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Subject: Mains electricity outside

Date: 11/24/99
Posted by: Alastair
E-mail: juaba(at)netscapeonline(dot)co(dot)uk(no spam)
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Can anyone advise on safe, cheap ways to get a mains power supply outside? The problem is: band wants to busk, we have no money for battery powered amps but we do have nice mains indoor-type amps; donkey motor (is that what they're called?) would be far too noisy. I think I can get a suitable sine wave 150W inverter for 150 and drive it off a car battery. Unfortunately I have never heard of a band doing it this way. Obviously there's a safety issue (UK mains is 230V) but I'm not totally sure how to deal with it. - Does the inverter behave as if the output came from an isolation transformer, i.e., you need to grab both wires to get a shock? - What is the role of circuit breakers in this type of gear? Do they work at all? - Are there any rules we need to follow? Thanks Martin Lin for pointing me here

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