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Pulsar PG6000 Spec Review

The Pulsar PG6000 is a portable open frame generator with a rated wattage of 5000 W and a starting wattage of 6000 W.

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Description

Considered one of the best values in portable generators on the market today, this unit is ideal as a home back up unit that can provide power without breaking the bank, the Pulsar PG6000’s 10 HP engine has been designed to operate at optimum efficiency for long periods of time at up to 6000 peak watts. With seven different outlets for everything from 120V to 240V to 12 volt operation for up to 13.5 hours this unit can do it all. Designed to operate up to three major appliances at one time and including a unique digital meter and easy-to-read gas gauge, the PG6000 provides pure power when and where it is needed. (source: Pulsar (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the Pulsar PG6000

In summary, the Pulsar PG6000 is a 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
  • Food van owners who know that just a short power outage could lose them hundreds of dollars
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures

In the following paragraphs, we shall explore the power characteristics, available outlets, portability, and any additional features of the device, along with its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The Pulsar PG6000 in use

The Pulsar PG6000

The Pulsar PG6000 is powered by a 302 cc (10 hp) Ducar OHV 4-stroke engine. It delivers 120/240V, runs on gasoline and offers a running wattage of 5000W as well as a peak wattage of 6000W.

At a noise rating of 72 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a shower), the generator is started via a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

With a fuel capacity of 6.6 gallons, the PG6000 may run for around 13.5 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.49 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

It also sports 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A output with which charging your batteries is made easy.

Even if this Pulsar generator isn't quite RV Ready, it still allows for an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor, thanks to its L5-30R receptacle. Besides, as the PG6000 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 PG6000 is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L27.5 x W21.1 x H21.9 in, offering support and stability and enabling the possibility of raising it above ground level. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

While the generator is considered to be technically 'portable' (in the sense that you can move it), manually lifting and transporting it may be challenging, due to its high weight of 159 lbs. Nevertheless, it can still be moved quite conveniently with the help of its wheel kit and its folding handle, once it is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Pulsar PG6000

The PG6000's control panel

The control panel of the PG6000 includes a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours, helpful for the monitoring of its status and activity.

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 overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, letting you use it with a peace of mind.

Besides the features previously mentioned, accessory-wise, the Pulsar PG6000 comes with the usual documentation and owner's manual (opens in a new tab) needed to get you promptly started.

Emissions

The Pulsar PG6000 is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

However, it features a spark arrestor and thus, may be used in forested areas.

The Pulsar PG6000 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Pulsar PG6000 compare to generators of similar power (between 4500 and 5500 W).

  • In terms of its dry weight, the Pulsar PG6000 stands at only 159 lbs, meaning that is one of the lighter devices of the 4500-5500 rated wattage category In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the WEN 56500, standing at just 119 lbs.
  • As this generator has its lowest possible noise of 72 dBA, it should be considered noisier compared to its peers of a comparable running wattage. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the Honda EU7000iS, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 52 dBA.
  • Since the PG6000 boasts with a run time of around 13.5 hours at 50% load, it can be safely judged as a device of a higher run time than most generators of a comparable output. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the Cat RP5500, boasting with 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. With an estimated gasoline consumption of 0.49 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 are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.35 GPH, the Westinghouse WGen5300v is a device you should look out for.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 4500-5500W generators, the Pulsar PG6000 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
  • Lightweight for its kind (159 lbs)
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • On the noisy side (72 dBA)

Do you own the Pulsar PG6000 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine302 cc Ducar OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts5000 W
Starting watts6000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)41.7/20.8 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)50/25 amps
Run time @50% load13.5 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 tank6.6 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight159 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)27.5 x 21.1 x 21.9 in
Noise (lower limit)72 dBA
THDUnknown
EmissionsEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedWheel 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 PG6000 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 homeDish washer15003000
Electric fry pan15001500
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

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