2000 Starting Watts, 1600 Running Watts on Gasoline
Electric Start: No
A-iPower's US arm is said to have designed this portable generator, and like most of the other portable generators on the market, it's made in China.
It's a good little inverter that's well-built and buyers say it represents good value for money, especially as it comes with the Yamaha engine, known for its durability and reliability when compared to some other makes. This probably explains why the SC2000i is more expensive than the A-iPower SUA2000i, which is virtually the same other than having a Senci engine.
Overall, the SC2000i deserves a 4-star rating.
If you are considering buying one of the smaller portable generators there are quite a few alternatives to the SC2000i that have around the same inverter power outputs. They include the Briggs & Stratton P2400, the Champion 100692, the dual fuel Champion 100402, the Generac GP2200i, the ubiquitous Honda EU2200i, the WEN 56203i and the Westinghouse iGen2200.
Almost exactly like the Ai-Power SUA2000i, this is a compact and highly portable inverter able to power basic appliances such as mobile phones, televisions, fans, lights, small cookers, and inflator pumps. It's a great option for all sorts of recreational uses, including camping, and tailgating, or just an enjoyable weekend out and about. Some owners also use it to work with low powered tools on DIY projects.
The control panel is clear and easy to read and operate, featuring a multi-switch which integrates Start/Run/Off. This switch also acts as a fuel On/Off, Choke On/Off, and Engine On/Off. Besides the grounding nut and circuit breaker, there are three LEDs that indicate states of power ready, overload, and low oil.
For connections, you have 1xNEMA 120v 20A 5-20R outlet, 1xNEMA 120v 30A, L5-30R Twist-Lock outlet, and 1x12v DC 8.3A adapter plug to charge a 12v automotive battery or use with a USB adapter. A 30A RV adapter is supplied as standard so you won't need to buy an additional accessory.
There is a handy gauge on the fuel tank so you can easily monitor fuel use.
Eco-Modes like the one on the SC2000i are common to inverter generators. These control the engine speed to match whatever load you place on the generator. This mode of operation helps to increase fuel economy and extend engine life. When the switch is set to Off the engine runs at a continuous 4500 RPM.
For those looking for an electric start there is unfortunately no option on this generator. You have to start it with a manual recoil pull mechanism which some people might find inconvenient.
With CARB Certification you can use this inverter generator in all 50 states. Because it also has a spark arrestor you can also use it safely in National Parks and camp sites.
You can find more technical information for the SC2000i in its manual.
A-iPower offer a 2-year limited residential warranty.
WARNING: There is no carbon monoxide (CO) sensor fitted to this model so you must exercise extra care when operating it.
One feature that sets the SC2000i apart from similar inverter generators is its Yamaha 79cc engine. Yamaha are renowned for their exemplary engine reliability so you can expect a longer engine life.
The generator has a starting output of 2000 watts and a running output of 1600 watts.
As an inverter generator, the quality of the power output supplied by the SC2000i matches the supply from the grid to your home meaning you don't need to be concerned about connecting sensitive electronic equipment.
The generator can be connected in parallel with an identical model to increase the outputs, and A-iPower have taken the trouble to provide as standard the required cables if you choose to go this route.
Unlike the bigger and more powerful portable generators, the SC2000i has a closed frame design, which naturally reduces noise significantly. The manual quotes 52dB at 25% load, and the company's advertising indicates a level of 58dB at 50% load. As to be expected, these noise levels are comparable to some of Yamaha's own inverters. All in all, it's a fairly quiet generator, especially in Eco-Mode. However, like most of its competitors, if taken to its limit the noise level can increase dramatically.
A-iPower thoughtfully provide some basic tools and an oil funnel. They also include cables for connecting another SC2000i in parallel, unlike some other manufacturers who offer these accessories as optional extras. It's good value, is well made, and could be a great choice for you if all you are looking for is to power light loads occasionally. Interestingly, one owner thinks it looks like a WEN model when the cover is removed.
Some buyers find it's a noisy generator and they claim it uses more fuel than advertised. They find oil changes are not easy to carry out because they have to tip the generator on its side to drain the oil, which can end up being a messy business.
|4-Stroke OHV Single Cyl.
|7 Hours @ 1/2 load
|1x120v AC NEMA LR-30R
|1x120v AC 5-20R
|1x12v 8A DC
|52dB @ 1/4 load