneously powered.
The examples below are based on a maximum load of 80% and estimated wattages. For a more accurate estimation, use our wattage calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeElectric fry pan15001500
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Dish washer15003000
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Mixer200200
Total6392 W7892 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Electric fry pan15001500
Satelite receiver250250
Total6390 W6980 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Paint sprayer600600
Bug zapper8080
Total5480 W9980 W
How can I get the gas regulator and hours, voltaje, frecuency meter for Pulsar dual generator G10KNB?. Regards Angel (Asked June 13, 2022)

Replacement parts can be ordered through Pulsar: 1-866-591-8921,

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    Michael Rhoads July 24, 2022 at 11:00 pm
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    I was able to get mine a few years ago when the dual fuel capability was quite limited to only a few manufacturers. Even with shipping I paid less than $700 for mine.
    After Hurricane Ida my unit ran for over 80 hours non-stop without any issues. It powered the entire house (2,400 sq ft) including the central air. (Obviously we never used the clothes washer or dryer)
    This was truly one of the best purchases I’ve ever made.
    I have not tried using it with propane, but it seems quite straight forward.

    + PROS:
    • Even with shipping I paid less than $700 for mine.
    • It powered the entire house (2,400 sq ft) including the central air. (Obviously we never used the clothes washer or dryer)
    - CONS:
    • As the professional review states, it is not the quietest generator available. But if my power is out I don’t really care that much about noise. For a different application I might care more, but the price is likely much higher.
    • Portable? Yes, with the easily attached wheels and grip handles. But, it is 200 or so pounds so calling it portable needs a bit of understanding.
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