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Pulsar PG15KVTWB Spec Review

The Pulsar PG15KVTWB is a powerful open frame dual fuel portable generator with a rated wattage of 12000 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 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 12000W along with a peak wattage of 15000W. While propane-powered, it provides 11000 rated watts and 13500 starting watts.

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

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

Outlets

The control panel includes 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

While this Pulsar generator is not RV Ready, its L5-30R receptacle can be used for a simple RV connection with an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. Besides, as it features a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the PG15KVTWB 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.

Portability

The design of the Pulsar PG15KVTWB is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L39.5 x W26.5 x H32 in, offering support and stability and enabling the possibility of raising it above ground level. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy 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). 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.

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.

Features

Panel of the Pulsar PG15KVTWB

The PG15KVTWB's control panel

The PG15KVTWB's status and activity may be monitored conveniently via the control panel, as it features 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.

Security-wise, this product benefits from an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, which gives you a complete peace of mind when using it.

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: funnel, propane hose and tool kit.

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 thus, may 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).

  • As its dry weight is 380 pounds, the Pulsar PG15KVTWB is one of the heavier of the products which can generate 10000 to 14000 running watts. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the A-iPower SUA13000EFI, standing at just 218 lbs.
  • Because this generator emits noise as low as 77 dBA, it can be considered to have a pretty average expected noise rating for a device of its power. 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 A-iPower SUA13000EFI, whose lowest noise levels reach 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 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 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 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
WEAKNESSES:
  • No recoil back-up
  • No remote start
  • On the heavy side (380 lbs)
  • Low fuel efficiency

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 watts12000 W11000 W
Starting watts15000 W13500 W
Running amps (@120/240V)100/50 amps91.7/45.8 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)125/62.5 amps112.5/56.3 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 sizer.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeSump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Furnace fan (1/2 hp)8752350
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Clothes dryer54006750
Hair dryer18001900
Slow cooker270270
Total9587 W11062 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Electric fry pan15001500
RV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
Rice cooker650650
Total9590 W10180 W
For workElectric welder90009000
Drain cleaner250250
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Bug zapper8080
Total9580 W9580 W

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