How To Reset A Kicker Amp In Protection Mode

Norvan Martin
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Kicker amplifiers are widely renowned for their superior sound and reliability; however, like any electronic device, they may sometimes experience issues that impede proper operation.

One common issue that affects more amplifiers, including Kicker, is protection mode. Now and then, your amp may go into protection mode for a variety of reasons.

In this guide, we provide step-by-step instructions on how to quickly troubleshoot and get your Kicker amp out of protection mode.

To get your Kicker amplifier out of protection mode, unplug the amplifier and keep it off for a few minutes. While off, the internal memory will reset itself and get the amplifier out of protection mode. If you turn on the amplifier and it remains in protection mode, then check the manual or contact the manufacturer.

Before we continue, if your amp only goes into protection mode when the volume is turned up, check out this article.

If your kicker amplifier is stuck in protection mode, something may be causing it to overheat; or there could be issues with wiring or speakers.

As soon as your kicker amplifier goes into protection mode it’s important to inspect connections to make sure everything looks correct before proceeding further with troubleshooting steps.

Otherwise resetting might be required; here is a step-by-step guide on how to reset and get out of protection mode:

Step 1: Turn Off The Amplifier

Before trying to reset a kicker amplifier, be certain it has been turned completely off so that no power is being drawn from your battery or speakers by its presence – this will allow any potential damage control measures to work efficiently as intended.

Step 2: Disconnect Your Power Source

Disconnecting the power source will ensure a proper shutdown of the kicker amplifier, disconnect its power source (which could include cables or batteries depending on its configuration) from its kicker amplifier, and then shut it down. Doing this will guarantee no more energy is being sent through its kicker amplifier after this point forward.

Step 3: Wait for 30 Seconds

Wait at Least 30 Seconds Before reconnecting the power source, give the amplifier’s internal circuitry time to settle down before plugging back in, giving its circuitry time to reset before rebooting its operations. This should enable its circuits to reset before beginning their duties anew.

Step 4: Reconnect Power Source

Reconnect the kicker amplifier’s power source – whether by power cable or battery depending on how your audio system has been set up – back into its source of electricity, either by plugging an extension cord directly back in or directly reconnecting batteries directly. This may require plugging an extension cord back in or recharging batteries directly if this process doesn’t already happen automatically.

Step 5: Turn on Your Amplifier

If Your Kicker Amp Is Still in Protection Mode It could be that something is off with either its wiring or speakers; take steps to confirm everything has been properly connected and installed before beginning playback of music from it.

Step 6: Check The Amplifier

Upon resetting and inspecting connections, make sure the amplifier is functioning as intended by playing music through speakers to listen for signs of distortion or other potential problems. Listen carefully for any audible distortion that might appear

Resetting your kicker amplifier may help it return from protection mode and back into proper operation. If this does not do the trick, seek professional advice or examine any wiring or speaker issues that could be at play.


What is Protection Mode In An Amp?

Protection mode in an amplifier serves to safeguard both itself and any connected speakers from potential damage.

When an amp goes into protection mode, this usually indicates either something wrong within its components, its circuitry, or with one or more connected speakers that have connected.

Kicker amplifier protection mode

Under certain conditions, amplifiers will enter protection mode to safeguard themselves and avoid further equipment damage from occurring. These conditions include overheating, short-circuiting, speaker wire touching the ground, or an impedance mismatch between the amplifier and speakers.

Should one or more of these situations arise, the amplifier will quickly shut off to stop further equipment degradation from taking place and prevent additional costs of repairs from mounting up.

Protection mode may be frustrating to users looking forward to enjoying music, but it serves a valuable function by protecting both amplifiers and speakers against costly damage.

By quickly diagnosing what caused protection mode to activate and taking steps to address it quickly and safely, your amplifier should soon return up and running efficiently again.

How To Bypass Protection Mode On An Amp?

Bypassing the protection mode on an amplifier should never be done as doing so can endanger both itself and connected components if an error or malfunction arises in either.

Protection mode was intended to shield these elements during times of troubleshooting to help limit damage both internally and to connected parts should an issue occur with either.

If your amplifier has entered protection mode, its source must be identified and assessed. Here are a few steps that may assist:

  1. Wiring Check: Before powering on an amplifier, make certain all wiring – power, ground, and speaker wires alike – is connected is tight and secure with no loose connections, shorted wires, or short circuits present.
  2. Assess Speaker Impedance: To ensure any speakers connected fall within the impedance range set out by your amplifier and do not trigger its “protection mode”, assess speaker impedance levels carefully as any mismatch between impedance levels could trigger safe mode or an emergency stop button immediately.
  3. Asses Temperature: Before turning on any amplifier, take care to ensure its temperature doesn’t increase too rapidly; otherwise it could trigger its internal protection mechanism and bring immediate cessation to operations.
  4. Asses Blown Fuses: Before powering on, take special care to inspect your amplifier for any blown fuses that could trigger its protection mode and force its immediate shutdown.
  5. Cross Check Amp Settings: Proper configuration of amplifier settings is of utmost importance as misconfiguration could trip its protection mode switch and cause irreparable system damage.

How To Fix a Kicker Amp Stuck In Protect Mode?

Kicker amplifiers that remain stuck in “protect mode” usually indicate there is something off within their amplifier or connected speaker systems, making troubleshooting difficult.

Here are a few steps that may help in solving this problem:

  1. Double Check Wiring: Verify the amplifier is securely wired with a power source, grounding system, and speaker system by making certain all connections are tight without corrosion forming on them.
  2. Examine Speaker System: Before connecting any speakers, power up the amplifier; this may reveal any wiring or connection problems with their connections – testing each speaker the key to identifying any defects!
  3. Assess Power Sources: Carefully evaluate each power source’s voltage output – insufficient voltage may trigger amplifier protection mode and overheat the unit itself if not provided at sufficient levels – to make sure each source provides sufficient voltage without overloading itself.
  4. Restart The Amplifier: Unplugging and reconnecting an amplifier could reset any faults that had triggered its protective mode before, thus clearing away any protection mode warnings that had previously appeared on it.

If none of these steps work, more serious damage may exist with your amplifier that requires professional repairs; please reach out to Kicker customer service for further assistance.

How To Reset Amp Gain?

The process of resetting the gain on an amplifier varies depending on the type of amplifier and the manufacturer. Here are some general steps that you can follow:

Step 1: Switch Off The Amp

It is essential when performing any repairs or alterations on an amplifier to disconnect the power first to minimize risk and damage, which may otherwise occur from damaging either its speakers or amplifier. By taking this precautionary step first, risk can be minimized further and modifications carried out more safely.

Step 3: Adjust Gain Control Knob To its Minimum Point

To ensure an ideal starting point from which you can work, set the gain at its minimum position as soon as you begin the setup process.

Step 4: Power On Your Amp

Once your gain has reached its minimum point, power up the amplifier so you can make any needed alterations or modifications; whether increasing or decreasing it depending on what needs adjusting for you specifically – adjustments could include increasing or decreasing it as necessary.

Step 5: Play Music and Increase Gain

Again, gradually turn the gain control knob clockwise until no distortion or clipping can be heard; should distortion arise, make any necessary modifications; once this has taken place reduce gain until all distortion has subsided from sound output.

Step 6: Once You Reached Volume Level

Once the volume level meets your specifications, make small increment adjustments until your sound system fulfills them optimally. This step ensures your audio equipment will meet any special requests or unique specifications that might exist for it.

Step 7: Save Your Settings

If your amplifier offers memory storage capacity, make sure that every time you use your sound system you make use of this function to save settings easily and retrieve them when required – doing this will allow for quicker recall times if required.

Simply follow these steps, and you will easily be able to adjust the gain on your amplifier for optimal sound system performance.


Resetting a Kicker amplifier that has entered protection mode should be an effortless experience and quickly return it into full working condition. To accomplish this, first ascertain what has triggered its protective mode – such as overheating or improper wiring- and then follow any necessary steps such as disconnecting the power source and checking connections which should help identify and resolve it efficiently. Always put safety first when undertaking such activities to maximize longevity and performance for Kicker amps.

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