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Pulsar PG12000B - 9500/12000W Dual Fuel Generator With Electric Start

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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))

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In summary, the Pulsar PG12000B is a powerful portable generator especially useful for:

  • Homeowners who wish to power almost all appliances in their house under any circumstances
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • RV travellers looking for even more independence

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 PG12000B in use

The Pulsar PG12000B

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.

With a noise rating of 74 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a vacuum cleaner), the generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism, but also a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included).

The running time of the PG12000B, with its 8 gallons fuel capacity, can reach around 12 hours at 50% load on a full tank of gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.67 GPH). With propane, it can reach around 5 hours (estimation based on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.94 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 6 AC outlets:

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

In addition, it provides 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A output with which charging your batteries is made easy.

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 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 generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough environments.

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. However, its challenging mobility is solved by its wheel kit (⌀10") and its folding handle, which will ease its displacement, once it is on the floor.

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 showing you 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 point of view, the generator is equipped with an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), giving you a peace of mind during use.

Along the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), useful for starting the generator right away, the Pulsar PG12000B's package also includes these accessories: propane hose, funnel and tool kit.

Emissions

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.

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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 dual fuel generators of similar power (between 9000 and 10000 W).

  • As for its weight, the Pulsar PG12000B weighs only 205 pounds, making it one of the lighter dual fuel generators in the 9000-10000 rated wattage category. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above-mentioned power range is the Westinghouse iGen11000DFc, with a dry weight of just 187.4 pounds.
  • Because this generator emits noise as low as 74 dBA, it can be considered to have a pretty average expected noise rating for a device of its power. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Westinghouse iGen11000DFc. With just 64 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • As the PG12000B features an autonomy of around 12 hours at 50% load, it has one of the highest run times in comparison to the other dual fuel generators of its power range.
  • While the run time is an important parameter, it is dependent on the fuel tank's capacity and thus, doesn't say much on its own unless we consider fuel consumption as well. This generator can be considered as fuel efficient, due to its low estimated fuel consumption of only 0.67 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, within the aforementioned wattage range. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Westinghouse iGen11000DFc. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.66 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: Pulsar PG12000B vs Pulsar G12KBN.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 9000-10000W dual fuel generators, the Pulsar PG12000B 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
  • Dual Fuel
  • Several accessories included
  • Electric start
  • Switch & Go technology
  • Lightweight for its kind (205 lbs)
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (74 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine457 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty2 years
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Power
GasolinePropane
Running watts9,500 W8,550 W
Starting watts12,000 W10,800 W
Running amps (@120/240V)79.2/39.6 amps71.3/35.6 amps
Peak 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
ComplianceCARB
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, propane hose, battery, and wheel kit
UPC814726025021

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 homeDish washer15003000
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Electric fry pan15001500
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Slow cooker270270
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total7567 W9067 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Radiant heater13001300
Radio100100
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total7595 W8185 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Circular saw12003200
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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  1. 5
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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????

    + PROS:
    • Great Price Point
    • Easy to operate
    • Handles the whole house
    - CONS:
    • Changing oil is a bit messy
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  2. 4.5
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    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.

    + PROS:
    • Built sturdy
    • Duel Fuel
    • High Current options
    • Great generator for a good price.
    - CONS:
    • It would be nice to have a amp meter to know how much current it is pulling.
    • Filling and Changing oil is not easy.
    • It would be nice to have a LP to Natural gas converter.
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  3. 2.4
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    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!!

    + PROS:
    • Nice being duel fuel
    - CONS:
    • Won't start after u change oil
    • Can't get any advice or help from customer service! Stuck with a generator that wont run!
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    Robert D Wengert April 3, 2021 at 11:32 am
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    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)

    + PROS:
    • None that I found, Remote start is not any biggie as you should always shut off your propane when not in use and check oil before each start. Could have covers for plug-ins but I don't want it sitting in the weather so Ill build a small cover over the top IE shelter for generator and and the tank
    - CONS:
    • Could have covers for plug-ins
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