batteries or adapters

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Step, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. Step


    Feb 20, 2008
    batteries or adapters, what do you use?

    a guitarist I know has lots and lots of pedals, and a pedalboard, regularly gigs, but he powers all of his pedals with batteries, which seemed kind of odd to me, but w/e

    I myself only have one pedal (a boss DS-1) with an adapter, because I don't like batteries

    and, as a bonus question, if you use batteries, how often do you replace them? at set times or just when they run out?
  2. Batteries will add up to much more money than adapters will.

    Adapters all the way.
  3. Second that. Plus adapters seldom run out of juice at the most inopportune times.
  4. grooVWy


    Apr 9, 2005
    for live, adapters. for recording, batteries.
    noise is the word.
  5. My gui**** uses batteries. He has about 9 pedals plus a Roland Guit-synth. His reasoning is that he doesn't want to have a giant collection of wall warts dragging down his rig. He only noticed my one spot recently. I don't know if he is considering changing his methods or not. I am a wall wart guy all the way.
  6. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    +1. Also adapters for any practice, jamming, or any other situation where high-fidelity recording is not happening.
  7. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    I saw a piece of 120v equipment on a pedal board that provides wall wart power to all the pedals. Didn't see any wall worts. Seemed like it replaced them all with a central power unit.
  8. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Certainly, lots of us use those. There are several makers and models.
  9. Valerus


    Aug 4, 2005
    Austin, Texas
    Adapters, with batteries as back-ups!
  10. KsToaDangr


    Apr 17, 2007
    Columbia, SC
    Adapters all the way. I've probably spent less than $40 on adapters and daisy chains to power 14 pedals, and even buying the cheap 9Vs it would probably cost me $30 a month to power everything.
  11. grooVWy


    Apr 9, 2005
  12. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Powered pedalboard, one plug to the wall, done.
  13. hyp.spec


    May 14, 2006
    Fraser, MI
    I'm assuming that using AC adapters in a recording studio can lead to interference on recordings?
  14. dannybuoy


    Aug 3, 2005
    My gui**** has 3 pedals powered by batteries. He really puts the tard in gui**** as he can't tell a battery is running low until it completely dies and the sound cuts out, even if it makes his overdrive sound horrible. He doesn't even carry spare batteries so I do in case of emergencies! I don't mind too much as I have a pile of them that have come with pedals I've purchased (I take the battery out almost straight away).

    We also have to suffer from dodgy patch leads cutting out due to the constant unplugging and shoving everything into a backpack. Boss pedals have a reputation for being unbreakable, but it seems like he is trying to put this to the test, you should see the state of them! I've offered to make him a simple wooden board and advised him to buy a friggin power supply!

    (gui**** rant over)
  15. Nyarlathotep

    Nyarlathotep Inactive

    Feb 5, 2006
    West Coast of Canada
    Adaptors all zee way!
  16. I use my Power-All.
  17. wdinc01


    Nov 19, 2005
    Jacksonville, FL
    I use a One-Spot. The only time I would use a battery is if I were just using one pedal at a show, which happened once. We played for like five minutes, and I just didn't seem worth it to find a wall wart + an outlet for it.
  18. ihateusernames


    Jun 26, 2006
    Adapters, you never have to unplug anything.
  19. keb


    Mar 30, 2004
    Adapters... just easier, don't have to plug and unplug everything every time. Plus, one of my pedals (Deluxe Electric Mistress) doesn't take batteries at all, so...
  20. Only battery I use (on stage) is in the wireless :D