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Pulsar PG3500M Spec Review

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The Pulsar PG3500M is a compact open frame portable generator with a rated wattage of 3000 W and a starting wattage of 3500 W.

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  • $337.49 - November 19, 2019
  • $325.49 - November 11, 2019
  • $340.06 - November 9, 2019
  • $328.06 - October 28, 2019
  • $316.06 - October 23, 2019
  • $304.06 - July 18, 2019
  • $308.52 - July 15, 2019
  • $309.99 - May 30, 2019
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Since: May 30, 2019
  • Highest Price: $340.06 - November 9, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $304.06 - July 18, 2019

Description

The PG3500M, incorporates Pulsar’s famous 7 HP dura-life engine that operates at just 67% of capacity when providing total output of up to 3500 peak watts of power. This allows for quieter operation, longer life and better fuel economy for operation up to 15 hours from just 4 gallons of gasoline. While the included mobility kit and dual 120V and 12V outlets will not only will power major appliances and other devices at the same time, its compact size, light weight and mobility kit make it ideal for contractors, camping, cottages and boats…wherever portable power is needed. (source: Pulsar)

Zoom on the Pulsar PG3500M

In a nutshell, the Pulsar PG3500M is a compact portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout

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 PG3500M in use

The Pulsar PG3500M

The Pulsar PG3500M houses a 208 cc (7 hp) Ducar OHV 4-stroke engine, which provides 120V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 3000W along with a peak wattage of 3500W.

Enjoying a noise rating of 69 dBA (less noisy than a normal conversation), this generator gets running thanks to a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

Thanks to a fuel capacity of 4 gallons, the PG3500M can operate for around 15 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.27 GPH).

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 PG3500M is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L23.4 x W17.3 x H17.9 in, offering support and stability and enabling the possibility of raising it above ground level. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

The PG3500M's dry weight of 99 lbs lets you use its power anywhere needed. Moreover, a wheel kit and a folding handle allows you to effortlessly displace it once it's on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Pulsar PG3500M

The PG3500M's control panel

A light indicator shows you if its oil levels are insufficient.

The fuel level of the generator can be determined quickly, easily, and conveniently with the help of its built-in fuel gauge.

From a security standpoint, the product offers an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), allowing you to use it with a peace of mind.

As for its accessories, apart from the previously mentioned features, the Pulsar PG3500M also comes with the basic documentation and a user manual, allowing you to start it right away.

Emissions

The Pulsar PG3500M is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor and thus, may be used in forested areas.

The Pulsar PG3500M versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Pulsar PG3500M compare to generators of similar power (between 2500 and 3500 W).

  • Since the generator weighs in at a dry weight of 99 lbs, the Pulsar PG3500M belongs in the expected weight range for devices which can produce between 2500 and 3500 rated watts. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above mentioned power range is the WEN GN400i, with a dry weight of just 66.1 pounds.
  • This generator, with its lowest possible noise rated at 69 dBA falls into the more noisy category, compared to other devise of a similar running wattage. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Honda EU3000iS. With just 50 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • Since the PG3500M boasts with a run time of around 15 hours at 50% load, it can be safely judged as a device of a higher run time than most generators of a comparable output. 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 Honda EB4000, with around 16 hours .
  • The run time is important, but also hugely depends on the capacity of the fuel tank and doesn't mean much if we don't talk about fuel consumption as well. This generator, with an estimated fuel consumption of just 0.27 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, is one of the more fuel efficient generators, for the previously mentioned wattage range. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Westinghouse iGen4200, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.17 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 2500-3500W generators, the Pulsar PG3500M 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
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (99 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • On the noisy side (69 dBA)

Do you own the Pulsar PG3500M and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General

InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine208 cc Ducar OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil

Power

VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts3000 W
Starting watts3500 W
Running amps25 amps
Peaks amps29.2 amps
Run time @50% load15 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 centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tank4 gal
Fuel gaugeYes

Misc

Weight99 lbs
Dimensions (L x W x H)23.4 x 17.3 x 17.9 in
Noise (lower limit)69 dBA
THDN/A
EmissionsEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedNo
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.

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 PG3500M 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.

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