Pulsar is a household brand name popular for its incredible air compressors, lawnmowers, pressure washers, and generators. In the world of generators, the Pulsar 12000 Watt Generator (shortened to G12KBN) claims to answer all your power needs.
This true powerhouse is a beauty and a beast and maybe just what you need during your outdoor adventures and unexpected outages. But does it live up to its name?
In this comprehensive Pulsar 12000 Watt Generator review, we evaluate its performance, highlight its unique features and help you make a better and well-informed purchasing decision. It’s all about maximizing efficiency.
Overview of the Pulsar 12000 Watt Generator
We’ll break down the different features and specs of this Pulsar Dual Fuel 12000 Watt Generator. These are what you should expect from this generator.
Engine: 457 cc Ducar OHV 4-stroke
Fuel: Dual Fuel (gasoline and propane)
Fuel Capacity: 8 Gallons
Running Watts: 9,500 W (Gasoline), 8,550 W (Propane)
Peak Watts: 12,000 W (Gasoline), 10,800 W (Propane)
Product Weight: 209 lbs
Product Dimensions: 28.5” L x 21.8” W x 22.2” H
Warranty: 2 Years
Price: Check Price
Construction and Design
At first glance, the Pulsar G12KBN impresses with its robust build and sleek design. You can instantly tell that it is designed for demanding environments and tough outdoor use.
While looks alone won’t cut it, this is a first step in the right direction. The design screams ‘I mean business’ while being sufficiently good-looking to flaunt it to your neighbors.
It’s difficult to categorize the G12KBN as portable, considering it weighs a whopping 209 lbs (94 kgs). To compensate for this, the generator features folding handles and oversized wheels, making carrying and transporting less demanding.
Additionally, its open and conventional frame design raises it above ground to help lift it. We appreciate these, and you will too.
Consider the Pulsar PG5250BC0 4250w Fuel Generator for something more portable. It weighs 109 lbs, almost half of this.
While it’s not misleading to say this generator outputs 12,000 watts of power – I mean, that is what is advertised—it’s misleading to say that it’s what you’ll get. 12,000 watts is the peak power. On normal run time, expect around 9,500 watts and an even lower 8,550 watts if propane-powered.
But this is still a lot of power from a generator in its price range.
Admittedly, we are not the biggest advocates of gas generators. But truth be told, they come in handy at times. Unlike electric, gas generators operate for prolonged durations and are especially useful in remote places without power.
If you can get over the fact that this generator isn’t eco-friendly, you’ll love that you have two fuel options: gasoline and propane.
Its fuel capacity is 8 gallons and should attain a run time of roughly 5 hours when using propane and an impressive 12 hours both when at 50% load.
The G12KBN may lack in many areas, but it boasts one of the longest run times among dual-fuel generators in its price range.
For starters, the generator has a built-in fuel gauge that you can quickly and easily use to determine the level of the generator. Its control panel also includes a convenient meter that displays the frequency, voltage, and lifetime hours.
Secondly, it has a circuit breaker that shuts it off immediately if there is an overload and low oil.
The generator is a transfer switch reader, which means that you can connect it to your electrical system for standby power. Be sure to call in a qualified electrician to do this for you.
This is a fuel generator, and noise is part of its operation. While we wish we had better news, we don’t. Expect noise from this generator.
On the bright side, however, the generator is a lot quieter than most gas generators. It has a noise rating of 74dB, making it slightly noisier than your dishwasher. The noise is manageable, and you can have a peaceful night’s rest.
Pulsar HD6580B 5500W Portable Dual Fuel Generator is in the same noise level at 73 dB
Yay or Nay?
When all is said and done, it’s decision time. In a nutshell, this Pulsar dual fuel generator is mostly geared towards:
- Homeowners are looking for backup power in the event of a power outage.
- If you want a budget generator.
- Outdoor enthusiasts such as hikers and campers but not RV travelers (it’s not RV ready).
It is NOT your go-to choice if you:
- Are eco-friendly
- Want an extremely quiet generator?
- Want something easily portable?
But even with a few shortcomings, the Pulsar 12000 Watt Generator is still an impressive and attractive option for many home users. It’s easy to use, affordable, and, most importantly, gets the job done.
Contact us and we’ll help you find the perfect generator solution for your power needs.