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Zoom on the Pulsar PG15KVTWBCO
In a nutshell, the Pulsar PG15KVTWBCO is a powerful portable generator mostly geared towards professionals who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working.
The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics, the different outlets it offers, its overall portability, the extra features it benefits from, and any relevant emission compliance details.
Power & Run Time
With its dual-fuel technology, the powerful and versatile Pulsar PG15KVTWBCO provides an output of 120/240V. While gasoline-powered, it gives a running wattage of 12,000W along with a peak wattage of 15,000W. While propane-powered, it provides 11,000 rated watts and 13,500 starting watts.
With a noise rating of 83 dBA (just slightly more noisy than garbage disposal), the generator features a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included).
With a fuel capacity of 10.6 gallons, the PG15KVTWBCO can operate for around 9 hours at 50% load using gasoline (fuel consumption around 1.18 GPH), or for around 3 hours (estimation based on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 1.57 GPH) using propane.
The control panel features the upcoming 7 AC outlets:
This Pulsar generator features an L5-30R receptacle, enabling an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. However, it is still not quite RV ready. Besides, as it features a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the PG15KVTWBCO 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.
The design of the Pulsar PG15KVTWBCO is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L34.3 x W23.2 x H28.9 in, offering support and stability and enabling the possibility of raising it above ground level. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough environments.
Although this generator is technically considered 'portable' (in the sense that it can be moved), its 348 lbs make it incredibly difficult to manually lift and transport. However, its challenging mobility is solved by its wheel kit (⌀12") and its folding handle, which will ease its displacement, once it is on the floor.
The generator comes with an additional safety feature, a lift hook on the top of its frame, which is helpful during its transport, loading and unloading.
The PG15KVTWBCO's status and activity may be monitored conveniently via the control panel, as it features a convenient meter showing you voltage, frequency and lifetime hours.
In addition to this info, the device’s light indicator will display if its oil levels are insufficient.
A built-in fuel gauge allows for a quick, easy and convenient check of the fuel level of the generator.
From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, giving you a peace of mind during use.
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.
Apart from the typical documentation and an owner's manual, which lets you start it right away, the Pulsar PG15KVTWBCO also is packed along with the following accessories: propane hose, tool kit and funnel.
The Pulsar PG15KVTWBCO 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, which makes it suitable for use in forested areas.
The Pulsar PG15KVTWBCO versus other generators
The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Pulsar PG15KVTWBCO compare to dual fuel generators of similar power (between 10000 and 14000 W).
- With its weight of 348 lbs, the Pulsar PG15KVTWBCO is one of the heavier dual fuel generators in the 10000-14000 rated wattage category. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Pulsar PG13000BRCO, with a dry weight of only 231 lbs.
- Among the generators of a comparable running wattage, this generator with a lowest noise of 83 dBA can be judged as noisy. If you’d prefer a less noisy device, one of the most quiet devices, which share the same power range with this one, is the Westinghouse WGen12000DF, whose lowest noise levels reach just 74 dBA.
- Given that the PG15KVTWBCO reaches an autonomy of around 9 hours with a full tank and at 50% load, it is placed within the average autonomy range of similarly powerful dual fuel generators. If you consider autonomy on a single full tank as one of the deciding factors, one of the generators in the same power range that offers the highest run time is the Westinghouse WGen12000DF, with around 11 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 somewhat less fuel efficient than devices of comparable output: its estimated fuel consumption reaches 1.18 GPH at a 50% load. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.95 GPH, the Westinghouse WGen12000DF is a device you could look out for.
As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 10000-14000W dual fuel generators, the Pulsar PG15KVTWBCO 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
- CO Sentry technology
- Several accessories included
- GFCI Outlets
- Electric start
- Dual Fuel
- Decent run time
- On the expensive side
- No recoil back-up
- No remote start
- On the heavy side (348 lbs)
- On the noisy side (83 dBA)
- Low fuel efficiency
Features and Specifications
|Fuel||Dual Fuel (gasoline/propane)|
|Engine||713 cc Ducar 4-stroke V-Twin|
|Voltage||AC: 120/240V 60 Hz|
|Running watts||12,000 W||11,000 W|
|Starting watts||15,000 W||13,500 W|
|Running amps (@120/240V)||100/50 amps||91.7/45.8 amps|
|Peak amps (@120/240V)||125/62.5 amps||112.5/56.3 amps|
|Run time @50% load||9 h||3 h *|
|Run time @25% load||Unknown||Unknown|
|Automatic Voltage Regulation||Yes|
|AC outlets|| |
|Fuel tank||10.6 gal|
|Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)||34.3 x 23.2 x 28.9 in|
|Noise (lower limit)||83 dBA|
|Security||Low oil and overload protection, CO monitoring|
|Neutral||Bonded to frame|
|Accessories included||Funnel, tool kit, 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 PG15KVTWBCO 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?
|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||9987 W||11462 W|
|For work||Electric welder||9000||9000|
|Total||9980 W||10210 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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