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Old 02-09-2018, 05:57 AM   #1
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Intelligent charge/autostart controllers?

Startimg to plan out my conversion and am hoping there is a programable controller that can charge from solar, use alternator if available, and autostart the generator if the load is greater then x threshold or the battery falls below y percent.
Does such an animal exist or do I need to learn how to build one?

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Old 02-14-2018, 10:07 AM   #2
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Quick answer: There are several auto-gen start modules for various inverters or stand alone type.
Alternator: you would use a battery isolator to avoid draining your main battery, some alternators have terminals for ACC items, use these.
Otherwise, Xantrax, MagnaSine and other high end model inverers have these capabilities built in, especially the load switching from shore/ alteranator to battery.
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Old 02-18-2018, 06:46 PM   #3
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Startimg to plan out my conversion and am hoping there is a programable controller that can charge from solar, use alternator if available, and autostart the generator if the load is greater then x threshold or the battery falls below y percent.
Does such an animal exist or do I need to learn how to build one?

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Yes, these exist. I think the keyword you want is "automatic transfer switch". Hope that helps.
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Old 02-19-2018, 02:20 AM   #4
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Birdarchitect26, thanks for pointing me in the right direction, i just need to figure out how customisable they are.

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Yes, these exist. I think the keyword you want is "automatic transfer switch". Hope that helps.
No, that is not the keyword I want.


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Old 02-19-2018, 06:27 AM   #5
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your looking for an inverter /charger. the solar charge controller is another unit. handybobsolar is a good read on rv solar systems.
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