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Pulsar PG1202S Spec Review

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The Pulsar PG1202S is a compact and lightweight open frame portable generator with a rated wattage of 850 W and a starting wattage of 1200 W.

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  • $139.00 - November 7, 2019
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  • $139.99 - July 15, 2019
  • $144.19 - July 11, 2019
  • $153.16 - July 10, 2019
  • $143.16 - June 16, 2019
Since: May 28, 2019
  • Highest Price: $153.16 - June 15, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $119.88 - September 1, 2019

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)

Zoom on the Pulsar PG1202S

In a nutshell, the Pulsar PG1202S is a compact and lightweight portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • Amateur DIY lovers

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 PG1202S in use

The Pulsar PG1202S

The Pulsar PG1202S is powered by a 72 cc (2.2 hp) Ducar 2-stroke engine. It delivers 120V, runs on gasoline and offers a running wattage of 850W as well as a peak wattage of 1200W.

At a noise rating of 65 dBA (just slightly more noisy than an office), the generator offers the possibility to start the device via a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

The fuel capacity of 1.1 gallon allows the PG1202S to operate for around 8.5 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.13 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel features the following 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

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

Portability

The design of the Pulsar PG1202S is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L14.6 x W12.4 x H12.4 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.

With the weight of only 37.5 lbs, the PG1202S may be viewed as a lightweight and portable generator. The product’s power can be enjoyed on-the-go, as it can be moved by a single person without trouble. Further convenience is provided by a handle, as it allows you to carry it effortlessly.

Features

Panel of the Pulsar PG1202S

The PG1202S's control panel

The device’s light indicator will display if the generator is ready.

Security-wise, this product benefits from an overload protection (circuit breaker), which gives you a complete peace of mind when using it.

While the standard documentation and a user manual, helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Pulsar PG1202S, the following accessories are also included: tool kit and battery charging cables.

Emissions

The Pulsar PG1202S is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 50 states, including California.

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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).

  • As far as its dry weight is concerned, the Pulsar PG1202S weighs just 37.5 pounds and thus, it is one of the lighter 500 to 1500 rated wattage generators. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Sportsman GEN1000i, weighing just 20.3 pounds.
  • The generator can be considered average in its noise for its power category, as it is rated at 65 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 Honda EU1000i, whose lowest noise levels reach just 42 dBA.
  • Offering around 8.5 hours of running time on a full tank at 50% load, the PG1202S is within the average autonomy range of similarly powerful generators. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Pulsar PG2000, reaching around 12 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. As this generator uses an estimated 0.13 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, it finds itself in the average gasoline consumption range of similar products. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Ryobi RYi1000. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.08 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, 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
  • Lightweight (37.5 lbs)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (65 dBA)
  • Decent run time
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • Gas/oil mix required (2-cycle engine)
  • No electric start
  • No spark arrestor

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

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Features and Specifications

General

InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine72 cc Ducar 2-stroke
Starting systemRecoil

Power

VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts850 W
Starting watts1200 W
Running amps7.1 amps
Peaks amps10 amps
Run time @50% load8.5 h
Run time @25% loadN/A

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
Dimensions (L x W x H)14.6 x 12.4 x 12.4 in
Noise (lower limit)65 dBA
THDN/A
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityOverload protection
Spark arrestorNo
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedTool kit and battery charging cables
Warranty1 year

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.

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.

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