Question about modifying a practice amp to take dc power ...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by PaulNYC, Apr 7, 2015.

  1. PaulNYC

    PaulNYC

    Apr 2, 2009
    New York, NY
    i got paid for a gig once.
    Hello,

    I have a line6 studio 110 (75W) and I want to take it camping, but power it from a 12V car battery. Is it possible to hack the amp to take DC power directly?

    thanks,
    Paul
     
  2. Not easily. You would need to find out what DC voltages are used in the amp and then use DC to DC converters as required.
     
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  3. You're far better off buying an inexpensive inverter.
     
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  4. PaulNYC

    PaulNYC

    Apr 2, 2009
    New York, NY
    i got paid for a gig once.
    This answer seems to have some agreement. I believe you guys :)

    Would a 300 watts inverter be enough?

    Thanks,
    Paul
     
  5. cfsporn

    cfsporn

    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    This.

    The amp is probably only drawing 200 Watts max so an inverter shouldn't be too expensive.
     
  6. cfsporn

    cfsporn

    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    Yes
     
  7. PaulNYC

    PaulNYC

    Apr 2, 2009
    New York, NY
    i got paid for a gig once.
    Thanks for the help.
     
  8. BAG

    BAG

    May 5, 2014
    New Zealand
    You could do as I did and get one of these. Runs on batteries so you don't need to be near your car. I run the bass through it as well as my youngest kids Mini-Maton (which doesn't have a big acoustic sound) and we can get a good mix with the eldest daughter's full size acoustic. The inverter would be cheaper but It could kill your car battery stranding you at the camp ground.
     
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2015
  9. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa Boogie, Development Engineer-Genzler (pedals), Product Support-Genz Benz
    You will probably want to use a pure sinewave inverter, less noise and less chance of damage overall.