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Old 06-05-2020, 02:14 PM   #21
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To those that have installed soft start, Easy Start, etc to their a/c, is there a very noticeable audible difference in the way the unit starts after the install? I'm curious because the Penguin II (1350W) on our 2018 23FB seems to gently ramp up to speed in three or four seconds, there is no audible "clunk" with an instant turn-on.

Having followed another thread I was hopeful that our unit may already be equipped with soft start, so I went up top and popped the cover, but there is no device visible, aside from the squirrel cage and I guess the compressor, which is encased in foam insulation. I did not remove this to see if anything else was in there.

Just want to be sure we are not so equipped before purchasing the Easy Start. Could I simply try running it from our Honda E2000 and see what happens or could this cause damage?
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Old 06-11-2020, 10:55 AM   #22
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Easy Start install completed

Thanks to all who responded to my original post. I installed the Micro-Air Easy Start yesterday to our Penguin II 13,500 roof-top a/c. Not having 30amp available to the Airstream, I completed the five learning cycles using a 7500 watt Firman generator (~6500 watt actual - was running on propane) in combo with a Progressive Industries surge protector plugged into the 50amp outlet. (Also, we are at sea level). Each learning cycle I observed the line voltage drop from 125 v to 115 v when the compressor was on, and pulling 15 amps according to the display on the surge protector. Today I tested with my Honda Eu2000i and sure enough, it is able to run the a/c and even start it while in eco mode, so it looks like this is a win!

However, I'm not convinced the short-cycle prevention timer in the Easy Start is doing it's thing, as I'm able to restart the a/c within 2 minutes of it shutting down. It states on the Micro-Air site that this would indicate a wiring fault, but if that were the case, could the unit still be able to start with the Honda in eco? I wouldn't think the short-cycle timer would be involved in the learning steps. Each time I would observe a 2 amp draw from the fan, followed by 15 amps when the compressor kicked in a few seconds after the fan.

Any thoughts?
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