Pulsar PG1202S-1200 Watt Portable Generator Review

Pulsar 1202S Two Stroke Generator

Pulsar 1202S Two Stroke Generator

The Pulsar PG1202S gas powered generator is a 900 watt two stroke engine generator that is marketed by Pulsar Products.

Pulsar Products is a brand that has been developed by a group of key manufacturers who are dedicated to bring high quality, high performance products to the global market. It is one of the world’s fastest growing brand committed to quality, reliability and performance.

The manufacturers of the products of this brand have over a 100 years of manufacturing experience and their products have been designed to be of a higher quality and outperform traditional products.

Pulsar brand products are also backed by some of the longest and strongest consumer warranties. You can find Pulsar brand compressors, generators and pressure washers in the market.

Power Output and Generation

The Pulsar PG1202S gas powered generator is equipped with a single cylinder 2 stroke 2hp air cooled 79 cc engine which lets it produce 900 watts of continuous output while being able to surge up to 1,200 watts.

Plug configuration:.

The generator has one 12V outlet and two 120V receptacles. The 12V can provide 8.3 amps (100W) of current and the 120V circuit can provide 7 amps 840W.

Therefore in true usable watts you’re going to be restricted to something less than 800W for longer term continuous use.

Fuel Type and Noise Levels:

The Pulsar PG1202S generator has a 2 stroke engine and uses a mixture of gasoline and oil as its fuel. It has a fuel tank capacity of 1.2 gallons which lets it run for 8.5 hours at 50% load capacity.

The oil to gas mixture is 30:1, 30 parts gas and 1 part oil for 2 stroke engines. This equates to 1 gallon = 128 oz. needs 4.27 oz of oil. At a full 1.2 gallons you need 5.12 oz of oli. This makes it a bit of a bother to measure exactly. With many oil containers coming in 4, 6, or 8 oz contaners it might be easier to mix at 4 oz of oil and 120 oz (.94 gallons) of gas.

This generator is equipped with a quiet mode system that lets it produce 65Db of sound when running, putting in a reasonably quiet range..

Dimensions and Weight

The Pulsar PG1202S gas powered generator has overall dimensions of 12.4 x 14.6 x 12.4 inches (H x L x W) which is approximately 1 cubic foot.

It weighs in at only 37.5 lbs. This makes this generator very compact and light weight and easily portable. at gas and it is still less than 45 lbs.

Typical Uses and Needs

The pulsar PG1202S gas powered generator is a handyman special being light weight, compact, produces 900 watts, and highly portable. The run time of 8.5 hours on a tank (1.2 gallons) of fuel at normal half loads.

This little generator can provide enough power to take it camping or even tailgating. It has a 12 Volt DC outlet which lets you charge batteries, this means that this is an ideal generator to have on your RV or even your boat where you might need some electrical power for your appliances or to charge your batteries.

With this compact design it can even be taken hunting or fishing where you might need electrical power. It can also be used at a job site to power some of your minor tools. Though it can supply limited power it may also be able to power an essential appliance in your home during emergencies.

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Display & Control Panel, Start-up

Pulsar 1202S Control Panel

Pulsar 1202S Control Panel

The control panel of the Pulsar PG1202S gas powered generator is located on the side of the generator. It is very simple and easy to understand.

When you face the control panel you will see to the extreme top left it has the AC reset button which is the circuit breaker. Below this circuit breaker you have 2 120 Volt AC outlets.

To the right of the AC circuit breaker you have the Power light which lets you know when the generator is delivering power. Below the Power light you have the DC reset button or the circuit breaker and below this you have the 12 Volt DC outlet.

You have the Engine switch on the very right hand side of the generator and below this you have the Choke lever.

Startup

The Pulsar 1202S gas powered generator is equipped with a recoil rope system to start the engine of the generator. Before you start the engine check and see that there are no loads connected to the generator.

Check the fuel level, also check and see that the generator is placed on a flat level surface. Here are the steps to be taken to start the engine of this generator.

  1. Turn the Fuel shut off to the On position.
  2. Move the Choke lever all the way to the left.
  3. Turn the Engine switch to the On position.
  4. Pull the recoil starter cord slowly till you feel a resistance the pull it sharply.
  5. Once the engine starts move the Choke lever all the way to the Starting position.

Shut Down

  1. Turn Off and disconnect all appliances from the generator.
  2. Turn the Engine switch to the Off position.
  3. Turn the Fuel shut off lever to the Off position.

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Additional Features

Here are some of the features of the Pulsar 1202S gas powered generator.

  1. Up to 900 watts of continuous power and surge up to 1,200 watts.
  2. Fuel tank capacity is 1.2 gallons to run for 8.5 hours at 50% load capacity.
  3. It has two 120 Volt AC outlets and one 12 Volt DC outlet.
  4. It has a low oil indicator.
  5. It is equipped with a recoil start system.
  6. It is very compact and weighs in at only 37.5 lbs which makes it very manageable and easy to move around.
  7. It comes with a 12 Volt trickle charge cable.
  8. It comes with a 1 year limited warranty.

Care and Maintenance and Use

Like all machinery periodic maintenance will help you keep your Pulsar 1202S generator running at its best. This not only helps in it performing efficiently but will also increase its service life. Here are the tips for maintaining this generator as prescribed by Pulsar Products, Inc.

Every 50 hours

 Inspect the spark plug and clean or replace as necessary.

Every 150 hours

Clean the air filter or replace as necessary.

Clean or replace the fuel filter.

Warranty and Repairs

The Pulsar 1202S gas powered generator is covered by a limited warranty for a period of 1 year for the consumer and for a period of 90 days for the commercial user.

This warranty covers the product of all parts and workmanship to be free from defect. Under this warranty Pulsar Products, Inc will at its option replace or repair all products or components which have failed within the warranty period.

You will need to produce the receipt as proof of purchase under the warranty. The product will need to be evaluated by an Authorized Warranty Service Center and all transportation costs are to be borne by the consumer.

Consumer Comments

The Pulsar 1202S gas powered generator gets reasonably good ratings on various online sites from owners.

Most of the customers who bought this product were happy with its performance. Some of them commented on how inexpensive it was and liked its fuel efficiency.

Some of the customers who got this generator for use while camping said that it served their purpose. Those that have used it in their Rvs or in their boats commented on how easily it charged the batteries and also how it ran a few appliances.

Most of the customers who bought this generator for limited power usage were happy with it. Though there were a few customers who found that the manual did not give sufficient information as to the ratio of oil and fuel mix. [Although the manual states 30:1 ratio, some had a hard time relating this to 1 gallon or a tank, 1.2 gal, of gas] see fuel section above.

There were also a few customers who got this generator and had to tighten the fasteners to get it to run right.

Overall most of the customers who bought this generator for its price and capacity were pleased with its performance.

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Pros & Cons

Pros

  • It is very light weight and compact and very portable.
  • It has 2 120 Volt outlets and 1 12 Volt outlet.
  • It is very fuel efficient and can run for 8.5 hours at 50% load capacity.
  • It produces 900 watts of continuous power while being able to surge up to 1,200 watts.
  • It comes with a 12 Volt trickle charger cable to charge your car battery.
  • It is pretty quiet producing only 65 Db of noise when running.
  • It is very inexpensive.
  • It comes with a 1 year limited warranty.

Cons

  • It has limited applications due to its power out put.
  • Its user manual can be confusing.

Price

Though it has a list price of $ 317.00, it is available for as low as $ 140.00 with free shipping.Check here for latest pricing:

Pulsar PG1202S Gas Powered Generator, 900/1200-watt Ouput

Accessories

When you get a Pulsar 1202S gas powered generator, you might want to get some accessories for it, here’s a couple to consider.

Briggs & Stratton 85053 5-Gallon Gas Can Auto Shut-Off

Allied Precision LD16-25 Lockndry Outdoor Indoor 25-Feet Detachable Power Supply Cord, 16-Gauge 13-Amp Rating

Coleman Cable 02308 16/3 Vinyl Outdoor Extension Cord, Orange, 50-Feet

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Summary

The portable gas powered Pulsar 1202S generator is a very convenient light weight generator when you need limited electrical power. It is easily portable and can be used anywhere you may need some electrical power.

It is very fuel efficient being able to run for 8.5 hours on 1.2 gallons of fuel at 50% load capacity. It is an ideal portable generator for use while camping to power your appliances and lights.

It can also very easily accompany you for those tailgating parties where you need electric power. Being light weight and compact means you can take with you when you go fishing or hunting.

It also comes with a 12 Volt DC outlet and battery charging cables which means that you can use it on your RV or boat to charge the batteries as well as power a few electrical appliances. It is also a useful generator to have at a job site or any where you might need electric power to power your tools.

Similar Generation Units:

Here are few of the other Pulsar Generators that are available at different wattage sizes and fuel types:

Pulsar Products PG2000 2000 Watt Portable Generator

Pulsar 4500 Watt Gas Generator

Pulsar 2000 Watt CARB Approved Gas Generator

Pulsar PG7500B Dual-Fuel Generator, 7500-watt Output

Pulsar PG7000D Diesel Powered Generator, 7000-watt Output

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