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Pulsar PG4500B Spec Review

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The Pulsar PG4500B is a compact open frame dual fuel portable generator with a rated wattage of 3500 W and a starting wattage of 4500 W.

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Description

When you need the convenience of portability and the power to perform, the Pulsar PG4500B backup generator is a strong candidate for satisfying your power needs. Ideal for outdoor projects, or use away from a power grid such as at the job site, camping, cottages or even on boats along with weather related emergencies at home, this unit will perform on ether gasoline or liquid propane, Add to this features such as a tubular steel frame, mobility kit with no-flat tires and fold-down handle, and 120, 120-240 and 12V outlets and you have an outstanding addition to anyone’s assortment of must-have devices. One 4 gallon tank of gasoline or 20 lb liquid propane tank provides operation for up to 15 hours at half load, while the PG4500B’s unique design reduces noise to just 70 dB. Convenience, portability, dual-fuel, extended operating time and low noise levels makes the Pulsar PG4500B one of the most exciting new products in a long, long time. (source: Pulsar)

Zoom on the Pulsar PG4500B

In summary, the Pulsar PG4500B is a compact portable generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • Amateur DIY lovers
  • 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

Thanks to its dual-fuel technology, the Pulsar PG4500B delivers 120/240V and offers power and versatility. When gasoline-powered, it benefits from a running wattage of 3500W and a peak wattage of 4500W. When propane-powered, it has 3100 rated watts and 4100 peak watts.

The generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism. It is rated for a noise of 70 dBA (just as noisy as a vacuum cleaner).

With a fuel capacity of 4 gallons, the PG4500B can operate for around 15 hours at 50% load using gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.27 GPH), or for around 5 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.94 GPH) using propane.

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 4 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 30A (TT-30R) receptacle
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle

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

This Pulsar generator is RV Ready, thanks to its TT-30R receptacle (TT stands for 'Travel Trailer'). In addition, as the PG4500B holds a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: you'll easily be able to connect it to your breaker box to power your home during a power outage.

Portability

The design of the Pulsar PG4500B is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L15 x W16.6 x H18.4 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.

Since the generator weighs 103 lbs, it will be incredibly difficult to manually lift it and transport it, even though it is technically considered to 'be portable' (in the sense that it is movable). However, its challenging mobility is solved by a wheel kit and a folding handle, which will ease its displacement, once it is on the floor.

Features

Panel of the Pulsar PG4500B

The PG4500B's control panel

The PG4500B's status and activity may be monitored conveniently via the control panel, as it features a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours.

In addition to this info, a light indicator allows you to instantly see if its oil levels are insufficient.

Thanks to a built-in fuel gauge, the generator allows you to quickly, conveniently and easily check the gas level at a glance.

As for its security measures, the device features an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), letting you use it with a peace of mind.

Besides the classic documentation and a user manual to get you promptly started, the Pulsar PG4500B also comes with some accessories: propane hose, tool kit and oil are included.

Emissions

The Pulsar PG4500B is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

The Pulsar PG4500B versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Pulsar PG4500B compare to generators of similar power (between 3000 and 4000 W).

  • With a dry weight of 103 pounds, the Pulsar PG4500B finds itself in the expected weight range for generators able to produce between 3000 and 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.
  • Among the generators of a comparable running wattage, this generator with a lowest noise of 70 dBA can be judged as noisy. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Westinghouse iGen4500, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 52 dBA.
  • As the PG4500B features an autonomy of around 15 hours at 50% load, it has a higher run time than an average generator of its power range. 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 .
  • 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. This generator can be considered as fuel efficient, due to its low estimated fuel consumption of only 0.27 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, within the aforementioned 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.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Several accessories included
  • RV Ready
  • Dual Fuel
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (103 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • No spark arrestor
  • On the noisy side (70 dBA)

Do you own the Pulsar PG4500B and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General

InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyYes
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine208 cc Ducar OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil

Power

VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
GasolinePropane
Running watts3500 W3100 W
Starting watts4500 W4100 W
Running amps (@120/240V)29.2/14.6 amps25.8/12.9 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)37.5/18.8 amps34.2/17.1 amps
Run time @50% load15 h5 h
Run time @25% loadN/AN/A

Features

GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A output
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tank4 gal
Fuel gaugeYes

Misc

Weight103 lbs
Dimensions (L x W x H)15 x 16.6 x 18.4 in
Noise (lower limit)70 dBA
THDN/A
EmissionsEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorNo
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, tool kit and propane hose
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 PG4500B 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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