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A-iPower SUA6000ED - 5500/6000W Dual Fuel Generator With Electric Start

The A-iPower SUA6000ED is a portable open frame dual fuel generator with a rated wattage of 5,500 W and a starting wattage of 6,000 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

The A-iPower SUA6000ED Dual Fuel, is ideal for the construction jobsite or as back-up power for your home during emergencies when gasoline is not available.

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In a nutshell, the A-iPower SUA6000ED is a portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • Occasional participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • Food truck owners who do not wish to see their business interrupted under any circumstances
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • Professionals who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working

The subsequent sections will explore in detail its power characteristics, the diverse outlets it provides, its overall portability, and the supplementary features it offers.

Power & Run Time

The A-iPower SUA6000ED, equipped with dual-fuel technology and delivering 120/240V, ensures both power and versatility. Running on gasoline, it delivers a running wattage of 5,500W and a starting wattage of 6,000W. On propane, it provides 5,000 running watts and 5,500 starting watts.

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.

With a noise rating of 78 dBA (less noisy than a shower), the generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism, but also a user-friendly and efficient electric starter (battery included).

With a fuel capacity of 4 gallons, the SUA6000ED can operate for around 6.5 hours at 50% load using gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.62 GPH), or for around 5 hours (estimation based on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.94 GPH) using propane.

Since the SUA6000ED has a high THD (<20%), it is advisable to not use it for the powering of sensitive electronic devices.

Outlets

The control panel features the following 3 AC outlets:

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

Furthermore, it has 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle allowing you to easily charge your batteries.

As the SUA6000ED holds a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: you'll easily be able to connect it to your breaker box to power your home during a power outage.

Portability

With dimensions of L24.4 x W18.9 x H22.5 in, the standard open frame design of the A-iPower SUA6000ED provides stability and easy maintenance access to components, as well as good air circulation. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy outdoor use.

Although this generator is technically considered 'portable' (in the sense that it can be moved), its 157.7 lbs make it incredibly difficult to manually lift and transport. However, the constrained maneuverability is addressed with the assistance of its wheel kit (⌀7.5") and its folding handle, allowing for easy shifting once the generator is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the A-iPower SUA6000ED

The SUA6000ED's control panel

Enhancing monitoring capabilities, the SUA6000ED features a digital data center within its control panel, furnishing essential details on the lifetime run hours for tracking activity and status.

In addition to this info, the device's light indicator will illuminate to indicate if its oil levels are insufficient.

The inclusion of a built-in fuel gauge in the generator streamlines gas level checks for quick and convenient assessments.

From a security standpoint, the generator is furnished with an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, ensuring peace of mind during operation.

Beyond the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to assist with setup, the A-iPower SUA6000ED ships with supplementary accessories: battery charger, propane hose and oil.

The A-iPower SUA6000ED versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the A-iPower SUA6000ED compare to dual fuel generators of similar power (between 5000 and 6000 W).

  • As its weight is 157.7 pounds, the A-iPower SUA6000ED falls in the expected weight range of the dual fuel devices in the 5000-6000 rated wattage category. if you wish to prioritize weight, the Genmax GM6000iED is one of the top contenders in its power category, weighing only 117.9 pounds.
  • This generator, with its lowest noise level at 78 dBA, is noisier than most generators of comparable running wattage. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Pulsar PGDA70BiSCO, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 62 dBA.
  • In terms of autonomy, the SUA6000ED offers around 6.5 hours at a 50% load, placing it at the lower range within its type and power range. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the Firman H05751, boasting with around 12 hours.
  • Even though run times are undoubtedly important, they are dependent on the fuel capacity to a large extent. For a more wholesome picture, we must take into consideration the fuel consumption of the generator. Among generators of similar output, this generator ranks somewhat poorly in fuel efficiency, with an estimated consumption of 0.62 GPH at a 50% load. To prioritize fuel savings, we advise considering the DuroMax XP7000iH, which stands out for its gasoline efficiency, consuming just 0.38 gallons per hour.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 5000-6000W dual fuel generators, the A-iPower SUA6000ED 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
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Electric start
  • Switch On Demand technology
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (157.7 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • On the noisy side (78 dBA)
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine322 cc Senci OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty2 years
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Power
GasolinePropane
Running watts5,500 W5,000 W
Starting watts6,000 W5,500 W
Running amps (@120/240V)45.8/22.9 amps41.7/20.8 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)50/25 amps45.8/22.9 amps
Run time @50% load6.5 h5 h *
Run time @25% loadUnknownUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style)
Data centerLifetime run hours
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tankSteel, 4 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight157.7 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)24.4 x 18.9 x 22.5 in
Noise (lower limit)78 dBA
THD< 20%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, battery charger, propane hose, battery, and wheel kit
UPC851217006909

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 SUA6000ED 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 homeElectric fry pan15001500
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Radio100100
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total4397 W5497 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Radiant heater13001300
Radio100100
Total4390 W4980 W
For workTable saw18004500
Grinder14002500
Bug zapper8080
Total3280 W5980 W

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