Battery life of pedals


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ratmzep
06-19-2006, 04:06 AM
I've always avoided using 9v batteries to run pedals in the past, preferring to pay a one-off $15 for an AC adapter than having to go out an buy batteries. I am thinking of buying a used vox wah that doesn't come with the option of a power supply. I was just wondering how many hours I could expect to get out of each 9v battery assuming I was using long life batteries and not cheapo ones, for the wah and also just running distortion pedals (single stomp box). I would think the distortion would run out of battery faster, just wanting to know what sort of life I could expect for those two types of pedals.

hmmm_de_hum
06-19-2006, 04:17 AM
i know the vox wah will last for ages on a battery, mine has had the same battery since last september and its been used 2-3 times a week for about 3 hours a session........so they last quite a long time, plus it isnt a hard mod to put in a 9v power supply in the wah anyway

odway
06-19-2006, 05:45 AM
Have a look at http://www.cioks.com/faq/faq.htm
They've got a section on how to figure out how long an effect pedal will work on one battery.

Mahavishnu80
06-19-2006, 08:26 AM
crybabys last for ages..delay pedals last hours!. if you leave the leads in a wah pedal it will run the battery down

jj1565
06-19-2006, 09:03 AM
pick up a 1spot adapter to power all ur pedals.
they even have kits where u can swap out the plug for a 9volt clip head. with it, u can power that vox wah too.

because if u accidentally leave the guitar cable in ur pedal ull kill the battery.

this way is much cheaper in the end.

here's the power...
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Visual-Sound-1-SPOT-SpaceSaving-9V-Adapter?sku=151686&src=3AXCAWXX&src=3WBZ4DS

this chains them all together...
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Godlyke-5Connector-Daisy-Chain?sku=155052

let me find a 9 volt adapter head...
if u look at the close up ull see this power suppliy comes with the 9 volt adapter.
(but ive seen them sold separately...
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Godlyke-PA9-PowerAll-Power-Supply?sku=155051&src=3SOSWXXA

and i know u didnt ask for this, but check this out. its a portable board, powers ur pedals including the 9volt. and is pretty sturdy.
http://www.music123.com/Pinnacle-Powered-Pedalboard-i126859.music