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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 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

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.

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).

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 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 if this Pulsar generator isn't quite RV Ready, it still allows for an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor, thanks to its L5-30R receptacle. Besides, since the PG15KVTWB 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.

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 design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

Since the generator weighs 380 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). Still, once it is on the ground, its wheel kit and its folding handle can easily solve the issue of low mobility and allow for easy relocation of the device.

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

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.

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

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.

While the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Pulsar PG15KVTWB, the following accessories are also included: propane hose, tool kit 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 and therefore, can be used 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.
  • This generator has a somewhat average expected noise for its power range, rated at 77 dBA. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the A-iPower SUA13000EFI with only 69 dBA.
  • Offering around 10 hours of running time on a full tank at 50% load, the PG15KVTWB is within the average autonomy range of similarly powerful generators. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the Powerhorse 13000ES, boasting with 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 has an average fuel consumption among comparably powerful devices, as it reaches 1.06 GPH (gallon per hour) 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 PG15KVTWB 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
  • Dual Fuel
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (77 dBA)
  • Decent run time
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • 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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