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Pulsar PG7500 Spec Review

The Pulsar PG7500 is a portable open frame generator with a rated wattage of 6000 W and a starting wattage of 7500 W. (Read full specs)

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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.

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

    RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle
    People occasionally participating in sporting competitions, open-air performances and outdoor festivals
    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

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 houses a 420 cc (15 hp) Ducar OHV 4-stroke engine, which provides 120/240V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 6000W along with a peak wattage of 7500W.

At a noise rating of 74 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a vacuum cleaner), this generator can be started via a simple traditional pull-start mechanism, or a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included).

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

The control panel features 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.

While this Pulsar generator is not RV Ready, its L5-30R receptacle can be used for a simple RV connection with an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. 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 design of the Pulsar PG7500 is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L27 x W22.4 x H21.6 in, offering support and stability and enabling the possibility of raising it above ground level. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough environments.

As the generator's weight is 185 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable). 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

The PG7500's control panel

The control panel of the PG7500 includes a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours, helpful for the monitoring of its status and activity.

In addition to this info, the device's light indicator will display if the oil level is too low.

The generator allows for a quick, easy and convenient assessment of its gas level, as it is equipped with a built-in fuel gauge.

From a security standpoint, the product offers an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, allowing you to use it with a peace of mind.

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 thus, may 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).

    At a weight of 185 pounds, the Pulsar PG7500 places in the expected weight range of the generators in the 5500-6500 rated wattage range. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Pulsar G65BN, with a dry weight of only 126 lbs.
    The generator can be considered average in its noise for its power category, as it is rated at 74 dBA. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Honda EU7000iS. With just 52 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
    With a run time of around 13 hours at 50% load, the PG7500 has one of the higher run times, compared to its similarly powerful peers. 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. This generator, with an estimated fuel consumption of just 0.51 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, is one of the more fuel efficient generators, for the previously 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.

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