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Pulsar PG7500B Spec Review

The Pulsar PG7500B is an open frame dual fuel portable generator with a rated wattage of 6750 W and a starting wattage of 7500 W.

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Picture of the Pulsar PG7500B

Description

The performance of gasoline and the convenience of liquid propane in the same generator that includes one of the most powerful engines in its product class make the PG7500B a serious contender for both daily use and/or storm related emergencies. This electric start, 7500 peak-watt, outdoor generator includes dozens of wanted features such as a keyless, electric-start ignition, maintenance-free battery, easy-to-read fuel gauge and a mobility kit with over-sized, no-flat tires and convenient fold-down handle, PLUS the ability to switch from gasoline to clean, safe, convenient LP whenever its needed to power multiple 12V, 120V and 240V devices for up to 13 hours at half load at just 74 dB of noise. (source: Pulsar (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the Pulsar PG7500B

In summary, the Pulsar PG7500B is a portable generator especially useful for:

  • 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
  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level

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 PG7500B provides an output of 120/240V. While gasoline-powered, it gives a running wattage of 6750W along with a peak wattage of 7500W. While propane-powered, it provides 5400 rated watts and 6000 starting watts.

With a noise rating of 74 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a vacuum cleaner), the generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism, but also a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included).

Regarding its running time, the PG7500B, with a 6.6 gallons fuel capacity can operate for around 13 hours at 50% load with a full tank of gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.51 GPH). When using propane, it can run for around 7 hours (estimation based on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.67 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel features the following 6 AC outlets:

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

Additionally, it features 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A output allowing you to easily charge your batteries.

This Pulsar generator isn't quite RV Ready, but it features an L5-30R receptacle, allowing a simple RV connection through an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. Besides, as it features a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the PG7500B is transfer switch ready: in case of a power outage, you will be easily able to connect it to a breaker box and power your household.

Portability

The Pulsar PG7500B has the following dimensions: L27 x W22.4 x H21.6 in. In combination with its conventional, open frame design, they provide support and allow the generator to be raised above ground level. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

Although this generator is technically considered 'portable' (in the sense that it can be moved), its 185 lbs make it incredibly difficult to manually lift and transport. 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 PG7500B

The PG7500B's control panel

To help you monitor the PG7500B's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours.

In addition to this info, a light indicator shows you if its oil levels are insufficient.

A built-in fuel gauge allows for a quick, easy and convenient check of the fuel level of the generator.

From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), giving you a peace of mind during use.

While the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Pulsar PG7500B, the following accessories are also included: propane hose, oil and tool kit.

Emissions

The Pulsar PG7500B is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

The Pulsar PG7500B versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Pulsar PG7500B compare to generators of similar power (between 6500 and 7500 W).

  • Regarding its weight, the Pulsar PG7500B only weighs in at 185 pounds, which means it's one of the lighter generators in the 6500-7500 rated wattage range. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Sportsman GEN85KIDF, with a dry weight of only 133 lbs.
  • This generator has a somewhat average expected noise for its power range, rated at 74 dBA. 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 Powerhorse 7500i, whose lowest noise levels reach just 55 dBA.
  • Since the PG7500B boasts with a run time of around 13 hours at 50% load, it can be safely judged as a device of a higher run time than most generators of a comparable output. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the Generac XC6500, as it provides around 14 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 0.51 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, this generator is a rather fuel efficient one within its wattage category. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Lifan ESI 7000iER-EFI, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.38 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Several accessories included
  • Electric start
  • Dual Fuel
  • Lightweight for its kind (185 lbs)
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (74 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • No spark arrestor

Do you own the Pulsar PG7500B and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine420 cc Ducar OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Power
 GasolinePropane
Running watts6750 W5400 W
Starting watts7500 W6000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)56.3/28.1 amps45/22.5 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)62.5/31.3 amps50/25 amps
Run time @50% load13 h7 h *
Run time @25% loadN/AN/A
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
THDN/A
EmissionsEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorNo
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, tool kit, propane hose and battery
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.
* 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.

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 PG7500B 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
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Rice cooker650650
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total5397 W6897 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Rice cooker650650
Radio100100
Total5390 W5980 W
For workTable saw18004500
Grinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Drain cleaner250250
Bug zapper8080
Total4790 W7490 W

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