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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. (Read full specs)

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  • $599.99 - April 24, 2024
  • $649.99 - April 13, 2024
  • $549.99 - December 16, 2023
  • $499.99 - December 2, 2023
  • $549.99 - December 1, 2023
  • $499.99 - November 17, 2023
  • $549.99 - November 13, 2023
  • $499.99 - November 3, 2023
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Since: July 2, 2023
  • Highest Price: $649.99 - April 13, 2024
  • Lowest Price: $499.99 - October 7, 2023

Description

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In a few words, the Pulsar G65BN is a portable generator perfectly suited for:

  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle
  • People occasionally participating in sporting competitions, open-air performances and outdoor festivals
  • 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 sections ahead, the power characteristics, availability of various outlets, the portability, and any additional features of the device shall be discussed.

Power & Run Time

The Pulsar G65BN in use

The Pulsar G65BN

The dual-fuel technology of the Pulsar G65BN allows for an output of 120/240V and provides superb power and versatility. If gasoline-powered, the device provides a running wattage of 5,500W and a starting wattage of 6,500W. If propane-powered, it gives 4,900 rated watts and 5,800 starting watts.

The generator is rated for a noise of 73 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a shower). Its starting mechanism is based on a conventional pull-start mechanism.

With a fuel capacity of 5.2 gallons, the G65BN can operate for around 11.5 hours at 50% load using gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.45 GPH), or for around 7 hours (estimation based on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.67 GPH) using propane.

Outlets

The control panel is equipped with the following 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 allowing you to easily charge your batteries.

Equipped with a TT-30R receptacle (TT representing 'Travel Trailer'), this Pulsar generator is RV Ready, ensuring compatibility with recreational vehicles. In addition, since it features a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the G65BN is tailored to be transfer switch ready, making it easy to connect it to your breaker box for home power support during outages.

Portability

With its L27 x W20 x H19 in dimensions, the open frame structure of the Pulsar G65BN guarantees stability, simplified maintenance access to components, and better air cooling than enclosed units. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

Despite its 126 lbs, the generator falls under the category of 'portable,' signifying its movability, although its weight may hinder easy portability. 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

Integrated into the control center of the G65BN are a convenient meter, displaying voltage, frequency, and lifetime hours information, facilitating 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 generator includes a built-in fuel gauge, a quick, easy and convenient method of checking the device’s gas level.

In terms of security, the generator features an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), ensuring peace of mind during its use.

Apart from the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to facilitate setup, the Pulsar G65BN features extra accessories: propane hose and tool kit.

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).

  • In terms of its weight, the Pulsar G65BN weighs merely 126 pounds, earning it a spot among the lighter dual fuel generators within the 5000 to 6000 rated wattage category. Weight-conscious users may find the Genmax GM6000iED appealing, as it is one of the top contenders in this power range, weighing just 117.9 pounds.
  • If compared to generators capable of producing a similar running wattage, this generator with a lowest emitted noise of 73 dBA can be considered somewhat noisy. If noise is a concern for you, you could consider the Pulsar PGDA70BiSCO, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, rated at 62 dBA.
  • Compared to dual fuel devices of similar power, the G65BN stands out with one of the higher run times, lasting around 11.5 hours at 50% load. If runtime is a priority for you, the Firman H05751 stands out as one of the generators with the longest run time in its power range, providing around 12 hours of continuous use.
  • Run times are important, yet thanks to their dependence on the fuel capacity, they should be judged along with the fuel consumption of the device. 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 gasoline efficiency is at the top of your list, you may want to have a look at the DuroMax XP7000iH, which has great fuel efficiency, with a gas consumption of only 0.38 gallons per hour.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, 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
  • Dual Fuel
  • Several accessories included
  • RV Ready
  • Lightweight for its kind (126 lbs)
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • 1-year warranty
  • On the noisy side (73 dBA)

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

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyYes
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine274 cc Ducar OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty1 year
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
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 sizer.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeMicrowave (1000 watts)15001500
Electric fry pan15001500
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Radio100100
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total4397 W5497 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Radiant heater13001300
Radio100100
Total4390 W4980 W
For workTable saw18004500
Grinder14002500
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Drain cleaner250250
Bug zapper8080
Total3780 W6480 W
Is it electric start? (Asked August 24, 2021)

The unit is recoil start only.

What do I use for oil? (Asked December 21, 2023)

For general, all-temperature use, SAE 10W-30 is recommended.

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