Atima SD3000i Spec Review

The Atima SD3000i is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator with a rated wattage of 2600 W and a starting wattage of 3000 W.

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Description

Zoom on the Atima SD3000i

In a nutshell, the Atima SD3000i is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • Amateur DIY lovers
  • 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 hobbyists looking for a portable power source
  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle

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 information.

Power & Run Time

The Atima SD3000i in use

The Atima SD3000i

The Atima SD3000i is powered by a 196 cc 168FB OHV 4-stroke engine. It delivers 120V, runs on gasoline and offers a running wattage of 2600W as well as a peak wattage of 3000W. Moreover, since it is parallel capable (Atima AGC103 parallel kit (opens in a new tab) not included), its power may be doubled if linked to a second compatible unit.

At a noise rating of 59 dBA (less noisy than a quiet suburb), the inverter generator is started via a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

The SD3000i can operate for up to 7 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.23 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 1.6 gallon.

The SD3000i generates a clean sine wave: providing <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), delicate electronics can be plugged in its AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 3 AC outlets:

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

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

This Atima generator features an L5-30R receptacle, enabling an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. However, it is still not quite RV ready.

Portability

The Atima SD3000i is an inverter generator and has an encased design of the following dimensions: L21.7 x W15.4 x H15.7 in. Thus, it is more aesthetical than conventional, open frame products. This type of design is the most modern and convenient way to recreationally generate power.

The 70.5 lbs of the SD3000i's dry weight enables you to use it anywhere you will ever need. Moreover, its wheel kit and its folding handle will allow you to effortlessly shift it once it's on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Atima SD3000i

The SD3000i'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.

Accessory-wise, along with the previously mentioned features, the Atima SD3000i is packaged with the standard documentation and an owner's manual, helping you start the device right away.

Emissions

The Atima SD3000i is 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 Atima SD3000i versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Atima SD3000i compare to generators of similar power (between 2500 and 3500 W).

  • Regarding its weight, the Atima SD3000i only weighs in at 70.5 pounds, which means it's one of the lighter generators in the 2500-3500 rated wattage range. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the WEN GN400i, standing at just 66.1 lbs.
  • At a lowest noise rating of 59 dBA, this inverter generator is one of the quieter devices of similar power. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Honda EU3000iS. With just 50 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • Regarding its autonomy, the autonomy of the SD3000i, reaching up to 7 hours at a 25% load, can be considered as low end, compared to other products of a roughly equal output. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the Honda EU3000iS, boasting with up to 20 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. This inverter generator is not fuel efficient compared to devices of similar output: its estimated fuel consumption stands at 0.23 GPH at a 25% load. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Energizer eZV3200P. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.13 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight (70.5 lbs)
  • Quiet for its power (59 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Atima SD3000i and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine196 cc 168FB OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts2600 W
Starting watts3000 W
Running amps21.7 amps
Peaks amps25 amps
Run time @50% loadN/A
Run time @25% load7 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A receptacle
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank1.6 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight70.5 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)21.7 x 15.4 x 15.7 in
Noise (lower limit)59 dBA
THD< 3%
EmissionsCARB
SecurityNo
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedNo
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 Atima

Atima brand is owned by the Shanghai Cosmo company, a newcomer to the portable generator market, founded just recently in 2010. However, they have a lot going for them, due to their instantly recognizable black and white design, one of the most good-looking that we have encountered over the years, and a hidden gem inside some of their models – a genuine Yamaha engine. The company focuses exclusively on inverter generators, and unlike many manufacturers isn’t shy or secretive about their origin – China. Atima offers a 2-year warranty on all their products, a 30-day return policy, and promises great customer service overall.

Warranty Information

The Atima SD3000i 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 Atima generators, please consult Atima's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-844-428-6922.

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
Slow cooker270270
Cell phone charger2020
Total1982 W2982 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Toaster oven800800
Bug zapper8080
Total2070 W2660 W
For workGrinder14002500
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Bug zapper8080
Total1730 W2830 W

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