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A-iPower SUA13000EFI - 10000/13000W Portable Generator With Electric Start

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Description

The A-iPower SUA13000EFI provides 13,000 watts of starting power and 10,000 watts of running power, its ideal for the construction jobsite or as back-up power for your home during emergencies. The Electronic Fuel Injection Technology provides longer run time due to increased fuel efficiency = less operating cost, it provides easier starting compared to standard carbureted engines, provides superior throttle response and provides automatic altitude sensing technology, all this while significantly reducing emissions. (source: A-iPower (opens in a new tab))

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In a nutshell, the A-iPower SUA13000EFI is a powerful portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • Professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level

In the following paragraphs, we shall explore the power characteristics, available outlets, portability, and any additional features of the device.

Power & Run Time

Featuring a 459 cc Senci SC460 OHV 4-stroke engine, the A-iPower SUA13000EFI operates using gasoline, providing 120/240V, with a running wattage of 10,000W and a starting wattage of 13,000W.

The generator, rated for a noise of 69 dBA (less noisy than a normal conversation), provides flexibility in starting, offering both a standard recoil pull-rope starting mechanism and an intuitive and practical electric starter (battery included).

The Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) system enhances the engine's reliability, lowers fuel consumption, improves startup, reduces servicing, boosts stale fuel resistance, and offers better altitude adaptability.

Equipped with a 6.6 gallons fuel tank, the SUA13000EFI ensures continuous operation for around 8.5 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel usage approximately 0.78 gallons per hour).

The <5% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) of the SUA13000EFI ensures a clean sine wave output, providing a secure power source for your sensitive electronics through its AC outlets.

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

Additionally, it features 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle with which you may charge your batteries with ease.

With its 14-50R outlet, this A-iPower unit is RV-ready for owners with a 50-amp service in their RVs. In addition, with its twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the SUA13000EFI is designed to be transfer switch ready, allowing easy connection to your breaker box for powering your home during a blackout.

Portability

At L28 x W21 x H22.8 in, the A-iPower SUA13000EFI boasts a traditional open frame structure, ensuring stability and allowing for convenient maintenance access to components, promoting air circulation. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

Although this generator is technically considered 'portable' (in the sense that it can be moved), its 218 lbs make it incredibly difficult to manually lift and transport. Nevertheless, thanks to its wheel kit 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 SUA13000EFI

The SUA13000EFI's control panel

For easy status and activity monitoring of the SUA13000EFI, its control panel integrates a digital data center, offering insights into the lifetime run hours.

In addition to this info, a light indicator serves to show you when its oil levels are insufficient.

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

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

It also includes a carbon monoxide sensor. This sensor is designed to monitor the level of carbon monoxide present during the generator's operation. If the generator is positioned incorrectly and carbon monoxide levels rise to an unsafe level, the generator will automatically shut down.

Along the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), useful for starting the generator right away, the A-iPower SUA13000EFI's package also includes these accessories: oil, battery charging cables and tool kit.

The A-iPower SUA13000EFI versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the A-iPower SUA13000EFI compare to generators of similar power (between 9500 and 10500 W).

  • When it comes to weight, the A-iPower SUA13000EFI tips the scales at just 218 pounds, making it one of the lighter generators in the 9500 to 10500 rated wattage range. If weight is a key factor for your needs, the Westinghouse WGen9500TFc is noteworthy for being one of the top contenders in this power range, with a dry weight of 203.4 pounds.
  • At a lowest noise rating of 69 dBA, this generator is one of the most quiet devices of similar power.
  • The SUA13000EFI's autonomy is somewhat low end compared to devices of its power range, as it reaches only around 8.5 hours at 50% load on a full tank. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the Powerhorse 13000ES, boasting with around 15 hours.
  • Run time is a key metric, but it's dependent on the generator's fuel capacity. Therefore, discussing fuel efficiency is necessary to get the full picture. This generator has a better fuel efficiency than other units in the aforementioned output range, consuming approximately 0.78 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.67 GPH, the Pulsar G12KBN is a device you could look out for.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 9500-10500W generators, the A-iPower SUA13000EFI 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
  • CO Sensor
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Electric start
  • Clean sine wave
  • Electronic Fuel Injection
  • Lightweight for its kind (218 lbs)
  • Quiet for its power (69 dBA)
  • Fuel efficient
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • Relatively low run time

Do you own the A-iPower SUA13000EFI and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine459 cc Senci SC460 OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty2 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts10,000 W
Starting watts13,000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)83.3/41.7 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)108.3/54.2 amps
Run time @50% load8.5 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 tank6.6 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight218 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)28 x 21 x 22.8 in
Noise (lower limit)69 dBA
THD< 5%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, tool kit, battery charging cables, battery, and wheel kit
UPC851217006602

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 SUA13000EFI 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 homeDish washer15003000
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Electric fry pan15001500
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Waffle iron750750
Total7992 W9492 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Electric fry pan15001500
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
DVD player350350
Total7990 W8580 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Pressure washer (1 hp)12003600
Reciprocating saw730960
Total7990 W12490 W
Can I get a propane adapter kit for this unit (Asked January 23, 2021)

There are no official conversion kits. The unit was designed to run on gasoline only. Since altering the fuel system could void your warranty and be an emissions violation, we cannot recommend this modification.

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A-iPower SUA13000EFI
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  1. 3.4
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    Note that no where on the generator or manual does it say clean sine wave and the sticker says < 23% THD – there are serious questions as to whether or not it really has low THD and a consistent answer seems difficult to come by.

    + PROS:
    • fuel injected, 50amp plug
    - CONS:
    • potentially > 5% THD, part and unit availability
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    Steve Franseen May 11, 2021 at 11:16 pm
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    Unusable for events. Died while powering a stage and bouncy castle with kids in it. In all it died five times in the first 25hours.

    + PROS:
    • Lots of power. Starts easily.
    - CONS:
    • Dies randomly every 4or5 hours. No obvious reason. Company replaced it and the new one does the same thing. A bit louder than I expected.
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