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can i use the x3 ive with 12 volts 2 amp dc power supply?

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Hi, this is Juio from Baja California, First of all, sorry about my engish....

I use to use a am4 amp modeller with 12 volts dc.. is possible to use my x3 live with 12 volts dc motorcycle battery? . im my case will be great for beach rigs when the 110 volts line is horrible and noisy. .

Thanks in advance for your reply

Best regards

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The POD X3 live requires 9v AC power with 200ma to power on and function properly. 

 

Sending any more power than 9v can damage the unit. Also keep in mind that the POD X3 live runs on AC (alternating current) apposed to DC (Direct Current) which can also damage the unit. 

 

The PX-2 power supply needs 120v to work properly to supply the POD with the correct power. 

 

Keep this in mind when researching mobile power solutions to make sure you don't send the wrong power to your unit, which can damage your POD X3.

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.. is possible to use my x3 live with 12 volts dc motorcycle battery? . ..

Don't do it. Please, don't do it.

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Hi, this is Juio from Baja California, First of all, sorry about my engish....

I use to use a am4 amp modeller with 12 volts dc.. is possible to use my x3 live with 12 volts dc motorcycle battery? . im my case will be great for beach rigs when the 110 volts line is horrible and noisy. .

Thanks in advance for your reply

Best regards

 

Yes, it can be done!

 

1.  The voltage the device wants must be given. If it's 9V then you need* to give it approximately 9V. Too much will fry the unit and too little will under power it and it will work erratically.

 

2. If the device is takes AC, then you can power it with AC or, in most cases, DC. If it is DC, you cannot supply it with AC or it will almost surely malfunction.

 

*When giving an AC device DC, it is not always the same voltage. This depends on the internal circuitry. It's usually ok to provide a lower voltage but this can rarely cause some permanent damage in some devices.

 

The reason this works is that digital electronics requires DC. The pod is a digital device. The device itself converts AC to DC internally. If you are supplying DC to the converter, you get DC out. Hence, AC digital devices are usually AC+DC devices.  If the device depends the AC for some specific reason, then it obviously won't work.

 

3. Since 12V != 9V, you will have reduce the voltage of the battery. This can be done with 4 diodes in series which gives a voltage drop of 4*0.7 = 2.8V. A current limiting resistor and a fuse would be handle to prevent potential disaster. You can check out the setup on some useless 9V device(Old junk pedal) if you want. Or just check the voltage and current across a temporarily load resistor that pulls should pull the same current as the device as listed in the specs.

 

I've powered some AC line6 pedals with DC without issue. In fact, all it required was modifying the plug to fit the jack.

 

4. If you create a rig to do this, you will need to make sure you ground things well in case of shock.

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