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Pulsar PG2000 Spec Review

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The Pulsar PG2000 is a compact and lightweight open frame portable generator with a rated wattage of 1400 W and a starting wattage of 2000 W.

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Description

Ideal for hunting, fishing, camping, tailgating and marine applications, this small unit is big on power but small on size. Weighing just 57 pounds take it anywhere and use the 120V and 12V outlets for those small jobs where a power cord can’t reach. Operating for up to 12 hours at half load with a peak output of 2000 watts and a low noise level of just 66 DB, the PG2000 will give you years of power and freedom regardless of where you are. (source: Pulsar)

Zoom on the Pulsar PG2000

In summary, the Pulsar PG2000 is a compact and lightweight portable generator especially useful for:

  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go

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

The Pulsar PG2000 is powered by a 98 cc (3.5 hp) Ducar OHV 4-stroke engine. It delivers 120V, runs on gasoline and offers a running wattage of 1400W as well as a peak wattage of 2000W.

At a noise rating of 66 dBA (less noisy than a normal conversation), the generator offers the possibility to start the device via a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

Thanks to a fuel capacity of 1.5 gallon, the PG2000 can operate for around 12 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.13 GPH).

The generator will allow you to simultaneously power various devices, for example:Note: The examples above are based on a maximum load of 75% and estimated wattages. The devices also may not be able to start at the same time. For a more accurate estimation, use our wattage calculator.

Outlets

The control panel features the following 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

Additionally, it features 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A output allowing you to easily charge your batteries.

Portability

The design of the Pulsar PG2000 is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L18.3 x W14.1 x H16.5 in, offering support and stability and enabling the possibility of raising it above ground level. The device has been designed for tough environments and demanding outdoor use.

The 57 lbs of the PG2000's dry weight enables you to use it anywhere you will ever need. Additionally, the generator’s mobility is also improved by its open frame design, as it can be easily grabbed and displaced.

Features

Panel of the Pulsar PG2000

The PG2000's control panel

The PG2000 and its control panel include a handy voltmeter that allows you to easily monitor power output anytime. This feature comes handy when monitoring its status and activity.

In addition to this info, a light indicator serves to show you when the oil level is too low.

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 overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, giving you a peace of mind during use.

Along the basic documentation and a user manual, useful for starting the generator right away, the Pulsar PG2000's package also includes these accessories: tool kit and oil.

Emissions

The Pulsar PG2000 is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

The Pulsar PG2000 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Pulsar PG2000 compare to generators of similar power (between 500 and 1500 W).

  • With its weight of 57 lbs, the Pulsar PG2000 is one of the heavier generators in the 500-1500 rated wattage category. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above mentioned power range is the Sportsman GEN1000i, with a dry weight of just 20.3 pounds.
  • This generator has a somewhat average expected noise for its power range, rated at 66 dBA. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Honda EU1000i, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 42 dBA.
  • With a run time of 12 hours at 50% load, the PG2000 has one of the higher run times, compared to its similarly powerful peers.
  • Even though run times are undoubtedly important, they are dependent on the fuel capacity to a large extent. For a more wholesome picture, we must take into consideration the fuel consumption of the generator This generator has an estimated fuel consumption of roughly 0.13 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, rendering it somewhat average compared to devices of a similar output. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Ryobi RYi1000. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.08 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 500-1500W generators, the Pulsar PG2000 is on the cheap side of the price range.

It can therefore be a really good buy if you're looking to acquire a budget generator.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Inexpensive
  • Several accessories included
  • High run time
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (66 dBA)
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • No spark arrestor
  • On the heavy side (57 lbs)

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Where to buy the Pulsar PG2000?

You can easily buy your Pulsar generator online. You will benefit from a convenient delivery and avoid carrying the heavy package yourself. Here are a few reliable online sellers:
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Features and Specifications

General

InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine98 cc Ducar OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil

Power

VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts1400 W
Starting watts2000 W
Running amps11.7 amps
Peaks amps16.7 amps
Run time @50% load12 h
Run time @25% loadN/A

Features

GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A output
Data centerVoltmeter
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tank1.5 gal
Fuel gaugeYes

Misc

Weight57 lbs
Dimensions (L x W x H)18.3 x 14.1 x 16.5 in
Noise (lower limit)66 dBA
THDN/A
EmissionsEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorNo
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil and tool kit
Warranty1 year

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.

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 PG2000 is covered under a warranty for up to 1 year. 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.

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