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Pulsar PG12000B Spec Review

The Pulsar PG12000B is a powerful open frame dual fuel portable generator with a rated wattage of 9500 W and a starting wattage of 12000 W.

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Description

Pulsar’s PG12000B Dual Fuel Portable Generator was built to keep you out of the dark during the next power outage. The dual fuel feature with the ability to run on gasoline or liquid propane to provide you with more options and peace of mind in the event of a natural disaster. (source: Pulsar (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the Pulsar PG12000B

In summary, the Pulsar PG12000B is a powerful portable generator especially useful for prudent homeowners who want a backup power source in case of a power outage.

In the sections ahead, the power characteristics, availability of various outlets, the portability, and any additional features of the device shall be discussed, including its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The Pulsar PG12000B in use

The Pulsar PG12000B

With its dual-fuel technology, the powerful and versatile Pulsar PG12000B provides an output of 120/240V. While gasoline-powered, it gives a running wattage of 9500W along with a peak wattage of 12000W. While propane-powered, it provides 8550 rated watts and 10800 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.

The generator is rated for a noise of 74 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a dishwasher). Its starting mechanisms include a conventional pull-start mechanism and 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.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 6 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R)
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle
120/240V 50A (14-50R) receptacle

Furthermore, it has 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A output with which you may charge your batteries with ease.

As the PG12000B 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 Pulsar PG12000B has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L28.5 x W21 x H22 in, which offers support and allows it to be raised above ground level. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding 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 205 lbs. Still, once it is on the ground, its wheel kit (⌀10") 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 PG12000B

The PG12000B's control panel

To help you monitor the PG12000B's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours.

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

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start the generator quickly, the Pulsar PG12000B also comes with several accessories, including: tool kit, propane hose and funnel.

Emissions

The Pulsar PG12000B is CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor and therefore, can be used in forested areas.

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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 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 lighter 9000 to 10000 rated wattage generators. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Rainier R12000DF with only 196 pounds.
  • The generator can be considered average in its noise for its power category, as it is rated at 74 dBA. 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 A-iPower SUA12000ED, whose lowest noise levels reach just 69 dBA.
  • With a run time of around 12 hours at 50% load, the PG12000B has one of the higher run times, compared to its similarly powerful peers. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the Powerhorse 13000ES, as it provides around 15 hours.
  • 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. 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 fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Rainier R12000DF, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.55 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: Pulsar PG12000B vs Pulsar G12KBN.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 9000-10000W 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

STRENGTHS:
  • Inexpensive
  • Several accessories included
  • Electric start
  • Dual Fuel
  • Switch & Go technology
  • Lightweight for its kind (205 lbs)
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (74 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start

Do you own the Pulsar PG12000B and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine457 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Power
 GasolinePropane
Running watts9500 W8550 W
Starting watts12000 W10800 W
Running amps (@120/240V)79.2/39.6 amps71.3/35.6 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)100/50 amps90/45 amps
Run time @50% load12 h5 h *
Run time @25% loadUnknownUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 50A (14-50R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A output
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tankSteel, 8 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight205 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)28.5 x 21 x 22 in
Noise (lower limit)74 dBA
THDUnknown
EmissionsCARB
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, propane hose, 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.
* 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 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?
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
Clothes dryer54006750
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total7572 W9047 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
RV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
Radio100100
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total7595 W8185 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Pressure washer (1 hp)12003600
Bug zapper8080
Total7340 W11840 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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