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A-iPower SUA10000EC Spec Review

The A-iPower SUA10000EC is a powerful open frame portable generator with a rated wattage of 8200 W and a starting wattage of 10000 W.

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Description

The A-iPower SUA10000EC provides 10,000 watts of starting power and 8,200 watts of running power. It’s perfect for the construction job site or as backup power for your home during emergencies. The generator features Pure Sine Wave Technology with less than 5 percent THD (total harmonic distortion). This technology can power sensitive electronics like HDTVs, tablets and laptops safely while continuing to power devices such as a microwave oven. (source: A-iPower (opens in a new tab))

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In summary, the A-iPower SUA10000EC is a powerful portable generator especially useful for professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure.

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 is powered by a 459 cc (16 hp) A-iPower OHV 4-stroke engine. It delivers 120/240V, runs on gasoline and offers a running wattage of 8200W as well as a peak wattage of 10000W.

The generator is rated for a noise of 78 dBA (less noisy than a shower). Its starting mechanisms include a conventional pull-start mechanism and a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included).

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

Sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets, as the SUA10000EC produces a clean sine wave, with a <5% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD).

Outlets

The control panel features the following 5 AC outlets:

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

Additionally, it features 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle with which you may charge your batteries with ease.

Portability

The A-iPower SUA10000EC has the following dimensions: L27.6 x W26.4 x H25.6 in. In combination with its conventional, open frame design, they provide support and allow the generator to be raised above ground level. The device has been designed for tough environments and demanding outdoor use.

Since the generator weighs 216 lbs, it will be incredibly difficult to manually lift it and transport it, even though it is technically considered to 'be portable' (in the sense that it is movable). Nevertheless, thanks to its wheel kit (⌀9") and its folding handle (a decent solution to its lack of maneuverability), the generator can be easily moved, once placed the ground.

Features

Panel of the A-iPower SUA10000EC

The SUA10000EC's control panel

To help you monitor the SUA10000EC's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a digital data center, giving you information on the lifetime run hours.

In addition to this info, when its oil levels are insufficient, you will be informed by the featured light indicator.

The fuel level of the generator can be determined quickly, easily, and conveniently with the help of its built-in fuel gauge.

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).

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: tool kit and oil.

Emissions

The A-iPower SUA10000EC is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, which makes it suitable for use 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).

  • With a dry weight of 216 pounds, the A-iPower SUA10000EC finds itself in the expected weight range for generators able to produce between 7500 and 8500 rated watts. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Lifan LF8750iEPL, standing at just 185 lbs.
  • This generator, with its lowest possible noise rated at 78 dBA falls into the more noisy category, compared to other devise of a similar running wattage. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Powermate DF7500E, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 68 dBA.
  • Autonomy-wise, with around 7 hours on a full tank at a 50% load, the SUA10000EC is on the low end when compared to other generators of a similar power output. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the Firman H08053, as it provides around 12 hours.
  • Autonomy holds its importance, however, it is largely dependent on the generator’s fuel capacity and so, it is nonsensible to discuss it without mentioning fuel efficiency as well. In fact, this generator is not among the most fuel efficient, within the aforementioned wattage range : its estimated gasoline consumption at 50% load is around 1 GPH. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Pulsar PG10000B16. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.55 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 7500-8500W generators, the A-iPower SUA10000EC is on the average side of the price range.

Therefore, this generator nicely fits in the expected budget for this kind of product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Electric start
  • Clean sine wave
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (216 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • On the noisy side (78 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 A-iPower OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts8200 W
Starting watts10000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)68.3/34.2 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)83.3/41.7 amps
Run time @50% load7 h
Run time @25% loadN/A
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 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 26.4 x 25.6 in
Noise (lower limit)78 dBA
THD< 5%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, tool kit and battery
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 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 size calculator.
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
Cell phone charger2020
Total6550 W6970 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Drill600900
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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