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Pulsar PG6580ECO - 5300/6580W Portable Generator With Electric Start

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Description

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In short, the Pulsar PG6580ECO is a compact portable generator adequately designed for:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • 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 able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • Professionals in need of safely powering high-intensity work or lighting equipment

In the following paragraphs, we shall explore the power characteristics, available outlets, portability, and any additional features of the device.

Power & Run Time

The Pulsar PG6580ECO in use

The Pulsar PG6580ECO

Running on gasoline, the Pulsar PG6580ECO utilizes a 274 cc (9 hp) Ducar OHV 4-stroke engine to deliver 120/240V, offering a running wattage of 5,300W and a starting wattage of 6,580W.

Enjoying a noise rating of 75 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a dishwasher), this generator offers the versatility of starting with either a standard recoil pull-rope starting mechanism or a practical and straightforward electric starter (battery included).

The PG6580ECO's fuel tank holds 5.2 gallons, ensuring uninterrupted operation for around 10 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption approximately 0.52 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 5 AC outlets:

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

Moreover, it boasts 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A output with which charging your batteries is made easy.

Due to the featured twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the PG6580ECO is transfer switch ready: you may connect it to a breaker box to power your household during a power outage.

Portability

At L26.6 x W19.7 x H18.7 in, the Pulsar PG6580ECO boasts a traditional open frame structure, ensuring stability and allowing for convenient maintenance access to components, promoting air circulation. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

As the generator's weight is 140 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable). Nevertheless, thanks to its wheel kit (⌀12") 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 PG6580ECO

The PG6580ECO's control panel

To facilitate status and activity monitoring, a convenient meter, providing voltage, frequency, and lifetime hours data are embedded in the control panel of the PG6580ECO.

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

Equipped with a built-in fuel gauge, the generator facilitates swift gas level checks.

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.

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.

Beyond the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to assist with setup, the Pulsar PG6580ECO ships with supplementary accessories: tool kit and funnel.

The Pulsar PG6580ECO versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Pulsar PG6580ECO compare to generators of similar power (between 4500 and 5500 W).

  • In terms of its dry weight, the Pulsar PG6580ECO stands at only 140 lbs, meaning that is one of the lighter devices of the 4500-5500 rated wattage category Weight-conscious users may find the Champion 201238 appealing, as it is one of the top contenders in this power range, weighing just 101.4 pounds.
  • When stacked up against other devices of similar running wattage, this generator's lowest possible noise rating of 75 dBA places it in the louder category. 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.
  • Given that the PG6580ECO reaches an autonomy of around 10 hours with a full tank and at 50% load, it is placed within the average autonomy range of similarly powerful generators. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the NorthStar c5500, as it provides around 15.1 hours.
  • Though run time is a significant parameter, it's closely tied to the generator's fuel tank size. To get a comprehensive understanding, fuel efficiency must also be taken into account. As this generator uses an estimated 0.52 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, it finds itself in the average gasoline consumption range of similar products. If you're placing a high priority on fuel consumption, the WEN GN5602X, with a low fuel consumption rate of 0.35 GPH, could be an option to consider.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 4500-5500W generators, the Pulsar PG6580ECO 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
  • CO Sentry technology
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Electric start
  • Lightweight for its kind (140 lbs)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent run time
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • On the noisy side (75 dBA)

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine274 cc Ducar OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty2 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts5,300 W
Starting watts6,580 W
Running amps (@120/240V)44.2/22.1 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)54.8/27.4 amps
Run time @50% load10 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A output
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tank5.2 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight140 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)26.6 x 19.7 x 18.7 in
Noise (lower limit)75 dBA
THDUnknown
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, battery, and wheel kit
UPC814726027100

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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 PG6580ECO 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 homeDish washer15003000
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Security system180180
Total4230 W5730 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
Drill600900
Total3800 W6500 W
Who makes the engine? (Asked June 08, 2020)

The engine of the PG6580E is manufactured by Ducar.

what is the voltage of the battery that comes with the electric start model. 6V or 12V (Asked July 04, 2021)

Battery is 12V.

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  1. 4.65
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    I recently purchased this generator. I live on the Gulf Coast and a generator is a must for any hurricane supply kit. As I removed it from the box I was impressed by the powder coated frame. I expect the finish to be more durable than standard painted frames. The Pulsar came with a wheel and handle kit included. The wheels are a solid rubber so no flats. After installing the kit I was able to move the generator around easily. After treating my fuel with stabilizer I topped off the tank. The tank is metal so taking precautions against rust will be necessary if you plan to store the generator for any length of time. The generator has an electric start that is a big plus for my wife. It started up with no problem. I was immediately impressed that it was not loud at all. I let it run for about 15 minutes just to check for leaks or any other issues. I noticed that it didn’t have a fuel filter. Not a big deal for me as I usually swap the filters on my equipment to a transparent one anyway. I strongly suggest adding a fuel filter to prevent carburetor issues. I did notice that I didn’t smell the usual burnt smell of new engines so the fi ish coatings must be of good quality. I then took the generator out to my camper to really test it out. I purposely bought a generator twice the size I needed in order to stay in that half load sweat spot. Once I got everything hooked up I turned on everything. All of the lights, AC, refrigerator, microwave and stereo and the generator never hesitated.i ran it for about 2 hours without issue. So far I am happy with the purchase and the generator does as it should. I do wish I could find more information on the Ducar engine it is equipped with.

    + PROS:
    • Electric start, solid rubber wheels, powder coated frame, 30 amp Rv outlet
    - CONS:
    • Limited information on engine, should have included wiring adapter to charge onboard battery
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