With my recent multiple pedal acquisitions, I’m going to be putting a pedal board together soon and I’m looking at power supplies. I really like the idea of a cordless rechargeable one….anyone here have experience with them? Are they a yay or nay?
Pretty much depends on your board, and what the current draw of all the pedals is - and whether all of them are 9v or if you have 9, 12,15,18,24v requirements. Some pedals have a high current draw, even at 9v, so you'd want to know what the watt-hour output of the supply is and that the total max current draw is, to determine if the battery powered unit is suitable as a supply or if it will run out after x minutes of use. Also isolated individual outputs - very important. Nothing worse than a noisy pedalboard supply (daisychains are notorious for facilitating noise) so just do your homework and make sure it meets your requirements for power consumption and isolated outputs for starters...
I have a small Pedaltrain Nano board that I run 4 pedals on.
I picked up a Pedaltrain Volto 3 rechargeable power supply over a year ago, and it's been great.
They are currently out of production, but their website says to stay tuned for the Volto 4.....I don't know what's going on with them.
Mine has been trouble free, and with the four 9V pedals I run, the charge lasts a long time.
It's nice to lay the board down and just plug in the guitar/amp without seeking out another plug to run to.
I’ve used Volto 1, 2, and 3, and the Sanyo Pedal Juice. The Pedal Juice lasted longer, but none of them could make it through a 3 hour gig. And I use my pedals sparingly. They are in the “off” position most of the time. For some reason I could never figure out, my board apparently drains the batteries even when none of the pedals are in the “on” position.
I have some old Volto things. I used 2 of them to power a decent sized board. They worked well enough but I got tired of recharging them after gigs. But they were light and noise free. I still use them around the house to power small boards when I’m just peddling. I have a little Nano board with a Tremolo, Delay, Overdrive and Fuzz as a grab and go thing and I power it with one of those old Voltos. They still work and last a long time.
I found this thread while researching rechargeable power supplies. One question. Looks like with the Mission Engineering 529i it is a daisy chain from the unit. Does that fact that it is not plugged into any wall eliminate the potential noise issues of using wall daisy chain power supplies? I see that the Joyo one has several outputs.