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Pulsar PG6580BCO - 5300/6580W Dual Fuel Generator

The Pulsar PG6580BCO is a compact open frame dual fuel generator with a rated wattage of 5,300 W and a starting wattage of 6,580 W. (Read full specs)

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  • $499.99 - March 25, 2024
  • $419.99 - February 1, 2024
  • $449.99 - December 6, 2023
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Since: December 6, 2023
  • Highest Price: $499.99 - March 25, 2024
  • Lowest Price: $419.99 - February 1, 2024

Description

The Pulsar PG6580BCO Dual Fuel Portable Generator is the next generation of excellence when it comes to keeping the lights on during power outages. (source: Pulsar (opens in a new tab))

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In a nutshell, the Pulsar PG6580BCO is a compact portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • Occasional participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • Food truck owners who want to ensure that their business is fully self-contained and does not rely on potentially unreliable external power
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
  • Professionals in need of safely powering high-intensity work or lighting equipment

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

With its dual-fuel technology, the powerful and versatile Pulsar PG6580BCO provides an output of 120/240V. While gasoline-powered, it gives a running wattage of 5,300W along with a peak wattage of 6,580W. While propane-powered, it provides 4,750 rated watts and 5,922 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.

Enjoying a noise rating of 75 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a shower), this generator gets running thanks to a conventional pull-start mechanism.

With a fuel capacity of 5.3 gallons, the PG6580BCO can operate for around 10 hours at 50% load using gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.53 GPH), or for around 6 hours (estimation based on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.78 GPH) using propane.

The quite high THD (<25%) of the PG6580BCO makes it unsuitable for powering sensitive electronic devices.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 4 AC outlets:

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

This Pulsar generator is RV Ready, thanks to its TT-30R receptacle (TT stands for 'Travel Trailer'). In addition, because the PG6580BCO 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

The Pulsar PG6580BCO has the following dimensions: L23.3 x W20 x H18.6 in. In combination with its conventional, open frame design, they provide support and allow the generator to be raised above ground level. 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 143.5 pounds. Nevertheless, it can still be moved quite conveniently with the help of its wheel kit (⌀12") and its folding handle, once it is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Pulsar PG6580BCO

The PG6580BCO's control panel

The PG6580BCO'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.

Thanks to a built-in fuel gauge, the generator allows you to quickly, conveniently and easily check the gas level at a glance.

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).

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 PG6580BCO also comes with some accessories: tool kit, oil, funnel and propane hose are included.

Emissions

The Pulsar PG6580BCO is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 50 states, including California.

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

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The Pulsar PG6580BCO versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Pulsar PG6580BCO compare to dual fuel generators of similar power (between 4500 and 5500 W).

  • A weight of 143.5 lbs makes the Pulsar PG6580BCO one of the heavier dual fuel devices in the 4500-5500 rated wattage range. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above-mentioned power range is the WEN DF5600X, with a dry weight of just 113 pounds.
  • This generator, with its lowest possible noise rated at 75 dBA falls into the more noisy category, compared to other devices of a similar running wattage. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Genmax GM6000iED with only 63 dBA.
  • The PG6580BCO, offering a run time of around 10 hours with a full tank at a 50% load, falls within the average autonomy range when compared to its peers. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the WEN DF5600X, boasting with around 12.5 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. This generator reaches an estimated fuel consumption of 0.53 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, making it average, for the previously mentioned wattage range. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the WEN DF5600X, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.35 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 4500-5500W dual fuel generators, the Pulsar PG6580BCO 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
  • Dual Fuel
  • CO Sentry technology
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • RV Ready
  • Switch & Go technology
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent run time
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • On the heavy side (143.5 lbs)
  • On the noisy side (75 dBA)

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyYes
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine274 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty2 years
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Power
GasolinePropane
Running watts5,300 W4,750 W
Starting watts6,580 W5,922 W
Running amps (@120/240V)44.2/22.1 amps39.6/19.8 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)54.8/27.4 amps49.4/24.7 amps
Run time @50% load10 h6 h *
Run time @25% loadUnknownUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank5.3 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight143.5 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)23.3 x 20 x 18.6 in
Noise (lower limit)75 dBA
THD< 25%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, propane hose, and wheel kit
UPC814726027193

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 PG6580BCO 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 sizer.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeAC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Security system180180
Total4230 W5330 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Toaster oven800800
Blender400850
Pair of small speakers4545
Total4235 W4825 W
For workTable saw18004500
Grinder14002500
Paint sprayer600600
Total3800 W6500 W

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