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Pulsar PG6000R - 5000/6000W Portable Generator

The Pulsar PG6000R is a portable open frame generator with a rated wattage of 5,000 W and a starting wattage of 6,000 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

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In a few words, the Pulsar PG6000R is a portable generator perfectly suited for:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • Occasional participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • Food van owners who know that just a short power outage could lose them hundreds of dollars
  • 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, and the extra features it benefits from.

Power & Run Time

The Pulsar PG6000R in use

The Pulsar PG6000R

Pulsar PG6000R is equipped with a 274 cc (8.5 hp) Ducar OHV 4-stroke engine, running on gasoline and providing 120/240V, boasting a running wattage of 5,000W alongside a starting wattage of 6,000W.

With a noise rating of 73 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a vacuum cleaner), the generator's ignition is facilitated by a standard recoil pull-rope starting mechanism.

With its 5.2 gallons fuel tank, the PG6000R can operate for around 11.5 hours at 50% load when fully fueled (with fuel usage averaging around 0.45 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 6 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle

Additionally, it offers 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A output providing easy battery charging capabilities.

Despite not having the 'RV Ready' status, this Pulsar generator provides the benefit of convenient RV compatibility through its L5-30R receptacle, enabling you to easily power your RV using an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. Besides, thanks to its twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the PG6000R is transfer switch ready, facilitating easy hookup to your breaker box to provide backup power for your home during blackouts.

Portability

Measuring L24.5 x W23.5 x H21.5 in, the classic open frame build of the Pulsar PG6000R delivers stability and easy maintenance access to components, facilitating air circulation. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy 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 126 pounds. However, its challenging mobility is solved by its wheel kit and its folding handle, which will ease its displacement, once it is on the floor.

Features

Panel of the Pulsar PG6000R

The PG6000R's control panel

To facilitate status and activity monitoring, a convenient meter, showing voltage, frequency, and lifetime hours metrics are embedded in the control panel of the PG6000R.

In addition to this info, a light indicator on the device will notify you if its oil levels are insufficient.

The generator includes a built-in fuel gauge, a quick, easy and convenient method of checking the device’s gas level.

As far as security is concerned, the generator can be used with a peace of mind, as it features an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker).

Alongside the typical set of documentation and the user manual to assist with setup, Pulsar has included accessory] in the packaging of the PG6000R.

The Pulsar PG6000R versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Pulsar PG6000R compare to generators of similar power (between 4500 and 5500 W).

  • As far as its dry weight is concerned, the Pulsar PG6000R weighs just 126 pounds and thus, it is one of the lighter 4500 to 5500 rated wattage generators. If weight is a key factor for your needs, the Champion 201238 is noteworthy for being one of the top contenders in this power range, with a dry weight of 101.4 pounds.
  • When compared to devices able to produce a similar running wattage, this generator and its lowest emitted noise of 73 dBA is on the noisier side. 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 Honda EU7000iS, whose lowest noise levels reach just 52 dBA.
  • With a run time of around 11.5 hours at 50% load, the PG6000R has one of the higher run times, compared to its similarly powerful peers. If extended autonomy is what matters most to you, the NorthStar c5500 could be an excellent choice, offering one of the longest run times among units in its power category, reaching around 15.1 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. At an estimated fuel consumption of 0.45 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, this generator is a rather fuel-efficient one within its wattage category. If minimizing fuel usage is one of your key priorities, the WEN GN5602X is one of the most efficient devices with similar power output, with a gasoline consumption of only 0.35 gallons per hour.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 4500-5500W generators, the Pulsar PG6000R is on the cheap side of the price range.

It can therefore be a really good buy if you're looking to acquire a budget generator.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Inexpensive
  • Lightweight for its kind (126 lbs)
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • On the noisy side (73 dBA)

Do you own the Pulsar PG6000R and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine274 cc Ducar OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty2 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts5,000 W
Starting watts6,000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)41.7/20.8 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)50/25 amps
Run time @50% load11.5 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A output
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tank5.2 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight126 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)24.5 x 23.5 x 21.5 in
Noise (lower limit)73 dBA
THDUnknown
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedTool kit and wheel kit

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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 PG6000R 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 homeDish washer15003000
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Toaster oven800800
Total3992 W5492 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Toaster oven800800
Mixer200200
Total3990 W4580 W
For workTable saw18004500
Grinder14002500
Bug zapper8080
Total3280 W5980 W
Where I can get the manual for this unit (Asked June 09, 2024)

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