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Automatic starter for generator Answered

I would like to build an automatic starter for my generator for my travel trailer. I would like for it to start automatically when the temperature reaches a preset level and then, shutdown when the temperature lowers to a preset level. The Air conditioner would be on when the generator is on and also, the battery charger would be on to charge the batteries. The batteries would power an inverter so AC would be available when the generator wasn't running.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

7 years ago

Do you have to hold the starter button, and release it, once the engine starts, or does it look after itself ?

steve

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PAPADOC
PAPADOC

Answer 7 years ago

The key must be released when it starts, just like a car. I wish it would look after itself. If it would do that, it would be easy to use a temperture controller to make it come on and off.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 7 years ago

OK, so we need a way to know the engine is actually running. We could measure the exhaust gas temperature ?

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PAPADOC
PAPADOC

Answer 7 years ago

I don't think using the exhaust temperature is feasible. On a cold start, the starter may stay engaged too long. How do the ones that are in use work?

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 7 years ago

I suppose you can pulse the starter, then check the output Revs of the motor.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

7 years ago

Has the engine got electric start ?

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PAPADOC
PAPADOC

Answer 7 years ago

Yes.