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Offline DiggerinVA

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Power choices
« on: February 25, 2012, 07:03:25 PM »
Well I am at a point of looking at some options for powering my rig. I have a PMD660 (I may sell not sure) a PMD661 (which I just got and it came with a USB power cable); the preamp is  Little Big Box and a Pair of Sony C38 B mics. Well the Big Box has two 9 volt trays and I get 3 and half to 4 hours out of a new set of 9 volts. Now I can hot swap the 9 volts. I also have a MP3300 which I used for the PMD660.

OK now is where my mind goes nuts. I would like to improve the use of the Little Big Box since well I believe you all get it. My options are Lithium Ion rechargeable 9 volts (2 with charger 50 bucks plus shipping. send the unit back to Jon and have the din 3 plug installed(70 bucks plus shipping). Then I could use the MP3300 to power it; if I remember correctly that a cable is provided to allow a RC battery to power it. The PMD661 I could just use the MP3300 or order a USB battery (several choices 50-100 bucks); then again from what I have read I could just buy a good AA charger with a decent set or two of rechargeable AA batteries for it.

Well I thought this might spur a good discussion here.
a side note the GF's job is taking her to Singapore and Indonesia next week, maybe I could have her look for something there for me
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Re: Power choices
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2012, 10:51:41 AM »
Digger, your choices depend on the situations you need the gear for. I assume you are looking for more runtimes. The din-3 plug is a great idea as you can get cable to run Tekkeons, 9V DVD or RC batteries, and have the dual battery tray for lighter uses.

The PMD-661 is a beast on its own, and my vote is for a battery system that will NEVER send voltage more than 5v.

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Re: Power choices
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2012, 11:21:53 AM »
When I had the 661, I used a USB battery. Lots of options that way. Since you're using a pre, it will sip batteries. BTW - is this Stan? If so, you clamped to my stand at Furthur in Raleigh. Killer mics!!  :headphones:
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Re: Power choices
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2012, 12:03:47 PM »
I use a Tekkeon MP3450 with USB cable or Sanyo Eneloop Low Self Discharge "AA"s with PMD661.   When running the Eneloop's I like to change batteries between sets.  If you're not aware, there's a menu setting in the PMD661 to toggle between rechargeable's or alkaline's. 

Either external or internal rechargeable's are definitely the way to go with the PMD661 cheaper in the long run and environmentally friendly. 
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Re: Power choices
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2012, 01:34:07 PM »
Yes this is Stan, I should see you in Cary. Those Sony's really eat the batteries in the Little Box. Jon says I should get about 10 hours but 4 is about the norm. I sent it is for the Din 3 and a switch to disable the phantom power (the Sony's can run with internal 9 volts for about 200 hours).  I will need to decide on the external battery option still.

For the PMD661 I do have the USB power cable so I may just order one of those supplies or use the MP3300 if I find a good deal on the DVD or RC battery.

DigiGal Thank You for the info on the setting I have not gotten that far with the 661 and probably would not have looked for it until a problem showed up.
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Re: Power choices
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2012, 08:21:08 AM »
Buy another 9v a dummy 9v out of wood with hardwired terminals...drill a hole thru the new 9v Tray snake the wires from the dummy 9v and hook it up to a DVD battery....that is how we did it back in the D7-D8 days but used a D or C cell tray
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