All Power America APG 3203 Diesel Portable 5000-7000W Generator Review

The All Power America APG 3203 Diesel generator is one of the efficient products that can produce 5000 watts of continuous power while being able to surge up to 7000 watts.

All Power America is a company with its offices in CA and manufacturing facilities in China. They have been in the North American market since 2005. They manufacture and market power equipment and power tools. All their products are manufactured to stringent quality control standards and are designed so that all their products are efficient, economical and durable.

This generator is very economical to run and is an ideal source of backup power for your home during power outages. It can also be used at job sites where there is a need to run power tools and equipment.

This unit is not CARB compliant.

Power Output and Generation

The All Power America APG 3203 Diesel generator is equipped with a 418 cc single cycle 4 stroke air cooled diesel engine with an electric start. It does not have a recoil backup start. Jiang Dong supplies and builds this unit.

The generator will not run on bio-diesel but uses standard diesel fuel from your gas station.

This generator is capable of supplying 5000 watts of continuous electric power while being able to surge up to 7000 watts.

Receptacle configuration:

The documentation for this generator is really fairly poor. Nowhere in the literature do they definitively provide wiring diagrams or tell you what the receptacle ratings nor the fuse/or breaker amperage.

The sell sheets and manual only refer to the generator providing 20.8 amps @ 120V and 41.6 amps at 240V. It’s odd and a bit silly that the stated outlets are: (2) 120V Outlets, (1) 120V Twist-Lock, (1) 120V/240 Twist-Lock and (1) 12V DC without indicating the rated outlet type. The 12V does indicate that it’s 8.3 amps..

The photos are so poorly done (the one in the manual is so blurry you can barely make out the locations of the outlets) that it’s difficult to determine by looking at them which output cord you’ll need to buy to match the outlets.

Here is are the actual configurations two 5-20R, one L5-20R and L14-30R. And 12V DC terminals.

Because there was not electrical diagram, and the documentation was so poorly constructed there was no way to verify the circuit configuration. Although the manufacturer was contacted they provided a generic diagram that did not match the unit receptacles. However we were able to verify the amperage where you can use the 5-20 outlet to 20 amps and L5 outlet up to 20 as well. Each side of the L14 when switched to 120V allows 20 amps as well. When switched to 240V then total output is 20 amps which is the rated output of the generator.

The manual indicates that the DC circuit should only be used to charge the generator battery. This is an on going interest as other suppliers seem to have this same comment. It leads us to believe that the different brands are using the same supplier to configure their units and using the manual supplied without a good review.

Why in the world would you put a 12V DC system terminals on the outside if it is only to be used for charging the battery in the generator. Upon contacting the manufacture the DC is meant to charge external batteries, but is not self governed and has to be monitored as to not damage the battery if left on too long. We view this as a short coming that should be addressed by the design team.

Another silly aspect is the manual goes on to say that you can’t use the DC circuit if you are using the AC circuits. The manufacture verified that this is the way the intended for it to work, although the coils circuits are separate it may be a need to ensure proper output. We were disappointed with the way this is set up. Also see our comments about discounting the battery after starting up the generator in the display section.

Fuel Type and Noise Levels:

The All Power America APG 3203 Diesel generator uses diesel as fuel. It has a fuel tank capacity of 4 gallons which lets it run for up to 11 hours at 50% load capacity and up to 8 hours at full load. The engine uses standard SAE 10W40 oil, but you can use other recommendations based on your temperature range which are given in the manual.

Noise:

For a diesel generator this unit is comparatively quite producing only 69 Db of sound.The enclosed design helps to keep the mechanical noise level under control. This is relative to about busy street level noise.

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Dimensions and Weight

The overall dimensions of this generator are 35.2 x 20.25 x 28 inches ( L x W x H ) and it weighs in at 385 lbs. This makes this generator on the heavier side but it comes with a wheel kit that makes it easy to move it around.

Adding the fuel to the generator diesel at 7.15 lbs/gal puts the generator about 413 lbs.

Typical Uses and Needs

The All Power America APG 3203 diesel generator runs on diesel fuel which is much more stable than gasoline and easier to store. With an output capacity of 5000 watts of continuous power and a capacity to surge up to 7000 watts, it can supply your home with electrical power in times of power outages. It also has very good fuel efficiency and can run for 11 hours at 50% load capacity on 4 gallons of fuel.

It does supply stable electricity (at +/- 5% distortion) for you to run your home electronics safely. This generator with its wheel kit is easily movable and can also supply you with electric power to run your tools at a large garge where you need to have power available. Also with transport to a construction site with a concrete slab, this unit could be wheeled around to provided electricity to various tools.

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Display & Control Panel, Start-up

apg3203-diesel-control-panelThe control panel of the APG 3203 generator is located on the side of the generator.

When you face the generator you will find that it has a main switch at the top left hand corner which controls the output of the generator. Next to it to the right you have a toggle switch which controls the voltage output from 120V to 240V. To the right of this switch you have the ON/OFF/ Start switch. To the right of this you have the digital display with a Voltmeter, KW meter and a hour meter and below this digital display is the low oil warning light.

Below the main main switch to the left you have 2 5-20 120V outlets, next to that you have the L5 twist lock 120V outlet and next to this on the right you have the L14 twist lock 120V/240V outlet. To the right of these outlets you have the 12V DC outlet terminals and next to that you have the ground terminal.

Start up

The All Power America APG 3203 diesel generator is equipped with an electric start system to start the engine of the generator. Before starting the generator you will need to see that you have attached a ground wire to the generator, check and see that the generator is on a level surface and that it has the proper amount of engine oil and there is sufficient fuel in the fuel tank. Here are the steps to be taken to start this generator.

  1. Check and see that there are no loads connected to the generator.
  2. Open the fuel valve.
  3. Set the engine starter lever to the Run position.
  4. Move the Main Switch to the OFF position.
  5. Turn the ignition key clockwise to the Start position.
  6. Release the key as soon as the engine starts.
  7. Move the Main Switch to the ON position.
  8. Let the engine warm up for a couple of minutes before connecting any loads.
  9. Disconnect battery after starting

Note: The manual indicates that the battery should be discounted after starting up the generator. This seems like a poor design and an unnecessary step. The manufacture verified that the battery does not charge internally and can be discounted carefully and charged with 12V DC terminals. As an end user the less I have to deal with these types of issues the better. 

Shut down

  1. Turn Off and disconnect all loads.
  2. Turn the Main Switch to the OFF position.
  3. Let the generator run for a few minutes without any loads.
  4. Turn the Ignition key to the OFF position.
  5. Turn the fuel valve lever to the OFF position.

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Additional Features

Here are the features of the All Power America APG 3203 diesel generator.

  1. It features a powerful 418 cc 4 stroke air cooled diesel engine.
  2. It has a digital control panel with volt meter and a hour meter.
  3. It has an electric start feature to start the engine.
  4. It has a glow plug start assist feature for starting in cold temperatures.
  5. Comes with a maintenance free battery (12V 30CCA)
  6. It has a 4 gallon fuel tank which lets it run for 11 hours at 50% load capacity.
  7. It is comparatively quite producing only 69 Db of sound.
  8. It comes with a wheel kit that makes it easy to move it around on flat surfaces.
  9. It can supply 5000 watts of continuous power and can surge up to 7000 watts.

Care and Maintenance and Use

To get the most out of your generator and to ensure that it runs properly, you need to do periodic maintenance on it. Here is the maintenance schedule as recommended by All Power America.
Every day

  1. Check the fuel.
  2. Check the engine oil.
  3. Check for any leakages.
  4. Check and tighten fasteners.

First month or 20 hours

  1. Drain out the fuel oil.
  2. Change the engine oil.
  3. Adjust clearances of intake valves.

Third month or 100 hours

  1. Change engine oil.

Sixth month or 500 hours

  1. Tighten cylinder head bolts.
  2. Clean or replace engine oil filter.
  3. Replace air filter.
  4. Clean fuel oil filter.
  5. Check fuel injection pump.
  6. Check fuel nozzle.
  7. Check fuel line.
  8. Adjust clearances of intake and exhaust valves.
  9. Check carbon brushes and slip ring.

Every year or 1000 hours

  1. Replace fuel oil filter.
  2. Grind intake/exhaust valves.
  3. Replace piston ring.

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Warranty and Repairs

The All Power America APG 3203 diesel generator is covered by a manufacture warranty for 1 year from purchase. From one sells site this warranty indicates it covers all defective parts and the labor to replace them.

Consumer Comments

The All Power America APG 3203 diesel generator is very new on the market. As of this writing there were no consumer reviews for this product.

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Pros & Cons

Pros

  • It uses diesel as fuel which is more stable than gasoline and easier to store.
  • It has a fuel tank of 4 gallons and can run for 11 hours at 50% capacity or for 8 hours at full load.
  • It is comparatively quite producing only 69 Db of sound.
  • It has an electric start.
  • It has a digital control panel with a voltmeter and a hour meter.
  • It comes with a wheel kit that makes it easy to move it around.
  • It has a low oil shut off to protect the engine.
  • It has a heavy duty construction that ensures its durability.

Cons

  • It is very heavy.
  • It is expensive compared to gasoline generator of same size, but comparable for Diesel generators.
  • It comes with only a 1 year manufacturers warranty.

Price

The price of the All Power America APG 3203 diesel generator varies quite a bit from dealer to dealer. It is generally available on for around $1600 to $1800 and may come with free shipping.

Accessories

Accessories for this generator include a generator power distribution box for connecting extra loads. You can also get a generator transfer switch kit to transfer power from the generator to your home. There are also power cords available in various lengths to help you connect your appliances to the generator.

Coleman Cable 01980 X-Treme Box 01980 Portable Temporary Power Distribution Box, Converts (1) L14-30P to (8) 5-20R

CEP 6506-GU Temporary Power Distribution Spider GFI Box

Reliance Controls 20216A Pro/Tran 6-Circuit 20-Amp Generator Transfer Switch for up to 5000-Watt Generators

Reliance Controls PB30 L14-30 30 Amp Generator Power Cord Inlet Box For Up To 7,500 Watt Generators

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Summary

The All Power America APG 3203 diesel powered generator is capable of providing 5000 watts of continuous power and being able to surge up to 7000 watts.

This makes this generator a good source of backup power for your home in times of power outages. This generator runs on diesel fuel which is much safer and easier to store than gasoline. With a fuel tank capacity of 4 gallons and a run time of 11 hours at 50% load capacity, makes this a very economical generator to run for extended times.

It also gives out stable electricity which is safe for your household electronics. With its wheel kit and handle, this generator is easy to move around solid flat surfaces and can also supply you with electricity at your job site to run your power tools and equipment.

The indications are that this unit is meant for more intermittent load operation and not continuous service on a daily basis. There are quarks such as the battery issues noted earlier, but it looks like a good solid unit for backup power.

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