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Battery is draining

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Nijushiho, Apr 11, 2014.

  1. Nijushiho


    Oct 3, 2012
    I am using an effects box for the first time. Well the battery drained rapidly so there is obviously a need to stay unplugged, as one does with an active guitar.

    Can someone just tell me what needs to be unplugged. I would like to not have to pull all cords, just the one that causes the open circuit.

  2. lakefx

    lakefx Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    Usually it's the input jack that is used as a switch, but not always.
  3. JimmyThunder

    JimmyThunder Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2008
    New Hampshire
    input, yup.
  4. Usually it's the input. Some stompboxes (loopers, delays) use the output. Best way to check is to plug one cable in and switch the pedal on and off.
  5. The_Janitor


    Jun 30, 2012
    Madison, Wi
    Yeah, usually it's the input jack. Might be worth getting an AC adapter, you can plug that into a plug strip or switched outlet on your amp if it has one, then turn it on and off with the switch. Then you could also leave the input jack plugged it.
  6. Nijushiho


    Oct 3, 2012
    Thanks for the advice.
    In other words (and assuming it is the jack on the box labeled "input") unplug the jack from the guitar?
  7. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    If your bass is active, yes, you will want to unplug it when not in use. I would unplug it even if it was passive, but thats me. If there is a battery powering a bass or pedal, you usually want to unplug the input. I like the suggestion above the last comment, just get a power supply like a 1spot. That way you wont need to unplug anything except the plug from the wall. This one is for multiple pedals:

  8. JimmyThunder

    JimmyThunder Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2008
    New Hampshire
    It's not a signal from the guitar that's keeping it drawing juice, it's the presence of the cable-end in the pedal's input jack completing the circuit. Unplug the cable from the pedal.
  9. Use a wall wart, not a battery. You won't have to worry about a dead batt and a good wall wart can be had for $10-12 if you can find a sale.

    I use a wall wart to power my active bass too so I haven't touched a battery in years.

    That said, try unplugging the cable from the input jack of your pedal.
  10. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    Ditch the battery and get a plug adapter to power the pedal. No worries if you do that.
  11. Nijushiho


    Oct 3, 2012
    Thanks to all for the easy solution.