Best Power Supply for Your Pedal Board
The Best Pedal Power Supply
Why use a 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. 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!
Cheap Pedal Power - The Daisy Chain Effect
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.
All-In-One Power Banks - The Professional Way
If you want to power more than 5 pedals or use pedals that demand special requirements, then a power bank might be the way to go.
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.
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 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: If you are powering less than 5 pedals and want to save money, go for a daisy chain.
Power Bank: 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.
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