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Pulsar PG2200BiS Spec Review

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The Pulsar PG2200BiS is a compact and lightweight dual fuel portable inverter generator with a rated wattage of 1800 W and a starting wattage of 2200 W.

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Description

The right combination of convenience and versatility are key when shopping for your next portable generator, and Pulsar’s PG2200BiS is sure to have just what you need. This incredible 2,200 peak watt Dual Fuel Inverter generator with its compact, light-weight design is perfect for camping, tailgating, and other outdoor recreation. Featuring a user-friendly direct connect USB port to provide you with a safe and clean electrical current for powering cellular devices, laptops, and other sensitive electronics. Dual Fuel capability lets you choose between operating on gasoline or liquid propane fuel sources, and Quiet Inverter technology makes it virtually silent from as little as 10 feet away. Combine this with the ability to parallel two PG2200BiS units to effectively increase power output, and you have a truly remarkable generator that you can take anywhere. (source: Pulsar)

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In a nutshell, the Pulsar PG2200BiS is a compact and lightweight portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

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

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

The Pulsar PG2200BiS in use

The Pulsar PG2200BiS

Thanks to its dual-fuel technology, the Pulsar PG2200BiS delivers 120V and offers power and versatility. When gasoline-powered, it benefits from a running wattage of 1800W and a peak wattage of 2200W. When propane-powered, it has 1600 rated watts and 2000 peak watts. In addition, the device is parallel capable (PG-iPAIR-B1 parallel kit not included) and thus, can be linked to a similar or compatible unit for added power.

The inverter generator features a simple traditional pull-start mechanism. It is rated for a noise of 60 dBA (just as noisy as a normal conversation).

The running time of the PG2200BiS, with its 1.2 gallon fuel capacity, can reach around 8 hours at 50% load on a full tank of gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.15 GPH). With propane, it can reach around 20 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.24 GPH).

As the PG2200BiS produces a clean sine wave, with a <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), sensitive electronics may be plugged in the AC outlet safely.

Here are a few examples of what this generator could allow you to simultaneously power:Note: The above mentioned examples presume a maximum load of 75% and use wattage estimates. In addition, the items might not be able to start simultaneously. With our wattage calculator, you can predict if the product can fulfill your requirements.

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming AC outlet:

120V 20A (5-20R) receptacle

Additionally, it features 1 DC outlet: there's a 5V USB port allowing you to conveniently charge electronics such as mobile phones and tablets.

Portability

Since the Pulsar PG2200BiS is an inverter generator, its closed design (L18 x W12 x H20 in) has an esthetical advantage over conventional, open frame devices. The design follows the contemporary trends and is perfect for recreationally generating power.

As the PG2200BiS's weight is only 54 lbs, it can follow you and your power needs anywhere. Moreover, the convenient handle (molded in the case) greatly enhances the grip, making displacing the PG2200BiS from A to B always an easy task.

Features

Panel of the Pulsar PG2200BiS

The PG2200BiS's control panel

The device’s light indicators will display if its oil levels are insufficient, the generator is ready and the generator is on overload.

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

Besides the classic documentation and a user manual to get you promptly started, the Pulsar PG2200BiS also comes with some accessories: propane hose, oil, tool kit and funnel are included.

Emissions

The Pulsar PG2200BiS is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Thus, selling and purchasing this generator is allowed in each of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, so it is adequate for use in forested areas.

Product Videos

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The Pulsar PG2200BiS versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Pulsar PG2200BiS compare to generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • At a weight of 54 pounds, the Pulsar PG2200BiS places in the expected weight range of the generators in the 1500-2500 rated wattage range. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the WEN 56202i, with a dry weight of only 38.6 lbs.
  • When compared to devices able to produce a similar running wattage, this inverter generator and its lowest emitted noise of 60 dBA is on the noisier side. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the Honda EU2200i, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 48 dBA.
  • Offering 8 hours of running time on a full tank at 50% load, the PG2200BiS 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 Westinghouse WGen2000, boasting with 20 hours.
  • Run times are important, yet thanks to their dependence on the fuel capacity, they should be judged along with the fuel consumption of the device. With an estimated gasoline consumption of 0.15 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, this inverter generator is among the more fuel efficient of the products in the above-mentioned wattage range. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Westinghouse iGen2200, with a fuel consumption of 0.12 GPH could be in your good books.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 1500-2500W generators, the Pulsar PG2200BiS 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
  • Parallel capable
  • Dual Fuel
  • Inverter
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (54 lbs)
  • Quiet, but noisy for its type (60 dBA)
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • Only 1 AC outlet
  • No electric start

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Where to buy the Pulsar PG2200BiS?

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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  • $529.99 - September 14, 2019
  • $415.00 - May 29, 2019
Since: May 29, 2019
  • Highest Price: $529.99 - September 14, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $415.00 - May 29, 2019

Features and Specifications

General

InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine80 cc Ducar OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil

Power

VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
GasolinePropane
Running watts1800 W1600 W
Starting watts2200 W2000 W
Running amps15 amps13.3 amps
Peaks amps18.3 amps16.7 amps
Run time @50% load8 h20 h
Run time @25% loadN/AN/A

Features

GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets1x 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets1x 5V USB port
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, output ready and overload
Fuel tank1.2 gal
Fuel gaugeNo

Misc

Weight54 lbs
Dimensions (L x W x H)18 x 12 x 20 in
Noise (lower limit)60 dBA
THD< 3%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedPropane hose, tool kit, oil and funnel
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 PG2200BiS 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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