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Pulsar PG5000BiSRCO - 4000/5000W Dual Fuel Inverter Generator With Remote Start

The Pulsar PG5000BiSRCO is a compact dual fuel inverter generator with a rated wattage of 4,000 W and a starting wattage of 5,000 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

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In a nutshell, the Pulsar PG5000BiSRCO is a compact portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • People occasionally participating in outdoor fairs, festivals or events
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source

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 PG5000BiSRCO in use

The Pulsar PG5000BiSRCO

With its dual-fuel technology, the powerful and versatile Pulsar PG5000BiSRCO provides an output of 120V. While gasoline-powered, it gives a running wattage of 4,000W along with a peak wattage of 5,000W. While propane-powered, it provides 3,600 rated watts and 4,500 starting watts. In addition, the device is parallel capable (parallel kit not included) and thus, can be linked to a similar or compatible unit for added power.

At a noise rating of 65 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a normal conversation), this inverter generator can be started via a simple traditional pull-start mechanism, or a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included). To add further convenience, the PG5000BiSRCO can be remotely started (key fob included).

As for its running time, the PG5000BiSRCO, along with its 3 gallons fuel capacity, can run for around 9 hours at 50% load with a full tank filled with gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.33 GPH). If propane is used, it can operate for around 10.5 hours (estimation based on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.45 GPH).

Delicate electronics can be plugged in an AC outlets safely, as the PG5000BiSRCO generates a clean sine wave, reaching a <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD).

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 two 5V USB ports (1 x USB-A and 1 x USB-C) with which charging of electronics like mobile phones and tablets is made convenient.

This Pulsar generator is RV Ready, as it features a TT-30R receptacle (TT stands for 'Travel Trailer').

Portability

The Pulsar PG5000BiSRCO's characteristic encased inverter generator design (L23.9 x W14.7 x H22.6 in), provides an esthetical advantage over any ordinary, open frame product. This modern design aims to provide an ideal power solution to recreational users.

The 78.2 lbs of the PG5000BiSRCO's dry weight enables you to use it anywhere you will ever need. In addition, with its set of 2 wheels and its telecospic handle, it may be shifted with ease, once placed on the floor.

Features

Panel of the Pulsar PG5000BiSRCO

The PG5000BiSRCO's control panel

The light indicators show you if the oil level is too low, the generator is overloaded and the generator is ready.

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

The unit also benefits from Pulsar's CO Sentry carbon monoxide detection. The sensor monitors for the accumulation of poisonous carbon monoxide gas around the generator, and shuts down the engine is increasing levels of CO gas are detected.

Besides the classic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, the Pulsar PG5000BiSRCO also comes with some accessories: oil, propane hose, key fob and tool kit are included.

Emissions

The Pulsar PG5000BiSRCO is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Therefore, its sale and purchase are permitted in all of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, making it usable in forested areas.

The Pulsar PG5000BiSRCO versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Pulsar PG5000BiSRCO compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 3500 and 4500 W).

  • Regarding its weight, the Pulsar PG5000BiSRCO only weighs in at 78.2 pounds, which means it's one of the lighter inverter generators in the 3500-4500 rated wattage range. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Genmax GM4600iAEFIC with only 58.4 pounds.
  • If compared to generators capable of producing a similar running wattage, this inverter generator with a lowest emitted noise of 65 dBA can be considered somewhat noisy. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Westinghouse iGen4500DF with only 52 dBA.
  • Autonomy-wise, with around 9 hours on a full tank at a 50% load, the PG5000BiSRCO is on the low end when compared to other inverter generators of a similar power output. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Westinghouse iGen4500DF, reaching around 15 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. Compared to its peers, this inverter generator is not exactly fuel efficient, compared to similarly powerful devices, with an estimated fuel consumption of 0.33 GPH at a 50% load. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Westinghouse iGen4500DF, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.23 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 3500-4500W dual fuel inverter generators, the Pulsar PG5000BiSRCO 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
  • Dual Fuel
  • CO Sentry technology
  • Several accessories included
  • USB-C port
  • RV Ready
  • Remote start
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight for its kind (78.2 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • On the noisy side (65 dBA)
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyYes
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine192 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric, Remote
Warranty3 years
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
Power
GasolinePropane
Running watts4,000 W3,600 W
Starting watts5,000 W4,500 W
Running amps33.3 amps30 amps
Peak amps41.7 amps37.5 amps
Run time @50% load9 h10.5 h *
Run time @25% loadUnknownUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
DC outlets2x 5V USB port (USB-A and USB-C)
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank3 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight78.2 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)23.9 x 14.7 x 22.6 in
Noise (lower limit)65 dBA
THD< 3%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, tool kit, key fob, propane hose, and battery
Country of originChina
UPC814726028008

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.
* Propane runtime is our own estimation, based on a 20 lbs tank and NIST 1994 GGE (Gasoline Gallon Equivalent) formula: 5.66 lbs of propane = 1 gal of gasoline.

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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 PG5000BiSRCO is covered under a warranty for up to 3 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 sizer.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeAC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Total3192 W4192 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Mixer200200
Total3190 W3780 W
For workTable saw18004500
Drain cleaner250250
Bug zapper8080
Total2130 W4830 W

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