Maschine+ Power Bank guide

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  • Smooshieface
    Smooshieface Member Posts: 6 Member

    Thanks @Ciutdlla, this info is very helpful

  • Jiglo
    Jiglo Member Posts: 152 Advisor
    edited January 4

    I can highly recommend this set up for people needing more freedom from a mains socket. Well, for UK residents at least.

    Omnicharge Omni 20+

    15v 5a USB-C 3.1 PD TO 5.5mm 1.2m barrel jack cable from PiHut

    If you want more freedom from the battery pack

    USB-C 5A 3m Extension cable, again from PiHut

    (Sorry, i'm blocked from posting links, but pics to show them working.) I've been using this set up for months




  • ozon
    ozon Member Posts: 1,230 Expert

    @Jiglo proposed:

    Omnicharge Omni 20+

    Yep. That’s the sh!t! Expensive but one of the most flexible and powerful power banks you can get. Love mine.

  • Heinz
    Heinz Member Posts: 1 Newcomer
    edited December 2023

    Hi, Thank you all for Your posts. It was very helpful for me.

    I bought the Baseus Power Bank, 65W 20000 mAh:

    And the DSD Tech MagicConn SH-CP15A:

    It works very well and I am happy with it


    Thanks

    Heinz

  • Jojok777
    Jojok777 Member Posts: 5 Helper

    Why don’t you just plug the Maschine plus into the AC outlet? I’m looking into this bank as well!

  • ozon
    ozon Member Posts: 1,230 Expert
    edited January 16

    Although that works (I started using the Omni 20+ that way):

    • you have to carry around your AC adapter which is another bulky heavy piece to keep in your backpack
    • you can not keep the adapter installed in your studio hidden under the desk
    • you can not order replacement adapters for the M+ from NI, so it’s going to be a tedious process if the original is lost or broken

    USB-C PD 15V adapter cable is the best way. Love mine.

  • Jiglo
    Jiglo Member Posts: 152 Advisor

    I do, mostly, plug the Maschine into a power socket with the 4.2m of cable I have. I use this plug which is PD 3.0 so I don't risk the Maschine https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sumvision-Compact-Delivery-Compatible-Nintendo-Black/dp/B09D88PVL8

    There are still times I use the battery though. I don't have power in the garden, or if i'm charging a phone and laptop near my favourite perch, then I can switch to the battery, but it's about having flexibility and options.

  • Neo+
    Neo+ Member Posts: 5 Newcomer

    Happy Holidays everyone,

    For any Anker fans, I can confirm Anker 737 Power Bank (PowerCore 24K) works like a charm so far, can't post the link since I haven't been here long enough LOL

    I'm also using the PD USB-C @D-One recommended in the original post:

    Thanks for the continued support here everyone and I'm looking forward to the new year with NI💪

  • D-One
    D-One Moderator Posts: 2,689 mod

    Ooohh it's expensive but that oled screen is sweet. Can you share a picture of the screen while it's powering the M+, I'm curious about the wattage it will show. thanks.

  • GoKeez
    GoKeez Member Posts: 79 Advisor
    edited January 4

    *…found answer elsewhere

  • Neo+
    Neo+ Member Posts: 5 Newcomer
    edited January 5

    Both connected to the main in/out port:

    When a project I made is playing (nothing extravagant) it was at around 7W,

    With no project playing, floats around 6W. Hope this helps!


  • D-One
    D-One Moderator Posts: 2,689 mod
    edited January 5
  • Jiglo
    Jiglo Member Posts: 152 Advisor

    Wow, just over half an amp drawn.

    I have to turn my display brightness down to 1 to get mine down to around 7.5w which is still clear and easy to read, but at 100 brightness it draws about 8.2 watts with nothing running. A project hitting 74-79% spikes at about 12.2w on mine.

    Plenty of headroom anyway in the supplied psu. Can probably power 3x M+ running 3 fairly heavy projects from it if it's 2.5amp (if memory serves me well)

  • lord-carlos
    lord-carlos Member Posts: 2,020 Expert

    Bought a USB-C to 15v power cable on some random china webshop and tested it with my Traktor s4 mk3. Works.

    Sadly I had hoped that USB C from laptops also have the higher voltage output like a powerbank. But that seems to not be the case :/

  • D-One
    D-One Moderator Posts: 2,689 mod
    edited January 5

    @lord-carlos

    Sadly I had hoped that USB C from laptops also have the higher voltage output like a powerbank. But that seems to not be the case :/

    Yeah, but USB-C is just a connection port, it doesn't say anything about the USB generation or power delivery specs. The KKS MK3 for example has USB-C port but is just in fact a USB2 connection.

    A modern MacBook USB-C for example is Thunderbolt 4 (USB4) but it does not have PD so it's limited to 15W, and 7.5W depending on the port according to my research.

    Maybe there's a good reason for this, like it would drain the battery too fast or wouldn't be able to both charge the battery and deliver the power required for something like an M+. Heat in a slim chassis might also be a factor. Laptop manufacturers never list the power output capabilities of their thunderbolt ports, unfortunately.

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