We own a travel trailer (see my article What to consider when purchasing a travel trailer: 5 tips) and some of the campgrounds we like to visit don’t have any hook ups (see my article 3 types of campsites you’ll find at campgrounds). So, we have to bring our own source of electricity. I researched online the various brands of generators and I landed on the A-iPower brand. This is my real life A-iPower SUA2000i Portable Inverter Generator review.
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There are many considerations when buying 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 smaller 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 price range generator: A-iPower SUA2000i Portable Inverter Generator (2000-Watt).
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.
1/5/2021 Update: Generator has been working great on my camping trips, no issues.
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/2XfZO3P
Amazon – A-iPower SUA2000iV (newer model and it has a USB port) – https://amzn.to/3mtW5L3