Over To You: How Do I Safeguard My Gear When Using A Generator?

Phil Morse | Read time: < 1 min
Generators Mobile/event DJing Pro
Last updated 27 March, 2018


DJing with a generator: Have you ever done it? Any tips you’d like to pass on to our reader?

Digital DJ Tips reader Dirk writes: “I have been asked to play an event with only an old generator for power. I’ll be using a laptop, USB controller, a couple of PA active speakers, and some LED lights. Do I need surge protection of some kind? I’m mostly worried about the speakers and laptop, as the generator’s manual specifically points out that sensitive electronic equipment shouldn’t be connected and that the voltage may vary by +\- 10%.”

“I’ve read lots of blogs but surge protection didn’t really come up, maybe because the generators used are newer “clean” power ones. I have no idea how to protect my kit or where to hire or buy the protection. I certainly don’t want to blow up my kit!”

Digital DJ Tips says:

I’ve DJed the odd festival set on a dodgy generator, but that was in the old days of decks and mixers, and it was never my own PA, either. Truth is, I have absolutely no idea. I am sure some of our readers have got experience of this though, which is why I’ve made this an “over to you”.

So, over to you! Have you got any advice for Dirk? Have you faced a similar issue, and if so, how did you deal with it? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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