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A-iPower SUA12000ED - 9000/12000W Dual Fuel Generator With Electric Start

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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 short, the A-iPower SUA12000ED is a powerful portable generator adequately designed for:

  • Small homeowners in search of a full power backup solution
  • Professionals in need of safely powering high-intensity work or lighting equipment

In the forthcoming sections, you'll delve into its power characteristics, the various outlets it offers, its overall portability, and the additional features it boasts.

Power & Run Time

The A-iPower SUA12000ED in use

The A-iPower SUA12000ED

Delivering 120/240V, the A-iPower SUA12000ED is enhanced by dual-fuel technology, providing power and versatility. Running on gasoline, it boasts a running wattage of 9,000W and a starting wattage of 12,000W. Alternatively, when propane-powered, it delivers 8,100 running watts and 10,800 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 manual recoil starter system, or a straightforward and intuitive electric starter (battery included).

With a fuel capacity of 7 gallons, the SUA12000ED can operate for around 8.5 hours at 50% load using gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.82 GPH), or for around 10 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.47 GPH) using propane.

The powering of sensitive electronic devices with the SUA12000ED is not recommended due to its high THD (<23%).

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 6 AC outlets:

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

Moreover, it presents 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle making battery charging a breeze.

Thanks to its twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the SUA12000ED is transfer switch ready, facilitating easy hookup to your breaker box to provide backup power for your home during blackouts.

Portability

With a size of L27.9 x W27.2 x H25.9 in, the A-iPower SUA12000ED features an open frame design, providing stability and simplified maintenance access to components, enhancing air circulation. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

With a weight of 228 lbs, the generator is still labeled as 'portable,' denoting its ability to be moved, although its heaviness might restrict easy portability. Nevertheless, thanks to its wheel kit (⌀9.5") 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 SUA12000ED

The SUA12000ED's control panel

For easy status and activity monitoring of the SUA12000ED, its control panel integrates a digital data center, offering insights into the lifetime run hours.

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

Equipped with a built-in fuel gauge, the generator facilitates swift gas level checks.

In terms of security, the generator features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, ensuring peace of mind during its use.

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start the generator quickly, the A-iPower SUA12000ED also comes with several accessories, including: oil, propane hose, battery charging cables and tool kit.

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 dual fuel generators of similar power (between 8500 and 9500 W).

  • Considering its dry weight of 228 pounds, the A-iPower SUA12000ED is one of the heavier dual fuel generators producing between 8500 and 9500 running watts. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Westinghouse iGen11000DFc with only 187.4 pounds.
  • Since this generator is rated for a lowest possible noise of 69 dBA, it can be considered as one of the more quiet of the products generating similar power. If you'd like a less noisy alternative, the DuroMax XP11000iH is a strong contender. It boasts a noise rating of 61 dBA, placing it among the quietest generators in its power category.
  • Autonomy-wise, with around 8.5 hours on a full tank at a 50% load, the SUA12000ED is on the low end when compared to other dual fuel generators of a similar power output. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Westinghouse iGen11000DFc, which is able to run for around 12 hours.
  • While run time matters, it's heavily influenced by the fuel tank's capacity. Hence, it's important to consider fuel efficiency alongside. As this generator uses an estimated 0.82 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, it finds itself in the average gasoline consumption range of similar products. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Westinghouse iGen11000DFc, with a fuel consumption of 0.66 GPH could be in your good books.
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Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 8500-9500W dual fuel generators, the A-iPower SUA12000ED 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
  • Dual Fuel
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Electric start
  • Switch On Demand technology
  • Quiet for its power (69 dBA)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • On the heavy side (228 lbs)
  • Relatively low run time

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine459 cc Senci SC460 OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty2 years
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Power
GasolinePropane
Running watts9,000 W8,100 W
Starting watts12,000 W10,800 W
Running amps (@120/240V)75/37.5 amps67.5/33.8 amps
Peak 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
Weight228 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)27.9 x 27.2 x 25.9 in
Noise (lower limit)69 dBA
THD< 23%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, tool kit, propane hose, battery charging cables, battery, and wheel kit
UPC851217006428

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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 homeDish washer15003000
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
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
Can the SUA12000ED be converted to natural gas? (Asked August 29, 2021)

The unit was designed to run on gasoline or propane only, and there are no official natural gas conversion kits. Modifying the unit’s fuel system would most likely void your warranty and could lead to a violation of local/federal emission laws.

What's the valve clearance or adjustment on the sua12000ed (Asked September 21, 2021)

Valve clearance settings are the following: intake 0.004″ – 0.006″, exhaust 0.006″ – 0.008″.

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    RICHARD GOLDMAN October 5, 2023 at 1:11 pm
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    I have not had a very good experience with this generator from the time I purchased it on Ebay. Yes it was in the price range that I wanted to spend, but with less that one hour running time, I have had to by-pass the CO2 sensor, and Low oil sensor (paying engine repair service to figure these issues out) to get it running. I will say that the customer service tried to help, but I didn’t live near on of the service center to make a convent repair. With all the aggravation I went through trying to get this generator running (new battery included) I would past on this product.

    + PROS:
    • Duel fuel.
    - CONS:
    • Never worked right out of the box due to faulty low oil sensor and non working CO2 sensor. Knowing what I know now, I would not have purchased this generator.
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  2. 4.65
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    For the price point I’m very pleased with this purchase. Getting a generator with a pure synwave inverter within this price point and output is a far cry, so I was prepared to add a good inverter at a later time if really needed. The valve adjustment isn’t as difficult as some might think. If you have any mechanical abilities it is quite easy and doesn’t require taking the engine out or anything like that. The weight isn’t an issue unless you need to load it in and out of a truck box. I would wager that few people properly ground their generator as recommended and that likely causes issues.

    + PROS:
    • Quiet, large output, output options are great, mechanical fuel gauge, dual fuel, pull & electric start, 12v DC port, gfi 120v plugs, main & individual breakers equipped, solid construction
    - CONS:
    • If frequent moving is desired it is heavy. Providing your own ground cable required. The supplied engine oil is cheap limited range oil.
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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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