fun kid motors working slow

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Jason87, May 19, 2012.

  1. Jason87

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    Dec 10, 2009
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    I am having a party for kids and have bouncing castles etc...5 motors in total...

    I gave them electricity from a multiplug lead i have at home.

    They are complaining that they have the motors working at low speed.

    What can i do??
     
  2. P-MONKE

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    Mar 14, 2012
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    What is the rating of the motors?
    What is the rating of your multiplug lead?
    What is the rating of your mains circuit?

    You may be overloading your multiplug and/or mains circuit which is potentially dangerous - it sounds lke the former.

    Where are you? Here in the UK you can buy multiplug extension leads with 6 13A sockets on the end, but that certainly doesn't mean that it is possible or safe to draw 13A through each one. :eek:
     
  3. #12

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    Concur. It is common to try a 14 gauge extension cord that is far too skinny to carry the power for 5 motors. You probably need a fatter wire, or 2 of them. Look up the current on each motor, distance to the motors, and your local power voltage, and report back here for proper wire size.
     
  4. dataman19

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    Dec 26, 2009
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    How about some pics...
    never hard of bouncing castles...
    Sounds interesting..
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    I also have to concur with the earlier observation..
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    Have you verified that you have a "real" Heavy Duty extension cord (not a Chinees Heavy Duty - a real 10 gauge or 12 gauge one).
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    Also verify that the outlet(s) being used can supply the required current (power).
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    Dave
    Phoenix, AZ
     
  5. P-MONKE

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    Mar 14, 2012
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    I reckon the party's been and gone by now.

    Let's hope it wasn't too much of a let-down.
     
  6. Jason87

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    Dec 10, 2009
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    All of you where right. Thanks for your precious help.

    I had to change the cable for a thicker one and it worked very fine!

    Sorry only know time to reply you :p
     
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