Festival Manager has power question

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2017/09/18 21:10:05 (permalink)

Festival Manager has power question

We are trying to upgrade some of our power options for 220 with 30 amp service. What type of plug would be the most universal? Do we need to up them to 50 amp? Would this require a plug change? 
Thanks for your assistance. Just trying to make our Festival more power friendly.
 
 
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    chefbuba
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    Re: Festival Manager has power question 2017/09/19 02:37:29 (permalink)
    You have to have 50 amps available for a 50 amp plug. Can't just change the plug on a 30 amp service.
    I would offer a mix. I had a trailer that was 50 amp which kept me out of a lot of places when they didn't allow generators. You can always power a 30 from a 50 but not the other way around.
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    Re: Festival Manager has power question 2017/11/08 14:23:27 (permalink)
    chefbuba
    You have to have 50 amps available for a 50 amp plug. Can't just change the plug on a 30 amp service.
    I would offer a mix. I had a trailer that was 50 amp which kept me out of a lot of places when they didn't allow generators. You can always power a 30 from a 50 but not the other way around.



    Actually though I agree in spirit with chefbuba, the practicality of this is quite low.
     
    Amps are about speed not quantity. So amps don't affect the amount of power received. 240v and 125/250v are the same output and good for 30 or 50 amp applications. The only difference is that 30amps are far slower than 50amps and running equipment using a total of 50amps continuous would trip the breaker on a 30amp system. As far as 30 or 50, each truck has a specific setup for their operation. 50amp twist lock is different than straight blade dryer plug, but that can be addressed with an adapter plug. Additionally 50amp can easily be stepped down with a pigtail adapter. Conversely a 30amp system can be stepped up or down to meet the needs of each business as well. And although you cannot power a full 50amp output system with a single 30amp plug you can do it with 2 30amp independent lines and a converter "fuse" box. But even if you are using a 50amp plug you can use a step up adapter to run a 50 amp system as long as you aren't drawing more than 30amps continuous.
     
    100-200Amp single phase are the best option for infrastructure that is stationary and can run 2-4 50amp spyder boxes/truck respectively all with 50amp pass through and 30amp plug. But that would require stepdown distribution centers like a spyder box as no mobile unit really runs on 100Amp. 400amp 3 phase Diesel generator(s) work best for larger events as cords can be run longer distance without losing current strength. 
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