Does keeping my pedals plugged in drain battery?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Bassistcali, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. Bassistcali


    Nov 10, 2013
    Mainly use EHX...ya so if they're off but still daisy chained, do they use battery (use a 9V)
  2. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
  3. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    As long as the daisy chain remains plugged in then it should still draw wall power, so it should be fine. I personally wouldn't do it, would get expensive with a lot of pedals.
  4. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks.

    Jan 25, 2011
    Camarillo, CA
    Generally they'll draw power as long as the input is plugged in.
  5. boomertech

    boomertech Frank Appleton Supporting Member Commercial User

    Apr 8, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    Designer/Owner of FEA Labs
    All of the pedals that I have seen with a power jack and 9V battery snap break the battery connection when the power plug is inserted.

    I used to keep 9V batteries in all of my pedals just-in-case there was a noise issue due to mains power at particular venues. Then I could just pull of the power plugs from the pedal jacks and run noise free for the night on batt power. Then at the end of the night, before packing up my gear, I would put all of the power plugs back in to disconnect the batteries.

  6. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    When you say daisy chained, are you talking about the power plugs? Or just each pedal connected to the next?

    If you have something plugged into the input of the pedal and using a battery it will drain whether the pedal is on or off.

    If you're using a daisy chain (for power), take out the batteries :)