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Pulsar PG15KVTWB - Spec Breakdown

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 summary, the Pulsar PG15KVTWB is a powerful portable generator especially useful for professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure.

In the following paragraphs, we shall explore the power characteristics, available outlets, portability, and any additional features of the device, along with its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The dual-fuel technology of the Pulsar PG15KVTWB allows for an output of 120/240V and provides superb power and versatility. If gasoline-powered, the device provides a running wattage of 12500W and a starting wattage of 15000W. If propane-powered, it gives 11200 rated watts and 12000 starting watts.

The generator is rated for a noise of 77 dBA (less noisy than a dishwasher). Its starting mechanism is based on a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included).

The PG15KVTWB, with a fuel capacity of 10.6 gallons, reaches a run time of around 10 hours at 50% load utilizing gasoline (fuel consumption around 1.06 GPH). Alternatively, it can reach a run time of around 3 hours (estimation based on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 1.57 GPH) with propane.

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

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, because the PG15KVTWB is equipped with a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: it can power your home during a power outage, as it can be easily connected to your breaker box to power your household.

Portability

With its dimensions of L39.5 x W26.5 x H32 in, the conventional, open frame design of the Pulsar PG15KVTWB offers stability and allows the generator to be raised above ground level. The device has been designed for tough 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 380 lbs. However, its challenging mobility is solved by its wheel kit and its folding handle, which will ease its displacement, once it is on the floor.

A lift hook located on the top of the frame offers an additional safety feature while facilitating the transport, loading and unloading of the generator.

Features

Panel of the Pulsar PG15KVTWB

The PG15KVTWB's control panel

To help you monitor the PG15KVTWB's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours.

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 standpoint, the product offers an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), allowing you to use it with a peace of mind.

Along the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), useful for starting the generator right away, the Pulsar PG15KVTWB's package also includes these accessories: tool kit, propane hose and funnel.

Emissions

The Pulsar PG15KVTWB 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 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).

  • A weight of 380 lbs makes the Pulsar PG15KVTWB one of the heavier devices in the 10000-14000 rated wattage range. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the A-iPower SUA13000EFI, standing at just 218 lbs.
  • Since the generator's noise is rated at 77 dBA, it has the roughly average expected noise for a device of similar power. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the A-iPower SUA13000EFI. With just 69 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • As the PG15KVTWB offers around 10 hours run time on a full tank at a 50% load, it falls within the average autonomy range among the generators of a similar power. 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.
  • 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 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 not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the A-iPower SUA13000EFI. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.78 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.

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)

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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
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, propane hose, battery, and wheel kit
Warranty2 years
UPC814726023065

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 wattage calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeDish washer15003000
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Electric fry pan15001500
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Electric range21002100
Rice cooker650650
Total9992 W11492 W
For workElectric welder90009000
Reciprocating saw730960
Drain cleaner250250
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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