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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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  • $469.00 - November 26, 2020
  • $549.99 - November 25, 2020
  • $469.00 - November 24, 2020
  • $549.99 - October 27, 2020
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Since: October 27, 2020
  • Highest Price: $549.99 - October 27, 2020
  • Lowest Price: $469.00 - November 24, 2020

Description

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

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • 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 in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials

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.

This generator features a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

Regarding its running time, the G65BN, with a 5.2 gallons fuel capacity can operate for around 11.5 hours at 50% load with a full tank of gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.45 GPH). When using propane, it can run for 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

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

This Pulsar generator is RV Ready, thanks to its TT-30R receptacle (TT stands for 'Travel Trailer'). In addition, due to the featured twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the G65BN is transfer switch ready: you may connect it to a breaker box to power your household during a power outage.

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. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy outdoor use.

Since the generator weighs 148 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 and its folding handle, once it is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Pulsar G65BN

The G65BN's control panel

To help you monitor the G65BN'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 allows you to instantly see if 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.

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

While the standard documentation and an owner's manual, 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 generators of similar power (between 5000 and 6000 W).

  • In terms of its dry weight, the Pulsar G65BN stands at only 148 lbs, meaning that is one of the lighter devices of the 5000-6000 rated wattage category If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Westinghouse WGen5300v, weighing just 107 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 autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Cat RP5500, reaching 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 you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.35 GPH, the Westinghouse WGen5300v is a device you should look out for.

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.

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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