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    Default help on powering a small outdoor set up.

    I'm looking for some help trying to figure out what i would need to power my set up while out on small trips. I dont need a set up to floor people by any means. For example, I am attending Electric Forest Festival (which is going to be fucking epic) and would like to set my Traktor S4 up at my camp site for my friends and neighbors, what would i need to use to power this? We should be camping next to our car, unless they change that set up.

    My set up for this situation:

    Traktor S4
    MacBook Pro 15" i7
    2 KRK RP-8 (older boxier version)
    (maybe even 2 blacklights and a small kaliedescope laser)

    i've been looking on amazon.com a little bit but idont know very much about electrical systems, so if anyone has any ideas let me know


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    Look into renting one of these:
    http://www.hondapowerequipment.com/p...GG&category=sq

    You can probably get away with the EU2000i model. I used to own the model and it easily powered a Mackie 15" and laptop. Where you may get into trouble is running lights at the same time. It's best to have clean power for your laptop and speakers. If the lights start to flicker, start unplugging each until you get more power.

    Yamaha also makes a quiet model generator. These style of gennies allow you to get away with not having to run a 10 mile extension cord. One piece of very important advice that trumps anything I've typed thus far, lock the generator up with a thick chain and good lock! They are very easy to walk away with.

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    You could also look at getting an inverter for your car, however be careful you dont flatten the battery!!!

    Or alternatly you could buy a spare car battey, and hook your inverter up to that...
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    Keep an eye on the wattage in comparison with the speakers you want to run. The other stuff pulls very minimal power in comparison.

    Also make sure that "renegade" stages are approved and allowed at the event. I know that some camping events nowadays don't allow them, and you can get shit for it. But the small generator is a good idea, either buying or renting one. It's probably not a bad thing to have around anyhow.

    Though, I will have to say some of the renegade happy hardcore stages at various events I've been to have both been extremely pleasing in memory, and hard as fuck to sleep through lol.
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    thanks for tips so far!!

    I understand what your saying about the renegade stage thing, which is why im down to mix some mimosa, emancipator, mt. eden, and other ambient/chill out/ into the sunset, i just cant sleep at fests and am tired of not finding some music to get down to, so why not just set something small and semi quiet at my campsite .

    I actually work at an amazon.com warehouse, and among the many cool things i see everyday, is wear i saw a small power charger that looked as though it could handle the small tasks im asking. im waiting on someone to bring me the item in aminute so if its one that works ill post it.


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    someone over at djforums just showed me this, and seeing as i cant speak in electrical terms, what do you think?

    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Duracell-DPP-600HD-Powerpack-Starter-Emergency/dp/B000TKHMWK/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1279032607&sr= 1-1"]Amazon.com: Duracell DPP-600HD Powerpack 600 Jump Starter & Emergency Power Source with Radio: Automotive@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51lHOF4v6RL.@@AMEPARAM@@51lHOF4v6RL[/ame]
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    after reading a little i take that back about the duracell, i don't think it could power both of my 90 watt speakers, plus my s4/laptop...trying to avoid the generator at all costs but its starting to look like i'm out of options....


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    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/DuroMax-MX1500-4-Cycle-Portable-Generator/dp/B002SB052M/ref=pd_sbs_ol_12"]Amazon.com: DuroMax Elite MX1500 1,500 Watt 3 HP OHV 4-Cycle Gas Powered Portable Generator: Patio, Lawn & Garden@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51oKQSx213L.@@AMEPARAM@@51oKQSx213L[/ame]


    maybe this one?
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    You probably want something more along the lines of this

    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-EF1000iS-4-Stroke-Generator-Compliant/dp/B002RWK9LY/ref=sr_1_44?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1307967539&sr=1-44"]Amazon.com: Yamaha EF1000iS 1,000 Watt 50cc OHV 4-Stroke Gas Powered Portable Inverter Generator (CARB Compliant): Home Improvement@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41a6%2B2%2BibrL.@@AMEPARAM@@41a6%2B2%2BibrL[/ame]

    There's cheaper alternatives available, but I think you'll spend at least $500 unless you can rent one. You could think of it as an investment as it gives you the ability to have a small party anywhere at anytime.
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    If you're going to be next to your car then this would more than likely work

    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Duracell-813-3007-Watt-Power-Inverter/dp/B001CY13PO/ref=sr_1_57?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1307967770&sr=1-57"]Amazon.com: Duracell 813-3007 3,000 Watt DC to AC Power Inverter: Home Improvement@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51-lOH-OutL.@@AMEPARAM@@51-lOH-OutL[/ame]
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