What device is used to regulate power over several circuits?
February 29, 2012 5:55 PM Subscribe
A friend of mine has 20+ old arcade games in his basement. He has essentially set up a small arcade museum at his house. It's pretty sweet! The games are split between several circuits in the house but power is becoming a concern. These old electronics are sensitive to spikes and low voltages and we want to keep them running as long as possible - most of the circuit boards are not made and difficult to replace or repair. What should we consider for 110v line conditioning?
posted by rwheindl to Technology (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm familiar with individual battery backups for computers, I've seen power distribution boxes used by musicians in their equipment racks and I've heard electricians talk about whole house surge suppression but I'm not sure where to start here. I'm not familiar with large scale power distribution for say a data center.
That said, I'm not convinced it makes sense to invest in a whole bunch of Uninterpretable Power Supplies (~$200 ea.) per set of games whatever the number may be and if it comes out to 1 game per UPS, that doesn't seem like a desirable solution on many levels - current draw while all are recharging comes to mind as a potential problem.
We're planning to put a meter on the games to see how much current each draws next week, it's essentially a CRT TV plus a light bulb in each game in terms of power draw. While estimates are great, the ammeter will determine the actual capacity of some such device or devices that we want to get.
What is that mystery device we want to get to protect these electronics during day to day use that will ensure they get regulated clean power and won't cost us too much of an investment to install (or perhaps will cost an investment but maybe is modular - can be moved)?
The plan is to continue adding more games and perhaps move them to a business location in maybe 5 years so we're looking for an interim solution. Right now, when not in use, we usually switch off power strips and/or unplug the games so issues like lightening going through the neighborhood power grid are not currently much of a concern.