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Old 03-08-2013, 01:52 AM   #1
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Portable Power

Friends want me to play their wedding, two songs, about ten minutes total.

The wedding will be on the mountain top, so I need some means of portable power for a small amplifier.

What would be an appropriate portable power simply for either a small 1x12 or a larger Peavey 2x12 amp?
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Old 03-08-2013, 06:29 AM   #2
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you could borrow yourself one of these:
http://www.rolandmusik.de/produkte/...treet/index.php

or you could try to use a generator for producing 110V for your amps. but small generators mostly run with a lil combustion engine and are really loud. maybe louder than your amp.

what about doing the whole thing on an acoustic?
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Old 03-08-2013, 06:46 AM   #3
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How about a UPS
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:52 AM   #4
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I thought about purely acoustic, but if it is windy no one will hear anything. :/
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:17 PM   #5
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Go to walmart and buy a 500W 12V to 110V power inverter and hook it to the nearest car, running of course. If that isn't possible, two deep cycle marine batteries should be sufficient, though expensive.
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Old 03-08-2013, 03:40 PM   #6
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Well, if you bring a 100 watt amp and use one deep cycle battery (doesn't have to be marine) with an inverter, say 500w like 4FunandProphet suggested, you will be able to play for approximately 5-7 hours if not more, assuming no losses (the efficiency of your inverter can make a big difference) Assuming you buy a battery of atleast $100. For 10 minutes, that should be plenty. The diehard series from sears is good in my experiences.

Like this one, http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_...e=31-90734142-2

If you go shopping somewhere else, the CCA (cold cranking amp) rating is worthless since you aren't going to require huge power draws for short periods of time.

Don't forget to charge it before the gig

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Old 03-08-2013, 03:55 PM   #7
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On the mountain top?



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Old 03-08-2013, 06:16 PM   #8
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Well, if you bring a 100 watt amp and use one deep cycle battery (doesn't have to be marine) with an inverter, say 500w like 4FunandProphet suggested, you will be able to play for approximately 5-7 hours if not more, assuming no losses (the efficiency of your inverter can make a big difference) Assuming you buy a battery of atleast $100. For 10 minutes, that should be plenty. The diehard series from sears is good in my experiences.

Like this one, http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_...e=31-90734142-2

If you go shopping somewhere else, the CCA (cold cranking amp) rating is worthless since you aren't going to require huge power draws for short periods of time.

Don't forget to charge it before the gig


I say marine batteries because most auto parts stores don't carry any deep cycle batteries that aren't marine, with the exception of the super expensive AGM batteries. A dedicated battery store might, but marine batteries are the easiest deep cycle to find, at least around here. Two batteries probably is overkill, but I like to be ready in case something goes haywire.
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Old 03-08-2013, 06:39 PM   #9
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I would think you'd be fine with an inverter. It would also probably be the cheapest way to do it, I think.
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you could borrow yourself one of these:
http://www.rolandmusik.de/produkte/...treet/index.php


I don't know why everyone ignored this, it's easily the best idea in the thread...
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Old 03-09-2013, 03:51 AM   #11
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I say marine batteries because most auto parts stores don't carry any deep cycle batteries that aren't marine, with the exception of the super expensive AGM batteries. A dedicated battery store might, but marine batteries are the easiest deep cycle to find, at least around here. Two batteries probably is overkill, but I like to be ready in case something goes haywire.

Good point there! Can't ever be too prepared
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Old 03-09-2013, 05:06 AM   #12
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I don't know why everyone ignored this, it's easily the best idea in the thread...


Its cos its written in Krautenes or something... but yes, this or one of those new generation inverter generators that runs damn near silent. Ask around, you may be able to borrow or hire one.

Something along these lines...
http://powerequipment.honda.com/gen...uiet-generators
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I don't know why everyone ignored this, it's easily the best idea in the thread...


Seriously is. Don't bother with a generator. If you do your gonna have a hard time playing over the sound of it. The car battery idea isn't bad but it's pretty sketchy just look online there's tons of battery powered amps. I used to have an awesome 30w that ran on like 10 9v batteries. Then all you need is something to split for vocals in fact my old amp had two inputs
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Old 03-09-2013, 09:02 PM   #14
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randywolf, thats a load of shit about generators being too loud as a generalisation, the new generations you can talk over standing right next to them, get a 20m power lead and you wont know its there. Older ones, sure, loud as the screams in hell... New ones? Go look for yourself before you wirte them off. Also, where is he going to be able to borrow that Roland Amp. Why would you buy it for a one off show of two songs. He could hire that generator for a day and pay jack shit for it. Get the Genny and use your normal rig man.
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