Best Power Supply for Your Pedal Board
The Best Pedal Power Supply Options
WHY USE POWER SUPPLY INSTEAD OF BATTERIES?
When you have a pedal board full of effects, changing batteries regularly can be expensive over time. It might be more cost effective to invest that money into a power supply that has many benefits over using batteries.
Some pedals do not perform at their best if they do not have enough power being supplied. It is highly recommended to use power supplies if you're using multi-fx pedals, delay, reverb pedals or loop pedals. They're known for cunsuming 9v batteries pretty quickly.
If your battery is starting to get low, your pedal might start to sound a bit dull. The right power supply will consistently deliver the optimal amount of power, so that you are always sounding as best as possible.
Batteries can be unreliable - imagine running out mid-song and having to find your spare. Or even worse - not having a spare!
BUT... YOU SHOULD STILL USE 9v BATTERIES, TOO!
Even though in most cases using a power supply does indeed provide an advantage for the guitarist, in some cases a 9v battery will do just fine, if not be actually better than a power supply!
For instance, wah pedals take batteries rather well - there's no need to plug one to a power supply, as battery can last ages on a wah. It'll also free one output of teh power supply, for a pedal that may need it more!
And Fuzz pedals are widely believed to sound better when using batteries rather than power supplies! They actually interact with the battery, which can change the tonal quality of the fuzz. This is especially true of vintage-style fuzz pedals, such as Tone Benders or Fuzz Face models.
Most guitarists agree that carbon zync batteries make a fuzz pedal sound better than an alkaline battery, and some guitarists will tell they can even tell the difference when using different brands of alkaline battery, which can give more, or less, high-end definition.
But that's not all: there's tonal differences generated across the life span of a battery, affecting and ever changing the sound of your fuzz pedal. Some guitarists actually prefer the tone of a fuzz pedal with a nearly flat battery, such as Duane Allman, who was said to use a nearly-dead battery on his Fuzz Face, for a "voltage sag" tone, providing a lighter, "creamier" fuzz.
CHEAP PEDAL POWER: THE "DAISY CHAIN"
If you are using a few standard 9v guitar pedals such as Boss, Ibanez, EHX or MXR then the daisy chain method will safely power your pedals without breaking the bank.
- Find a cheap 9v guitar pedal power supply such as our Code PSU.
- Connect a Daisy Chain cable to your PSU - you will now end up with enough plugs to power 5 guitar effects.
- Double check the back of your pedal and make sure it is compatible with the power supply. If so, plug and play!
Pros: Cheap, compact, easy to setup.
Cons: Can't use non-standard pedals, power drain throughout the chain.
WARNING: you can easily find multi-voltage power supplies on the high-street, but you must avoid those - they were not made for fx pedals and can often cause unwanted hum.
POWER BANKS - THE WAY OF THE PROS
If you want to power more than 5 pedals or use pedals that demand special requirements, then a power bank is the best way to go. Pretty much 9 out of 10 (if not 10 out of 10!!!) professional artists can be seen using power banks on their pedalboards.
Most pedal banks have at least 5, and often more than that, of outputs to power different pedals. Usually, the outputs are for fx pedals that require 9v (the standard, as featured on Boss pedals). However, as pedals that require different voltages become more popular (usually by "boutique" brands) some power banks now feature extra voltage outputs.
For example, the Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 4x4 offers different popular milliamp combinations with 9v & 12v. Perfect for powering demanding effects such as some Strymon, Eventide, Line 6 and TC Electronic pedals. The MXR DC Brick is always a very popular and reliable choice for many guitarists.
All of the outputs are isolated, meaning any unwanted noise creating by chaining different effects together is removed completely.
If you want the best performance out of your pedals with no extra noises, a multiple output power supply is definitely the way to go.
Pros: Isolated Outputs, Versatile, Best Performance, Reliable.
Cons: Expensive, Large.
WHICH MULTI-POWER SUPPLY IS BEST FOR ME?
After a quick look at the two different methods, it all comes down to your own needs.
Daisy Chain -style: If you are powering less than 5 pedals and want to save money, go for a daisy chain.
Power Bank -style: If you have any non-standard pedals, use more than 5, or want optimal performance out of your pedals then an all-in-one power supply is the best. There is no doubt that they are superior compared to daisy chaining your pedals, and are an essential for professionals.
Please check our selection of POWER SUPPLY FOR FX PEDALS, to see all the best power supplies available, including for non-standard pedals.
Boss PCS-20A Daisy Chain
The Boss PCS-20A "daisy-chain" cable is a simple and affordable solution that allows for powering multiple BOSS compact pedals! If you own a pedal board that is littered with Boss Pedals and you are fed up of buying expensive batteries, then why not combine this with the Boss PSA-240 for the ultimate Pedal…
Stagg 5-Effect Pedal DC Supply Get juice to 5 of your pedals with this power supply from Stagg.
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T-Rex Fueltank Chameleon Why add power supply compatibility to your list of worries in your guitar rig. The Chameleon blends into your setup perfectly, 9v, 12v, 18v AD & DC the Chameleon can sort your setup. T-Rex Fueltank Chameleon Review Once I had everything set up, I played around with the pedals for a while, gladly observing that the Chameleon…
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Take noise, wall wart supplies and messy cable runs out of the equation with the T-Rex Classic power supply. Everything you need to support your tone in one convenient unit. This is the classic FuelTank that has 3 different output sections: 9 volt DC, 12 volt DC and 12 volt AC. Each section is isolated. The FuelTank meets the demands…
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BOSS PSA-230 ES AC / DC power supply (PSU)
The new upgraded BOSS PSA-230 delivers 9v DC at up to 500mA (previous version was only 200mA). The BOSS PSA230 power supply is a switch-mode DC regulated and smoothed for BOSS guitar effects pedals and other 9v equipment. The BOSS PSA-230 ES AC/DC regulated power supply converter (PSU) converts UK…
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