Higdon XS Pulsator Mallard Motion Duck Decoy
The Higdon XS Pulsator has an internal 12V 3amp lithium ion battery and timer that is built within the decoy housing which eliminates a traditional battery box attachment. Lithium Ion batteries are more durable, smaller and lighter in weight and are longer lasting versus the traditional lead acid batteries. No external battery box means less bulk and less weight.
A single XS Pulsator can fit into most slotted decoy bags for easy transport. Recommended water depth is water as shallow as 6 inches. Runtime: 7hrs. Fast recharge time of 3 hours. An additional battery can be added (sold separately) that will double the battery life.
Package contents: decoy butt with attached 750GPH bilge pump, battery and timer pre-installed within the internal battery box, charger and operating instructions. A percentage of your purchase will go to Ducks Unlimited to help with their efforts for wetland conservation.
Ratings & Reviews
MOTION MOTION MOTION
After hunting over the new Pulsator XS last season, this is a product that will be hard to hunt without! Try one and you wont be disappointed.
Brings the decoys to life!!
by Hanson Outdoors
I never leave home without a couple pulsators for my spread. These pulsators really bring your decoys to life on a calm day and they are built to last. A must have for the serious waterfowler!
With the addition of the new XS system, this motion decoy yields great results.
The new Higdon XS Pulsator is awesome! I am so glad I don't have to deal with that bulky "water box" anymore!
Mallards take a hit in the Mississippi Flyway.
by Duck River Doug.
I wished I had one of these for every dozen decoys. The Mississippi flyway would never be the same.
Happiness is a heavy strap.
by Coeur d Alene Mary.
This moves so much water it keeps the ducks attention on the set in stead of my husbands call. Our bags at the end of the day are way up.
0-3 - poor design
Very effective decoy when they work! Have replaced the batteries and pumps,worked one time out and done. We have given up on them. Less than a year old and none of the three work. With shipping costs to send them back and forth they just aren’t worth it.
by Pool Master
Bulge pump breaks easily. I own 6 of them.
Don't Buy This
by Dave K
The Higdon Pulsator is a bad product. I bought two after reading a recommendation in American Waterfowler. I used it 5 times in 6 weeks and the (SAE) plug that is used for charging and battery connection corroded and the prong broke off inside of the battery plug. I contacted Higdon and they asked me if I greased the plugs prior to use. Umm, that was not anywhere in the instructions. They wouldn't refund my money or send me new ones. They sent me new battery boxes and new pumps. However, the rechargeable batteries in the old box were sealed inside and the new boxes sent to me did not have batteries. In any event, the whole project involves me totally rebuilding these things and I still don't have all the parts I need. So, Unless you are hunting in a bathtub with distilled water and you disassemble this thing every time you use it to dry it and grease it, I WOULD NOT buy one.
Good when they work
I have this pulsator and two swimmers, bought last season. None of them lasted longer than 3 or 4 uses. Battery box seems to leak and the connections corrode and break off. In addition to all the connections, I have 4 worthless batteries at a cost of $29 each. Higdon says their warranty is 6 months, which is convenient since you put them away and next season is longer than 6 months away until you discover they are junk. and then after that you can ship the decoys to them with $40 and they will rebuild them. I ordered the needed parts for one of them at a cost of $50+ with shipping. I am going to silicone seal the box and worry about cutting it open when needed.. Hopefully that works, otherwise they are good for the short term and you have to rebuild them.
Just use a jerk string
Bought 2. Neither lasted 6 hunts. I charged exactly as directions listed. New batteries are $30 each and $10 shipping each. Great design, terrible battery life. Waste of money.
Product looked to work great, lacked durability. I wouldn’t have to replace parts or decoys every year, until they redesign this you will have to. Back to a jerk string
Butt duck works
So far so good. Does what it’s supposed to do. Will see how it holds up over course of the season.
Works great gives a lot of motion on the water. The tube extension helps a lot
Easy to set up works great
Expensive but works as advertised
As advertised. Good action for calm water. The intermittent timing of the bilge is a plus. Holds a good charge. Will be interested to see how it holds up over multiple tough seasons.
Pulsator a Winner
Bought one then another. Both work great, then my buddy bought a third. Generates a good ripple, & realistic great motion. Battery life is good and recharged quickly. Nice job Higdon, good people from USA Kentucky!
Bad battery life
Similar to others reviews. I bought this late last season, used it for a few hunts, worked great! I pulled it out this year and after being fully charged it died after 2hours. Not worth it
Do not buy
by Do not buy
Same as others in 1 star review. Didn’t last more than 4 hunts
Lots of Splash!
I have used this item for the past 5 years, just about every weekend in the spread. Only thing I have had to replace is the battery, one so far. excellent addition to any spread on those calm days.
Don't Buy Unless You Hunt in Distilled Water
by David Kozicki
The Higdon Pulsator is garbage. I purchased two of these less than three years ago. The connector at the battery box failed after two months and less than 6 uses. After pitching a big fit, they sent me replacement parts. They told me that it was essentially my fault because I was not using silicone grease on the plugs. This information was nowhere in the documents sent with the device. The next season the plug from the battery to the pump failed, and I was able to repair in myself. This season after 5 uses, the wire failed at the sealed unserviceable pump. They were thrown in the trash after less that three seasons. If you hunt in ponds filled with distilled water they might last a bit longer. But, having electrical connections under water when operating is a recipe for quick failure. They definitely don’t last in any kind of brackish water.
Effective w/design flaws
by Riley h
Very effective motion decoy, but poorly assembled. One day of hunting in freezing temperatures and the pump has fallen off of the body and won't reattach. Going to have to return for a refund or an exchange
Bad electrical connection
by Jim G
Does a great job at keeping the water around the decoys moving. It is much better than a vibrating decoy. It looks real.