(Topic ID: 150012)

Pinballs and Blizzards!


By Mike_M

5 years ago



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    #1 5 years ago

    Having recently just bought by first home pinball machine (TSPP) followed less than a week later by an EM found on CraigsList I thought I understood the obsession that is pinball. Now there's a major blizzard bearing down on me in Northern Virginia; my first thought: Yes, more time to play pinball!!! Then I started to worry about what would happen if we lost power... and if it's safe to run the pinballs on a generator. Heat came secondary to that. That's obsession.

    And no, I am not going to trust the power from a cheap portable generator to run my pins should it come down to that.

    #2 5 years ago

    If he power goes out, make sure that your games are turned off, and if they are not plugged into a good quality surge protector, unplug them.

    Good luck!

    #3 4 years ago

    I have not tried on generator yet. I expect that my Honda Generator would power games fine, but it uses an inverter for clean power.

    I went and played three of my games the last time power went out. They are plugged in to a 1500 watt UPS (battery backup). The power demand really confused the UPS - the runtime estimate jumped all around, and I could only play for about five minutes, which was kind of nice. But I'm thinking that it isn't a good idea to play the games in this state.

    #4 4 years ago

    We take a pin camping all the time & run it with my Honda EU1000 generator. No issues whatsoever.
    We have used this on Williams Space Shuttle & Stern AC/DC.

    #5 4 years ago
    Quoted from dasvis:

    We take a pin camping all the time & run it with my Honda EU1000 generator. No issues whatsoever.
    We have used this on Williams Space Shuttle & Stern AC/DC.

    So I take it this wasn't tent camping?

    Had 30" of snow but never lost power so luckily the pinball games never stopped!

    #6 4 years ago

    Well, not tent, but USFS guard station rentals. It was damn festive with the party lights........

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