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A-iPower SUA3800iED - 3500/3800W Dual Fuel Inverter Generator With Remote Start

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Description

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In short, the A-iPower SUA3800iED is a portable inverter generator adequately designed for:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • Occasional participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience

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 SUA3800iED in use

The A-iPower SUA3800iED

The dual-fuel technology of the A-iPower SUA3800iED allows for an output of 120V and provides superb power and versatility. If gasoline-powered, the device provides a running wattage of 3,500W and a starting wattage of 3,800W. If propane-powered, it gives 3,200 rated watts and 3,500 starting watts. Furthermore, its parallel capability (parallel kit not included) allows for increasing of power output when connected to another similar or compatible unit, ensuring expanded energy capacity and reliability for various applications.

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 63 dBA (just slightly more noisy than background music), this inverter generator provides the choice between a standard recoil pull-rope starting mechanism or a hassle-free and practical electric starter (battery included) for starting. Moreover, to offer you even more convenience, the SUA3800iED can also be remotely started (key fob included).

Concerning its running time, the SUA3800iED, featuring a 2.6 gallons fuel tank, can continuously run for up to 12 hours with a full gasoline tank (consuming fuel at approximately 0.22 gallons per hour). Alternatively, when utilizing propane, it offers up to 16 hours (estimation based on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.29 GPH) of runtime.

Thanks to its low <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), the SUA3800iED produces a clean sine wave output, making it safe for your sensitive electronics when utilizing the AC outlets.

Outlets

The control panel features the following 3 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle

Moreover, it boasts 1 DC outlet: there's a 5V USB port designed for hassle-free charging of various electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets, ensuring uninterrupted usage.

Though it may not be labeled as 'RV Ready,' this A-iPower generator offers the benefit of hassle-free RV connectivity through its L5-30R receptacle, allowing you to easily power your RV with the assistance of an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor (included).

Portability

With an inverter generator design, the A-iPower SUA3800iED features a closed construction (L24 x W19 x H22 in), enhancing aesthetics and ensuring reduced noise levels, offering a distinct advantage over standard, open frame generators. This type of design is the most modern and convenient way to recreationally generate power.

With a weight of 121 lbs, the generator is still labeled as 'portable,' denoting its ability to be moved, although its heaviness might restrict easy portability. Despite the restricted maneuverability, its set of 2 wheels and its telecospic handle provides a solution, allowing for convenient shifting once the generator is positioned on the ground.

Features

Panel of the A-iPower SUA3800iED

The SUA3800iED's control panel

Included in the control panel of the SUA3800iED, a digital data center assists in tracking its status and activity by providing details on the voltage, fuel level, lifetime run hours, power output and frequency.

In addition to this info, the generator's light indicators provide visual feedback when its oil levels are insufficient, the generator is on overload and the generator is ready.

Benefiting from its built-in fuel gauge, the inverter generator allows for easy and immediate gas level inspections.

As far as security is concerned, the generator can be used with a peace of mind, as it features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off.

Along the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), useful for starting the generator right away, the A-iPower SUA3800iED's package also includes these accessories: propane hose, funnel, tool kit, oil, RV adapter and key fob.

Product Video

The A-iPower SUA3800iED versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the A-iPower SUA3800iED compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 3000 and 4000 W).

  • A weight of 121 lbs makes the A-iPower SUA3800iED one of the heavier inverters in the 3000-4000 rated wattage range. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Pulsar PGD40iSCO with only 46 pounds.
  • Since the inverter generator's noise is rated at 63 dBA, it has the roughly average expected noise for a device of similar type and power. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Westinghouse iGen4500DF, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 52 dBA.
  • Regarding its runtime, the SUA3800iED operates for up to 12 hours at a 25% load, positioning it at the lower spectrum among comparable inverters. If wyou wish to prioritize autonomy, the Firman W03661OF shines as one of the top contenders, offering one of the highest run times among generators with similar power output, totaling up to 25 hours.
  • While the run time is an important parameter, it is dependent on the fuel tank's capacity and thus, doesn't say much on its own unless we consider fuel consumption as well. Compared to its peers, this inverter generator is not exactly fuel-efficient, compared to similarly powerful devices, with an estimated fuel consumption of 0.22 GPH at a 25% load. If you wish to get a unit of similar power, but with one of the best fuel efficiency, you could consider the Energizer eZV3500P, which has an impressively low fuel consumption of 0.13 GPH.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 3000-4000W dual fuel inverter generators, the A-iPower SUA3800iED 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
  • RV adapter included
  • Remote start
  • Parallel capable
  • Switch On Demand technology
  • Inverter
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (63 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the heavy side (121 lbs)
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the A-iPower SUA3800iED and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine223 cc Senci OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric, Remote
Warranty3 years
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
Power
GasolinePropane
Running watts3,500 W3,200 W
Starting watts3,800 W3,500 W
Running amps29.2 amps26.7 amps
Peak amps31.7 amps29.2 amps
Run time @50% loadUnknownUnknown
Run time @25% load12 h16 h *
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
DC outlets1x 5V USB port
Data centerPower output, fuel level, lifetime run hours, voltage and frequency
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank2.6 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight121 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)24 x 19 x 22 in
Noise (lower limit)63 dBA
THD< 3%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, key fob, propane hose, RV adapter, and battery
UPC851217006831

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.
* Propane runtime is our own estimation, based on a 20 lbs tank and NIST 1994 GGE (Gasoline Gallon Equivalent) formula: 5.66 lbs of propane = 1 gal of gasoline.

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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 SUA3800iED 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 sizing calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeMicrowave (1000 watts)15001500
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Vacuum cleaner10751175
Cell phone charger2020
Total2787 W3787 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Electric fry pan15001500
Radio100100
Total2790 W3380 W
For workGrinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Total2660 W3760 W
What is the recommended motor oil and how much is needed for the 4000w inverter generator? (Asked September 08, 2021)

For general, all-temperature use, SAE 10W-30 is recommended. Engine oil capacity is 18.6 fl. oz.

What kind of maintenance needs to be done on a regular basis (Asked October 21, 2021)

Regular maintenance includes oil and air filter change, as well as spark plug/arrester service. We recommend reading our article on generator maintenance.

What spark plug (Asked January 18, 2023)

Spark plug should be NGK BPR6ES or equivalent.

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    You did not refer to the propane interface which is the main use. Runtime increases dramatically on propane. When this is factored in beats the other units you mentioned.

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    • Will not sit under pickup box cover 1 inch to high
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