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Pulsar G65BN - 5500/6500W Dual Fuel Generator

The Pulsar G65BN is a portable open frame dual fuel generator with a rated wattage of 5,500 W and a starting wattage of 6,500 W.

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Price history for the Pulsar G65BN
Latest updates:
  • $518.00 - January 24, 2023
  • $599.98 - January 20, 2023
  • $599.99 - December 1, 2022
  • $518.00 - November 22, 2022
  • $599.99 - November 15, 2022
  • $518.00 - October 27, 2022
  • $599.99 - October 25, 2022
  • $518.00 - October 11, 2022
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Since: August 15, 2022
  • Highest Price: $599.99 - September 1, 2022
  • Lowest Price: $508.00 - August 15, 2022

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 want to ensure that their business is fully self-contained and does not rely on potentially unreliable external power
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout

In the following paragraphs, we shall explore the power characteristics, available outlets, portability, and any additional features of the device, along with its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The Pulsar G65BN in use

The Pulsar G65BN

Thanks to its dual-fuel technology, the Pulsar G65BN delivers 120/240V and offers power and versatility. When gasoline-powered, it benefits from a running wattage of 5,500W and a peak wattage of 6,500W. When propane-powered, it has 4,900 rated watts and 5,800 peak watts.

The generator features a simple traditional pull-start mechanism. It is rated for a noise of 73 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a vacuum cleaner).

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

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 6 AC outlets:

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

It also sports 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A output with which you may charge your batteries with ease.

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

Portability

The design of the Pulsar G65BN is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L27 x W20 x H19 in, offering support and stability and enabling the possibility of raising it above ground level. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy outdoor use.

Even though this device may be technically portable (as in movable), manipulation and transportation without special equipment can be a challenge, as it weighs 126 pounds. Still, once it is on the ground, its wheel kit and its folding handle can easily solve the issue of low mobility and allow for easy relocation of the device.

Features

Panel of the Pulsar G65BN

The G65BN's control panel

The G65BN's control center features a convenient meter showing you voltage, frequency and lifetime hours to aid you with the monitoring of its status and activity.

In addition to this info, a light indicator serves to show you when the oil level is too low.

The generator allows for a quick, easy and convenient assessment of its gas level, as it is equipped with a built-in fuel gauge.

As for its security measures, the device features an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), letting you use it with a peace of mind.

While the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Pulsar G65BN, the following accessories are also included: propane hose and tool kit.

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, which makes it suitable for use 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 dual fuel generators of similar power (between 5000 and 6000 W).

  • Regarding its weight, the Pulsar G65BN only weighs in at 126 pounds, which means it's one of the lighter dual fuel generators in the 5000-6000 rated wattage range. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above-mentioned power range is the Genmax GM6000iED, with a dry weight of just 117.9 pounds.
  • This generator has a somewhat average expected noise for its type and power range, rated at 73 dBA. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Genmax GM6000iED with only 63 dBA.
  • With a run time of around 11.5 hours at 50% load, the G65BN has one of the higher run times, compared to its similarly powerful peers. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the Firman H05751, boasting with around 12 hours.
  • While the run time is an important parameter, it is dependent on the fuel tank’s capacity and thus, doesn’t say much on its own unless we consider 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 WGen5300DFv. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.43 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 dual fuel 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 (126 lbs)
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (73 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • 1-year warranty

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 watts5,500 W4,900 W
Starting watts6,500 W5,800 W
Running amps (@120/240V)45.8/22.9 amps40.8/20.4 amps
Peak 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
Weight126 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)27 x 20 x 19 in
Noise (lower limit)73 dBA
THDUnknown
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedTool kit, propane hose, and wheel kit
Warranty1 year
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 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 sizing 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
Drain cleaner250250
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Bug zapper8080
Total3780 W6480 W
Is it electric start? (Asked August 24, 2021)

The unit is recoil start only.

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