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Batteries life for Fodera basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TheTurtle, Sep 16, 2004.

  1. TheTurtle

    TheTurtle Guest

    Nov 13, 2003
    I have a Fodera Imperial and I change batteries every months... what's your experience? I play it
    everyday 4-5 hours but It seems to me that they have very short
    life. I use Duracell plus, they works great but after one months
    more or less the volume of the bass in active mode goes to zero and
    I have to use it just in passive mode. I don't know if this is
    normal or if I have some problems with my Mike Pope preamp.
  2. Garey

    Garey Supporting Member Commercial User

    Apr 23, 2003
    Northern California
    Artist Relations/Product Specialist: Mesa Boogie
    Mine last 6 months or more of average playing, if I make sure to always unplug the cable. If you leave the cable plugged in they will drain very fast.

    Also, there was a change in the IC chip at some point....call Fodera and they can tell you whether your preamp has the older or newer chips....the newer ones help to extend battery life as well...but even the old chips don't burn up the battery as fast as you're describing....

    If you always make sure to unplug your cable....then perhaphs something is shorting out and draining the battery?

    Aloha, Garey
  3. Daniel L.

    Daniel L. Guest

    Aug 30, 2002
    I don't own a Fodera, but I've had problems with Duracel batteries dying on me quickly. Try Energizers. They seem to last longer for some reason.

    If the Energizers go bad fast then you probably have some other problem. So my advice is, try a different battery first.
  4. rabass6

    rabass6 Commercial User

    Jun 3, 2004
    Owner, Groovemania.it
    Hi Turtle, my Garrison is always in passive mode...with such a beautiful construction-wood selection, I don't want to rely on some chip ;) ;) ;)
    Anyway, try to see if some internal connection looks wrong, maybe something is driving current to earth, this could surely shortens battery life...
  5. MyDogBo


    Aug 25, 2002
    yes = two words 1.) unplug 2.) cable
  6. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    My Fodera doesn't seem to have excessive drain... and I use Duracell. I even have the gain cranked up on it.

    I never got around to asking if the battery would still drain with a cable plugged in when the bypass toggle is in the "off" position. Doesn't really matter, I got in the habit of unplugging my cable whenever not in use, even on my passive basses;)
  7. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I don't think I've changed the battery in mine for about a year. I always switch it to standby when I'm not using it for even the shortest periods of time, longer ones, I always unplug it.

    In the past year I've gone through periods of playing the bass for hours and hours a day, and not playing it for upto a week. Mine has the older Fodera Preamp, not Mike Pope.

    As far as batteries, I believe you can get 9v lithium batteries that last way longer than conventional batteries, but they are also about three times more expensive.


    Nov 24, 2001
    New York,NY
    ...hmmmm, never heard this before. Although, my Zon with its ZP6 pre(18V) loves to suck down batteries like an "Oscar in a Guppie tank"...

  9. kubicki's are rated to have 1000hours use with normal 9v's, alkaline batts last about 1300-1500hours..ive had mone for 9 months, i put new batterys in it the day bought it, enegiser industrial, scammed from work of course
  10. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    What does this have to do with the battery life of Fodera's?
  11. Whafrodamus


    Oct 29, 2003
    Andover, MA
    USE RECHARGABLE BATTERIES. I bought a charger and set of four 9v's for various things (pedals and such).. If one ever runs out, I just replace it and charge the used one. They work great for battery sucking pedals, and preamps.
  12. 57pbass

    57pbass Supporting Member

    I stopped into Fodera and they upgraded my circuitry with a componenet that extends the life of my batteries.... Give them a call...you might have the old circuit in your bass.
  13. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    I have a 1992 bass. Is the "old" circuit older than that?
  14. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md

    What I meant to say was the "mute" switch. My bass has no output when in that position. I have two toggles on my AJ 6; "mute" and "active/passive".
  15. Joelc73

    Joelc73 Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2000
    New York

    The new chip is for the Mike Pope pre. You probably have a Haz Lab pre in yours.

  16. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md

    I do... just wondering how old "old" was;)

    Again, I have no battery issues with my bass. I put a new one in when I got it (no, not in 1992;)) and it's still going.
  17. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL

    amazing how much money you can save. not to mention the environment. unless of course, you have a proper disposal unit at your super market.

    some guys say there's a tonal difference btwn ni-cad and alkaline, but on gig, i highly doubt you'd hear it.
  18. narud

    narud Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    santa maria,california
    yup, the pope battery life sucks. if im playing constantly, im luckly to get 4-6 months of life. when the batteries start dying the tone first starts getting really hissy and then will eventually sound like butt. for comparison, ive had the same battery in my musicman for over a year.
  19. yeah, but most rechargeable battery's dont last anywhere near as long as normal ones, considering yu dont buy reject shop or go-lo battery's