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Pulsar G65BN Spec Review

The Pulsar G65BN is an open frame dual fuel portable generator with a rated wattage of 5500 W and a starting wattage of 6500 W.

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Description

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In a nutshell, the Pulsar G65BN is a portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle
  • People occasionally participating in outdoor fairs, festivals or events
  • Food truck owners who do not wish to see their business interrupted under any circumstances
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout

The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics, the different outlets it offers, its overall portability, the extra features it benefits from, and any relevant emission compliance details.

Power & Run Time

The Pulsar G65BN in use

The Pulsar G65BN

With its dual-fuel technology, the powerful and versatile Pulsar G65BN provides an output of 120/240V. While gasoline-powered, it gives a running wattage of 5500W along with a peak wattage of 6500W. While propane-powered, it provides 4900 rated watts and 5800 starting watts.

The generator features a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

The G65BN, with a fuel capacity of 5.2 gallons, reaches a run time of around 11.5 hours at 50% load utilizing gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.45 GPH). Alternatively, it can reach a run time of around 7 hours (estimation based on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.67 GPH) with propane.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 6 AC outlets:

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

Furthermore, it has 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A output allowing you to easily charge your batteries.

Thanks to its TT-30R receptacle (TT stands for 'Travel Trailer'), this Pulsar generator is RV Ready. In addition, as it features a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the G65BN is transfer switch ready: in case of a power outage, you will be easily able to connect it to a breaker box and power your household.

Portability

The Pulsar G65BN has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L27 x W20 x H19 in, which offers support and allows it to be raised above ground level. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

As the generator's weight is 148 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable). However, its challenging mobility is solved by its wheel kit and its folding handle, which will ease its displacement, once it is on the floor.

Features

Panel of the Pulsar G65BN

The G65BN's control panel

The G65BN's status and activity may be monitored conveniently via the control panel, as it features a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours.

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

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

Security-wise, this product benefits from an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), which gives you a complete peace of mind when using it.

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual, letting you start the generator quickly, the Pulsar G65BN also comes with several accessories, including: tool kit and propane hose.

Emissions

The Pulsar G65BN is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, making it usable in forested areas.

The Pulsar G65BN versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Pulsar G65BN compare to generators of similar power (between 5000 and 6000 W).

  • As far as its dry weight is concerned, the Pulsar G65BN weighs just 148 pounds and thus, it is one of the lighter 5000 to 6000 rated wattage generators. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above mentioned power range is the WEN GN6000, with a dry weight of just 119 pounds.
  • The G65BN, falls within the average autonomy range compared to generators of a roughly same power, with a run time of around 11.5 hours at a 50% load and a full tank. If you consider autonomy on a single full tank as one of the deciding factors, one of the generators in the same power range that offers the highest run time is the Cat RP5500, with around 15 hours.
  • 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 0.45 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, this generator is a rather fuel efficient one within its wattage category. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Westinghouse WGen5300v. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.35 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 5000-6000W generators, the Pulsar G65BN is on the cheap side of the price range.

It can therefore be a really good buy if you're looking to acquire a budget generator.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Inexpensive
  • Several accessories included
  • RV Ready
  • Dual Fuel
  • Lightweight for its kind (148 lbs)
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start

Do you own the Pulsar G65BN and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyYes
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine274 cc Ducar OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Power
 GasolinePropane
Running watts5500 W4900 W
Starting watts6500 W5800 W
Running amps (@120/240V)45.8/22.9 amps40.8/20.4 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)54.2/27.1 amps48.3/24.2 amps
Run time @50% load11.5 h7 h *
Run time @25% loadUnknownUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A output
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tank5.2 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight148 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)27 x 20 x 19 in
Noise (lower limit)Unknown
THDUnknown
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedTool kit, propane hose, and wheel kit
Warranty2 years
Other model numbersG65BN-A

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 G65BN 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 homeSump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Furnace fan (1/2 hp)8752350
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Electric range21002100
Security system180180
Total4397 W5872 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
RV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
Radio100100
Total4390 W4980 W
For workTable saw18004500
Grinder14002500
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Drain cleaner250250
Bug zapper8080
Total3780 W6480 W

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