October 8, 2013

How Do I Safeguard My Gear When Using A Generator?

Have you ever thought about what would happen if you tried to DJ without the use of power and electricity?  Most of us would be at a loss here, and since there is no way to acoustically play a record (at least not easily), what would we be left with?  Concerts and events that take place in the middle of the desert are well known for their ability to haul in water and power supplies when none are present.  When electricity cannot be had, the next best thing is a generator that runs on gasoline.  Instead of putting a car in motion, it generates electricity through motion – and can power everything from speakers to mixers.

Many people have backup generators, yet they never actually plan to use them.  In the instance that power goes off, they can come in handy – but most live in a world where this situation is unfathomable to them.  Still, it can happen to any of us at any time.  A power spike may not cause any immediate damage to your gear, but it can weaken the internals and cause it to fail earlier than expected.  A prepared DJ need not go as far as buying a generator, but it is still something to keep in mind.