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A-iPower SUA10000EC Spec Review

The A-iPower SUA10000EC is a powerful open frame 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))

Zoom on the A-iPower SUA10000EC

In a nutshell, the A-iPower SUA10000EC is a powerful portable generator mostly geared towards professionals in need of safely powering high-intensity work or lighting equipment.

The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics, the different outlets it offers, its overall portability, the extra features it benefits from, and any relevant emission compliance details.

Power & Run Time

The A-iPower SUA10000EC in use

The A-iPower SUA10000EC

The A-iPower SUA10000EC's engine, 459 cc (16 hp) A-iPower OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120/240V. It provides a running wattage of 8200W and reaches a peak wattage of 10000W.

Enjoying a noise rating of 78 dBA (less noisy than a shower), this generator can be started thanks to a conventional pull-start mechanism, but also to a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included).

With a fuel capacity of 7 gallons, the SUA10000EC may run for around 7 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 1 GPH).

The SUA10000EC produces a clean sine wave: thanks to a <5% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), your sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 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 charging your batteries is made easy.

Portability

The design of the A-iPower SUA10000EC is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L27.6 x W26.4 x H25.6 in, offering support and stability and enabling the possibility of raising it above ground level. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

Even though this device may be technically portable (as in movable), manipulation and transportation without special equipment can be a challenge, as it weighs 216 pounds. However, this lack of maneuverability is compensated by its wheel kit (⌀9") and its folding handle, with which you can conveniently shift it, once it's 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 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).

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. Therefore, its sale and purchase are permitted in all of the 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).

  • Having a dry weight of 216 lbs, the A-iPower SUA10000EC belongs in the expected weight range for generators which produce 7500 to 8500 rated watts. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Dewalt DXGNR8000, weighing just 183 pounds.
  • 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. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Predator 9500. With just 67 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • 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. 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 Firman H08053, with around 12 hours.
  • The run time is important, but also hugely depends on the capacity of the fuel tank and doesn't mean much if we don't talk about fuel consumption as well. Compared to its peers, this generator is not exactly fuel efficient, compared to similarly powerful devices, with an estimated fuel consumption of 1 GPH at a 50% load. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.55 GPH, the Pulsar PG10000B16 is a device you should look out for.

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% loadUnknown
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, battery, and wheel 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.

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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 homeElectric fry pan15001500
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Dish washer15003000
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
DVD player350350
Total6542 W8042 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Electric fry pan15001500
Blender400850
Total6540 W7130 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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