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A-iPower SUA10000EC - 8200/10000W Portable Generator

The A-iPower SUA10000EC is a powerful open frame generator with a rated wattage of 8,200 W and a starting wattage of 10,000 W.

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Description

The only word for our new SUA10000EC is POWER! With the only 459cc single cylinder overhead valve engine currently in the market we can easily say the SUA10000EC delivers on power! (source: A-iPower (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the A-iPower SUA10000EC

In summary, the A-iPower SUA10000EC is a powerful portable generator especially useful for:

  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • Professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure
  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level

In the sections ahead, the power characteristics, availability of various outlets, the portability, and any additional features of the device shall be discussed, including its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The A-iPower SUA10000EC in use

The A-iPower SUA10000EC

The A-iPower SUA10000EC's design includes a gasoline-fueled 459 cc (16 hp) Senci OHV 4-stroke engine. With a 120/240V output, it gives a running wattage of 8,200W and also a peak wattage of 10,000W.

At a noise rating of 77 dBA (less noisy than a shower), this generator can be started via a conventional pull-start mechanism, or a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included).

Thanks to a fuel capacity of 7 gallons, the SUA10000EC can operate for around 7 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 1 GPH).

The powering of sensitive electronic devices with the SUA10000EC is not recommended due to its relatively high THD (<20%).

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 5 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120/240V 50A (14-50R) receptacle

It also sports 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle with which you may charge your batteries with ease.

If you own an RV with a 50-amp service, you can consider this A-iPower unit as RV-ready, as it features a 14-50R outlet.

Portability

The dimensions of the A-iPower SUA10000EC, which are L27.6 x W27 x H25.6 in, and its typical, open frame design provides stability and enables the generator to be raised above ground level. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

As the generator's weight is 216 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable). Nevertheless, it can still be moved quite conveniently with the help of its wheel kit (⌀9") and its folding handle, once it is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the A-iPower SUA10000EC

The SUA10000EC's control panel

A digital data center, one of the features of the SUA10000EC's control panel, gives you information on the lifetime run hours, and thus, is helpful for the monitoring of its activity and status.

In addition to this info, a light indicator allows you to instantly see if its oil levels are insufficient.

The generator allows for a quick, easy and convenient assessment of its gas level, as it is equipped with a built-in fuel gauge.

From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, giving you a peace of mind during use.

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start the generator quickly, the A-iPower SUA10000EC also comes with several accessories, including: battery charging cables, tool kit and oil.

Emissions

The A-iPower SUA10000EC is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Thus, selling and purchasing this generator is allowed in each of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor and thus, may be used in forested areas.

The A-iPower SUA10000EC versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the A-iPower SUA10000EC compare to generators of similar power (between 7500 and 8500 W).

  • As its weight is 216 pounds, the A-iPower SUA10000EC falls in the expected weight range of the devices in the 7500-8500 rated wattage category. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Dewalt DXGNR8000, weighing just 183 pounds.
  • If compared to generators capable of producing a similar running wattage, this generator with a lowest emitted noise of 77 dBA can be considered somewhat noisy. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the Genmax GM9000iED, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 62 dBA.
  • Regarding its autonomy, the autonomy of the SUA10000EC, reaching around 7 hours at a 50% load, can be considered as low end, compared to other products of a roughly equal output. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the Champion 100416, as it provides around 12.5 hours.
  • While the run time is an important parameter, it is dependent on the fuel tank’s capacity and thus, doesn’t say much on its own unless we consider fuel consumption as well. This generator is somewhat less fuel efficient than devices of comparable output: its estimated fuel consumption reaches 1 GPH at a 50% load. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Pulsar PG10000B16, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.55 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 7500-8500W generators, the A-iPower SUA10000EC 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
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Electric start
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (216 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • On the noisy side (77 dBA)
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the A-iPower SUA10000EC and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine459 cc Senci OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts8,200 W
Starting watts10,000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)68.3/34.2 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)83.3/41.7 amps
Run time @50% load7 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets1x 120/240V 50A (14-50R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style)
Data centerLifetime run hours
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tankSteel, 7 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight216 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)27.6 x 27 x 25.6 in
Noise (lower limit)77 dBA
THD< 20%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, tool kit, battery charging cables, battery, and wheel kit
Warranty2 years
UPC616641365103

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.

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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 SUA10000EC 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: 1-855-888-3598.

Questions & Answers

What can it power?
Examples of items that can be simultaneously powered.
The examples below are based on a maximum load of 80% and estimated wattages. For a more accurate estimation, use our generator sizer.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeSump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Furnace fan (1/2 hp)8752350
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Electric range21002100
Hair dryer18001900
Blender400850
Radio100100
Fan40120
Total6557 W8032 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Electric fry pan15001500
Radio100100
Total6530 W6950 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Paint sprayer600600
Bug zapper8080
Total5480 W9980 W
Can I use a 12V 12Ah battery on a sua10000EC generator? (Asked March 06, 2020)

This unit comes with a 12V 15Ah battery. Using an "under-spec" battery could work, but could also shorten the battery life-span. I'd recommend to contact A-iPower to be sure.

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