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Pulsar PG1202S - 850/1200W Portable Generator

The Pulsar PG1202S is a compact and lightweight open frame generator with a rated wattage of 850 W and a starting wattage of 1,200 W. (Read full specs)

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Price history for the Pulsar PG1202S
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  • $149.00 - April 16, 2024
  • $179.99 - March 19, 2024
  • $179.10 - March 18, 2024
  • $179.99 - March 14, 2024
  • $174.93 - February 18, 2024
  • $174.36 - February 17, 2024
  • $149.99 - February 16, 2024
  • $179.99 - December 15, 2023
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Since: August 1, 2023
  • Highest Price: $179.99 - August 1, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $110.00 - August 12, 2023

Description

This handy, two-cycle generator provides enough portable power for those jobs around the house or when you are hunting, fishing, camping, tailgating or even out on a boat and does so without breaking your piggy bank. With 1200 peak watts of power, the PG1202S has two 120V and one 12V outlet and can operate for up to 8.5 hours on just 1.2 gallons of fuel mix with a quiet mode system that creates only 65 dB of noise. (source: Pulsar (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the Pulsar PG1202S

In short, the Pulsar PG1202S is a compact and lightweight portable generator adequately designed for:

  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source
  • Amateur DIY lovers

In the forthcoming sections, you'll delve into its power characteristics, the various outlets it offers, its overall portability, and the additional features it boasts.

Power & Run Time

The Pulsar PG1202S in use

The Pulsar PG1202S

Running on gasoline, the Pulsar PG1202S operates with a 72 cc (2.2 hp) Ducar 2-stroke engine, delivering 120V, with a running wattage of 850W and a peak wattage of 1,200W.

With a noise rating of 65 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a normal conversation), the generator's ignition is facilitated by a manual recoil starter system.

Thanks to its 1.1 gallon fuel tank, the PG1202S can run continuously for around 8.5 hours at 50% load on a full tank (with an average fuel consumption of approximately 0.13 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel features 2 AC outlets as follows:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

Moreover, it comes equipped with 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A receptacle making battery charging a breeze.

Portability

With dimensions of L14.6 x W12.4 x H12.4 in, the standard open frame design of the Pulsar PG1202S provides stability and easy maintenance access to components, as well as good air circulation. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy outdoor use.

Considered a lightweight portable generator, the PG1202S weighs just 37.5 lbs. The product’s power can be enjoyed on-the-go, as it can be moved by a single person without trouble. Adding to its convenience, the handle enables easy carrying.

Good to know: This unit ranks 3rd in our list of the 10 smallest portable generators.

Features

Panel of the Pulsar PG1202S

The PG1202S's control panel

A light indicator serves to show you when the generator is ready.

As far as security is concerned, the generator can be used with a peace of mind, as it features an overload protection (circuit breaker).

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start the generator quickly, the Pulsar PG1202S also comes with several accessories, including: battery charging cables and tool kit.

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The Pulsar PG1202S versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Pulsar PG1202S compare to generators of similar power (between 500 and 1500 W).

  • At 37.5 lbs dry, the Pulsar PG1202S is consistent with the standard weight profile for devices ranging from 500 to 1500 rated watts. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Sportsman GEN1000i, with a dry weight of only 20.3 lbs.
  • When stacked up against other devices of similar running wattage, this generator's lowest possible noise rating of 65 dBA places it in the louder category. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may want to take a look at the Honda EU1000i. It's one of the quietest options among generators of similar power, rated at 42 dBA.
  • The PG1202S's runtime of around 8.5 hours at a 50% load on a full tank positions it within the average autonomy range compared to other generators with similar power. If wyou wish to prioritize autonomy, the Sportsman GEN2000-SS shines as one of the top contenders, offering one of the highest run times among generators with similar power output, totaling around 11 hours.
  • Run time is crucial, but it heavily relies on the fuel tank's capacity. Thus, considering fuel efficiency alongside is essential. This generator has a better fuel efficiency than other units in the aforementioned output range, consuming approximately 0.13 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load. If minimizing fuel usage is one of your key priorities, the Pulsar PGD16iSCO is one of the most efficient devices with similar power output, with a gasoline consumption of only 0.09 gallons per hour.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 500-1500W generators, the Pulsar PG1202S 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
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (37.5 lbs)
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • Gas/oil mix required (2-cycle engine)
  • 1-year warranty
  • On the noisy side (65 dBA)

Do you own the Pulsar PG1202S and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine72 cc Ducar 2-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty1 year
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts850 W
Starting watts1,200 W
Running amps7.1 amps
Peak amps10 amps
Run time @50% load8.5 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationNo
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A receptacle
Data centerNo
IndicatorsOutput ready
Fuel tank1.1 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight37.5 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)14.6 x 12.4 x 12.4 in
Noise (lower limit)65 dBA
THDUnknown
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityOverload protection
Spark arrestorNo
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedTool kit and battery charging cables
Other model numbersPG1202SA
UPC819699010494

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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 PG1202S 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 sizing calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Total192 W1192 W
For campingRV refrigerator180600
Blender400850
Bug zapper8080
Total660 W1110 W
For workPaint sprayer600600
Total600 W600 W
How many amps does the 12v output. (Asked May 08, 2023)

The 12V output provides a current of up to 8A.

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