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Pulsar PGD16iSCO - 1200/1600W Inverter Generator

The Pulsar PGD16iSCO is a quiet, compact and lightweight inverter generator with a rated wattage of 1,200 W and a starting wattage of 1,600 W. (Read full specs)

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Price history for the Pulsar PGD16iSCO
Latest updates:
  • $349.00 - April 16, 2024
  • $299.00 - April 9, 2024
  • $349.00 - December 15, 2023
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Since: December 15, 2023
  • Highest Price: $349.00 - December 15, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $299.00 - April 9, 2024

Description

The Pulsar PGD16iSCO inverter generator provides super-quiet performance and weighs only 24 pounds, making it perfect for camping trips, outdoor events, the job site, and much more. (source: Pulsar (opens in a new tab))

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In short, the Pulsar PGD16iSCO is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator adequately designed for:

  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools

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 PGD16iSCO in use

The Pulsar PGD16iSCO

Pulsar PGD16iSCO is equipped with a 57 cc (2.1 hp) OHV 4-stroke engine, running on gasoline and providing 120V, boasting a running wattage of 1,200W alongside a starting wattage of 1,600W. Furthermore, the parallel capability (parallel kit not included) offers the advantage of doubling power output when connected to another similar or compatible unit, delivering expanded energy capacity and flexibility for various applications.

With a noise rating of 56 dBA (less noisy than a refrigerator), the inverter generator's starting mechanism is centered around a manual recoil starter system.

With its 0.6 gallon fuel tank, the PGD16iSCO can operate for around 6.5 hours at 50% load when fully fueled (with fuel usage averaging around 0.09 GPH).

The <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) of the PGD16iSCO ensures a clean sine wave output, providing a secure power source for your sensitive electronics through its AC outlets.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

It also sports 2 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports (USB-A) allowing you to conveniently charge electronics such as mobile phones and tablets.

Portability

Since the Pulsar PGD16iSCO is an inverter generator, its closed design (L17.1 x W9.6 x H15.7 in) not only provides an aesthetic advantage but also contributes to reduced noise levels compared to conventional, open frame devices. This modern design aims to provide an ideal power solution to recreational users.

The PGD16iSCO's weight, at just 24 lbs, makes it an ideal choice for those seeking a lightweight and portable generator. Designed for easy mobility, one person can move it around without any difficulty, ensuring power on the go. Its handle (molded in the case) allows you to carry it easily, further enhancing its convenience.

Good to know: This unit ranks 8th in our list of the 10 smallest portable generators.

Features

Panel of the Pulsar PGD16iSCO

The PGD16iSCO's control panel

The device's light indicators will illuminate to indicate if the oil level is too low, the generator is ready and the generator is on overload.

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.

While the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Pulsar PGD16iSCO, the following accessories are also included: funnel, oil and tool kit.

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The Pulsar PGD16iSCO versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Pulsar PGD16iSCO compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 1000 and 2000 W).

  • Concerning weight, the Pulsar PGD16iSCO weighs only just 24 pounds, distinguishing itself as one of the lightest inverter generators amidst the 1000 to 2000 rated wattage range.
  • Given its rated noise level of 56 dBA, this inverter generator aligns with the average expected noise rating for devices of similar type and power. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the Honda EU2200i, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 48 dBA.
  • With a runtime of around 6.5 hours under a 50% load on a full tank, the PGD16iSCO falls within the average autonomy range among the inverter generators of a similar power. If runtime is a priority for you, the Westinghouse iGen2200 stands out as one of the generators with the longest run time in its power range, providing around 10 hours of continuous use.
  • While run time is vital, it hinges on the fuel capacity. To grasp the full picture, we must also factor in fuel efficiency. This inverter generator is one of the most fuel-efficient models of the aforementioned output range, as its estimated fuel consumption reaches just 0.09 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 1000-2000W inverter generators, the Pulsar PGD16iSCO 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
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight (24 lbs)
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (56 dBA)
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center

Do you own the Pulsar PGD16iSCO and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine57 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
Running watts1,200 W
Starting watts1,600 W
Running amps10 amps
Peak amps13.3 amps
Run time @50% load6.5 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets2x 5V USB port (USB-A)
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank0.6 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight24 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)17.1 x 9.6 x 15.7 in
Noise (lower limit)56 dBA
THD< 3%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, and tool kit
UPC814726028114

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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 PGD16iSCO is covered under a warranty for up to 3 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 homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Blender400850
Total592 W1592 W
For campingRV refrigerator180600
Rice cooker650650
Radio100100
Cell phone charger2020
Total950 W1370 W
For workReciprocating saw730960
Bug zapper8080
Total810 W1040 W

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