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Pulsar PWE1600 - Spec Breakdown

The Pulsar PWE1600 is an electric pressure washer offering a maximum water pressure of 1600 PSI and flow of 1.6 GPM. (Read full specs)

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Features and Specifications

General
FuelElectric
HandlingPortable
WaterCold (104°F max.)
PSI1600
GPM1.6
Cleaning Units2560
Motor12 amp, universal
PumpAxial (wobble plate)
Features
FramePlastic
Soap injectionVia foam cannon
Soap dilutionNo
NozzlesN/A
Onboard storageYes
Hose19 ft, ⌀1/4
Hose storageHooks
Misc
Dimensions
(D x W x H)
Approx. 8 x 10 x 24 in
Weight18 lbs
Wheels2 wheels, ⌀6", solid
Included accessoriesAdjustable wand, spray gun, high pressure hose, foam cannon, 35 ft GFCI power cord
SecurityTrigger lock
Warranty1 year
UPC819699010258

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Description

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The Pulsar PWE1600 is a light duty pressure washer, that provides its users with an all-around versatile cleaning experience, and enables:

  • spot cleaning of hard, unpainted surfaces and high-reach cleaning
  • cleaning of painted or delicate surfaces
  • application of detergent and cleaning solutions

The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics and design, its main features and all the additional features it has to offer.

Power

The Pulsar PWE1600 in use

The Pulsar PWE1600

The Pulsar PWE1600's axial (wobble plate) pump, powered by a 12 amp universal motor, can provide a pressure of up to 1600 PSI (approximately 27 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 1.6 GPM (values claimed by the manufacturer). The Pulsar PWE1600 thus has a cleaning power of 2560 Cleaning Units.

Being an electric pressure washer, the Pulsar PWE1600's motor can be easily started by a convenient ON/OFF switch. The unit is ready-to-use with peace of mind, thanks to the included 35 ft GFCI cord.

Design & Handling

With its portable design and approximate dimensions of D8 x W10 x H24 in, the Pulsar PWE1600 makes mobility one of its core strengths. The handle adds to the PWE1600 convenience of transport.

With a weight of only 18 lbs, the unit is definitely easy to carry around. It is lightweight, partly thanks to its plastic frame. To further improve its transportability and ease of use, the unit also features a set of two 6" solid wheels.

Main Features

The Pulsar PWE1600's package includes a spray gun, a wand, a pressure hose and a detergent addition feature, with a more detailed description below.

  • Soap addition: Detergent is added to the water at the exit, by attaching the included foam cannon to the end of the gun. The Pulsar PWE1600 is not equipped with a soap dilution mechanism, and thus, it is up to the user to ensure the detergent’s correct dilution ratio when using it.
  • Pressure hose: Using a set of convenient hooks, the included 19 ft ⌀1/4" high-pressure hose can be easily stored on the unit when it is not running.
  • Spray gun and wand: A side hook enables you to easily store the included classic ergonomic spray gun and its versatile wand. The adjustable wand lets you adjust the spray pattern from a full fan spray (widest spray width) to a direct stream spray (narrowest spray width).

Other Features

  • Total Stop System (TSS): This feature automatically shuts off the pressure washer when the trigger is not engaged, to prolong the pump's lifespan.
  • Safety: Safety of operation is enhanced by a trigger lock mechanism (which prevents accidental operation).
  • Accessories: The Pulsar PWE1600 comes with an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) and some basic documentation to get you quickly started. On top of that, you also get power cord, foam cannon (to add cleaning solutions to the water), spray gun, wand and pressure hose.

The Pulsar PWE1600's performance versus other pressure washers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how the key specs of the Pulsar PWE1600 compare to similarly priced pressure washers.

  • The Pulsar PWE1600, a device which can produce up to 1600 PSI, is on the lower end of the pressure spectrum, among the electric pressure washers in the $120-150 price range. If your priority is the highest possible power of the water stream, in this price range, we suggest checking out the Sun Joe SPX2700-MAX, which reaches up to 2100 PSI.
  • With a water flow of up to 1.6 GPM (gallons per minute), this washer belongs to the upper end of the above-mentioned price range, as it can deliver a high volume of water. If maximum rinsing efficiency is your top priority, one of the devices with the highest water flow in the same price range is the Westinghouse ePX3050, with a GPM of 1.76.
  • Boasting with 2560 Cleaning Units (PSI X GPM), the PWE1600 is one of the more efficient devices in its respective price range. In case you are looking for the highest overall cleaning power, in this price range, one of the current champions is the Westinghouse ePX3050 and its 3572.8 Cleaning Units.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other electric washers between 2500 and 3000 Cleaning Units, the Pulsar PWE1600 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 pressure washer.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Inexpensive
  • Portable
  • High GPM for the price
  • High CU for the price
WEAKNESSES:
  • No detergent dilution mechanism
  • Low PSI for the price

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About Pulsar

Based in Ontario, CA, Pulsar is one of the fastest-growing brands in the outdoor power products industry. They offer a full line of generators, air compressors, lawn mowers, and electric- and gas-powered pressure washers. With its focus on the consumer, Pulsar strives to enhance the customer's experience by adding convenience, ease of operation, and extended useful life to each and every product they make.

Warranty Information

The Pulsar PWE1600 is covered under a warranty for up to 1 year. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the unit.
For more information about the warranty of Pulsar pressure washers, please contact the Pulsar Customer Support: 1-866-591-8921.

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