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.

Jim

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  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 8,290 ✭✭✭✭✭
    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: 29,235 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.

    -Bill
    Near San Francisco California: 3.5kWatt Grid Tied Solar power system+small backup genset
  • stephendvstephendv 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 http://www.deepseaplc.com/, 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: http://www.casanogaldelasbrujas.com/blog/2009/05/25/new-control-unit-for-volvox-generator/
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