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A-iPower SUA12000E - 9000/12000W Portable Generator

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:

  • Prudent homeowners who want a backup power source in case of a power outage
  • Professionals in need of safely powering high-intensity work or lighting equipment
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle

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 SUA12000E in use

The A-iPower SUA12000E

The A-iPower SUA12000E houses a 459 cc (16 hp) A-iPower OHV 4-stroke engine, which provides 120/240V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 9000W along with 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).

With a fuel capacity of 7 gallons, the SUA12000E may run for around 9 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.78 GPH).

Since the SUA12000E has a somewhat high THD (<23%), it is advisable to not use it for the powering of sensitive electronic devices.

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

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

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. In addition, as it features a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the SUA12000E is transfer switch ready: in case of a power outage, you will be easily able to connect it to a breaker box and power your household.

Portability

The A-iPower SUA12000E has the following dimensions: L27.6 x W27 x H26.8 in. In combination with its conventional, open frame design, they provide support and allow the generator to be raised 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. However, its challenging mobility is solved by its wheel kit (⌀9.5") and its folding handle, which will ease its displacement, once it is on the floor.

Features

Panel of the A-iPower SUA12000E

The SUA12000E's control panel

The control panel of the SUA12000E includes a digital data center, which assists you in monitoring its status and activity, as it provides information on the lifetime run hours.

In addition to this info, when the oil level is too low, you will be informed by the featured light indicator.

The generator includes a built-in fuel gauge, a quick, easy and convenient method of checking the device’s gas level.

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

Apart from the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), which lets you start it right away, the A-iPower SUA12000E also is packed along with the following accessories: battery charging cables, oil and tool kit.

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, making it usable 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).

  • Weight-wise, the A-iPower SUA12000E has only 206 lbs, which renders it one of the lighter generators which produce 8500 to 9500 rated watts. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Pulsar PG12000B, standing at just 205 lbs.
  • Among the generators of a comparable running wattage, this generator with a lowest noise of 78 dBA can be judged as noisy. If you’d prefer a less noisy device, one of the most quiet devices, which share the same power range with this one, is the A-iPower SUA12000ED, whose lowest noise levels reach just 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. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Westinghouse WGen9500DF, which is able to run for 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. This generator has an average fuel consumption among comparably powerful devices, as it reaches 0.78 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Westinghouse WGen9500DF, with a fuel consumption of 0.55 GPH could be in your good books.
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 (206 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?

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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 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%
ComplianceEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, tool kit, battery charging cables, battery, and wheel kit
Warranty2 years
UPC851217006114

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 wattage calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeAC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Dish washer15003000
Electric fry pan15001500
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Radio100100
Pair of small speakers4545
Total7195 W8695 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Toaster oven800800
Satelite receiver250250
Total7190 W7780 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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  1. 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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  2. 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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  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. 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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    Joseph Glen Bennett January 30, 2021 at 8:00 am
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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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