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Pulsar PGD40iSCO - 3200/4000W Inverter Generator

The Pulsar PGD40iSCO is a quiet, compact and lightweight inverter generator with a rated wattage of 3,200 W and a starting wattage of 4,000 W. (Read full specs)

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Price history for the Pulsar PGD40iSCO
Latest updates:
  • $479.00 - April 26, 2024
  • $499.00 - April 19, 2024
  • $249.50 - April 19, 2024
  • $499.00 - April 4, 2024
  • $516.94 - March 30, 2024
  • $551.94 - March 30, 2024
  • $551.87 - March 29, 2024
  • $551.94 - March 29, 2024
Data source: walmart.com
Since: August 22, 2023
  • Highest Price: $560.00 - February 7, 2024
  • Lowest Price: $249.50 - April 19, 2024

Description

The Pulsar PGD40iSCO packs a big punch in a small package. This unit operates at 4,000 peak watts and 3,200 running watts while weighing only 46 pounds. The smaller footprint makes transportation and storage simple and a prime choice for home, work, and recreational activities. (source: Pulsar (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the Pulsar PGD40iSCO

In summary, the Pulsar PGD40iSCO is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle
  • Occasional participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go

In the forthcoming sections, you'll delve into its power characteristics, the various outlets it offers, its overall portability, and the additional features it boasts.

Power & Run Time

The Pulsar PGD40iSCO in use

The Pulsar PGD40iSCO

The Pulsar PGD40iSCO's core is the 145 cc (5.5 hp) Ducar OHV 4-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120V, it provides a running wattage of 3,200W and a peak wattage of 4,000W. Moreover, the parallel capability (parallel kit not included) enables increasing of power output when paired with another similar or compatible unit, providing increased energy capacity and versatility for a wide range of needs.

The inverter generator is rated for a noise of 59 dBA (less noisy than rainfall). Its starting mechanism is based on a traditional recoil pull-start mechanism.

The PGD40iSCO's fuel tank, boasting 1 gallon, allows it to operate for around 4.5 hours at 50% load with a full tank (with an estimated fuel consumption of 0.22 GPH).

Delicate electronics can be plugged in the AC outlets safely, as the PGD40iSCO generates a clean sine wave, reaching a <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD).

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 3 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 30A (TT-30R) receptacle

This Pulsar generator is RV Ready, as it features a TT-30R receptacle (TT stands for 'Travel Trailer').

Portability

The Pulsar PGD40iSCO is an inverter generator and features an encased design with the following dimensions: L18.9 x W11.4 x H17.3 in. This design enhances aesthetics and helps minimize noise levels, distinguishing it from conventional, open frame products. The featured design follows the latest trends and is ideal for easy and recreational use.

Considered a lightweight portable generator, the PGD40iSCO weighs just 46 lbs. The generator can be moved with ease by only one person and so it can be enjoyed on-the-go. Further convenience is provided by its handle (molded in the case), as it allows you to carry it with great ease.

Features

Panel of the Pulsar PGD40iSCO

The PGD40iSCO's control panel

Several light indicators serve to show you when the generator is ready, the generator is on overload and its oil levels are insufficient.

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

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.

Accessory-wise, along with the previously mentioned features, the Pulsar PGD40iSCO is packaged with the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helping you start the device right away.

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The Pulsar PGD40iSCO versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Pulsar PGD40iSCO compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 2500 and 3500 W).

  • Weight-wise, the Pulsar PGD40iSCO has only 46 lbs, which renders it one of the lightest inverter generators which produce 2500 to 3500 rated watts.
  • This inverter generator has a somewhat average expected noise for its type and power range, rated at 59 dBA. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Honda EU3000iS with only 50 dBA.
  • In terms of its autonomy, the PGD40iSCO can operate for around 4.5 hours at a 50% load, placing it within the lower bracket among generators of similar type and power range. For those prioritizing autonomy, the Ryobi RYi4022X could be considered, as it offers one of the longest run times among generators with similar power output, reaching around 12 hours.
  • While run time is vital, it hinges on the fuel capacity. To grasp the full picture, we must also factor in fuel efficiency. Among generators of similar power, this inverter generator stands out with one of the best fuel efficiency, with consumption rates around 0.22 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 2500-3500W inverter generators, the Pulsar PGD40iSCO 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
  • RV Ready
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight (46 lbs)
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (59 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • Relatively low run time

Do you own the Pulsar PGD40iSCO and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyYes
FuelGasoline
Engine145 cc Ducar OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Running watts3,200 W
Starting watts4,000 W
Running amps26.7 amps
Peak amps33.3 amps
Run time @50% load4.5 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank1 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight46 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)18.9 x 11.4 x 17.3 in
Noise (lower limit)59 dBA
THD< 3%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedNo
UPC814726027674

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 PGD40iSCO 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 size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeDish washer15003000
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Toaster oven800800
Total2492 W3992 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Radiant heater13001300
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total2545 W3135 W
For workGrinder14002500
Belt sander11502400
Total2550 W3800 W

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