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Old 10-13-2012, 02:23 PM   #1
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Power = Complex

Forgive the pun I hoped it would draw some attention

So, I just bought a few stompboxes, with some cables and stuff in the last hour (have always used multi-FX until now but I decided I want to refine my sound and all that). But it slipped my mind that clearly stompboxes seldom come with a power supply. A few things have come to my attention that I need to find out, but honestly I have given up trying to understand - I could just buy the manufacturer's recommended power supplies, but these all seem copiously expensive, and are also going to be at least very awkward to set up neatly.

I know that all of the pedals are 9V, the current requirements vary from about 45mA to 120mA and I believe that they are all center-negative polarity, but the manuals dont say this explicitly (this seems to be the convention for any non-boutique pedal, so it sounds feasible to me). My question is, is there a simple way to power them all safely (a daisy chain seems possible but I don't know how they actually work), or do I need to invest a bit further in the correct power supplies/batteries?
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Old 10-13-2012, 02:25 PM   #2
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List your pedals and we can come up with a solution.
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Old 10-13-2012, 03:12 PM   #3
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Sorry, I forgot to check back sooner. I didn't want to put the pedals in the OP, seemed a bit excessive, but anyways, I've bought a EHX Memory Boy (Deluxe), TC Electronic PolyTune, MXR Micro Amp, and BOSS TR-2. Thanks for any help!
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Old 10-13-2012, 03:17 PM   #4
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Alright. All are 9VDC center negative. If you don't plan on expanding, a T-Rex Fuel Tank Jr. or Voodoo Labs ISO-5 will work. If you plan on expanding and can spend a bit more now, a Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2+ will work better. You could also daisy chain off of a One-Spot but you might run into noise issues with the mix of analog and digital pedals.
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Old 10-13-2012, 03:24 PM   #5
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Alright. All are 9VDC center negative. If you don't plan on expanding, a T-Rex Fuel Tank Jr. or Voodoo Labs ISO-5 will work. If you plan on expanding and can spend a bit more now, a Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2+ will work better. You could also daisy chain off of a One-Spot but you might run into noise issues with the mix of analog and digital pedals.

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also take note when buying new pedals. my pedal situation was fairly simple like your was and then i started getting strange pedals. so some pedals i actually run with power supplies while the other ones i run through my VL PP2+. i always plug all that into the same outlet though, as i heard that helps cut down noise.
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Old 10-13-2012, 03:34 PM   #6
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Okay, great stuff! My left over cash can be made to stretch to afford the ISO-5 or Fuel Tank. And just to say I doubt I will be planning to expand to anything further for a long time, I have always loved playing with effects, but there is nothing else I need (or certainly that I can really splash out for). I think I will opt for the ISO-5, but either way, thanks a bunch
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Old 10-13-2012, 05:35 PM   #7
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If you don't want to spend too much cash, just buy one power supply and one of these.
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