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Pulsar PG5250B Spec Review

The Pulsar PG5250B is a compact open frame dual fuel portable generator with a rated wattage of 4250 W and a starting wattage of 5250 W.

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Description

When you need the convenience of portability and the power to perform, the Pulsar PG5250B dual fuel generator is a strong candidate for satisfying your power needs. This dual fuel generator can operate on gasoline or liquid propane with a simple flip of a switch. Its patented Switch & Go technology allows you to switch from LPG to gas or gas to LP while the generator is running. This generator is ideal for the job site, home use and outdoor activities. Featuring a strong powder coat steel frame, no-flat tires, fold-down locking handle and cutting-edge technology, this unit makes an outstanding addition to anyone’s assortment of must-have portable power. (source: Pulsar (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the Pulsar PG5250B

In a nutshell, the Pulsar PG5250B is a compact portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • Occasional participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • 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

The Pulsar PG5250B in use

The Pulsar PG5250B

The dual-fuel technology of the Pulsar PG5250B allows for an output of 120/240V and provides superb power and versatility. If gasoline-powered, the device provides a running wattage of 4250W and a starting wattage of 5250W. If propane-powered, it gives 3850 rated watts and 4750 starting watts.

Pulsar’s patented Switch & Go technology allows you to switch from propane to gasoline or from gasoline to propane while the generator is running.

The generator features a simple traditional pull-start mechanism. It is rated for a noise of 72 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a vacuum cleaner).

With a fuel capacity of 4 gallons, the PG5250B can operate for around 12 hours at 50% load using gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.33 GPH), or for around 13 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.36 GPH) using propane.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 4 AC outlets:

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

With its TT-30R receptacle (TT as in 'Travel Trailer'), this Pulsar generator is RV Ready. In addition, because the PG5250B is equipped with a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: it can power your home during a power outage, as it can be easily connected to your breaker box to power your household.

Portability

With its dimensions of L23.2 x W17 x H17.8 in, the conventional, open frame design of the Pulsar PG5250B offers stability and allows the generator to be raised above ground level. The device has been designed for tough environments and demanding outdoor use.

Even though this device may be technically portable (as in movable), manipulation and transportation without special equipment can be a challenge, as it weighs 110 pounds. Nevertheless, thanks to its wheel kit (⌀10") 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 PG5250B

The PG5250B's control panel

To help you monitor the PG5250B's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours.

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

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 usual set of documentation and owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, Pulsar also included a propane hose in the PG5250B's packaging.

Emissions

The Pulsar PG5250B 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 PG5250B versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Pulsar PG5250B compare to generators of similar power (between 3500 and 4500 W).

  • With a dry weight of 110 pounds, the Pulsar PG5250B finds itself in the expected weight range for generators able to produce between 3500 and 4500 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.
  • This generator, with its lowest possible noise rated at 72 dBA falls into the more noisy category, compared to other devise of a similar running wattage. 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 Cummins Onan P4500i, whose lowest noise levels reach just 52 dBA.
  • Offering around 12 hours of running time on a full tank at 50% load, the PG5250B is within the average autonomy range of similarly powerful generators. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Honda EB4000X, reaching 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 0.33 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, this generator is among the more fuel efficient of the products in the above-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 interactive chart, when compared to other 3500-4500W generators, the Pulsar PG5250B 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
  • RV Ready
  • Dual Fuel
  • Switch & Go technology
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (110 lbs)
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • On the noisy side (72 dBA)

Do you own the Pulsar PG5250B 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)
Engine224 cc Ducar OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Power
 GasolinePropane
Running watts4250 W3850 W
Starting watts5250 W4750 W
Running amps (@120/240V)35.4/17.7 amps32.1/16 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)43.8/21.9 amps39.6/19.8 amps
Run time @50% load12 h13 h
Run time @25% loadN/AN/A
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 outletsNo
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank4 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight110 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)23.2 x 17 x 17.8 in
Noise (lower limit)72 dBA
THDUnknown
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedPropane 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 PG5250B 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 sizing calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeSump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Furnace fan (1/2 hp)8752350
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Clothes iron12701270
Total3387 W4862 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Radio100100
Total3380 W3800 W
For workTable saw18004500
Reciprocating saw730960
Total2530 W5230 W

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    I got the PG5250B because I didn’t want to be dependent upon a battery to start it. NOWHERE in the specifications, parts diagram or maintenance requirements have I seen a battery identified or listed. Guess what! While the PG5250 is recoil started, it has a battery that is required to operate its fuel solenoid! Further, it is a “specialty item” in that it is 12 Volts 9 AMPS. By the way, you have to call technical support to find out where the product’s serial number is located! BEWARE: As you unpack it, there are parts stuffed into the space located between the engine and fuel tank. There is also a shipping block strapped underneath the generator that must be removed. The serial number is lightly engraved on the engine block above and to the left of the oil plug.

    + PROS:
    • Dual Fuel
    • Lighter weight
    • 2 Year Warranty
    - CONS:
    • Undisclosed"specialty item" Battery REQUIRED for operation!
    • Unpacking requirements incomplete
    • Features Page 8 of Operator's Manual should show battery, type and the location
    • Serial Number difficult to locate .... it's location should be shown on Features Page.
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