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A-iPower SUA1500i - 1200/1500W Inverter Generator

The A-iPower SUA1500i is a quiet, compact and lightweight inverter generator with a rated wattage of 1,200 W and a starting wattage of 1,500 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

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In a nutshell, the A-iPower SUA1500i is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools

The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics, the different outlets it offers, its overall portability, the extra features it benefits from, and any relevant emission compliance details.

Power & Run Time

The A-iPower SUA1500i in use

The A-iPower SUA1500i

The A-iPower SUA1500i's engine, 60 cc Senci OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120V. It provides a running wattage of 1,200W and reaches a peak wattage of 1,500W. Moreover, since it is parallel capable (parallel kit included), its power may be doubled if linked to a second compatible unit.

With a noise rating of 52 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a quiet suburb), the inverter generator features a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

The fuel capacity of 0.7 gallon allows the SUA1500i to operate for up to 8 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.09 GPH).

As the SUA1500i produces a clean sine wave, with a <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), sensitive electronics may be plugged in the AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

In addition, it provides 2 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports (1 x USB-A and 1 x USB-C) allowing you to conveniently charge electronics such as mobile phones and tablets.

Portability

The A-iPower SUA1500i's characteristic encased inverter generator design (L18.3 x W11.2 x H17.5 in), provides an esthetical advantage over any ordinary, open frame product. The generator has a contemporary design, convenient for recreationally generating power.

The SUA1500i is a lightweight, portable generator, as it only weighs 28.5 lbs. The generator can be moved with ease by only one person and so it can be enjoyed on-the-go. This convenience is further enhanced thanks to its handle (molded in the case) that allows you to carry it with ease.

Features

Panel of the A-iPower SUA1500i

The SUA1500i's control panel

The light indicators show you if the oil level is too low, the generator is on overload and the generator is ready.

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.

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.

While the standard documentation and an owner's manual, helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the A-iPower SUA1500i, the following accessories are also included: oil, funnel, key fob and tool kit.

Emissions

The A-iPower SUA1500i is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Therefore, its sale and purchase are permitted in all of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor and thus, may be used in forested areas.

The unit also meets the ANSI/PGMA G300-2018 safety and performance requirements.

The A-iPower SUA1500i versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the A-iPower SUA1500i compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 1000 and 2000 W).

  • In terms of its dry weight, the A-iPower SUA1500i stands at only 28.5 lbs, meaning that is one of the lighter inverters of the 1000-2000 rated wattage category Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Pulsar PGD16iSCO, with a dry weight of only 24 lbs.
  • As its lowest possible noise is rated at 52 dBA, this inverter generator qualifies as one of the more quiet of the products of similar type and power. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Honda EU2200i. With just 48 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • As far as autonomy is concerned, providing up to 8 hours of runtime with a full tank at a 25% load, the SUA1500i falls into the low end in comparison with other inverters of a comparable power output. 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 DuroMax XP2300iH, with up to 13 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 inverter generator can be considered as fuel efficient, due to its low estimated fuel consumption of only 0.09 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load, within the aforementioned wattage range. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Westinghouse iGen1500c, with a fuel consumption of 0.07 GPH could be in your good books.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 1000-2000W inverter generators, the A-iPower SUA1500i 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
  • USB-C port
  • Parallel kit included
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight (28.5 lbs)
  • Quiet for its power (52 dBA)
  • Fuel efficient
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • Relatively low run time

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableYes
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine60 cc Senci OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
Running watts1,200 W
Starting watts1,500 W
Running amps10 amps
Peak amps12.5 amps
Run time @50% load6 h
Run time @25% load8 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets2x 5V USB port (USB-A and USB-C)
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank0.7 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight28.5 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)18.3 x 11.2 x 17.5 in
Noise (lower limit)52 dBA
THD< 3%
ComplianceCARB, EPA, ANSI/PGMA G300-2018
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, key fob, and parallel cables
Country of originChina

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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 SUA1500i is covered under a warranty for up to 3 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 size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Slow cooker270270
Cell phone charger2020
Total482 W1482 W
For campingRV refrigerator180600
Rice cooker650650
Radio100100
Cell phone charger2020
Total950 W1370 W
For workReciprocating saw730960
Bug zapper8080
Total810 W1040 W

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