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Pulsar PG10000 Spec Review

The Pulsar PG10000 is a portable open frame generator with a rated wattage of 8000 W and a starting wattage of 10000 W.

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Description

When you have big power needs, you need a powerful generator and the PG10000 provides just that. Instead of the expense of a stationary home standby unit, the PG10000 is one of the most powerful in its class and capable of operating up to five major appliances at one time. The 15 HP OHV gasoline engine can operate for up to 12 hours on a single 8 gallon tank of gasoline and do so by providing not only 12V, 120V and 240 volt power, but special 30 and 50 AMP circuits for total control of RV units. Add keyless electric start, maintenance free battery, dual handle mobility with no-flat tires and you have power and convenience whenever and wherever you want it. (source: Pulsar (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the Pulsar PG10000

In a nutshell, the Pulsar PG10000 is a portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • 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 sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle

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 PG10000's design includes a gasoline-fueled 420 cc (15 hp) Ducar OHV 4-stroke engine. With a 120/240V output, it gives a running wattage of 8000W and also a peak wattage of 10000W.

The generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism and also a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included). It is rated for a noise of 77 dBA (less noisy than a dishwasher).

With a fuel capacity of 8 gallons, the PG10000 may run for around 12 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.67 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 7 AC outlets:

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

This Pulsar generator is RV Ready, thanks to its TT-30R receptacle (TT stands for 'Travel Trailer'). In addition, as it features a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the PG10000 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 design of the Pulsar PG10000 is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L28.5 x W21.8 x H22.2 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.

While the generator is considered to be technically 'portable' (in the sense that you can move it), manually lifting and transporting it may be challenging, due to its high weight of 204 lbs. However, this lack of maneuverability is compensated by its wheel kit and its folding handle, with which you can conveniently shift it, once it's on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Pulsar PG10000

The PG10000's control panel

The PG10000 and its control panel include a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours. This feature comes handy when monitoring its status and activity.

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

Thanks to a built-in fuel gauge, the generator allows you to quickly, conveniently and easily check the gas level at a glance.

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.

Besides the usual set of documentation and owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, Pulsar also included a battery charger in the PG10000's packaging.

Emissions

The Pulsar PG10000 is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

The Pulsar PG10000 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Pulsar PG10000 compare to generators of similar power (between 7500 and 8500 W).

  • In terms of its dry weight, the Pulsar PG10000 stands at only 204 lbs, meaning that is one of the lighter devices of the 7500-8500 rated wattage category If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Dewalt DXGNR8000 with only 183 pounds.
  • Among the generators of a comparable running wattage, this generator with a lowest noise of 77 dBA can be judged as noisy. If you’d prefer a less noisy device, one of the most quiet devices, which share the same power range with this one, is the Predator 9500, whose lowest noise levels reach just 67 dBA.
  • Thanks to an impressive running time of around 12 hours at 50% load, the PG10000 benefits from one of the highest run times among generators of a similar output
  • Even though run times are undoubtedly important, they are dependent on the fuel capacity to a large extent. For a more wholesome picture, we must take into consideration the fuel consumption of the generator. With an estimated gasoline consumption of 0.67 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, this generator is among the more fuel efficient of the products in the above-mentioned wattage range. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Pulsar PG10000B16, with a fuel consumption of 0.55 GPH could be in your good books.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 7500-8500W generators, the Pulsar PG10000 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
  • RV Ready
  • Electric start
  • Lightweight for its kind (204 lbs)
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • No spark arrestor
  • On the noisy side (77 dBA)

Do you own the Pulsar PG10000 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyYes
FuelGasoline
Engine420 cc Ducar OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts8000 W
Starting watts10000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)66.7/33.3 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)83.3/41.7 amps
Run time @50% load12 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 50A (14-50R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A output
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tank8 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight204 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)28.5 x 21.8 x 22.2 in
Noise (lower limit)77 dBA
THDUnknown
EmissionsEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorNo
Accessories includedBattery charger, battery, and wheel kit
Warranty2 years

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.

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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 PG10000 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 generator sizing calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeElectric fry pan15001500
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Dish washer15003000
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Mixer200200
Total6392 W7892 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Electric fry pan15001500
Satelite receiver250250
Total6390 W6980 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Drill600900
Bug zapper8080
Total5480 W9980 W

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