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Re: What compact power supply to buy to run 6+ pedals?

Postby blinddrew » Thu Dec 24, 2020 8:33 pm

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Re: What compact power supply to buy to run 6+ pedals?

Postby JRC1 » Thu Dec 24, 2020 9:09 pm

This is not something to buy cheaply unless you get a second hand bargain. I've seen so many people blow pedals by using the cheap maplin style psus. you need isolated and im not sure that anyone would want the noise from cheaper supplies. voodoo labs are always the best and the bbe supa charger can be had for very cheap if you go used.
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Re: What compact power supply to buy to run 6+ pedals?

Postby Agharta » Thu Dec 24, 2020 9:17 pm

blinddrew wrote:The three pedal version? https://www.gear4music.com/Guitar-and-B ... -Board/KW7
Not really as that's just a case without a power supply and seemingly with a much less flexible layout.
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Re: What compact power supply to buy to run 6+ pedals?

Postby blinddrew » Thu Dec 24, 2020 9:18 pm

Ah sorry, I thought the conversation had moved on. My bad.
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Re: What compact power supply to buy to run 6+ pedals?

Postby Sam Spoons » Thu Dec 24, 2020 10:24 pm

JRC1 wrote:This is not something to buy cheaply unless you get a second hand bargain. I've seen so many people blow pedals by using the cheap maplin style psus. you need isolated and im not sure that anyone would want the noise from cheaper supplies. voodoo labs are always the best and the bbe supa charger can be had for very cheap if you go used.

Most 'decent'* pedals are pretty robust and can tolerate a 'less than well regulated' PSU without harm but, while isolated outputs can solve noise issues I have never heard of a non-isolated but properly regulated PSU causing such issues. There are plenty of inexpensive power supplies which are well regulated these days, serious over voltage is vary rare. Noise is another matter and I have had problems with a cheap SMPSU pedal supply injecting digital 'hash' into the audio. The only other time I've had trouble was with a long forgotten pedal which had it's DC input on the opposite polarity t my other pedals, an isolated supply would have solved that one I guess.

* Boss, Marshall, EH, TC but not a Peterson StroboStomp :blush:
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Re: What compact power supply to buy to run 6+ pedals?

Postby JRC1 » Thu Dec 24, 2020 10:38 pm

Ive had to repair a fair few high end pedals analogman, Fulltone, old ehx stuff and the like that have just been fried by cheap power supplies
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Re: What compact power supply to buy to run 6+ pedals?

Postby Sam Spoons » Thu Dec 24, 2020 10:54 pm

I'm not a tech and your knowledge is clearly greater than mine but it is not something I have ever come across. Incorrect power supplies (i.e. too high a voltage) maybe, if you stick a 24V supply in a 9V pedal all bets are off. I've never heard of a non-isolated PSU frying a pedal though.
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Re: What compact power supply to buy to run 6+ pedals?

Postby JRC1 » Thu Dec 24, 2020 11:01 pm

sorry if i wasnt clear, itsnothing to do with the isolation its more that the fluctuations of power in cheaper supplies are the harming aspect.
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Re: What compact power supply to buy to run 6+ pedals?

Postby Sam Spoons » Thu Dec 24, 2020 11:35 pm

'Fluctuations in voltage surely?' but yes, I totally get that.
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Re: What compact power supply to buy to run 6+ pedals?

Postby Arpangel » Fri Dec 25, 2020 9:35 am

MXR ISO Brick here, no problems, runs all my pedals, also has two variable voltage outputs, plus a wide range of loadings. Although my EHX stuff has its own supplies, the MXR only goes up to 450 mA max.
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Re: What compact power supply to buy to run 6+ pedals?

Postby JRC1 » Fri Dec 25, 2020 7:17 pm

Sam Spoons wrote:'Fluctuations in voltage surely?' but yes, I totally get that.
What I meant, just had a few beers so couldnt access my full vocabulary.
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Re: What compact power supply to buy to run 6+ pedals?

Postby Sam Spoons » Fri Dec 25, 2020 11:13 pm

:D I know that feeling well...
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Re: What compact power supply to buy to run 6+ pedals?

Postby ManFromGlass » Sat Dec 26, 2020 2:35 am

I went for a Truetone. I don’t know if you have them over there. I am using the 250 and 500mA connections and only one of the 100mA connections. It was a bit overkill but the best bang for the buck due to needing the higher mA.
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