Zoom on the Pulsar PG13000BRCO
In a nutshell, the Pulsar PG13000BRCO is a powerful portable generator mostly geared towards professionals in need of safely powering high-intensity work or lighting equipment.
Power & Run Time
Thanks to its dual-fuel technology, the Pulsar PG13000BRCO delivers 120/240V and offers power and versatility. When gasoline-powered, it benefits from a running wattage of 10,200W and a peak wattage of 13,000W. When propane-powered, it has 9,200 rated watts and 11,500 peak 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 an alarm clock). Its starting mechanisms include a simple traditional pull-start mechanism and a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included). To add further convenience, the PG13000BRCO can be remotely started (key fob included).
Regarding its running time, the PG13000BRCO, with a 9.5 gallons fuel capacity can operate for around 9.5 hours at 50% load with a full tank of gasoline (fuel consumption around 1 GPH). When using propane, it can run for around 3.5 hours (estimation based on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 1.34 GPH).
The control panel provides the upcoming 7 AC outlets:
Additionally, it features 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A output allowing you to easily charge your batteries.
This Pulsar generator isn't quite RV Ready, but it features an L5-30R receptacle, allowing a simple RV connection through an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. Besides, as it features a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the PG13000BRCO is transfer switch ready: in case of a power outage, you will be easily able to connect it to a breaker box and power your household.
With its dimensions of L30.8 x W29.2 x H26.5 in, the conventional, open frame design of the Pulsar PG13000BRCO offers stability and allows the generator 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 231 lbs. 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.
To help you monitor the PG13000BRCO's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a convenient meter showing you voltage, frequency and lifetime hours.
The generator includes a built-in fuel gauge, a quick, easy and convenient method of checking the device’s gas level.
As for its security measures, the device features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, letting you use it with a peace of mind.
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. It’s a welcomed additional security feature, but don’t forget to always take your generator outside (opens in a new tab).
Along the basic documentation and an owner's manual, useful for starting the generator right away, the Pulsar PG13000BRCO's package also includes these accessories: key fob and propane hose.
The Pulsar PG13000BRCO is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Therefore, its sale and purchase are permitted in all of the 50 states, including California.
Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, making it usable 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. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Pulsar PG12000B, standing at just 205 lbs.
- Among the generators of a comparable running wattage, this generator with a lowest noise of 81 dBA can be judged as noisy. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the DuroMax XP12000EH, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 72 dBA.
- 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 Westinghouse WGen9500DF, 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 fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Westinghouse WGen9500DF, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.55 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.
As you can see from this interactive chart, 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
- CO Sentry technology
- Several accessories included
- GFCI Outlets
- Remote start
- Dual Fuel
- Switch & Go technology
- Decent run time
- On the heavy side (231 lbs)
- On the noisy side (81 dBA)
- Low fuel efficiency
Features and Specifications
|Fuel||Dual Fuel (gasoline/propane)|
|Engine||500 cc OHV 4-stroke|
|Starting system||Recoil, Electric, Remote|
|Voltage||AC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V|
|Running watts||10,200 W||9,200 W|
|Starting watts||13,000 W||11,500 W|
|Running amps (@120/240V)||85/42.5 amps||76.7/38.3 amps|
|Peak amps (@120/240V)||108.3/54.2 amps||95.8/47.9 amps|
|Run time @50% load||9.5 h||3.5 h *|
|Run time @25% load||Unknown||Unknown|
|Automatic Voltage Regulation||Yes|
|DC outlets||1x 12V 8A output|
|Fuel tank||9.5 gal|
|Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)||30.8 x 29.2 x 26.5 in|
|Noise (lower limit)||81 dBA|
|Security||Low oil and overload protection, CO monitoring|
|Neutral||Bonded to frame|
|Accessories included||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?
|Item||Running Watts||Starting Watts|
|At home||Sump pump (1/2 hp)||1050||2150|
|Furnace fan (1/2 hp)||875||2350|
|Refrigerator (energy star)||192||1192|
|Total||8157 W||9632 W|
|For camping||Radiant heater||1300||1300|
|Microwave (1000 watts)||1500||1500|
|Electric fry pan||1500||1500|
|Total||8130 W||8550 W|
|For work||Table saw||1800||4500|
|Air compressor (1 hp)||1600||6100|
|Total||8070 W||12570 W|
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