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Pulsar PG2200 - 1600/2200W Portable Generator

The Pulsar PG2200 is a compact and lightweight open frame generator with a rated wattage of 1,600 W and a starting wattage of 2,200 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

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In short, the Pulsar PG2200 is a compact and lightweight portable generator adequately designed for:

  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go

In the forthcoming sections, you'll delve into its power characteristics, the various outlets it offers, its overall portability, and the additional features it boasts.

Power & Run Time

The Pulsar PG2200's core is the 98 cc (3 hp) Ducar OHV 4-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120V, it provides a running wattage of 1,600W and a peak wattage of 2,200W.

Featuring a noise rating of 68 dBA (less noisy than a normal conversation), the generator utilizes a traditional recoil pull-start mechanism for ignition.

With a full tank, the PG2200 can operate for around 12 hours at 50% load (fuel consumption around 0.13 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 1.5 gallon.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

Moreover, it presents 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A output with which you may charge your batteries with ease.

Portability

Measuring L18.3 x W14.1 x H16.5 in, the classic open frame construction of the Pulsar PG2200 provides stability while enabling convenient maintenance access to components and adequate air cooling. The device has been designed for tough environments and demanding outdoor use.

As the PG2200's weight is only 62 lbs, it can follow you and your power needs anywhere. Furthermore, thanks to its open frame, the generator is easily grabbed and moved to a new location.

Features

Panel of the Pulsar PG2200

The PG2200's control panel

The PG2200's status and activity may be monitored conveniently via the control panel, as it features a convenient voltmeter, which provides an easy way to monitor power output anytime.

In addition to this info, a light indicator allows you to instantly see if the oil level is too low.

The generator includes a built-in fuel gauge, a quick, easy and convenient method of checking the device’s gas level.

In terms of security, the generator features an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), ensuring peace of mind during its use.

Alongside the typical set of documentation and the user manual to assist with setup, Pulsar has included accessory] in the packaging of the PG2200.

The Pulsar PG2200 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Pulsar PG2200 compare to generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • As its dry weight is 62 pounds, the Pulsar PG2200 is one of the heavier of the products which can generate 1500 to 2500 running watts. If weight is an important consideration for you, the Genmax GM2000i stands out as one of the top contenders in this power category, with a dry weight of 34.2 pounds.
  • In comparison to generators with a similar running wattage, this generator's lowest emitted noise of 68 dBA can be considered noisy. If you'd like a less noisy alternative, the Honda EU2200i is a strong contender. It boasts a noise rating of 48 dBA, placing it among the quietest generators in its power category.
  • The PG2200 provides a higher run time than similarly powerful devices, reaching around 12 hours at 50% load. If wyou wish to prioritize autonomy, the Pulsar PG3250 shines as one of the top contenders, offering one of the highest run times among generators with similar power output, totaling around 16 hours.
  • Run time is a key metric, but it's dependent on the generator's fuel tank capacity. Therefore, discussing fuel efficiency is necessary for a complete understanding. This generator has a better fuel efficiency than other units in the aforementioned output range, consuming approximately 0.13 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load. To prioritize fuel savings, we advise considering the Westinghouse iGen2200, which stands out for its gasoline efficiency, consuming just 0.11 gallons per hour.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 1500-2500W generators, the Pulsar PG2200 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
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
WEAKNESSES:
  • 1-year warranty
  • On the heavy side (62 lbs)
  • On the noisy side (68 dBA)

Do you own the Pulsar PG2200 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine98 cc Ducar OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty1 year
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts1,600 W
Starting watts2,200 W
Running amps13.3 amps
Peak amps18.3 amps
Run time @50% load12 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
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
Weight62 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)18.3 x 14.1 x 16.5 in
Noise (lower limit)68 dBA
THDUnknown
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedTool kit
Other model numbersPG2200R
UPC814726021597

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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 PG2200 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.

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 sizing calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Washing machine9001650
Radio100100
Total1192 W2192 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Bug zapper8080
Total1270 W1860 W
For workDemolition hammer12601260
Total1260 W1260 W

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