The Ultimate Busking Guide

The Ultimate Busking Guide

Recently we stumbled across this amazing busking video

as well as this one!

Musician/Vanlifer Dusty Boots Jamming from the van thanks to the power of the sun ☀️ and innovative gear by Goal Zero Goal Zero Australia keep an ear out for the 󾠕 sax solo and SHARE THE FUNK!! The future of sustainable amplified music outdoors looks good ✌🏼️⚡️

Posted by Vanlife on Monday, 8 August 2016

Whilst watching the first video, we noticed a Yeti 400 was powering his whole setup! And in the second he was using a Yeti 1250! It inspired us to create the Ultimate Busking Guide to help you perform outdoors when you have limited power.

Ultimate Busking Guide

First of all you need to understand what the size and type of gig you are going to be playing, and which musical equipment you’ll need to accomplish your performance with. An amplifier is an incredible tool to help you project your sound in very noisy bustling spaces, but you wouldn’t need one in a space like an underground bus way which has great acoustics. Another piece of equipment is a loop station which provides musicians with a great opportunity to enhance their performance with the looping feature. But bringing it back to basics a microphone is a good staple in any busking musician’s kit. These are all factors to consider when it comes to building your busking setup.

Ultimate Busking Guide

Lithium Yeti 400 powering an amplifier, which has a microphone and acoustic guitar connected.

Ultimate Busking Guide

Once you’ve decided what equipment is suitable for you, then we can move onto the important stuff. Powering your busking set up. The key factor here is to be aware of what your musical equipment power usage is. Be aware that your appliance power usage is different from power output (basically how loud you can play your music). It shouldn’t be too difficult to discern your power usage with a good flick through your equipment manual or specs sheet but essentially you are looking for the power usage value (in Watts) that your musical equipment draws from a source.

The power consumption reading of 30 Watts indicates the power usage that the amplifier will draw from the generator.

Ultimate Busking Guide

With a small set up (such as a microphone and small amp) which is under a 300 watt power usage you would be looking at lower powered generators such as the Yeti 400. Whereas if you are using high powered equipment (or even just multiple pieces of equipment) then you would also be looking at a high powered generator like our Yeti 1250 or Lithium Yeti 1400. These have the ability to power a maximum of 1200 and 1500 Watts of equipment.

Another thing to consider when choosing the right generator is how long you are going to be using it for.  Musical equipment varies in power usage. Understanding your power usage in Watt/hours will then help you choose which generator is right for you. If you’re equipment for example only has a 100 Watt power usage then a 400 Watt battery generator will only run your equipment for 4 hours. The bigger the generator and the bigger the inverter, the more musical equipment you can run. So it all comes down to what you need.

It’s also a good idea to keep your eye out for generators which are capable of running sensitive electronics like musical equipment. A high quality pure sine wave inverter, like the ones included in our Yeti 400Yeti 1250 or Lithium Yeti 1400, are ideal for busking as they are designed and engineered for capability and compatibility.

The Lithium Yeti series providing powerful options for providing portable solar power.

Ultimate Busking Guide

Now that you’ve got all your equipment and understand what power you need, you also need to think about the logistics of whether you have the ability to carry your power equipment. small generators, or even bigger generators with wheels or trolley carts make transportation a lot easier. This makes the whole process of carrying your equipment to and from somewhere just that little bit easier.

Boulder 50 collecting solar energy to store in the Sherpa 50, which is powering an amplifier connected to an acoustic guitar and microphone.

Now something we haven’t mentioned, but we still think it’s very important to note, is look into where you are busking. Most places now have busking rules. This could be regarding designated sound levels, cleanliness or busking permits, so it is very important that you are aware of what you are allowed to be doing or what is a requirement for busking.

We hope you take this ultimate busking guide and put it to good use! If you are looking for a workable solution and have any further questions regarding battery requirements, or understanding your charging capabilities, please call us on (07) 3245 6190 or via our contact form to get in touch with our tech team.

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