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Powering pedals on the cheap

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by gimmeagig, Dec 24, 2013.

  1. I'm thinking about using 2 or 3 pedals on a little board. I wonder if I could just pick up a cheap power supply at the thrift store and splice one output connection into three at the output.
    I saw some power supplys( Probably for guitar players) that would power up 20 pedals. that is going to be overkill for me.
    I don't know the difference between switching power supplys and regular ones but I have seen both at local thrift stores for a couple of bucks.
  2. Worth a crack. You might have to try a couple before finding a quiet one. I've had more luck with oldschool warts than switching ones.
  3. LeoTender


    Aug 19, 2013
  4. FooHead


    Jan 27, 2005
    Western Canada
    I'm not so sure that would work. I'd meter it before you plug your pedals in.
    Maybe you can find an old Boss tu-2 tuner, it will run a few pedals from it's power output.
  5. It would work. Some are more noisy than others. I have used thrift store wall warts for everything, even trickle chargers for the motorcycle. Be very carefully to get the polarity correct. Unloaded they often read a few volts higher than when they are powering something.
  6. there is a guy on ebay selling a power brick and a zoom b3 for 239,offered 220 got it,hes got a bunch in stock it seems,absolute steal,and no I have NO affiliation with him or his store,just passing along a deal
  7. ionian7


    Aug 10, 2011
    pitt pa
    made from cardboard and duck tape amp and pedalboard 060.

    amp and pedalboard 061.
  8. arginator


    Feb 28, 2009
    Upstate NY
  9. RedMoses

    RedMoses Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2012
    1 spot is cheap and works for 2 or 3 pedals (depending) but will get noisy once you add another. I tried the Dunlop ($150) and it was Junk, i splurged ($250) on the Voodoo Labs PP2 and i have plenty of quiet, clean power for up to 8 pedals.
  10. shaft311

    shaft311 Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Mt. Juliet, TN
    Used Pedal Power. Cheap is cool until you have noise and reliability problems.
  11. My Dunlop brick is powered off a locally made 18v oldschool wart, quiet as a mouse.

    Odds of getting noise are increased with each pedal introduced. That's differing ground potentials causing a loop, not the power supply itself. The cure for that is isolated supplies to the offenders.
  12. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    I power 16 pedals/buffers with a single 1Spot and there is no noise whatsoever.

    I'm sure there are different user experiences, but there are many here who power big boards using only a 1Spot.
  13. Vlad5

    Vlad5 Chronic Knob Twiddling Tone Chaser

    Feb 17, 2011
    New England
    ...or a Godlyke PowerAll, which I use to great effect. heh.

    Noisy daisy chains are more a function of the pedals hooked up to it I think, and also, the order in which they are being powered. There really isn't a magic number of effects hooked up that will cause noise.

    I can also attest to that as I've hooked up many effects together without issue. At one point I added one, and there was noise. Then I switches some of the power plugs around and the noise went away. Probably because some other effect up front had better power circuits or something. IDK.

    As always, YMMV.
  14. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    I use a 1-Spot to power six pedals without any issues.
  15. LeoTender


    Aug 19, 2013
    i power 4 of my 5 pedals with it. no problems at all either.
  16. Darknut

    Darknut Supporting Member

    Apr 4, 2009
    I bought a Boss GT-10b replacement power supply off ebay for $14.00 to run my pedals.
    It is 2 amps! so it will run a lot of pedals ... I run 11 pedals at the moment ...... works great & it is a small foot print.
  17. I was using a Radio Shack wal wart for a while which delivered 1500 mA, and it worked okay, but recently I finally broked down and got a 1700 mA 1-Spot. The plug on the end of it is better quality, too, and to be honest, Radio Shack stuff is all overpriced for what you get. I used it because it was what I had laying around, but I recommend a 1-Spot from the beginning, especially if you only have like 3 pedals.

    I have 10 pedals, and no noise.
  18. Sav'nBass

    Sav'nBass What the .............. Supporting Member

    Jan 18, 2009
    Northern Va.
    Godlyke PowerAll

    It is very clean very stable and will handle up to 5 pedals at once very cleanly. I got this on a recommendation from one of our guitarists when I thought my Zoom B3's PS went south.. as it turned out I was just using the wrong PS.. but this worked so well that I decided to keep it and I now have the B3's PS hooked up at home and keep the PowerAll in my bag.

    Compare specs:

    PowerAll Basic Kit $30 @ Amazon
    • 9V DC, 2000 mA digital power supply
    • Power 5 pedals from a single power supply
    • Takes up only one outlet space
    • Replaces Boss PSA-120, DOD PS-200R, Morley 9V, DanElectro DA-1, Dunlop ECB-003, Ibanez AC-109, Guyatone AC-2, Maxon AC210N, Zoom AD-0006 and just about any other 9 VDC power adaptor
    • Special, low-noise circuitry reduces ripple current and hum
    • Ferrite-core filter on power output cable reduces noise and hum
    • Powers 9 VDC effects from any electrical outlet in the world
    • 10' power cable eliminates need for an extension cord
    • (5) Cable Cap insulator sheaths to cover power leads when not in use

    One Spot Combo Pack $33 @ Amazon
    • Only takes up one spot on your power strip!
    • Handles up to 1700mA - the 1 SPOT can power your entire pedalboard with juice to spare
    • 10' long cable
    • The Multi-Plug Cable connects the 1 SPOT with up to 8 pedals
    • You only need a single 1 SPOT to power your entire pedalboard!
    • Compatible with Boss PSA, Boss ACA, DOD PS-200R, Morley 9V, Danelectro DA-1, Dunlop ECB-003, Ibanez AC109, Zoom AD-0006 adapters
    • Automatically converts voltage worldwide

    You get a little more beef with the PowerAll power wise but you can connect more pedals to the One Spot .. Either one would be a good choice but as I said I use the power all and the guitarist who recommended it to me swears by it.
  19. negativefx

    negativefx complete hack

    Feb 18, 2013
    Fort Collins
    1-spot for budget. Boss TU-2 has always given me poor quality power. Hum, hiss, oscillation. Ugh.
  20. dune2k


    Sep 26, 2009
    1spot is fine for your application. the power bricks you mentioned would be overkill.
    i ran 2 delays, booster, 2 overdrives/dist, tuner and some LEDs with mine and didn't have any problems. all should be fine unless you run like 4 digital pedals with hih power requirements from it.