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Debbie Dunkley

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Generator OK for digital equipment?
« on: October 04, 2017, 04:23:55 pm »

We are running sound at a charity event on saturday and the organizer asked me what generator she should get. I told her it must be inverter and to check out EU6500 or EU7000 or similar.
I just got a message from her indicating it will be this one.

Whisperwatt 45KvA
50A cable and spider box.

I am used to using inverter generators and want to make sure I am not getting dirty power to my equipment. 

I'll be using 1x SRX828sp, 2 x SRX818sp, 2x SRX815, 2x SRX812 (side areas), 4 PRX712's, QU mixer, D- snake.
Band will have backline - guitar amp, bass amp, also keys.
Laptop, iPod and small accessories.


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Re: Generator OK for digital equipment?
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2017, 04:34:21 pm »

We are running sound at a charity event on saturday and the organizer asked me what generator she should get. I told her it must be inverter and to check out EU6500 or EU7000 or similar.
I just got a message from her indicating it will be this one.

Whisperwatt 45KvA
50A cable and spider box.

I am used to using inverter generators and want to make sure I am not getting dirty power to my equipment. 

I'll be using 1x SRX828sp, 2 x SRX818sp, 2x SRX815, 2x SRX812 (side areas), 4 PRX712's, QU mixer, D- snake.
Band will have backline - guitar amp, bass amp, also keys.
Laptop, iPod and small accessories.


OOPS - sorry PLUS 16 LED PAR Cans.- 8 x 120w and 8 x 70w

The Whisperwatt comes in a lot of flavors but in general is the type of genset I call a "real generator" when I post about portable power.

It's a real sine wave output with good voltage regulation.  You should be fine.
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Re: Generator OK for digital equipment?
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2017, 04:42:13 pm »

The Whisperwatt comes in a lot of flavors but in general is the type of genset I call a "real generator" when I post about portable power.

It's a real sine wave output with good voltage regulation.  You should be fine.

Phew - thanks Tim.

Will it be man enough to run everything?... We won't need crazy levels- just parking lot -but fills needed for the sides so I will have to use 4 tops , I'd normally use 2 for a small outdoor show. Also I might not need all the lighting but just in case.
I see the specs show 36KW.
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« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2017, 04:46:21 pm »

Phew - thanks Tim.

Will it be man enough to run everything?... We won't need crazy levels- just parking lot -but fills needed for the sides so I will have to use 4 tops , I'd normally use 2 for a small outdoor show. Also I might not need all the lighting but just in case.
I see the specs show 36KW.
36KW is equal to 15 20A circuits. 

Could you run your gear off of that?  I imagine so, with PLENTY of outlets left over.
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« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2017, 04:48:32 pm »

Phew - thanks Tim.

Will it be man enough to run everything?... We won't need crazy levels- just parking lot -but fills needed for the sides so I will have to use 4 tops , I'd normally use 2 for a small outdoor show. Also I might not need all the lighting but just in case.
I see the specs show 36KW.

Chances are that generator has a 100Ampere main breaker.  You'll not be overloading it.  In fact, you might want to throw in some incandescent lights ( a couple of 1000W flood lights or PAR cans) to provide additional load to stabilize the engine/voltage regulation.  If your dynamic load makes the genset speed up, you'll get more voltage swing as it revs up and down; providing additional loading will help with that.

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« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2017, 04:50:30 pm »

The Whisperwatt comes in a lot of flavors but in general is the type of genset I call a "real generator" when I post about portable power.

It's a real sine wave output with good voltage regulation.  You should be fine.
Totally agreed.

I have run many shows off of a Whisperwatt, and they just sit there and "purr".

I've never had a problem with noise or dropouts.
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Re: Generator OK for digital equipment?
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2017, 05:02:34 pm »

Totally agreed.

I have run many shows off of a Whisperwatt, and they just sit there and "purr".

I've never had a problem with noise or dropouts.

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Re: Generator OK for digital equipment?
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2017, 05:11:28 pm »

36KW is equal to 15 20A circuits. 

Could you run your gear off of that?  I imagine so, with PLENTY of outlets left over.

Ha ha.... I figured it was enough but didn't want to miss any decimal points.....
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Re: Generator OK for digital equipment?
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2017, 05:12:42 pm »

Dude that whisper watt will make those little hondas look like a load of bananas.
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Re: Generator OK for digital equipment?
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2017, 05:23:20 pm »

Dude that whisper watt will make those little hondas look like a load of bananas.

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