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Current measurement tool for Lounge Level?

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Ned Ward:

OK, so while you can scour the owners manuals and webs to estimate current draw, what tools can be used to check how much current is being drawn on 15 or 20 amp circuits? We recently played at a church fundraiser where the circuits tripped and our keyboard kept resetting due to voltage dips.


Not looking for Fluke tester, but something that plugs into power to help folks understand how much power is being drawn from stage, PA, lights, etc.


This is less for full time show people, and more for those lower-rung fundraisers or festivals so that we know how many amps are being drawn...


thanks!

Chris Hindle:
Look for the Coffee Pot that was on his circuit......

Seriously though, I have a clamp on ammeter, and I made a handful of 1' long AC "plugs and sockets" that give me access to the inner conductors.
You'd be surprised how little current most audio stuff draws.
Except PM3K's...........
Chris.

Andrew Broughton:
http://www.p3international.com/products/kaw-chart2.pdf

Rick Earl:

--- Quote from: Ned Ward on October 11, 2019, 12:30:46 pm ---OK, so while you can scour the owners manuals and webs to estimate current draw, what tools can be used to check how much current is being drawn on 15 or 20 amp circuits? We recently played at a church fundraiser where the circuits tripped and our keyboard kept resetting due to voltage dips.


Not looking for Fluke tester, but something that plugs into power to help folks understand how much power is being drawn from stage, PA, lights, etc.

I keep one of these with me and use my regular clamp on meter: https://www.kleintools.com/catalog/test-measurement-accessories/line-splitter-10x


This is less for full time show people, and more for those lower-rung fundraisers or festivals so that we know how many amps are being drawn...


thanks!

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Jeff Bankston:

--- Quote from: Chris Hindle on October 11, 2019, 12:40:24 pm ---Look for the Coffee Pot that was on his circuit......

Seriously though, I have a clamp on ammeter, and I made a handful of 1' long AC "plugs and sockets" that give me access to the inner conductors.


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Thats the same things I use.

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