Using an extension switch...

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  1. John Finnerty

    John Finnerty Active Member

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    Are there any potential bad issues from using the power switch on a power outlet to turn my amp (73) on and off with to save wear and tear on the old bat switch? :hmm:
    I turn it on/off several times a day.
    Thanks
     
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    :mrburns::naughty::naughty::naughty:
     
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    just don't use the Clapper™ live...
     
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    Unless you want tremolo... :naughty::D
     
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    actually, I made a dimmer box, w/ a fancy set of slider switches. I hooked an amp up to it & the amp buzzed. I thought I was going to have to take it to the tech.

    Ends up, the dimmer has some sort of interupt, so that it was causing the buzz. Even all the way on, it caused interference...

    I also had one of those timers, that you stick on the wall receptacle & plug into it, to make a light come on/turn off, so, for instance, you go on vacation & the light turns on/off as if someone is home. It caused interference too.

    I wonder if Clapper™ would do the same thing?
     
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    Same happened to me with the dimmer. Sometimes I would hear a buzz, sometimes I wouldn't. After some time I realized that the amp was buzzing when the living room lights were on (which have a dimmer). I never knew why that was happening, but I knew the dimmer was causing it.

    I have those timers to control some lights:hippie:, but I haven't noticed them contributing to buzz.

    I never had a clapper, so I have no idea.
     
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    I was using a timer & a power strip - different occasions. (power strips can do it too) to run some studio lights. It made the strobes flash uncontrollably & they wouldn't fire when I triggered them w/ the remote. Of course, I'm talking about a cheap power strip...

    I unplugged the timer & power strip & all my problems went away.

    I was reading about the dimmer, because someone was asking in a forum, if they could use it as a variac.

    The answer is no, because it always runs full power, but causes intermittent cuts of power, to reduce the overall current. So, say, you are running on a 118v wall circuit, the 118v will still be 118v, it's just that it will interrupt the current intermittently.

    Someone looking to reform cap's, or bring an amp up to 118v, it doesn't work.

    But, whatever it is that makes it do that creates issues.
     
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