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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 8,000 W and a starting wattage of 10,000 W.

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Description

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In summary, the Pulsar G10KBN is a portable generator especially useful for:

  • Food van owners who know that just a short power outage could lose them hundreds of dollars
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle

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

Thanks to its dual-fuel technology, the Pulsar G10KBN delivers 120/240V and offers power and versatility. When gasoline-powered, it benefits from a running wattage of 8,000W and a peak wattage of 10,000W. When propane-powered, it has 7,000 rated watts and 9,000 peak watts.

The generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism and also a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included). It is rated for a noise of 76 dBA (less noisy than a shower).

As for its running time, the G10KBN, along with its 6.6 gallons fuel capacity, can run for around 12 hours at 50% load with a full tank filled with gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.55 GPH). If propane is used, it can operate for around 6 hours (estimation based on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.78 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel features 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 you may charge your batteries with ease.

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, because the G10KBN is equipped with a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: it can power your home during a power outage, as it can be easily connected to your breaker box to power your household.

Portability

The Pulsar G10KBN has the following dimensions: L28.5 x W21.8 x H23 in. In combination with its conventional, open frame design, they provide support and allow the generator to be raised above ground level. The device has been designed for tough 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). However, its challenging mobility is solved by its wheel kit (⌀10") and its folding handle, which will ease its displacement, once it is on the floor.

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, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours.

In addition to this info, a light indicator shows you if its oil levels are insufficient.

The fuel level of the generator can be determined quickly, easily, and conveniently with the help of its built-in fuel gauge.

As far as security is concerned, the generator can be used with a peace of mind, as it features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off.

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. Therefore, its sale and purchase are permitted in all of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, making it usable 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).

  • As far as its dry weight is concerned, the Pulsar G10KBN weighs just 209 pounds and thus, it is one of the lighter 7500 to 8500 rated wattage dual fuel generators. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Cummins Onan P9500df, standing at just 194 lbs.
  • When compared to devices able to produce a similar running wattage, this generator and its lowest emitted noise of 76 dBA is on the noisier side. If you’d prefer a less noisy device, one of the most quiet devices, which share the same power range with this one, is the Genmax GM9000iED, whose lowest noise levels reach just 62 dBA.
  • The G10KBN provides one of the highest run time among similarly powerful dual fuel devices, reaching around 12 hours at 50% load.
  • The run time is important, but also hugely depends on the capacity of the fuel tank and doesn't mean much if we don't talk about fuel consumption as well. At an estimated fuel consumption of 0.55 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, this generator is one of the most fuel efficient units within its wattage category.
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
  • Lightweight for its kind (209 lbs)
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
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 watts8,000 W7,000 W
Starting watts10,000 W9,000 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 generator sizer.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeSump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Furnace fan (1/2 hp)8752350
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Electric range21002100
Hair dryer18001900
Slow cooker270270
Radio100100
Total6387 W7862 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
RV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
Blender400850
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total6395 W6985 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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