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A-iPower SUA12000E Spec Review

The A-iPower SUA12000E is a powerful open frame generator with a rated wattage of 9000 W and a starting wattage of 12000 W.

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Description

The A-iPower SUA12000E provides 12,000 watts of starting power and 9,000 watts of running power. It’s ideal for the construction jobsite or as backup power for your home during emergencies. The generator features a keyless, one-touch button for effortless startup. Its GFCI-protected outlets provide added protection and safety under damp conditions. The 1-1/4 in. heavy-duty full frame provides added strength and protection for the generator. (source: A-iPower (opens in a new tab))

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In a nutshell, the A-iPower SUA12000E is a powerful portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • Homeowners who wish to power almost all appliances in their house under any circumstances
  • Professionals who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working

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 SUA12000E in use

The A-iPower SUA12000E

The A-iPower SUA12000E's core is the 459 cc (16 hp) A-iPower OHV 4-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120/240V, it provides a running wattage of 9000W and a peak wattage of 12000W.

The generator is rated for a noise of 78 dBA (less noisy than a dishwasher). Its starting mechanisms include a simple traditional pull-start mechanism and a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included).

The SUA12000E can operate for around 9 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.78 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 7 gallons.

The powering of sensitive electronic devices with the SUA12000E is not recommended due to its relatively high THD (<23%).

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 6 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle
120/240V 50A (14-50R) receptacle

In addition, it provides 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle allowing you to easily charge your batteries.

Due to the featured twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the SUA12000E is transfer switch ready: you may connect it to a breaker box to power your household during a power outage.

Portability

The design of the A-iPower SUA12000E is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L27.6 x W27 x H26.8 in, offering support and stability and enabling the possibility of raising it above ground level. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy outdoor use.

While the generator is considered to be technically 'portable' (in the sense that you can move it), manually lifting and transporting it may be challenging, due to its high weight of 206 lbs. Still, once it is on the ground, its wheel kit (⌀9.5") and its folding handle can easily solve the issue of low mobility and allow for easy relocation of the device.

Features

Panel of the A-iPower SUA12000E

The SUA12000E's control panel

A digital data center, one of the features of the SUA12000E'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 shows you if the oil level is too low.

Thanks to a built-in fuel gauge, the generator allows you to quickly, conveniently and easily check the gas level at a glance.

Security-wise, this product benefits from an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), which gives you a complete peace of mind when using it.

While the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the A-iPower SUA12000E, the following accessories are also included: oil, tool kit and battery charging cables.

Emissions

The A-iPower SUA12000E is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

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

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The A-iPower SUA12000E versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the A-iPower SUA12000E compare to generators of similar power (between 8500 and 9500 W).

  • In terms of its dry weight, the A-iPower SUA12000E stands at only 216 lbs, meaning that is one of the lighter devices of the 8500-9500 rated wattage category Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Rainier R12000DF, with a dry weight of only 196 lbs.
  • When compared to devices able to produce a similar running wattage, this generator and its lowest emitted noise of 78 dBA is on the noisier side. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the A-iPower SUA12000ED with only 69 dBA.
  • The SUA12000E's autonomy is somewhat low end compared to devices of its power range, as it reaches only around 9 hours at 50% load on a full tank. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Westinghouse WGen9500DF, reaching 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. As this generator uses an estimated 0.78 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, it finds itself in the average gasoline consumption range of similar products. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.55 GPH, the Westinghouse WGen9500DF is a device you should look out for.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: A-iPower SUA12000E vs A-iPower SUA12000ED.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 8500-9500W generators, the A-iPower SUA12000E 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
  • Lightweight for its kind (216 lbs)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • On the noisy side (78 dBA)
  • Relatively low run time

Do you own the A-iPower SUA12000E 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 readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine459 cc A-iPower OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts9000 W
Starting watts12000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)75/37.5 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)100/50 amps
Run time @50% load9 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 30A (L14-30R)
  • 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
Weight206 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)27.6 x 27 x 26.8 in
Noise (lower limit)78 dBA
THD< 23%
EmissionsEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, tool kit, battery charging cables, 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 SUA12000E 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
Vacuum cleaner10751175
Radio100100
Total7192 W8667 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Electric fry pan15001500
Rice cooker650650
Radio100100
Total7180 W7600 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Milk cooler11001800
Total7160 W11660 W
How do i charge the battery it came with, sua12000e? (Asked July 18, 2020)

The generator automatically charges the battery while running.

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A-iPower SUA12000E
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    Joseph Glen Bennett January 30, 2021 at 8:00 am
    1.75
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    Quality
    20
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    i have a sua 12000 watt generator it has 47 hrs on it. then the end casing broke causing bearing to go i am hoping i can get replacement parts.

    + PROS:
    • nice generator if they can send parts so i can fix it. It was a gift i had for 4years not much use out of it yet. hours on it is mostly from starting unite up for awhile then shutting it down.
    - CONS:
    • did not use long enough to write on con's but if this is what going to keep breaking down i might have to get different brand
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  2. 3.75
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    Nice machine

    + PROS:
    • Lots of power for your money
    - CONS:
    • No problems so far but quality doesnt seem very high. Only have 5 hours on it yet
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  3. 4.4
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    Great generator so far I’ve used it like 4 times since I got it last year once all day and night ran everything I asked of it including 3 fans a stand up freezer a refrigerator 75″ TV 4k play a 40″ tv and 4k player all the lights microwave 2 air fyier at same time and tea pot water pump all without issue on the 30a side

    + PROS:
    • Runs pretty much everything
    - CONS:
    • Loud as $@##
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  4. 4
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    I like the design. Price was a little high since no one had them in stock. Alot cheaper now.

    + PROS:
    • Reliable so far. Easy to start. Powers everything in my house including the well an the a/c. And barely a surge
    - CONS:
    • Uses 7 gallons of gas in 6 hours according to the manual. So i keep 20 gallons in my shed. Bought it from northern and got robbed. Said they had it in stock. But it never directly from them. It was 10days late and i took off work since they said i had to help unload. Not part of the shipping.
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  5. 5
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    good for the price

    + PROS:
    • price no problems after 100 hours running at heavy load
    - CONS:
    • cant parallel
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