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Pulsar PG15KVTWB - Spec Review

The Pulsar PG15KVTWB is a powerful open frame dual fuel generator with a rated wattage of 12500 W and a starting wattage of 15000 W.

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Description

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In a nutshell, the Pulsar PG15KVTWB is a powerful portable generator mostly geared towards 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

With its dual-fuel technology, the powerful and versatile Pulsar PG15KVTWB provides an output of 120/240V. While gasoline-powered, it gives a running wattage of 12500W along with a peak wattage of 15000W. While propane-powered, it provides 11200 rated watts and 12000 starting watts.

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

As for its running time, the PG15KVTWB, along with its 10.6 gallons fuel capacity, can run for around 10 hours at 50% load with a full tank filled with gasoline (fuel consumption around 1.06 GPH). If propane is used, it can operate for around 3 hours (estimation based on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 1.57 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 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 PG15KVTWB is transfer switch ready: you may connect it to a breaker box to power your household during a power outage.

Portability

The Pulsar PG15KVTWB has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L39.5 x W26.5 x H32 in, which offers support and allows it to be raised above ground level. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy outdoor use.

Although this generator is technically considered 'portable' (in the sense that it can be moved), its 380 lbs make it incredibly difficult to manually lift and transport. Nevertheless, thanks to its wheel kit and its folding handle (a decent solution to its lack of maneuverability), the generator can be easily moved, once placed 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 PG15KVTWB

The PG15KVTWB's control panel

The PG15KVTWB's control center features a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours to aid you with the monitoring of its status and activity.

Thanks to a built-in fuel gauge, the generator allows you to quickly, conveniently and easily check the gas level at a glance.

From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), giving you a peace of mind during use.

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start the generator quickly, the Pulsar PG15KVTWB also comes with several accessories, including: propane hose, tool kit and funnel.

Emissions

The Pulsar PG15KVTWB 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, making it usable in forested areas.

The Pulsar PG15KVTWB versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Pulsar PG15KVTWB compare to generators of similar power (between 10000 and 14000 W).

  • Considering its dry weight of 380 pounds, the Pulsar PG15KVTWB 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 PG15KVTWB, 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. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Powerhorse 13000ES, reaching around 15 hours.
  • Autonomy holds its importance, however, it is largely dependent on the generator’s fuel capacity and so, it is nonsensible to discuss it without mentioning fuel efficiency as well. This generator reaches an estimated fuel consumption of 1.06 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, making it average, for the previously mentioned wattage range. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the A-iPower SUA13000EFI, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.78 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 10000-14000W generators, the Pulsar PG15KVTWB is on the expensive side of the price range.

While certainly not the cheapest of its kind, purchasing it would most likely also mean enjoying the reliability of a high-end product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Several accessories included
  • Electric start
  • Dual Fuel
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (77 dBA)
  • Decent run time
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the expensive side
  • No recoil back-up
  • No remote start
  • On the heavy side (380 lbs)

Do you own the Pulsar PG15KVTWB and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine713 cc Ducar 4-stroke V-Twin
Starting systemElectric
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Power
 GasolinePropane
Running watts12500 W11200 W
Starting watts15000 W12000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)104.2/52.1 amps93.3/46.7 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)125/62.5 amps100/50 amps
Run time @50% load10 h3 h *
Run time @25% loadUnknownUnknown
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
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank10.6 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight380 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, propane hose, 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.
* 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.

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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 PG15KVTWB 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 homeSump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Furnace fan (1/2 hp)8752350
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Clothes dryer54006750
Electric range21002100
Slow cooker270270
Radio100100
Total9987 W11462 W
For workElectric welder90009000
Reciprocating saw730960
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Total9980 W10210 W
Can this be hooked to my electrical panel (Asked June 04, 2021)

It absolutely can. Note that such connection should be done by a licensed electrician.

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