tired of paying for batteries for my active bases

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by bassguitarded, Jan 9, 2009.

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  1. bassguitarded

    bassguitarded Inactive

    Oct 23, 2008
  2. distrot

    distrot Guest

    Mar 26, 2007
    not a bad ida really
  3. Disappear


    May 9, 2008
    Seems kind of mickey-mouse to me.
    I'll stick to 9Vs
  4. jmac


    May 23, 2007
    Lancaster, Pa
    How often were you buying batteries?
  5. LaughingGroove

    LaughingGroove Guest

    Jun 19, 2008
    Washington State
    Don't leave your cable plugged into your bass when not playing it.

    I don't know about all active basses, but I know I have never gone through alot of batteries, they last a long time and I play quite often.
  6. bassguitarded

    bassguitarded Inactive

    Oct 23, 2008
    i have bought batteries twice... twice too many.. but i love the active sound...
  7. greenboy


    Dec 18, 2000
    remote mountain cabin Montana
    greenboy designs: fEARful, bassic, dually, crazy88 etc
    Ooh - at the price I pay for batteries it'll already have paid for itself! - in maybe 10 years ; }
  8. DanRJBrasil


    Jun 10, 2007
    why don't you buy rechargeable batteries? a baterry and a recharger is fairly cheap these days, and much more practical
  9. bassguitarded

    bassguitarded Inactive

    Oct 23, 2008
    plus its green!
  10. Disappear


    May 9, 2008
    I love chocolate ice cream but I hate chocolate.
  11. Craig_S

    Craig_S Inactive

    Oct 15, 2008
    Metro Detroit
    Interesting idea, but kind of cheesy. I'll buy stock in Energizer.
  12. bassguitarded

    bassguitarded Inactive

    Oct 23, 2008
    rechargeable batteries don't have a constant current plus they tend to die faster
  13. west*coast*bass

    west*coast*bass Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2003
    Agoura Hills, CA
    That is the dumbest product I have seen in a long, long time.
  14. iScott

    iScott Guest

    Jun 13, 2007
    Decatur, GA
    I could see using this for something stationary, but not an instrument.
    I, too, will stick with good 9Vs.
  15. Go passive, the tone is much better!:bag:

    But seriously:

    The Line6 Variax (guitar and bass models) connect to a power supply unit that supplies the guitar with power thru a TRS cable.

    If this were me, I would do something along the same lines, rather than wrapping a power cord around your cable.
  16. Jim Nazium

    Jim Nazium Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2007
    Takoma Park, MD (DC)
    That cord doesn't look like it would take much abuse... step on it once or twice and I'll bet it's history.

    I wouldn't mind seeing an onboard bass preamp with an XLR output and phantom power. Short of that, I'll stick with batteries.
  17. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Not really. It's made to replace the battery on a telescope.
  18. I have been using active basses since 1985. Never had a battery go dead or even loose power to my knowledge. I change them every 9-12 months just in case.
    Easy and simple!!!
  19. bassguitarded

    bassguitarded Inactive

    Oct 23, 2008
    I'm sure there is some kind of wiring issue with my squire deluxe active V. it goes through batteries even when its not plugged in.
  20. JTE

    JTE Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Lessee.... five active basses with one battery each, change them once a year even though they've never shown any low voltage symptoms, or buy another cable that I gotta keep track of while on stage, and will need to swap out when I switch instruments on stage, AND add another transformer wall-wart to the crap I already have on stage... Plus the cable looks pretty small and therefore not rugged enough to survive things like guitarists stepping on it, cymbal stands cutting them, and being wound and unwound repeatedly. Nah, I'll keep buying Duracells.

    But it is a cool idea for some applications, I just don't see it being an elegant solution to 9V batteries in my basses.

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