All Power America APG3014 1400 Watt Portable Generator Review

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All Power America APG3014 USA Model

All Power America APG3014 1400 Watt Portable Generator is billed as 2000W generator, but rated continuous watts are 1400.

There are many companies that market and sell gas powered generators. These generators are available in different sizes to meet various needs.

All Power America is a company that is very new in the market. They started selling power tools and power equipment in North America in 2005. Though this company is new its products are backed by a large force of engineers who not only design and test their products but also are involved in stringent quality control when it comes to the manufacture of their products.

All Power America manufactures and markets many different sizes of efficient and durable portable gas powered generators to meet your needs.We found their online site to be very basic and show the various models in a gallery. You can download the users manual here as well, but provides only the basic information. No wiring diagrams or other technical data was directly available.

Let’s introduce you to the 1400/2000W APG3014 model.

Power Output and Generation

The All Power America APG 3014 portable generator is rated by the manufacture for 1400 watts of continuous power and a surge up to 2000 watts. It uses a 3 HP OHV engine running at 3600 rpm, which helps keep noise levels down. This is a non-CARB compliant model.

At this size range the unit is a tailgating or camping unit that can provide enough power for several small appliances.

A significant limitation of the output is that this unit is set up for 120Vs with two duplex (L5-20R) outlets. but limited to 11.6 amps (slightly less than 1400 watts). So any 12 to 15 amp appliance will not be appropriate for this model.

One owner tested it extensively and indicated that at 10 amps or 1225 watts it was reliable but at the 11 amp the engine slowed and was loaded hard. 12 amps did cause the engine to stop. Given this test and noting that the engine manufacture only rates the engine for 1300 watts suggests that it may under perform when approaching max rated capacity. Elevation will have a significant effect on these results as well.

This model does come with a 12V DC output at a 8.3 amp output (~100 watts) as well which makes it usable for a number of charging or small electronic devices. (The output may vary with engine load as this is not an inverter equipped unit.).

Fuel Type and Noise Levels:

The All Power America APG 3014 runs on unleaded gasoline and has a fuel tank capacity of 1.32 gallons and can run for 9 hours at 50% capacity (700 watts).

1400 watts can run several appliances and lights. As an example the manufacture claims a fridge, garage door opener, small microwave, and a small TV set. Fuel gauge is also included to monitor your current supply.

Oil is only required for the crank case and All Power indicates SAE10W-30 is required (not provided) and there are options for other temperature ranges. Somewhere around a 1/2 quart is needed. All Power did not give a specific volume, but as typical with these engines it’s a fill line in the oil fill cap to get it.

Noise: It is relatively a very quite generator having an operating noise level of 65 dB.Providing a good margin to the bench mark of 70dB making it very hearing friendly.

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Dimensions and Weight

The All Power America APG 3014 generator has overall dimensions of 18.54 X 14.5 X 15.15 inches (LxWxH). (Note literature and information on Amazon has some errors such as the dimension for length was noted as only 8.5 inches, wouldn’t that be exciting!)

This makes this generator a very compact one and with a weight of only 54 to 57 pounds, it is light enough to be easily moved to where ever it is needed. Add another 9 lbs for gasoline. and it’s still a very manageable unit.

At this weight most individuals can lift it around for short distances or heft into the back of a truck bed or trunk. Two people would make it a breeze.

This unit is not equiped the mobility (wheels) kit that the larger All Power Generators do have.

Typical Uses and Needs

The All Power America APG 3014 generator is just the right size and portable enough to take camping to power your electrical appliances or even for an evening tailgating. It is a useful little generator which can power your power tools with lower wattage requirements on those job sites that do not have any electricity.

As a backup for the house it is a very convenient little generator that can be used to power your essential electrical equipment in times of a power failure. With its nearly 1400 watts of continuous output and a surge output of 2000 watts, a noise level of only 65dB makes it a very economical and efficient generator for your lower end needs.

Display & Control Panel, Start-up

all-power-apg3014-control panelThe display and control panel of the All Power America APG 3014 generator is very simple and easy to use. When you face the generator, you will see that to the extreme left is the Engine switch which is used to turn On and Off the generator.

To the right you then have the two 120 volt outlets and the circuit breaker above them for those outlets. Next to the circuit breaker you have the pilot lamp which indicates that the generator is giving out the proper voltage. Next to the pilot lamp you have the circuit breaker for the 12 volt DC outlet which is located below the circuit breaker. To the right of the 12 volt DC outlet is the ground terminal.

Start up

Before starting the generator check the fuel level and the oil level. Make sure that the generator is placed on a level surface. Also make sure to ground the generator. The All Power America APG 3014 generator uses a pull rope system to start the generator. Here are the steps to start this generator.

  1. Make sure that there are no appliances connected to the generator.
  2. Turn the fuel cock to the ON position.
  3. Turn the engine switch to the ON position.
  4. Turn the choke lever to the ON position.
  5. Pull the starter handle till you feel a resistance. Return the starter handle to its original position and pull swiftly. After the engine starts return the starter handle to its original position slowly.
  6. Let the engine warm up for a few minutes.
  7. Turn the choke lever to the operating position.
  8. Once the engine has warmed up you can connect the electrical loads to the generator.

Advice for use: Warm it up before plugging in anything. Plug in only one appliance at a time and wait for the engine to run smoothly again before adding the next one.

Shut Down
To shut down the generator you have to;

  1. Unplug all the electrical loads from the generator.
  2. Turn the engine switch to the OFF position.
  3. Turn the fuel cock lever to the OFF position.

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Additional Features

Here is a list of the features of the All Power America APG 3014 generator.

  1. It has a 3hp OHV 4 stroke engine. Great fuel efficiency, but may be slightly under powered.
  2. It is lightweight and compact.
  3. Has a peak power output of 2000 watts and will likely supply a little less than 1400 watts continuously.
  4. It has two 120 Volt AC outlets and one 12 Volt DC outlet.
  5. It features a recoil starter to start the engine.
  6. It is EPA approved though it is not CARB compliant.
  7. It has a low oil sensor which shuts the engine down when it is low on oil.
  8. It provides an auto voltage regulator which ensures the right voltage output.

Care and Maintenance and Use

To get the utmost out of your generator you will need to do periodic maintenance and keep your generator in proper working order. Here are the guidelines as suggested by All Power America for this generator.

Care and Maintenance

  • Before every use

    1. Check the spark plug to see that it is clean and adjust gap if necessary.
    2. Check the oil level.
    3. Check the fuel hose for damage and replace if necessary.
    4. Check the exhaust system and tighten or replace the gasket if necessary.
    5. Check the recoil starter.

    After the first month or 20 hours of use

    1. Replace the engine oil.

    Every 3 months or 50 hours of use

    1. Check spark plug. Clean and adjust the gap. If necessary change the spark plug.
    2. Replace the engine oil.
    3. Clean the air filter or replace it if necessary.

    Every 6 months or 100 hours

    1. Clean fuel filter or replace it if necessary.
    2. Check the choke operations.
    3. Check all fittings and fasteners and tighten as needed.

    Every 12 months or 300 hours

    1. Check and adjust the valve clearance.
    2. Check the cooling system for damage.
    3. Decarbonize the cylinder and the piston.

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Warranty and Repairs

Warranty is weak compared to some of the other major brands. Likely based on a price structure which doesn’t allow for much in the way of covered costs.

The All Power America APG3014 generator is covered by a limited warranty that covers the generator and all parts from defects in workmanship and materials and All power will replace these parts free of cost. Labor is not included.

This warranty is for a period of 1 year for the consumer and it is valid for 90 days for the commercial user. For processing a warranty claim the product must be evaluated by an Authorized Warranty Service center. The freight costs to the warranty service center must be paid by the purchaser.

Note modifying this unit with even adding wheels could void your warranty.

You can get service via an online request form at their site. As well they have a toll free service number.

Customer service by customer reviews indicates that it’s good and bad. It was difficult to know exactly the type of service you are going to get even though they advertize that it’s one of their strengths.

Consumer Comments

The All Power America APG 3014 generator has a rating of 3.4 stars out of 5 on Amazon. Though the rating seems to be slightly low it may be due to the customers expecting more from this generator than its rated output. Often times, and a peeve of mine is stating the surge wattage in titles and promotions rather than rated wattage. This does confuse many customers and one that you should be aware.

Most of the customers who have used this generator without overloading it have only good things to say about it.

Some of the things that satisfied customers had to say about this little generator were about how well it works for light use. Others mentioned that as a small generator this is a winner or a nice generator. Several comments related to easily starts, dependable performance and serving its purpose.

On the noise side some were impressed at how quiet the generator was when in use.

One concluded that as an everyday small generator, this one fits the bill.

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Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Easy to start.
  • Fuel efficient.
  • Lightweight and portable for easy movement.
  • Has a low oil sensor to protect the engine from damage in case of low oil.
  • It is very quiet.
  • Delivers 1300 watts of continuous output and can surge up to 2000 watts.
  • Good gas use for small generator.
  • It is very low cost price wise.
  • It is useful for emergencies and as a backup in case of power outages.
  • Acceptable 120 volt AC output and a 12 volt DC outlet for charging batteries

Cons:

  • It can run limited equipment due to its size.
  • It is difficult to fill oil.
  • Customer service appeared to be bad at times. Even those using Amazon had good and bad experiences.

Price

The list price of the All Power America APG3014 Portable Generator is a in the $225.00 range on Amazon, althought there are discount prices below this, look out for shipping and handling charges.

At this price range this is one of the cheapest generators on the market that can deliver 1,400 watts of electricity. Not only is this generator cheaper than many comparable generators, but it is also well made and customers who have used it have had no problems with it.

Accessories

Though there are no specific accessories for this product, you can find a cover for the generator to keep it safe from the elements when not in use. There are also extension cords available for generator.

 Backyard Basics Generator Cover

10 Foot 5-20P to 5-20R Extension Power Cord, 20 Amps, 125V

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Summary

The All Power America APG 3014 gas powered portable generator is a very compact and lightweight generator.

It is a very useful generator in this price range to power limited equipment. It is an acceptable generator to take camping or to power electrical equipment in your RV. Its size makes it a good option for tailgating or for use on job sites where you need to run a few power tools.

It is also great as a backup unit for your home in case of power outages to power up essential electrical equipment.

In its size and class it is one of the more economical generators available and can be compared in performance to other generators that are much higher priced.

Similar Generation Units:

The following Generators are similar to the above but at different wattage sizes (continuous rating is noted not surge) Gas Powered:

All Power 3,000W 6.5 HP Generator Deluxe Side Panel – Carb Approved

All Power America APG3004 800-Watt 2-Cycle Gas Powered Portable Generator

Propane:

All Power America APG3535CN 2,800 Watt Propane Powered Generator

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