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You could run an echo charger to the start battery if you want automatic charging. The Iota stuff seems well built, is inexpensive, has great customer support. I have had mine for a month so time will tell. So far so good.

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I have had no problem with Xantrex chargers or the Echocharge but if you widh to avoid them there is another inexpensive option to charge the start battery. The Blue Seas Automatic Charging Relay SI-Series Automatic Charging Relay - Blue Sea Systems
It will automatically open when a charging voltage is present and close to separate the batteries when voltage drops. It is also dual sensing so if you wish you could run the alternator to the start battery and the charger to the house bank. The ACR senses for both directions. It's less expensive than the echocharge by a bit. Whatever you purchase make sure no charging is routed through the battery switch for a simpler less confusing system.
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