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Pulsar G12KBN - 9500/12000W Dual Fuel Generator With Electric Start

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  • $1,199.99 - July 11, 2024
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Since: August 27, 2023
  • Highest Price: $1,199.99 - July 4, 2024
  • Lowest Price: $476.99 - May 25, 2024

Description

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In a few words, the Pulsar G12KBN is a powerful portable generator perfectly suited for:

  • Small homeowners in search of a full power backup solution
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • RV travellers looking for even more independence

Over the following sections, you'll uncover its power characteristics, the selection of outlets it offers, its overall portability, and the supplementary features it includes.

Power & Run Time

The Pulsar G12KBN in use

The Pulsar G12KBN

Thanks to its dual-fuel technology, the Pulsar G12KBN delivers 120/240V and offers power and versatility. When gasoline-powered, it benefits from a running wattage of 9,500W and a peak wattage of 12,000W. When propane-powered, it has 8,550 rated watts and 10,800 peak watts.

The generator, rated for a noise of 74 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a dishwasher), provides flexibility in starting, offering both a simple traditional pull-start mechanism and a practical and straightforward electric starter (battery included).

The G12KBN, with a fuel capacity of 8 gallons, reaches a run time of around 12 hours at 50% load utilizing gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.67 GPH). Alternatively, it can reach a run time of around 5 hours (estimation based on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.94 GPH) with propane.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 6 AC outlets:

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

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

For RV owners with a 50-amp service, this Pulsar unit is RV-ready, boasting a 14-50R outlet. In addition, since the G12KBN 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

With its L28.5 x W21.8 x H22.2 in dimensions, the open frame structure of the Pulsar G12KBN guarantees stability, simplified maintenance access to components, and better air cooling than enclosed units. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

Even at 209 lbs, the generator is categorized as 'portable,' suggesting its movability, although its weight impede its portability. However, the limited maneuverability is remedied with its wheel kit (⌀10") and its folding handle, facilitating convenient shifting once the generator is positioned on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Pulsar G12KBN

The G12KBN's control panel

The control panel of the G12KBN includes a convenient meter, offering voltage, frequency, and lifetime hours readings, helpful for the monitoring of its status and activity.

In addition to this info, a light indicator on the device will notify you if its oil levels are insufficient.

The built-in fuel gauge of the generator ensures simple and quick gas level assessments.

Regarding security, the generator comes with an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, providing peace of mind during operation.

Apart from the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), which lets you start it right away, the Pulsar G12KBN also is packed along with the following accessories: tool kit, funnel and propane hose.

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The Pulsar G12KBN versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Pulsar G12KBN compare to dual fuel generators of similar power (between 9000 and 10000 W).

  • Weight-wise, the Pulsar G12KBN has only 209 lbs, which renders it one of the lighter dual fuel generators which produce 9000 to 10000 rated watts. If weight is an important consideration for you, the Westinghouse iGen11000DFc stands out as one of the top contenders in this power category, with a dry weight of 187.4 pounds.
  • As this generator has its lowest possible noise of 74 dBA, it should be considered noisier compared to its peers of a comparable running wattage. If you value reduced noise levels, the DuroMax XP11000iH could be worth considering. It's one of the quietest generators in its power range, rated at 61 dBA.
  • Among its dual fuel devices with similar power, the G12KBN offers one of the highest run times, running for around 12 hours at 50% load.
  • Run time is a key metric, but it's dependent on the generator's fuel capacity. Therefore, discussing fuel efficiency is necessary to get the full picture. This generator can be considered as fuel-efficient, due to its low estimated fuel consumption of only 0.67 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, within the aforementioned wattage range. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Westinghouse iGen11000DFc. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.66 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: Pulsar G12KBN vs Pulsar PG12000B.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 9000-10000W dual fuel generators, the Pulsar G12KBN 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
  • Dual Fuel
  • Several accessories included
  • Electric start
  • Lightweight for its kind (209 lbs)
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • 1-year warranty
  • On the noisy side (74 dBA)

Do you own the Pulsar G12KBN and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine457 cc Ducar OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty1 year
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Power
GasolinePropane
Running watts9,500 W8,550 W
Starting watts12,000 W10,800 W
Running amps (@120/240V)79.2/39.6 amps71.3/35.6 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)100/50 amps90/45 amps
Run time @50% load12 h5 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 tankSteel, 8 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight209 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)28.5 x 21.8 x 22.2 in
Noise (lower limit)74 dBA
THDUnknown
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, propane hose, battery, and wheel kit
Other model numbersG12KBN-SG
UPC814726024598

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 G12KBN is covered under a warranty for up to 1 year. 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 homeAC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Electric fry pan15001500
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Dish washer15003000
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Slow cooker270270
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total7567 W9067 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Electric fry pan15001500
Radiant heater13001300
Radio100100
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total7595 W8185 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Circular saw12003200
Bug zapper8080
Total7340 W11840 W
How much oil does the oil tank hold on the G12KBN portable generator? (Asked September 24, 2020)

Engine oil capacity is 38 fl. oz.

Can it be converted to be UN on natural gas? (Asked November 20, 2020)

There are no official conversion kits. We do not recommend such modification, since you'd most likely void your warranty.

Is it ok to run electronics like tv and computers and cell phones! (Asked December 16, 2020)

The THD of this unit can get above 5% at anytime, which makes it unsuitable for sensitive electronics.

What is the brand of engine manufacturer for the Pulsar G12KBN ? Thanks. (Asked January 13, 2021)

The engine is manufactured by Ducar.

Which source do you normally power your home with the 50 amp or the 30 amp. Very confusing. (Asked May 01, 2021)

It depends if your transfer switch is 30 or 50-amp.

can 2 be paralleled? For a whole house system? (Asked June 15, 2021)

The unit is not parallel capable. You may find a list of generators with parallel capability here.

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Pulsar G12KBN
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  1. 5
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    This unit has addressed all of our electrical needs. We live in a sub with lots of big trees. Down lines are frequent during heavy storms and this unit powers our house great. Like the duel fuel option, although I use gas 99% of the time. I recommend giving it a look.

    + PROS:
    • Strong and well built.
    • Ease of use.
    • Large gas fuel capacity.
    - CONS:
    • I don’t have any.
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  2. 5
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    FN Awesome! Powers my whole house, well pump(30amp), 40 gal electric hot water, 3 frig/freezers!
    Very fuel efficient, 4 hours took about 1.75 gallons of gas. 14 hours on 7 gal with normal operation of house. Love it! AND cheap battery actually holds a great charge. No run for 6 months, fired up with no problem. Turned over fast!

    + PROS:
    • Everything!
    - CONS:
    • Not as efficient on propane. Heavy, but all the good ones are.
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  3. 4.75
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    I have owned this unit for about one year and used it for about 12 hours or so during power outages. It has started easily on all of the necessary occasions and to date has not failed in anyway. I would recommend the unit as a good quality to price point product. Some of the smaller units are quieter but usually much more expensive and will not produce the available power necessary to run most of the required items that most consumers want. If you want a reasonable cost to power output unit I would recommend this one.

    + PROS:
    • Runs fine with the easy start switch. So far I have used it for about 12 hours with out issue. It seems to run at a fairly constant speed and output is almost always consistent as far as voltage (240 and 120). 63.2 cps.
    • Price was better than most when compared to similar output generators.
    • Efficiency seems better than most at .67 gallons per hour under 50% load conditions.
    • Appears to be well constructed but won’t vouch fore that for another 200 hours.
    - CONS:
    • A bit more noisy than I would like since the neighborhood is a bit congested.
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  4. 5
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    Extremely low sine wave >1% at 120v measured at furthest outlet in a 2000 sq ft home running whole house in winter with forced hot air oil furnace, all appliances on including refrigerator, hot water heater, well pump, 2 sump pumps, deep freezer, garage pellet stove, lights etc, except cook top stove and clothes dryer. Wired into breaker panel as a home standby generator, for less than a 10th of the cost of a generac home standby unit. Yes I have to manually start it and switch the breaker over, but for 11k less than an actual equivalent standby unit that’s a small price to pay. Sine wave is what’s a winner for me, more than safe enough for all your sensitive electronics.

    + PROS:
    • Good run time, extremely low and stable sine wave, home power hookup capable.
    - CONS:
    • Slightly loud as expected, some shielding or generator shed all but muffles it.
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  5. 5
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    This generator has sufficient strength to power my entire 2200 square foot, centrally air conditioned, Central Florida home with in-ground pool. This generator is a dual fuel unit, propane and gasoline. I bought a third-party conversion kit to make this generator a tri-fuel unit, propane, gasoline and natural gas. I also added a generator interlock kit to my home electric panel and now I have an excellent stand-by source of power in the event a hurricane disables the electricity in the area (Space Coast). There is no need to store gasoline or propane because I am tapped into the natural gas supply with a quick disconnect hose and a 50 amp power cable. In addition, I can continue to make full use of the generator as a portable unit as it is not a permanent installation and will run from the gas tank or a propane tank.

    + PROS:
    • High power, low cost.
    - CONS:
    • Loud engine, small wheels.
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