Pulsar PG4000iSR Spec Review

The Pulsar PG4000iSR is a portable inverter generator with a rated wattage of 3500 W and a starting wattage of 4000 W.

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Description

The PG4000iSR Portable Inverter Generator is a versatile and rugged source of alternative power for any occasion. With 4000 Peak Watts/3500 Running Watts and up to 12 hours continuous operation on just 3.5 gallons of fuel, the PG4000iSR is both a practical and powerful choice for your next outdoor event. Features like the Electric Push Start & Remote Start allow you to easily begin operation with the simple push of a button from near or far. The PG4000iSR also sports one 120V 20AMP duplex outlet, one 120V 30AMP RV Outlet, one 12V DC 8AMP Outlet & One Integrated USB Outlets w/Parallel Sockets providing you with pure, safe electrical power perfect for cellular devices, laptops, and other sensitive electronics while camping or during a blackout. Its compact size and impact resistant frame along with the never flat wheels, make storing and maneuvering this generator a breeze. Quiet Inverter technology with parallel capability make the PG4000iSR an economical and reliable choice in power source for your next adventure. This generator is C.A.R.B approved and is compliant in all 50 states. (source: Pulsar (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the Pulsar PG4000iSR

In summary, the Pulsar PG4000iSR is a portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle
  • People occasionally participating in sporting competitions, open-air performances and outdoor festivals
  • Amateur DIY lovers
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience

In the following paragraphs, we shall explore the power characteristics, available outlets, portability, and any additional features of the device, along with its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The Pulsar PG4000iSR in use

The Pulsar PG4000iSR

The Pulsar PG4000iSR's design includes a gasoline-fueled 224 cc (8 hp) Ducar OHV 4-stroke engine. With a 120V output, it gives a running wattage of 3500W and also a peak wattage of 4000W. In addition, as it is parallel capable (PG-iPAIR-B1 parallel kit (opens in a new tab) not included), this power can be doubled when linked to another similar or compatible unit.

The inverter generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism and also a simple and elegant electric starter (battery not included). It is rated for a noise of 63 dBA (just slightly more noisy than background music). The PG4000iSR can also be remotely started, offering further convenience (key fob included).

The PG4000iSR can operate for around 12 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.28 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 3.4 gallons.

The PG4000iSR generates a clean sine wave: providing <5% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), delicate electronics can be plugged in its AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 3 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 30A (TT-30R) receptacle

Additionally, it features 2 DC outlets: there's a 5V USB port allowing you to conveniently charge electronics such as mobile phones and tablets and a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle with which charging your batteries is made easy.

With its TT-30R receptacle (TT as in 'Travel Trailer'), this Pulsar generator is RV Ready.

Portability

Since the Pulsar PG4000iSR is an inverter generator, its closed design (L30 x W20 x H21 in) has an esthetical advantage over conventional, open frame devices. The design follows the contemporary trends and is perfect for recreationally generating power.

With a dry weight of 92.6 lbs, the PG4000iSR can easily follow you wherever your power needs are. Moreover, its set of 2 wheels will allow you to effortlessly shift it once it's on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Pulsar PG4000iSR

The PG4000iSR's control panel

Several light indicators serve to show you when the generator is overloaded, the generator is ready and the oil level is too low.

Security-wise, this product benefits from 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 PG4000iSR, the following accessories are also included: oil, funnel, battery charging cables, tool kit and key fob.

Emissions

The Pulsar PG4000iSR 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, making it usable in forested areas.

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The Pulsar PG4000iSR versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Pulsar PG4000iSR compare to generators of similar power (between 3000 and 4000 W).

  • Weight-wise, the Pulsar PG4000iSR has only 92.6 lbs, which renders it one of the lighter generators which produce 3000 to 4000 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.
  • Because this inverter generator emits noise as low as 63 dBA, it can be considered to have a pretty average expected noise rating for a device of its power. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Cat INV4000E, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 51 dBA.
  • Offering around 12 hours of running time on a full tank at 50% load, the PG4000iSR is within the average autonomy range of similarly powerful generators. 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 EB4000X, with around 16 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. With an estimated gasoline consumption of 0.28 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 are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.17 GPH, the Westinghouse iGen4200 is a device you should look out for.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Several accessories included
  • RV Ready
  • Remote start
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight for its kind (92.6 lbs)
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (63 dBA)
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • Battery not included

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyYes
FuelGasoline
Engine224 cc Ducar OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric, Remote
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts3500 W
Starting watts4000 W
Running amps29.2 amps
Peaks amps33.3 amps
Run time @50% load12 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
DC outlets1x 5V USB port
1x 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style)
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank3.4 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight92.6 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)30 x 20 x 21 in
Noise (lower limit)63 dBA
THD< 5%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, key fob, and battery charging cables
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.

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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 PG4000iSR 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 wattage calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeDish washer15003000
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Toaster oven800800
Total2492 W3992 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Electric fry pan15001500
Radio100100
Total2790 W3380 W
For workGrinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Bug zapper8080
Total2740 W3840 W

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