(Topic ID: 304335)

How many pins per Circuit?

By insertcoin

70 days ago


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  • Latest reply 69 days ago by mrm_4
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    #1 70 days ago

    I know it varies per outlet, fuse, circuit and machine but GENERALLY, how many pins can be safely connected to a typical, residential electrical circuit? I'm assuming it doesn't matter so much if they're all plugged into ONE outlet (via surge protector) or in multiple outlets -if they're all still drawing power from the same circuit, how many pins can I run at the same time? I have a 150amp (residential) box. Just wondering, because as the collection grows, should too should my power supply? Thanks for any insight!

    #2 70 days ago

    Been asked many times over the years. 6 per 20A,120V circuit and 4 per 15A,120V circuit. You can probably get 8 on a 20A and 6 on a 15A but now you are pushing it.

    #3 70 days ago

    Very widely discussed over the years here if you do some searches and want to read more. From my measurements with those plug-in meters, LED pins idle under 0.5A and ask for about 1-2A during play, occasionally some will ask for a bit more (like JJPotC, I think that spiked at like 2.5-3). I personally go 8 pins per 20A but they're rarely all on at the same time so it doesn't really matter.

    #4 70 days ago

    Perfect -thanks!

    #5 70 days ago

    Only one way to find out.

    #6 70 days ago

    I had 11 pins on one 20A at a party once. 3 pins were EM's, 5 Sam's and 3 Spikes. Nothing tripped and I'm sure a few time all were being played at the same time. I really was expecting something to blow.
    Maybe if all would have gotten a multiball and shakers motor going at same time it would've.

    #7 70 days ago

    LEDs help to lower the current draw per machine.

    #8 70 days ago

    In my previous house my arcade would trip the breaker way too often if multiple games were being played. I think I only had 2 circuits in the whole arcade. Can't remember the amperage. What I do remember is the rage I felt every time the breaker tripped and I was left standing in a dark basement with no power. Moved to my new house and when I built my dream arcade I added 8 20amp circuits and 25 outlets. I have like 25 games (pinball and arcade). Overkill for sure. I couldn't trip a breaker if I tried to now. So, to answer your question, I have anywhere between 2 to 4 games per 20amp circuit.

    #9 69 days ago

    I run 6 per 20A circuit.

    #10 69 days ago

    I currently have 5 pins (4 out of 5 are LED). Than I also have a shuffleboard bowling alley on the same 20amp circuit. Never had any issues.

    #11 69 days ago

    Also can depend on what you have. I can easily get 8 EMs on a 20A with LEDs

    When I have a party I have my TZ plugged into an outlet that’s on its own 20A with a couple EMs

    #12 69 days ago

    85% of the rated amperage of the circuit.

    #13 69 days ago

    I have 3 Ems and 5 Solid States/Moderns on one 15 amp circuit. No issues when I host home tournaments. All games going at the same time with room lighting, a mini fridge and dehumidifier on the same line.

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/hosting-my-first-pinball-night/page/2#post-6567442

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