I own a travel trailer and some of the campgrounds we like to visit don’t have any hook ups for electricity and I don’t have a solar system that can support a hair dryer, microwave and AC unit. So, we have to bring our own source of electricity. Below is my real life A-iPower SUA2000i Portable Inverter Generator review.
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My Considerations for a Generator
There were many considerations for me when I purchased a generator. For me, the most important criteria were weight, cost and parallel capability (two generators can be connected to increase output).
Generators can range in weight from 40-60 lbs for the 1,500-2,000 watt generators and 90-110 lbs for the 3,500-4,500 watt generators. I preferred to buy two small generators so I could move and load them easier. Also, I wanted two generators in case one generator did not work for some reason, in theory I would still have one generator for some electricity.
When I did my online research, 40-60 lbs generators ranged in cost from $250 to over $1,000. I went for a lower priced generator: A-iPower SUA2000i Portable Inverter Generator (2000-Watt).
SUA2000I FEATURES PER A-IPOWER WEBSITE:
-2,000 STARTING WATTS/1,600 RUNNING WATTS
-60Hz, 120VAC, SINGLE PHASE
-79cc SENCI ENGINE / MANUAL START
-INVERTER TECHNOLOGY: Clean and safe power for sensitive electronics
-MULTI-SWITCH INTEGRATES START, RUN, AND STOP FUNCTIONS
-EASY-PULL RECOIL START WITH ERGONOMICALLY-DESIGNED GRIP
-ULTRA LIGHTWEIGHT: Only 46 lbs.
-SUPER QUIET at 58 dBA – 50% Load @ 21’/ 7m, 68 dBA – 75% Load @ 21’/ 7m
-BUILT-IN PARALLEL KIT WITH CABLES: Combine 2 generators for nearly double the power. No additional accessories required. Note, I spoke with staff at Ai-Power and they said the iV version (see link below) does not come with parallel cables, but if you call them, they will mail cables to you. Call Ai-Power to verify this information.
-LOW IDLE MODE: Automatically adjusts engine speed to the optimum level, depending on electrical demand, resulting in lower fuel consumption and reduced noise
-THREE-IN-ONE LIGHT: Shows output indicator, low oil alarm and overload alert
-CAST IRON CYLINDER SLEEVES: Provide engine durability and extended run life
-1.1-GAL. FUEL TANK: Provides up to 7 hours of run time at 50% load
-EASY-TO-READ FUEL GAUGE
-LOW OIL SHUTDOWN: Protects engine from potential damage
-One NEMA 120VAC 20A Outlets
-One NEMA 120VAC 30A, L5-3OR Twist-Lock Outlet
-One 12VDC 8.3A Adapter Plug for Battery Charging or with USB Adapter
-30 AMP RV Adapter
-WARRANTY: 2-Year Residential/Commercial
-EPA/CARB 50 STATES
I purchased my A-iPower SUA2000i Portable Inverter Generator in spring of 2019 and overall I’m pleased with my purchase taking into consideration the relatively low cost to purchase.
The features I like are the weight (46 lbs), fuel gauge (so I know when to refill), built in parallel kit, 30 amp adapter and the 2 year warranty. And, its been easy to maintain it so far.
I have noticed when using my two generators parallel, that sometimes when I use the microwave in my trailer, it trips one or both of the generators, so I have to turn off the affected generator, then turn back on.
I typically run my generator a couple hours in the morning and a couple of hours at night. If it’s hot, I will run them during the day so we can turn on the air conditioner when we’re inside the trailer. I typically bring 7.5 gallons of gas and I usually have around 1-3 gallons of gas left after a 3-4 day camping trip.
I have used the technical support and they have been responsive, responding to questions immediately or within a day at the latest. And, there is a part that I needed a replacement for and they sent it without any issue.
Based on my experience so far, I would recommend buying the A-iPower SUA2000i Portable Inverter Generator.
Note, I spoke with staff at Ai-Power and they said the iV version (see link below) does not come with parallel cables, but if you call them, they will mail cables to you. Call Ai-Power to verify this information.
I hope you found my A-iPower SUA2000i Portable Inverter Generator Review helpful. Happy camping!
Where to Buy
Based on my A-iPower SUA2000i Portable Inverter Generator review, if you’d like to purchase the SUA2000i (older model and it has a DC port aka cigarette lighter port) or A-iPower SUA2000iV (newer model and it has a USB port), see links below.
Amazon – A-iPower SUA2000i (older model and it has a DC port aka cigarette lighter port) – https://amzn.to/37DbzXo
Walmart – A-iPower SUA2000i 2000W Digitial Inverter Generator (older model and it has a DC port aka cigarette lighter port) – Link to Purchase (or click on picture below)
Amazon – A-iPower SUA2000iV (newer model and it has a USB port) – https://amzn.to/3qL9K2o