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A-iPower AP4000 Spec Review

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The A-iPower AP4000 is a compact open frame portable generator with a rated wattage of 3000 W and a starting wattage of 4000 W.

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  • $269.45 - October 30, 2019
  • $278.09 - September 28, 2019
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  • $302.47 - September 5, 2019
  • $269.99 - August 26, 2019
Since: May 24, 2019
  • Highest Price: $324.08 - August 1, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $269.45 - September 14, 2019

Description

The A-iPower AP4000 provides 4,000 watts of starting power and 3,000 watts of running power, The generator features a TT-30R RV outlet and an easy-to-reach control panel, which conveniently provides easy, user-friendly access. The generator is powered by A-iPower 208cc/7hp OHV engine, combined with an efficient, high-output alternator designed and manufactured by Senci to deliver greater peak wattage when starting motor-driven tools and appliances. (source: A-iPower)

Zoom on the A-iPower AP4000

In a nutshell, the A-iPower AP4000 is a compact portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures

In the following paragraphs, we shall explore the power characteristics, available outlets, portability and any additional features of the device, along with its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The A-iPower AP4000 in use

The A-iPower AP4000

The A-iPower AP4000's engine, 208 cc (7 hp) Senci OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120V. It provides a running wattage of 3000W and reaches a peak wattage of 4000W.

The generator is rated for a noise of 68 dBA (less noisy than background music). Its starting mechanism is based on a conventional pull-start mechanism.

With a fuel capacity of 4 gallons, the AP4000 may run for around 12 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.33 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel features the following 3 AC outlets:

120V 20A (5-20R) receptacle
120V 30A (TT-30R) receptacle
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle

This A-iPower generator is RV Ready, as it features a TT-30R receptacle (TT stands for 'Travel Trailer').

Portability

The dimensions of the A-iPower AP4000, which are L23.2 x W16.9 x H18.5 in, and its typical, open frame design provides stability and enables the generator to be raised above ground level. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough environments.

The AP4000 can be taken anywhere with you, thanks to its weight of 95 lbs. Moreover, grabbing and moving this product is made even easier by its open frame design.

Features

Panel of the A-iPower AP4000

The AP4000's control panel

To help you monitor the AP4000's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a handy voltmeter that allows you to easily monitor power output anytime.

In addition to this info, a light indicator allows you to instantly see if the oil level is too low.

A built-in fuel gauge allows for a quick, easy and convenient check of the fuel level of the generator.

As far as security is concerned, the generator can be used with a peace of mind, as it features an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker).

Besides the usual set of documentation and user manual to get you promptly started, A-iPower also included a tool kit in the AP4000's packaging.

Emissions

The A-iPower AP4000 is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor and therefore, can be used in forested areas.

Product Video

Video of the A-iPower AP4000

The A-iPower AP4000 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the A-iPower AP4000 compare to generators of similar power (between 2500 and 3500 W).

  • As its weight is 95 pounds, the A-iPower AP4000 falls in the expected weight range of the devices in the 2500-3500 rated wattage category. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the WEN GN400i, standing at just 66.1 lbs.
  • If compared to generators capable of producing a similar running wattage, this generator with a lowest emitted noise of 68 dBA can be considered somewhat noisy. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Honda EU3000iS with only 50 dBA.
  • The AP4000, falls within the average autonomy range compared to generators of a roughly same power, with a run time of around 12 hours at a 50% load and a full tank. 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 Honda EB4000, with around 16 hours .
  • Even though run times are undoubtedly important, they are dependent on the fuel capacity to a large extent. For a more wholesome picture, we must take into consideration the fuel consumption of the generator. This generator has an estimated fuel consumption of roughly 0.33 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, rendering it somewhat average compared to devices of a similar output. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Westinghouse iGen4200. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.17 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 2500-3500W generators, the A-iPower AP4000 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 generator.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Inexpensive
  • RV Ready
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (95 lbs)
  • Decent run time
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • On the noisy side (68 dBA)

Do you own the A-iPower AP4000 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General

InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyYes
FuelGasoline
Engine208 cc Senci OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil

Power

VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Running watts3000 W
Starting watts4000 W
Running amps25 amps
Peaks amps33.3 amps
Run time @50% load12 h
Run time @25% loadN/A

Features

GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets1x 120V 20A (5-20R)
1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerVoltmeter
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tankSteel, 4 gal
Fuel gaugeYes

Misc

Weight95 lbs
Dimensions (L x W x H)23.2 x 16.9 x 18.5 in
Noise (lower limit)68 dBA
THDN/A
EmissionsEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedTool kit
Warranty2 years

Unlike many websites, we did our best to research each of the specs above. That being said, we are not immune to making the occasional mistake or omission. Should you notice any missing or incorrect values, don't hesitate to suggest improvements so we can address the issue.

About A-iPower

A-iPower, a small company based in the USA, is a fresh face on the generator market. Their product line is comprised of engines, water pumps, pressure washers and of course, generators. The selection of A-iPower generators includes several conventional and inverted portable generators, many of which have an electric starter. The company has several facilities, including headquarters in California and a distribution center in Wisconsin. The production of their devices is, however, outsourced completely overseas, to China.

Warranty Information

The A-iPower AP4000 is covered under a warranty for up to 2 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of A-iPower generators, please contact the A-iPower Customer Support: 1-909-923-2068.

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