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A-iPower SUA12000ED Spec Review

The A-iPower SUA12000ED is a powerful open frame dual fuel generator with a rated wattage of 9000 W and a starting wattage of 12000 W.

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Description

The A-iPower SUA12000ED Dual Fuel, its ideal for the construction jobsite or as back-up power for your home during emergencies when gasoline is not available. The generator features a one – touch button for electric start (battery included), includes Intelli-Start to ensure your battery is always fully charged when you need it. (source: A-iPower (opens in a new tab))

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In summary, the A-iPower SUA12000ED is a powerful portable generator especially useful for:

  • Small homeowners in search of a full power backup solution
  • 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 SUA12000ED in use

The A-iPower SUA12000ED

The dual-fuel technology of the A-iPower SUA12000ED allows for an output of 120/240V and provides superb power and versatility. If gasoline-powered, the device provides a running wattage of 9000W and a starting wattage of 12000W. If propane-powered, it gives 8100 rated watts and 10800 starting watts.

A-iPower’s Switch On Demand technology allows you to switch from propane to gasoline or from gasoline to propane while the generator is running.

At a noise rating of 69 dBA (less noisy than a normal conversation), this generator can be started via a simple traditional pull-start mechanism, or a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included).

The SUA12000ED, with a fuel capacity of 7 gallons, reaches a run time of around 8.5 hours at 50% load utilizing gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.82 GPH). Alternatively, it can reach a run time of around 10 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.47 GPH) with propane.

As the SUA12000ED has a relatively high THD (<10%), it is not recommended to use it to power sensitive electronic devices.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 6 AC outlets:

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

As it features a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the SUA12000ED 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 SUA12000ED has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L27.9 x W21 x H22.8 in, which offers support and allows it to be raised above ground level. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough environments.

As the generator's weight is 242 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable). 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 SUA12000ED

The SUA12000ED's control panel

Monitoring of the SUA12000ED's status and activity is made possible by a digital data center, which provides information on the lifetime run hours and is one of the features of its control panel.

In addition to this info, a light indicator allows you to instantly see if the oil level is too low.

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

As for its security measures, the device features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, letting you use it with a peace of mind.

While the standard documentation and an owner's manual, helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the A-iPower SUA12000ED, the following accessories are also included: propane hose, tool kit, oil and battery charger.

Emissions

The A-iPower SUA12000ED 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 and thus, may be used in forested areas.

The A-iPower SUA12000ED versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the A-iPower SUA12000ED compare to generators of similar power (between 8500 and 9500 W).

  • At a weight of 242 pounds, the A-iPower SUA12000ED places in the expected weight range of the generators in the 8500-9500 rated wattage range. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Rainier R12000DF with only 196 pounds.
  • As its lowest possible noise is rated at 69 dBA, this generator qualifies as one of the most quiet of the products of similar power.
  • As for its autonomy, the SUA12000ED, with an autonomy of around 8.5 hours at a 50% load, is placed on the low end among the generators of its kind. 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 Pulsar PG12000B, 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. This generator has an estimated fuel consumption of roughly 0.82 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, rendering it somewhat average compared to devices of a similar output. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.55 GPH, the Rainier R12000DF is a device you should look out for.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: A-iPower SUA12000ED vs A-iPower SUA12000E.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 8500-9500W generators, the A-iPower SUA12000ED 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
  • Dual Fuel
  • Switch On Demand technology
  • Quiet for its power (69 dBA)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (242 lbs)
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • Relatively low run time

Do you own the A-iPower SUA12000ED and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine459 cc Senci SC460 OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Power
 GasolinePropane
Running watts9000 W8100 W
Starting watts12000 W10800 W
Running amps (@120/240V)75/37.5 amps67.5/33.8 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)100/50 amps90/45 amps
Run time @50% load8.5 h10 h
Run time @25% loadUnknownUnknown
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 tank7 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight242 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)27.9 x 21 x 22.8 in
Noise (lower limit)69 dBA
THD< 10%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, tool kit, battery charger, propane hose, 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 SUA12000ED 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 homeMicrowave (1000 watts)15001500
Dish washer15003000
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Electric fry pan15001500
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

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    Darrell Harvey March 3, 2021 at 12:44 pm
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    Their own website as of 3-1-2021 shows a 5% THD.. Your specs shows a <10% THD Their own tech support now admits a 17% THD. That high of THD will not allow for any kind of household computer device to run properly. I ran it on my house with only AHU fans and refrigerators and security cams and half of my computer devices failed in 1st 10 hours even my computer UPS would not accept the power and would run under battery only. Anything with a variable speed motor or VFD will not run with its protections enabled. Also for the engine to continue to operate properly it needs a 50 hour check and adjustment of the intake, exhaust valves. This means pulling the engine heads after 50 hours of operation which IMHO is unacceptable under normal wear and tear operation of any modern day small engine. I would not recommend this Generator to do anything other than running incandescent light bulbs because even Fluorescents and LED's flicker. This is a poor power source for any modern day need. IMHO It needs to be recalled. I am currently trying to work with AI-power tech support on a solution

    + PROS:
    • price and the options available are nice if it was to run as per manufacture spec's one star was all I could optimistically give it
    - CONS:
    • with a 17% THD this generator is grossly deficient as a temporary house or job sight source of power.. battery chargers for tools tend to burn out security cams and refrigerators and any device with computer chips will eventually burn out running under this dirty power output.
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