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Pulsar PG4500B Spec Review

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 (opens in a new tab))

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In summary, the Pulsar PG4500B is a compact portable 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 sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures

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

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.

Enjoying a noise rating of 70 dBA (just as noisy as a dishwasher), this generator gets running thanks to a conventional pull-start mechanism.

The PG4500B, with a fuel capacity of 4 gallons, reaches a run time of around 15 hours at 50% load utilizing gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.27 GPH). Alternatively, it can reach a run time of around 5 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.94 GPH) with 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 with which you may charge your batteries with ease.

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 dimensions of the Pulsar PG4500B, which are L15 x W16.6 x H18.4 in, and its typical, open frame design provides stability and enables the generator to be raised above ground level. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy outdoor use.

As the generator's weight is 103 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable). Nevertheless, thanks to its wheel kit and its folding handle (a decent solution to its lack of maneuverability), the generator can be easily moved, once placed the ground.

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 shows you if the oil level is too low.

A built-in fuel gauge allows for a quick, easy and convenient check of the fuel level of the generator.

From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, giving you a peace of mind during use.

Apart from the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), which lets you start it right away, the Pulsar PG4500B also is packed along with the following accessories: tool kit, propane hose and oil.

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).

  • Since the generator weighs in at a dry weight of 103 lbs, the Pulsar PG4500B belongs in the expected weight range for devices which can produce between 3000 and 4000 rated watts. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the WEN GN400i, weighing just 66.1 pounds.
  • As this generator can emit noise as low as 70 dBA, it finds itself in the average expected noise for this kind of power. If you’d prefer a less noisy device, one of the most quiet devices, which share the same power range with this one, is the Cat INV4000E, whose lowest noise levels reach just 51 dBA.
  • With a run time of around 15 hours at 50% load, the PG4500B has one of the higher run times, compared to its similarly powerful peers. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Honda EB4000X, which is able to run for around 16 hours.
  • While the run time is an important parameter, it is dependent on the fuel tank’s capacity and thus, doesn’t say much on its own unless we consider fuel consumption as well. At an estimated fuel consumption of 0.27 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, this generator is a rather fuel efficient one within its wattage category. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Westinghouse iGen4200. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.17 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 3000-4000W generators, the Pulsar PG4500B 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
  • RV Ready
  • Dual Fuel
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (103 lbs)
  • Acceptable noise (70 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • No spark arrestor

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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
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Power
 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% loadUnknownUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 1x 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
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)15 x 16.6 x 18.4 in
Noise (lower limit)70 dBA
THDUnknown
EmissionsEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorNo
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, tool kit, propane hose, and wheel kit
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.

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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 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.

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 size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeSump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Furnace fan (1/2 hp)8752350
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Rice cooker650650
Total2767 W4242 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
RV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
Slow cooker270270
Total2760 W3350 W
For workGrinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Bug zapper8080
Total2740 W3840 W

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