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Pulsar PG7500 Spec Review

The Pulsar PG7500 is an open frame portable generator with a rated wattage of 6000 W and a starting wattage of 7500 W.

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  • $714.96 - January 8, 2021
  • $721.03 - January 4, 2021
  • $757.81 - January 2, 2021
  • $735.74 - December 31, 2020
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Since: December 31, 2020
  • Highest Price: $757.81 - January 2, 2021
  • Lowest Price: $714.96 - January 8, 2021

Description

With one of the largest engines in its class, the 15 HP Pulsar PG7500 provides up to 7500 peak watts that is enough to operate up to four major appliances at one time and still operate for up to 13 hours on a single 6.6 gallon tank of gasoline. With seven outlets, digital meter, easy-to-read fuel gauge, mobility kit and a maintenance-free battery for electric start from its keyless ignition, the PG7500 will be a welcome addition to any homeowner’s convenience arsenal when the power goes out. (source: Pulsar (opens in a new tab))

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In summary, the Pulsar PG7500 is a portable generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • 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, the extra features it benefits from, and any relevant emission compliance details.

Power & Run Time

The Pulsar PG7500's engine, 420 cc (15 hp) Ducar OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120/240V. It provides a running wattage of 6000W and reaches a peak wattage of 7500W.

Enjoying a noise rating of 74 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a shower), this generator can be started thanks to a simple traditional pull-start mechanism, but also to a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included).

The PG7500 can operate for around 13 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.51 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 6.6 gallons.

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 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 you may charge your batteries with ease.

This Pulsar generator features an L5-30R receptacle, enabling an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. However, it is still not quite RV ready. Besides, due to the featured twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the PG7500 is transfer switch ready: you may connect it to a breaker box to power your household during a power outage.

Portability

The dimensions of the Pulsar PG7500, which are L27 x W22.4 x H21.6 in, and its typical, open frame design provides stability and enables the generator to be raised above ground level. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough environments.

Even though this device may be technically portable (as in movable), manipulation and transportation without special equipment can be a challenge, as it weighs 185 pounds. Nevertheless, thanks to its wheel kit 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 PG7500

The PG7500's control panel

The PG7500's status and activity may be monitored conveniently via the control panel, as it features a convenient meter showing you voltage, frequency and lifetime hours.

In addition to this info, a light indicator serves to show you when the oil level is too low.

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

Security-wise, this product benefits from an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, which gives you a complete peace of mind when using it.

Accessory-wise, along with the previously mentioned features, the Pulsar PG7500 is packaged with the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helping you start the device right away.

Emissions

The Pulsar PG7500 is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

However, it features a spark arrestor and therefore, can be used in forested areas.

The Pulsar PG7500 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Pulsar PG7500 compare to generators of similar power (between 5500 and 6500 W).

  • Since the generator weighs in at a dry weight of 185 lbs, the Pulsar PG7500 belongs in the expected weight range for devices which can produce between 5500 and 6500 rated watts. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Lifan LF7250, standing at just 140 lbs.
  • Since the generator's noise is rated at 74 dBA, it has the roughly average expected noise for a device of similar power. 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.
  • The PG7500 provides a higher run time than similarly powerful devices, reaching around 13 hours at 50% load. If you consider autonomy on a single full tank as one of the deciding factors, one of the generators in the same power range that offers the highest run time is the Cat RP5500, with around 15 hours.
  • The run time is important, but also hugely depends on the capacity of the fuel tank and doesn't mean much if we don't talk about fuel consumption as well. With an estimated gasoline consumption of 0.51 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 Lifan ESI 7000iER-EFI, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.38 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 5500-6500W generators, the Pulsar PG7500 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
  • Electric start
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (185 lbs)
  • Acceptable noise (74 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • Not CARB-compliant

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine420 cc Ducar OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts6000 W
Starting watts7500 W
Running amps (@120/240V)50/25 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)62.5/31.3 amps
Run time @50% load13 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
Weight185 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)27 x 22.4 x 21.6 in
Noise (lower limit)74 dBA
THDUnknown
EmissionsEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedBattery and wheel 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 PG7500 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
Electric range21002100
Blender400850
Security system180180
Total4797 W6272 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Total4780 W5200 W
For workTable saw18004500
Grinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Bug zapper8080
Total4790 W7490 W

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