In the mean time … The show must go on … The rewiring project was going to have to wait.
3/17/2013 … If you live in Boston that date can only mean one thing …
The South Boston St. Patricks Day Parade … Where being Irish is not really required!
I got a call from Mike Majorowski wondering if my battery system would be able to power a float for his band in the parade.
To see if it could be done I set him up with a couple of “Kill-A-Watt meters to use at his next gig to see how much power they would need … While I started to worry about the weather. Rumor has it that batteries do not like the cold!
With the readings he got from the “Kill-A-Watt meters It looked like my smaller battery system would do the job … At least if the weather co-operated and we got that perfect 77 degree day the batteries were rated for (this is Boston … and I’ve shoveled snow in May!)
I explained my “concerns” to Mike and we decided to try the parade using my larger system … At the smaller system’s price.
We had a beautiful sunny day for the parade … If you don’t mind a little cold wind … We started sound check at 10:00 am at 28 degrees And got all the way up to a “balmy” 37 degrees somewhere along the parade route!
Five hours of run time, 1.83 kWh of power used … We even got a nice “Cool!” From the Boston Police Truck team inspecting all the floats when they asked where we were getting our power from … apparently we did not need a special permit for using a generator on the float … Cool indeed!
At the end of the day the inverter battery meters still showed 90 – 100% full … It would have been nice to have the new meters installed … The parts had arrived … the extra time needed to install them was still on back order!
It was my first event moving the battery boxes around by myself and one thing was certain … Those battery boxes are heavy … Very heavy!
The larger system consists of a pair of “Site Safe” tool boxes with each box weighing in at about 500 pounds! … So “portable” is a relative term!
Moving them from the truck to a loading dock, or in this case … To the back of the “roll off” tow truck that was used for the float was pretty easy … Pushing them up the ramp to my truck? … Not so much!
Moving them around was going to take three or four people … Or a lift gate on the back of the truck … I will need to figure that one out later …
My to do list keeps growing!