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A-iPower SUA7000 Spec Review

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The A-iPower SUA7000 is an open frame portable generator with a rated wattage of 6000 W and a starting wattage of 7000 W.

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Description

The A-iPower SUA7000 provides 7,000 watts of starting power and 6,000 watts of running power. It’s well-suited for the construction job site or as backup power for your home during emergencies. Powered by an A-iPower 389cc/13hp OHV engine and combined with an efficient high output alternator designed and manufactured by Senci for greater peak wattage when starting motor driven tools and appliances. The generator features an easy-to-reach, ergonomically-angled compact control panel, which conveniently provides easy, user-friendly access and visibility to the panel. (source: A-iPower)

Zoom on the A-iPower SUA7000

In a nutshell, the A-iPower SUA7000 is a portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • Food truck owners and participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • 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

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 SUA7000 in use

The A-iPower SUA7000

The A-iPower SUA7000's build contains a gasoline-fueled 389 cc (13 hp) Senci OHV 4-stroke engine. With a 120/240V output, it gives a running wattage of 6000W and also a peak wattage of 7000W.

The generator is rated for a noise of 74 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a vacuum cleaner). Its starting mechanism is based on a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

With a fuel capacity of 7 gallons, the SUA7000 may run for around 12 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.58 GPH).

Several examples of what the generator may allow you to power simultaneously are: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 features the following 5 AC outlets:

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

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

Because the SUA7000 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 design of the A-iPower SUA7000 is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L27.8 x W27.2 x H25.4 in, offering support and stability and enabling the possibility of raising it 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 195 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 (⌀9.5") and a folding handle, once it is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the A-iPower SUA7000

The SUA7000's control panel

An illuminated data center, one of the features of the SUA7000’s control panel, gives you information on the lifetime run hours, and thus, is helpful for the monitoring of its activity and status.

In addition to this info, a light indicator shows you if the oil level is too low.

The generator includes a built-in fuel gauge, a quick, easy and convenient method of checking the device’s gas level.

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.

With the basic documentation and a user manual, letting you start the generator quickly, the A-iPower SUA7000 also comes with several accessories, including: oil, tool kit, RV adapter and battery charging cables.

Emissions

The A-iPower SUA7000 is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, which makes it suitable for use in forested areas.

The A-iPower SUA7000 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the A-iPower SUA7000 compare to generators of similar power (between 5500 and 6500 W).

  • As its weight is 195 pounds, the A-iPower SUA7000 falls in the expected weight range of the devices in the 5500-6500 rated wattage category. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above mentioned power range is the Lifan LF7250, with a dry weight of just 140 pounds.
  • The generator can be considered average in its noise for its power category, as it is rated at 74 dBA. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Honda EU7000iS. With just 52 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • As the SUA7000 offers 12 hours run time on a full tank at a 50% load, it falls within the average autonomy range among the generators of a similar power. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Cat RP5500, which is able to run for 15 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 average fuel consumption among comparably powerful devices, as it reaches 0.58 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Lifan ESI 7000iER-EFI, with a fuel consumption of 0.38 GPH could be in your good books.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 5500-6500W generators, the A-iPower SUA7000 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 (195 lbs)
  • Acceptable noise (74 dBA)
  • Decent run time
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • Not CARB-compliant

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Where to buy the A-iPower SUA7000?

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
Engine389 cc Senci OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil

Power

VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts6000 W
Starting watts7000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)50/25 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)58.3/29.2 amps
Run time @50% load12 h
Run time @25% loadN/A

Features

GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets2x 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, 7 gal
Fuel gaugeYes

Misc

Weight195 lbs
Dimensions (L x W x H)27.8 x 27.2 x 25.4 in
Noise (lower limit)74 dBA
THDN/A
EmissionsEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedTool kit, oil, RV adapter 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 SUA7000 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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