Generator auto start and system control panel

I have a Xantrex TR1524 and Honeywell 7500EL generator. I would like to add auto start and a system control panel. Anyone have a suggestion on what would work best?
The generator has electric start but no automatic choke. Any suggestions on how to automate the choke would be helpful too.
I would make do with a battery level monitor and a remote start switch but would prefer auto start.



  • mike95490
    mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 9,583 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: Generator auto start and system control panel

    If you convert to propane, does it need choke ?
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  • BB.
    BB. Super Moderators, Administrators Posts: 33,479 admin
    Re: Generator auto start and system control panel

    Here is a several year old thread:

    Automatic Generator Starting

    At that time, I could not find very much on converting an electric start genset to full auto start... It seemed like it was better to buy a genset already setup for it.

    Near San Francisco California: 3.5kWatt Grid Tied Solar power system+small backup genset
  • stephendv
    stephendv Solar Expert Posts: 1,571 ✭✭
    Re: Generator auto start and system control panel

    Easier to buy the genset with auto-start already included. But if you have an idea of how the electrical system of the generator works, then you can buy the control unit and add it yourself. I did this with my diesel gen and used one of the basic units from, cost about 50 GBP and is fully programmable using their PC software. They have models available to accomodate every type of gen setup, so I'm sure finding one to control a choke won't be a problem.
    EDIT: Assuming of course that you have an electronically controlled choke! (or can build one)

    A not very detailed blog post of my conversion here: