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Pulsar PG15KVTW Spec Review

The Pulsar PG15KVTW is a powerful open frame generator with a rated wattage of 12000 W and a starting wattage of 15000 W.

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Description

When the lights go out the PG15KVTW V-Twin Portable Generator is there to provide you with 15,000 Peak & 12,000 Rated watts of power to help you weather the storm. It sports a 713cc, V-Twin Cylinder engine and a heavy-duty powder coated frame with lifting bar, large never flat wheels, and folding handles for durability and easy handling. (source: Pulsar (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the Pulsar PG15KVTW

In summary, the Pulsar PG15KVTW is a powerful portable generator especially useful for professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure.

In the sections ahead, the power characteristics, availability of various outlets, the portability, and any additional features of the device shall be discussed, including its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The Pulsar PG15KVTW in use

The Pulsar PG15KVTW

The Pulsar PG15KVTW is powered by a 713 cc (25 hp) Ducar 4-stroke V-Twin engine. It delivers 120/240V, runs on gasoline and offers a running wattage of 12000W as well as a peak wattage of 15000W.

With a noise rating of 77 dBA (less noisy than a vacuum cleaner), the generator features a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included).

Thanks to a fuel capacity of 10.6 gallons, the PG15KVTW can operate for around 10 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 1.06 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel features the following 7 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle
120/240V 50A (14-50R) receptacle

Even though this Pulsar generator isn't quite RV Ready, its L5-30R receptacle allows an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. Besides, due to the featured twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the PG15KVTW is transfer switch ready: you may connect it to a breaker box to power your household during a power outage.

Portability

The dimensions of the Pulsar PG15KVTW, which are L39.5 x W26.5 x H32 in, and its typical, open frame design provides stability and enables the generator to be raised above ground level. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough environments.

Since the generator weighs 352.7 lbs, it will be incredibly difficult to manually lift it and transport it, even though it is technically considered to 'be portable' (in the sense that it is movable). Nevertheless, it can still be moved quite conveniently with the help of its wheel kit and its folding handle, once it is placed on the ground.

Further safety during transport, loading and unloading of the device is provided by a lift hook, which is placed on the top of the generator's frame.

Features

Panel of the Pulsar PG15KVTW

The PG15KVTW's control panel

To help you monitor the PG15KVTW's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours.

In addition to this info, the device’s light indicator will display if the oil level is too low.

A built-in fuel gauge allows for a quick, easy and convenient check of the fuel level of the generator.

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.

While the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Pulsar PG15KVTW, the following accessories are also included: funnel and tool kit.

Emissions

The Pulsar PG15KVTW 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 and therefore, can be used in forested areas.

The Pulsar PG15KVTW versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Pulsar PG15KVTW compare to generators of similar power (between 10000 and 14000 W).

  • Considering its dry weight of 352.7 pounds, the Pulsar PG15KVTW is one of the heavier generators producing between 10000 and 14000 running watts. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the A-iPower SUA13000EFI with only 218 pounds.
  • The generator can be considered average in its noise for its power category, as it is rated at 77 dBA. If you are concerned with noise, check out the A-iPower SUA13000EFI, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 69 dBA.
  • The PG15KVTW, falls within the average autonomy range compared to generators of a roughly same power, with a run time of around 10 hours at a 50% load and a full tank. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Powerhorse 13000ES, which is able to run for around 15 hours.
  • The run time is important, but also hugely depends on the capacity of the fuel tank and doesn't mean much if we don't talk about 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 1.06 GPH at a 50% load. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the A-iPower SUA13000EFI, with a fuel consumption of 0.78 GPH could be in your good books.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 10000-14000W generators, the Pulsar PG15KVTW 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
  • Several accessories included
  • Electric start
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (77 dBA)
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No recoil back-up
  • No remote start
  • On the heavy side (352.7 lbs)
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine713 cc Ducar 4-stroke V-Twin
Starting systemElectric
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Running watts12000 W
Starting watts15000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)100/50 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)125/62.5 amps
Run time @50% load10 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 50A (14-50R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tank10.6 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight352.7 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)39.5 x 26.5 x 32 in
Noise (lower limit)77 dBA
THDUnknown
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, battery, and wheel kit
Warranty2 years

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.

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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 PG15KVTW 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 generator size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeAC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Dish washer15003000
Electric fry pan15001500
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Electric range21002100
Satelite receiver250250
Total9592 W11092 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Electric fry pan15001500
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Radiant heater13001300
Rice cooker650650
Total9590 W10180 W
For workElectric welder90009000
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Drain cleaner250250
Bug zapper8080
Total9580 W9580 W

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