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A-iPower SUA4500 Spec Review

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The A-iPower SUA4500 is an open frame portable generator with a rated wattage of 3500 W and a starting wattage of 4500 W.

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Description

The A-iPower SUA4500 provides 4,500 watts of starting power and 3,500 watts of running power. It’s ideal for your home, recreational needs with a 30 amp RV adapter, or the jobsite. An A-iPower 208cc/7hp OHV engine, combined with an efficient high output alternator, delivers greater peak wattage when starting motor-driven tools and appliances. A voltage selector can switch between 120VAC and 240VAC; this convenient feature allows you to obtain the maximum power output when necessary. With a 4- gallon, heavy-duty, all-steel fuel tank with built-in fuel gauge, it provides an average run time of 11 hours at 50% load. It includes a factory-installed for easy transport and compact storage. (source: A-iPower)

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In summary, the A-iPower SUA4500 is a portable generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle
  • 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

In the sections ahead, the power characteristics, availability of various outlets, the portability and any additional features of the device shall be discussed, including its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The A-iPower SUA4500 is powered by a 208 cc (7 hp) Senci OHV 4-stroke engine. It delivers 120/240V, runs on gasoline and offers a running wattage of 3500W as well as a peak wattage of 4500W.

With a noise rating of 68 dBA (less noisy than background music), the generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism.

The SUA4500 can operate for around 11 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.36 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 4 gallons.

Here are a few examples of what this generator could allow you to simultaneously power:Note: The above mentioned examples presume a maximum load of 75% and use wattage estimates. In addition, the items might not be able to start simultaneously. With our wattage calculator, you can predict if the product can fulfill your requirements.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 5 AC outlets:

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

As it features a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the SUA4500 is transfer switch ready: in case of a power outage, you will be easily able to connect it to a breaker box and power your household.

Portability

With its dimensions of L24.5 x W22.8 x H22.6 in, the conventional, open frame design of the A-iPower SUA4500 offers stability and allows the generator to be raised above ground level. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough environments.

Although this generator is technically considered 'portable' (in the sense that it can be moved), its 111 lbs make it incredibly difficult to manually lift and transport. Never less, it can still be moved quite conveniently with the help of a wheel kit (⌀7") and a folding handle, once it is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the A-iPower SUA4500

The SUA4500's control panel

Monitoring of the SUA4500's status and activity is made possible by an illuminated data center, which provides information on the lifetime run hours and is one of the features of its control panel.

In addition to this info, a light indicator shows you if its oil levels are insufficient.

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

Apart from the typical documentation and a user manual, which lets you start it right away, the A-iPower SUA4500 also is packed along with the following accessories: tool kit, oil and RV adapter.

Emissions

The A-iPower SUA4500 is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, so it is adequate for use in forested areas.

Product Videos

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The A-iPower SUA4500 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the A-iPower SUA4500 compare to generators of similar power (between 3000 and 4000 W).

  • As its weight is 111 pounds, the A-iPower SUA4500 falls in the expected weight range of the devices in the 3000-4000 rated wattage category. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Generac GP3500iO, weighing just 74.3 pounds.
  • Since the generator's noise is rated at 68 dBA, it has the roughly average expected noise for a device of similar power. If you’d prefer a less noisy device, one of the most quiet devices, which share the same power range with this one, is the Westinghouse iGen4500, whose lowest noise levels reach just 52 dBA.
  • Autonomy-wise, with 11 hours on a full tank at a 50% load, the SUA4500 is on the low end when compared to other generators of a similar 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 Honda EB4000, with 16 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. This generator has an estimated fuel consumption of roughly 0.36 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, rendering it somewhat average compared to devices of a similar output. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Westinghouse iGen4200, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.17 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 3000-4000W generators, the A-iPower SUA4500 is on the cheap side of the price range.

It can therefore be a really good buy if you're looking to acquire a budget generator.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Inexpensive
  • Several accessories included
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (111 lbs)
  • Acceptable noise (68 dBA)
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • Relatively low run time

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Where to buy the A-iPower SUA4500?

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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  • $349.99 - September 19, 2019
  • $329.00 - August 30, 2019
  • $346.99 - August 22, 2019
  • $359.99 - May 29, 2019
Since: May 29, 2019
  • Highest Price: $359.99 - May 29, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $329.00 - August 30, 2019

Features and Specifications

General

InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine208 cc Senci OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil

Power

VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Running watts3500 W
Starting watts4500 W
Running amps (@120/240V)29.2/14.6 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)37.5/18.8 amps
Run time @50% load11 h
Run time @25% loadN/A

Features

GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerLifetime run hours
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tankSteel, 4 gal
Fuel gaugeYes

Misc

Weight111 lbs
Dimensions (L x W x H)24.5 x 22.8 x 22.6 in
Noise (lower limit)68 dBA
THDN/A
EmissionsEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralN/A
Accessories includedOil, RV adapter and tool kit
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 SUA4500 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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