Zoom on the Pulsar PG13000BRCO
In summary, the Pulsar PG13000BRCO is a powerful portable generator especially useful for professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure.
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
With its dual-fuel technology, the powerful and versatile Pulsar PG13000BRCO provides an output of 120/240V. While gasoline-powered, it gives a running wattage of 10,200W along with a peak wattage of 13,000W. While propane-powered, it provides 9,200 rated watts and 11,500 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 81 dBA (just slightly more noisy than garbage disposal). Its starting mechanisms include a conventional pull-start mechanism and a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included). The PG13000BRCO can also be remotely started, offering further convenience (key fob included).
The PG13000BRCO, with a fuel capacity of 9.5 gallons, reaches a run time of around 9.5 hours at 50% load utilizing gasoline (fuel consumption around 1 GPH). Alternatively, it can reach a run time of around 3.5 hours (estimation based on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 1.34 GPH) with propane.
The control panel provides the upcoming 7 AC outlets:
In addition, it provides 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A output with which charging your batteries is made easy.
This Pulsar generator features an L5-30R receptacle, enabling an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. However, it is still not quite RV ready. Besides, since the PG13000BRCO bears a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: it is easily connectible to a breaker box and can power your home in case of a power outage.
The design of the Pulsar PG13000BRCO is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L30.8 x W29.2 x H26.5 in, offering support and stability and enabling the possibility of raising it above ground level. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough 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 231 pounds. Still, once it is on the ground, its wheel kit (⌀12") and its folding handle can easily solve the issue of low mobility and allow for easy relocation of the device.
The PG13000BRCO 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.
A built-in fuel gauge allows for a quick, easy and convenient check of the fuel level of the generator.
Security-wise, this product benefits from an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), which gives you a complete peace of mind when using it.
The unit also benefits from Pulsar's CO Sentry carbon monoxide detection. The sensor monitors for the accumulation of poisonous carbon monoxide gas around the generator, and shuts down the engine is increasing levels of CO gas are detected.
Besides the classic documentation and an owner's manual to get you promptly started, the Pulsar PG13000BRCO also comes with some accessories: key fob and propane hose are included.
The Pulsar PG13000BRCO is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 50 states, including California.
Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, so it is adequate for use in forested areas.
The Pulsar PG13000BRCO versus other generators
The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Pulsar PG13000BRCO compare to dual fuel generators of similar power (between 9500 and 10500 W).
- At a dry weight of 231 pounds, the Pulsar PG13000BRCO is one of the heavier dual fuel devices which can produce between 9500 and 10500 running watts. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Pulsar PG12000B with only 205 pounds.
- If compared to generators capable of producing a similar running wattage, this generator with a lowest emitted noise of 81 dBA can be considered somewhat noisy. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Westinghouse WGen9500DF. With just 74 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
- The PG13000BRCO, falls within the average autonomy range compared to dual fuel generators of a roughly same power, with a run time of around 9.5 hours at a 50% load and a full tank. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Pulsar G12KBN, reaching around 12 hours.
- 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 is rather wasteful, compared to other devices within the aforementioned output range, when it comes to gasoline consumption, as it reaches roughly 1 GPH at a 50% load. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Pulsar G12KBN, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.67 GPH, may be the right generator for you.
As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 9500-10500W dual fuel generators, the Pulsar PG13000BRCO 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
- In the expected price range
- Dual Fuel
- CO Sentry technology
- Several accessories included
- GFCI Outlets
- 4 different AC outlet types
- Remote start
- Switch & Go technology
- Decent run time
- On the heavy side (231 lbs)
- On the noisy side (81 dBA)
- Low fuel efficiency
Features and Specifications
|Dual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
|500 cc OHV 4-stroke
|Recoil, Electric, Remote
|AC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
|Running amps (@120/240V)
|Peak amps (@120/240V)
|Run time @50% load
|3.5 h *
|Run time @25% load
|Automatic Voltage Regulation
|1x 12V 8A output
|Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)
|30.8 x 29.2 x 26.5 in
|Noise (lower limit)
|Low oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
|Bonded to frame
|Key fob, 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 PG13000BRCO is covered under a warranty for up to 3 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?
|Sump pump (1/2 hp)
|Furnace fan (1/2 hp)
|Refrigerator (energy star)
|Microwave (1000 watts)
|Electric fry pan
|Air compressor (1 hp)
|Pressure washer (1 hp)
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