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Pulsar PH1202s Portable Generator Review

Pulsar Products is a company formed through the strategic alignment of a number of manufacturers.

These manufacturers specialize primarily in industrial technology but produce technology for rental and personal use as well. Their products include portable generators, air compressors, and pressure washers.

The Pulsar PH1202s is one such portable generator manufactured by them. It has a surge power of 1200W and a running power of 850W.

It is advertised as being useful for small jobs during tailgating, camping, or in other outdoor activities such as fishing.

It is also marketed as being a low-cost alternative, especially in comparison to more established companies such as Yamaha or Honda on the market.

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Design, Dimensions & Weight

In terms of design, this model is fairly simple and compact, coming in a somewhat cuboidal shape, which makes storing it quite efficient and easy.

The components parts are placed inside an outer plastic covering, rather than being exposed and contained within a metal frame.

This compactness is enhanced by its dimensions. It has a height of 12.4 inches, a length of 14.6 inches, and a width of 12.4 inches.

This makes it extremely compact and hence very easy to transport. This small size is also reflected in the low weight of the model which is as low as 39.68 lbs.

Even with a tank filled to its capacity of 1.1 gallons, it will not weigh much. It is thus highly portable and can easily be used for outdoor activities that require a readily portable power source.

Power Output / Generation

This generator is a 2-stroke generator, which makes it different from many other brands such as Champion or Honda which manufacture mainly 4-stroke generators.

Since it is a 2-stroke generator, an appropriate 2-stroke lubrication oil must be used.

2-stroke generators differ in their usage of oil from 4-stroke generators. While 4-stroke generators will have a different inlet for pouring oil, in the case of a 2-stroke generator, the oil must be mixed with the fuel to provide lubrication through the entire engine.

In terms of power, this generator can produce 1200W of surge wattage, while its running wattage is 850W, which is definitely on the lower side. It has both AC and DC outlets at 120V and 12V respectively.

Fuel and Noise

The PG 1202s uses unleaded gasoline as its primary fuel.

However, it does not give more precise details on the octane rating of the gasoline so commercially available gasoline which has a minimum rating of 86 should be used to be on the safe side.

Furthermore, since this model has a 2-stroke engine, the gasoline must be mixed with an appropriate oil while filling it in the fuel tank. This mixture must contain gasoline and oil in the ratio of 50: 1.

With its tank filled to 1.1-gallon capacity, this model can run of 9 hours on a half-load, which means that it is quite efficient. Even at full consumption, it uses up fuel at the rate of 0.166 gallons an hour. This model is also CARB compliant which means that it can be used in all 50 states in America.

In terms of noise, while Pulsar claims that this model has a ‘quiet mode system’ which reduces the noise level, it still has a noise level of 65 dB, which is quite high and can be invasive or disturbing especially in activities such as camping.

Display & Control Panel

The display on the PG1202s is very simple, with warning labels and cautionary signs placed on the top of the generator.

The control panel is concentrated on one panel, with a majority of the controls concentrated to one side.

There are not many controls so they fit on a relatively small space on the panel. This can also make them slightly challenging to make out distinctly if you have weak eyesight in general.

The controls available on the control panel :

  • The engine on and off switch
  • Power receptacles: There are 2 AC 120V receptacles and one 12V DC receptacle
  • Circuit breakers
  • Choke Lever

Startup and Shut down

This engine is a recoil start engine and does not have electric or remote start options.

Before starting the engine, ensure that the fuel level is sufficient, that all loads are disconnected, and that the air filter and muffler are clean and free of any debris.

Then perform these steps :

  • Rotate the fuel valve to the on position
  • Move the choke lever to the CLOSED position
  • Flip the engine switch ON
  • Slowly pull the recoil chord until resistance is felt and then pull sharply
  • Slowly move the choke lever to OPEN

To turn the engine off, first, disconnect all loads from the generator. Then :

  • Turn the fuel valve OFF
  • Turn the engine switch OFF

Additional Features

This model is fairly straightforward and simple. As such, it does not have any additional features.

Warranty and Repairs

The warranty provided by Pulsar Products guarantees that your model will be free from manufacturing defects and in the event that such defects are present, Pulsar will repair the model free of charge, covering labour and parts.

The warranty begins from the date of purchase and lasts for a period of 12 months or 250 working hours from this date, whichever comes first.

To register for this warranty, you must mail the warranty card along with proof of purchase to the address provided by Pulsar in the model’s manual.

Furthermore, this warranty is only given for private usages.

Any generator which has been used for any period of time for commercial or rental use does not qualify for the warranty.

The warranty is voided if this generator is not maintained according to the instructions provided in the manual. Misuse of the generator also voids the warranty.

To avail of the warranty, you can contact your nearest Pulsar dealer, mail a letter to Pulsar, or go to the place of purchase. A proof of purchase must be provided to avail of the warranty.

Pulsar’s contact details are as follows :

Contact Details

Phone number: 1-866-591-8921

Email: info@pulsar-products.com

Care and Maintenance

Proper care of a generator includes a wide variety of activities.

These include basic processes such as just cleaning the muffler after use, to regular activities such as checking the fuel level, to more technical procedures such as replacing parts

Maintenance refers to the regular performance of these procedures. Proper maintenance according to the schedule stipulated in the manual of the PG1202 is integral to the proper functioning of your unit. Furthermore, improper maintenance can void your warranty.

The maintenance scheduled prescribed by the manual is as follows :

  • Every 8 hours or daily: clean debris around the muffler
  • Every 25 hours or annually: check and clean air filter, check the muffler
  • Every 100 hours or annually: inspect muffler, check and clean fuel filter, check, clean, or replace air filter, service spark plug

Consumer Reviews of Pulsar PH1202s

While this model is not as popular as other models in a similar power range, it still has a number of customer reviews. On the basis of these, the following likes and dislikes of these customers have been gathered.

What customers like about the generator

Easy start: Quite a few users noted that this model’s recoil start is easy to use, with the model starting on the first or second pull of the starter cord

Affordability: Many users noted that this model is much more affordable than other models on the market and that its low cost is a major plus point which they factored in while purchasing it

Portability: Quite a few users have noted that this models compact size, its low weight, and its attached handle make it very easy to move around, thus increasing its usefulness for outdoor activities

Area of improvement

Noise level: Some people have complained about the noise level of this model, which is rated at 65 dB – this is definitely on the higher side and has been a source of criticism from customers

Fuel leaks: Some reviews stated that this model is prone to fuel leaks – these can either develop after a few uses or persist from the time of shipping itself

Flimsy starter cord: A few reviews have noted that the quality of the starter cord is not very high and that it can either snap completely or the handle of the cord can come off and the cord goes into the machine

Pros & Cons of Pulsar PH1202s

7.8 Total Score
Pulsar PH1202s review

This is a decent alternative to expensive, but superior generators by Honda etc.

PROS
  • Compact
  • Economical
  • Decent performance
CONS
  • Noisy
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Pros and Cons have been compiled through a careful analysis of reviews along with an assessment of the features of the model. These are given below.

Pros:

Compactness: Like quite a few other models in this power range, the PG1202s is also highly compact, both in terms of its dimensions and shape as well as in its low weight – this makes it highly portable and easy to use in outdoor situations

Price: As many reviewers have stated, this model is considerably less expensive than many other models on the market and as such can be a more economical substitute for more expensive models by brands such as Honda

Efficient: Despite having a small gasoline tank, this model is quite efficient and is capable of lasting up to 9 hours on a half-load, which means that each use is quite long-lasting

Cons:

Noise level: This model’s noise level is 65 dB, which is definitely on the higher range of the noise spectrum for generators – this rules it out for use in camping and also means that if it isn’t placed far enough the noise can become an annoyance or invasive

Slight issue with parts: There have been multiple complaints about the quality of the fuel gauge and tank on this model as well as the starter cord, both of which are prone to breaking – this is based on customer reviews.

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FAQs

FAQs

Q. What is the maximum amps rating?

At 1200W for 120V, the rating is 10 Amps while for 900W for 120V the rating is 7.5 Amps.

Q. What is the weight of this model?

It weighs 39.68 lbs.

Q. What are the dimensions of this model?

It has a height of 12.4 inches, a length of 14.6 inches, and a width of 12.4 inches.

Q. What is the fuel for this model?

Unleaded gasoline mixed with 2-stroke lubricant oil in a ratio of 50:1.

Q. What is the noise level of this model?

65 dB.

Q. Is this model CARB compliant?

Yes, it is.

Q. Can this be used to power a pressure washer?

Yes, it can be used to power most pressure washers.

Q. Can this power minor power tools?

Yes, it can.

Q. What is the fuel tank capacity?

It is 1.1 gallons.

Q. How long does this model last on a full tank of fuel?

It lasts for 9 hours on a half-load.

Q. Is this model quiet enough for use in a campground?

No, it is not.

Q. Is this model an inverter generator?

No, it is not.

Q. How long does the warranty last on this model?

It lasts for one year or 250 of use from the date of purchase if used for personal usage. If used commercially or for rental purposes then it is not covered by warranty.

Q. How many strokes engine in this generator?

It has a 2-stroke engine.

Q. Does this model involve assembly when it is shipped?

Yes, it involves minor assembly.

Recommended accessories

There are no recommended products by Pulsar for this model. Neither does Amazon recommend any product based on other customers’ choices?

Bottomline

This model is, all in all,  decent both in terms of its features and in terms of its reception by customers. It does not have any extra features, which is understandable for a model as small as this, and it has a limited number of controls.

As such, it is fairly straightforward and gets the job done, a quality which has been praised by many users. It can last for a fairly long period of time, being highly efficient in its fuel usage. It is also very portable due to its compactness and can hence easily be carried around for use outdoors.

On the flip side, it is quite noisy which means it cannot be used for camping. Some of its parts are also quite flimsy and are prone to breaking. Its small number of controls also gives you less control over your usage experience.
Thus, the positives and negatives on this model seem to be fairly balanced.

However, the economical cost of this model makes it a competitive choice on the market, which many users opting for it solely for its price. This is then a good choice for those looking for generators at a lower price point.

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