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Zoom on the Pulsar PG12000B
In a nutshell, the Pulsar PG12000B is a powerful portable generator mostly geared towards:
- Homeowners who wish to power almost all appliances in their house under any circumstances
- Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
- RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
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 dual-fuel technology of the Pulsar PG12000B allows for an output of 120/240V and provides superb power and versatility. If gasoline-powered, the device provides a running wattage of 9,500W and a starting wattage of 12,000W. If propane-powered, it gives 8,550 rated watts and 10,800 starting watts.
Pulsar’s patented Switch & Go technology allows you to switch from propane to gasoline or from gasoline to propane while the generator is running.
At a noise rating of 74 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a shower), this generator can be started via a conventional pull-start mechanism, or a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included).
With a fuel capacity of 8 gallons, the PG12000B can operate for around 12 hours at 50% load using gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.67 GPH), or for around 5 hours (estimation based on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.94 GPH) using propane.
The control panel provides the upcoming 6 AC outlets:
Furthermore, it has 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A output with which you may charge your batteries with ease.
If you own an RV with a 50-amp service, you can consider this Pulsar unit as RV-ready, as it features a 14-50R outlet. In addition, as it features a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the PG12000B 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.
The design of the Pulsar PG12000B is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L28.5 x W21 x H22 in, offering support and stability and enabling the possibility of raising it above ground level. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.
Even though this device may be technically portable (as in movable), manipulation and transportation without special equipment can be a challenge, as it weighs 205 pounds. Nevertheless, thanks to its wheel kit (⌀10") and its folding handle (a decent solution to its lack of maneuverability), the generator can be easily moved, once placed the ground.
The PG12000B and its control panel include a convenient meter showing you voltage, frequency and lifetime hours. This feature comes handy when monitoring its status and activity.
Thanks to a built-in fuel gauge, the generator allows you to quickly, conveniently and easily check the gas level at a glance.
As far as security is concerned, the generator can be used with a peace of mind, as it features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off.
Besides the classic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, the Pulsar PG12000B also comes with some accessories: propane hose, funnel and tool kit are included.
The Pulsar PG12000B is CARB-compliant. Therefore, its sale and purchase are permitted in all of the 50 states, including California.
Moreover, it features a spark arrestor and thus, may be used in forested areas.
The Pulsar PG12000B versus other generators
The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Pulsar PG12000B compare to dual fuel generators of similar power (between 9000 and 10000 W).
- As far as its dry weight is concerned, the Pulsar PG12000B weighs just 205 pounds and thus, it is one of the lightest 9000 to 10000 rated wattage dual fuel generators.
- The generator can be considered average in its noise for its type and power category, as it is rated at 74 dBA. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the A-iPower SUA12000ED, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 69 dBA.
- With a run time of around 12 hours at 50% load, the PG12000B has one of the highest run times, compared to its similarly powerful peers.
- 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. At an estimated fuel consumption of 0.67 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, this generator is one of the most fuel efficient units within its wattage category.
As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 9000-10000W dual fuel generators, the Pulsar PG12000B 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
- Several accessories included
- Electric start
- Dual Fuel
- Switch & Go technology
- Lightweight for its kind (205 lbs)
- High run time
- Fuel efficient
- Acceptable noise (74 dBA)
- No remote start
Features and Specifications
|Fuel||Dual Fuel (gasoline/propane)|
|Engine||457 cc OHV 4-stroke|
|Starting system||Recoil, Electric|
|Voltage||AC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V|
|Running watts||9,500 W||8,550 W|
|Starting watts||12,000 W||10,800 W|
|Running amps (@120/240V)||79.2/39.6 amps||71.3/35.6 amps|
|Peak amps (@120/240V)||100/50 amps||90/45 amps|
|Run time @50% load||12 h||5 h *|
|Run time @25% load||Unknown||Unknown|
|Automatic Voltage Regulation||Yes|
|AC outlets|| |
|DC outlets||1x 12V 8A output|
|Fuel tank||Steel, 8 gal|
|Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)||28.5 x 21 x 22 in|
|Noise (lower limit)||74 dBA|
|Security||Low oil and overload protection|
|Accessories included||Funnel, tool kit, propane hose, battery, and wheel kit|
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.
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.
The Pulsar PG12000B 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?
|Item||Running Watts||Starting Watts|
|At home||Dish washer||1500||3000|
|AC (10,000 BTU)||1500||2200|
|Microwave (1000 watts)||1500||1500|
|Electric fry pan||1500||1500|
|Sump pump (1/2 hp)||1050||2150|
|Refrigerator (energy star)||192||1192|
|Set of 5 LED light bulbs||55||55|
|Total||7567 W||9067 W|
|For camping||RV AC (11,000 BTU)||1010||1600|
|Microwave (1000 watts)||1500||1500|
|Set of 5 LED light bulbs||55||55|
|Total||7595 W||8185 W|
|For work||Table saw||1800||4500|
|Air compressor (1 hp)||1600||6100|
|Total||7340 W||11840 W|
Will the Pulsar pg 12000 duel fuel work and not damage the electrical system of a 50 amp rv? The 50 amp plug on the generator looks right but is it comparable with my rv electrical system? (Asked October 20, 2020)
The 14-50R outlet is suitable for RV use. Your may have a 14-50P plug, or a TT-30P one (in which case, you would need an adapter). Note that this unit may not be suitable for powering equipment that contains sensitive electronic components (laptops, etc.)
Does it come with the wheels (Asked November 16, 2020)
Yes, the wheel kit is included.
What is the difference between the PG 12000B and the PG12KBN? (Asked November 16, 2020)
The PG12000B features the Switch 'N Go technology, which allows you to change of fuel source without stopping the unit. The G12KBN must be stopped before switching between propane and gasoline.
Does the Pulsar Model 12000B charge its own battery? (Asked November 22, 2020)
The generator will charge the battery while running.
how many amps is the generator good for? (Asked January 29, 2021)
It depends on voltage and fuel used. On gasoline and 120V, it can deliver up to 79.2 running amps and 100 peak amps. You can find this information in the spec table a bit further up the page, in the "Power" section of the table.
How do you switch from gas to propane? (Asked February 12, 2021)
A fuel switch is located on the left side of the control panel.
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Just stumbled onto this site looking for fuel consumption. We just had power restored after a 30hr outage caused by an ice storm. This is not the first time we have used the PG12000 but the longest. It ran the entire house in the winter. Rural location with private well, furnace and all. We did not run the electric oven and the burners are propane along with the furnace and hot water. Great generator – we also run it on propane connected to our main tank.
Not sure about the guy that changed his oil and could not restart generator????
This a beast. Great features, built sturdy and does the job. I wired it into my panel and am ready for any storm.
During the Texas Winter storm I was able to power my furnace, 2 refrigerators, a TV, ceiling fans and light fixtures. It still had capacity but I stopped there.I just purchased a soft start for my 4 ton AC. I started the generator, turned on the fan, then the AC compressor- No problem!!! Then I flipped one breaker on at a time and before you know it I am running essentials in a1900 sq. Ft . 4ton AC, TV, 2 refrigerators, lights, 5 ceiling fans.
I am ready for the next outage.
I bought the generator. It has run perfectly all along. I shut it down to change the oil. I did what I was to do according to the manual. I went to start it back up and won’t start!!! I called customer service and got a line of crap from a lady I asked to talk to her supervisor and she said to email him!! So here I sit with a $1300 generator I need for my family and it won’t run! I followed all the troubleshooting from the manual and nothing. I just bought it in March 2021!!
Purchased PULSAR PG12000B 4/1/2021. Installed transfer switch and started generator on propane, took about 3 1st try’s to start new. I turned on my 1hp well pump, 3000-watt electric water heater, tv, both bathroom fans and lights, garage and house frig, coffee maker, and all house led lights all at one time. I’m very surprised it handled all with ease. I’m very pleased with my transfer switch and this generator. My 3 items must items out of this generator was a THD of 5-7 % (not listed but called manufacturer techs 3 different times to make sure of the THD) to be able to run sensitive electronics, IE computers my $3000 OLED TV, etc. It must be fuel-efficient especially on propane (5hrs Run time @50% load on a single 5-gallon tank IE:20 lb) and a 50 amp plug-in. I’m very happy with this PULSAR PG12000B. Reviews were good, well priced at $1083, no brainer. Pulsar customer service was good for THD info. I placed 3 calls and they were well trained I felt on answers I asked about THD and reliability parts and service. (very happy)