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Discussion in 'Amps/Cabs Tech Corner: Amplifier, Cab & Speakers' started by fifty9 335, Mar 12, 2004.
How many amp variac is required to run a 100 watt amp???
I think a 5 amp will handle a 100 watt head. But having said that, I'd get a 10 amp if I had the choice.
To run an old Marshall that is use to 240v, do I require a variac or will a step up transformer be adequate and safe...i'm worried about too much voltage comming out of the wall, resulting in too hi a voltage after step up.
A typical tube amp will draw a maximum of around four times the power that it puts out.
So a 100W amp needs about 400W, which at 110VAC is just under 4A. A 5A Variac is enough, but a 10A is better.
If you're using a transformer, just be sure to get a 120-240 model, not a 110-240 one - that way, even if the wall voltage is up as far as 125V, you won't get more than 250 at the amp (which they're rated for). Also, make sure it is at least 500VA.
Doesn't this amp have a 120V tap on the PT?
Thanks for the replies, yes it does have a 120 tap but I was told that I should continue to run it on 240....less chance of a problem.
Power = volts * amps
If max power is 400 watts = 110V*amps
A = ~4A
If you have 240 V, yes you should run it there.
I don't agree with that at all. Running at 240V increases the chance of a winding insulation breakdown (the main cause of failure in old transformers) compared to running at 120V, simply because the voltage is higher.
Yes, running at 120V increases the current that the PT will draw, but the wire in the lower windings is thicker to compensate, and unlike the insulation, copper wire does not degrade with age, so it's no more likely to fail now than when it was new - and the transformer was designed to run at 120 as well as 240V.
All the other internal workings of the amp will be the same regardless, since the whole point of the multi-tap transformer is to match the amp to the supply voltage.