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A-iPower SUA15000EC Spec Review

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The A-iPower SUA15000EC is a powerful open frame portable generator with a rated wattage of 12000 W and a starting wattage of 15000 W.

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Description

The A-iPower Energy Cube SUA15000EC provides 15,000 watts of starting power and 12,000 watts of running power. It’s ideal for commercial use or as backup power for your home during emergencies. Geared for performance, this generator is combined with an efficient high output maintenance-free brushless alternator, which delivers maximums starting power. (source: A-iPower)

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In summary, the A-iPower SUA15000EC is a powerful portable generator especially useful for:

  • Professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure
  • Homeowners who wish to power almost all appliances in their house under any circumstances

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 parameters.

Power & Run Time

The A-iPower SUA15000EC in use

The A-iPower SUA15000EC

The A-iPower SUA15000EC's engine, 680 cc (24 hp) Senci OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120/240V. It provides a running wattage of 12000W and reaches a peak wattage of 15000W.

Enjoying a noise rating of 85 dBA (just slightly more noisy than garbage disposal), this generator gets running thanks to a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included).

The SUA15000EC can operate for around 7 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 1.14 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 8 gallons.

Sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets, as the SUA15000EC produces a clean sine wave, with a <5% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD).

The generator will allow you to simultaneously power various devices, for example:Note: The examples above are based on a maximum load of 75% and estimated wattages. The devices also may not be able to start at the same time. For a more accurate estimation, use our wattage calculator.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 5 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle
120/240V 50A (14-50R) receptacle

It also sports 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle with which charging your batteries is made easy.

While this A-iPower generator is not RV Ready, its L5-30R receptacle can be used for a simple RV connection with an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. Besides, because the SUA15000EC is equipped with a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: it can power your home during a power outage, as it can be easily connected to your breaker box to power your household.

Portability

The A-iPower SUA15000EC has the following dimensions: L38.7 x W26.8 x H34.9 in. In combination with its conventional, open frame design, they provide support and allow the generator to be raised above ground level. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

Even though this device may be technically portable (as in movable), manipulation and transportation without special equipment can be a challenge, as it weighs 392 pounds. However, this lack of maneuverability is compensated by a wheel kit (⌀4"), with which you can conveniently displace it, once it's on the ground.

A lift hook, which is on the top of the frame, serves as an extra safety feature for the transport, unloading and loading of the device.

Features

Panel of the A-iPower SUA15000EC

The SUA15000EC's control panel

The SUA15000EC's control center features a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours to aid you with the monitoring of its status and activity.

In addition to this info, a light indicator serves to show you when 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.

From a security standpoint, the product offers an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, allowing you to use it with a peace of mind.

With the basic documentation and a user manual, letting you start the generator quickly, the A-iPower SUA15000EC also comes with several accessories, including: tool kit, oil and battery charging cables.

Emissions

The A-iPower SUA15000EC is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Thus, selling and purchasing this generator is allowed in each of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, making it usable in forested areas.

The A-iPower SUA15000EC versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the A-iPower SUA15000EC compare to generators of similar power (between 10000 and 17500 W).

  • At a dry weight of 392 pounds, the A-iPower SUA15000EC is one of the heavier devices which can produce between 10000 and 17500 running watts. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the A-iPower SUA13000EFI, standing at just 218 lbs.
  • If compared to generators capable of producing a similar running wattage, this generator with a lowest emitted noise of 85 dBA can be considered somewhat noisy. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the A-iPower SUA13000EFI, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 69 dBA.
  • As far as autonomy is concerned, providing 7 hours of runtime with a full tank at a 50% load, the SUA15000EC falls into the low end in comparison with other devices of a comparable power output. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Cat RP12000 E, reaching 11.7 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 estimated fuel consumption of roughly 1.14 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, rendering it somewhat average compared to devices of a similar output. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the A-iPower SUA13000EFI, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.78 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 10000-17500W generators, the A-iPower SUA15000EC 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
  • Several accessories included
  • Electric start
  • Clean sine wave
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No recoil back-up
  • No remote start
  • On the heavy side (392 lbs)
  • On the noisy side (85 dBA)
  • Relatively low run time

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Where to buy the A-iPower SUA15000EC?

You can easily buy your A-iPower generator online. You will benefit from a convenient delivery and avoid carrying the heavy package yourself. Here are a few reliable online sellers:
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Features and Specifications

General

InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine680 cc Senci OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemElectric

Power

VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts12000 W
Starting watts15000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)100/50 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)125/62.5 amps
Run time @50% load7 h
Run time @25% loadN/A

Features

GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
1x 120/240V 50A (14-50R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style)
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tankSteel, 8 gal
Fuel gaugeYes

Misc

Weight392 lbs
Dimensions (L x W x H)38.7 x 26.8 x 34.9 in
Noise (lower limit)85 dBA
THD< 5%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, tool kit and battery charging cables
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.

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 SUA15000EC 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: 1-909-923-2068.

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