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#2
Well if you use the right one, no problem. Get the one with the right voltage and all those tech stuff, as long as its putting the right amount of electricity in the pedal who cares what brand you use.
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#3
marketing gimmick.

any 9v with the correct polarity (- inside +on the outside i think) that supplies enough amperes (250 milliamperes minimumi think) will work fine.
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#4
As long as the voltage matches up, 9v DC pedal with a 9v DC power supply, you will be fine.
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#5
Get a 1SPOT it works for liek everything and you can buy the adapter to put it on liek 5 - 12 pedals at once as long as you don't need more tham 1700 milliamps, I had teh saem trouble with stupid BOSS pedals you can get any adapter that says its compatabile with the PA5 or whatever it is they say you need.
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#6
I've used a boss power supply with a digitech pedal even though the manual says to only use a digitech power supply, and nothing wrong has happened. It's probably a gimmick.
#7
I was just going to suggest the 1spot but i see the guy above already did, its great and cheap just buy the multi plug and you for about 30 bucks you can power 9 or 10 pedals its great.
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#8
its just i have a gig tomorrow and want to use my Boss DF-2, I don't have a BOSS power supply, but have a regular one...you know that has all the different voltages?

would I be alright using it do you reckon?
#9
Every power supply is different. You've not only looking for a power supply with the same voltage as what's written on your pedal or written in the manual, but it also needs to have the same polarity and I believe the same current as well. Just because the plugs look the same does not mean it will work properly. I incorrectly assumed this with a power supply for a cordless phone one time and the phone ended up emitting a puff of smoke and never worked again thereafter.

Safer to use the boss but if you happen to have one with the same three characteristics (voltage, current, polarity) go for it.
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#10
ah **** it i'll risk it for a biscuit

long as i dont melt or explode or anythin

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#11
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I was just going to suggest the 1spot but i see the guy above already did, its great and cheap just buy the multi plug and you for about 30 bucks you can power 9 or 10 pedals its great.

$30 damn, I got a DC Brick, which cost like $100, but it's bulit like a brick at least, so it'll last.
#12
It should work fine, but of note is that BOSS probably won't want to hear from you if the pedal screwed up.
#14
I bought a "uniross" generic power supply unit from argos donkeys years ago, one of those ones where you set the polarity and voltage on an adjustable dial. All I did was cut off the connector and soldered on a butchered boss power supply cable, one of those ones with several connectors on it.

It cost peanuts and its still working now (just dug it out cos I've just started playing again), it powers my boss, pearl and marshall effects.
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#15
I have a BOSS pedal and it wont work off the multi voltage adapter I have. Doesnt even light up. The adapter works my other pedals but not the boss. My 1spot powers it tho. I know BOSS has a thing that they refuse to warranty a pedal if you dont use their overpriced adapter. So the answer is maybe it will work maybe not.
#16
If you don't use the Boss adapter, the entire world will explode!

Nah, just kidding, you should be fine. Just unplug it if it starts smoking...

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#17
I think it will work but ya know who I realy hate out of these companys is line 6 there DL-4 doesn't work with my brick thank god my digitech rp 200 power supply works with it.
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#19
There are three parameters to a power supply: the voltage, the current, and the polarity.

Voltage has to MATCH. If your pedal needs 9V DC, the supply needs to give 9V DC; anything different will not work. 9V AC is not the same thing; 8.5V DC is not the same thing. Etc. The polarity also needs to match! The plug, even though you can't see it readily, has a positive (+) and negative (-) side. And depending on how the pedal's circuit is setup will determine the type of polarity it needs. They need to match up!

Lastly... your current does not have to match! The power supply has to supply at least as much as the pedal needs, or more! Your typical pedal requires ~250mA... as long as your supply can supply 250mA, you are good (this is an example figure). So if you have a pedal that needs 305mA... a supply that's rated at 280mA will not work; one rated at 320mA will work; one at 580mA will work; one at 1.5A will work; etc. You can supply way more current than is needed, it just has to be more than the pedal needs.


Aside from that... the specifications in the manual's about using only this power supply is not entirely true, but it is not a marketing gimmick. This is an easy "disclaimer"... because your typical user won't understand the difference between power supplies to know what types of supplies are and are not suitable... so it is much easier to say across the board "only use our supplies".
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Quote by CyBerAliEn
There are three parameters to a power supply: the voltage, the current, and the polarity.

Voltage has to MATCH. If your pedal needs 9V DC, the supply needs to give 9V DC; anything different will not work. 9V AC is not the same thing; 8.5V DC is not the same thing. Etc.


Most new batteries will give you +/- 10v; and nearly all pedals will still easily work at half that voltage (but it may change the tone). My 9v adapter puts out 12v, so that's what I use on my 9v pedals. They all still work.
#21
I've used multi voltage adapters and my dano adapters all with no issues
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#22
yeah i have a zoom adaptor from years ago and use it with my Boss DD2..... I was a bit apprehensive that the world would end if I combined a Zoom adaptor with a Boss pedal, but thankfully it worked out ok.
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#23
I use a 9V, 400mA adapter that I bought from Maplins to power my Boss pedals. Used it for around 3 or 4 years with no bother.
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#24
if you dont use the boss one, the CEO of bos gets one less porche.....can you live with that?
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#25
Most new batteries will give you +/- 10v; and nearly all pedals will still easily work at half that voltage (but it may change the tone). My 9v adapter puts out 12v, so that's what I use on my 9v pedals. They all still work.


But you want to run your pedals at their designed voltage. They are made a way for a reason. If the voltage difference is significantly greater than the pedal's circuit is designed for, you will fry/destroy component's on the board. If the pedal says "9V DC" you want to give it 9V DC... anything more and you start running the risk of trashing your pedal. (if the voltage didn't really matter, you wouldn't have to use a transformer, ie "your power supply", to drop your socket's 120V power supply)
#26
hey. i tried to plug in 12v ac to my Boss Metal Zone (mt-2) because my 9v adapter is dead. I plugged it in and my amp started to hiss a bit more than usual. Is this ok? and what if i continuing to power my 9v pedal with a 12v adapter? will it kill the pedal?
#27
Quote by CyBerAliEn
There are three parameters to a power supply: the voltage, the current, and the polarity.

Lastly... your current does not have to match! The power supply has to supply at least as much as the pedal needs, or more! Your typical pedal requires ~250mA... as long as your supply can supply 250mA, you are good (this is an example figure). So if you have a pedal that needs 305mA... a supply that's rated at 280mA will not work; one rated at 320mA will work; one at 580mA will work; one at 1.5A will work; etc. You can supply way more current than is needed, it just has to be more than the pedal needs.



wrong, if you have more mA, you'll get this annoying buzz.
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#28
Quote by zeemonkey
hey. i tried to plug in 12v ac to my Boss Metal Zone (mt-2) because my 9v adapter is dead. I plugged it in and my amp started to hiss a bit more than usual. Is this ok? and what if i continuing to power my 9v pedal with a 12v adapter? will it kill the pedal?

I suggest you just get a 9v adapter, it might not blow the pedal - but then again it might. It depends on the parts used on the pedal, so I suggest you play it safe and get a 9v adapter.
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wrong, if you have more mA, you'll get this annoying buzz.

Umm, no, the pedal will only take as much mA as it needs, no matter how much the power supply can supply.
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#29
Yes and no. You need to make sure the ground is negative inside, positive on the outside. Most houshold 9v devices use the inverse, however.
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#30
The pedal will only draw as much current as it needs but a cheap crappy unstable supply may induce hum or buzz.
#31
yeah!!....i have noticed that my pedals dont work as good once ya let the smoke out of them!!!!


but seriously folks!! ...(rim shot)


like someone else already stated,...it's the mA. thats most important,..as in you want to have enough,...i would get a 9v power supply for my pedals...but a 12v would probably be ok as long as the mA. are enough.

i have a boss ns-2 that requires it's own one-spot..(wont work right daisy chained..yet it's supposed to be good up to 1700 mA.) ...go figure.

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voltage is the pressure
amperage is the amount

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#33
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It should work fine, but of note is that BOSS probably won't want to hear from you if the pedal screwed up.


This is why they tell you to use their own power supply. If you go on evilbay, but a $0.99 2amp 9v power supply, put it on your boss pedals, and the ****tiness of the adaptor blows your pedal, boss won't cover it.

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wrong, if you have more mA, you'll get this annoying buzz.


This is false. Hum and buzz comes from bad, or weak ground connections in your power outlet, guitar, pedals, and so forth. I use a onespot with 4 pedals, totalling less than 800 mah, while the 1spot puts out 1.5 A
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#34
then it might have been coincidence that I grounded a few power supplies and the ones with too much mA would get buzzing
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#35
if you don't use the power supply, somewhere in a third world country, a bomb blows up a village

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#36
The Boss PSA is the standard and can be used with other brands of pedals.
Just don't use an adapter that is more than 9 volts or 250 mili amps
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#37
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The Boss PSA is the standard and can be used with other brands of pedals.
Just don't use an adapter that is more than 9 volts or 250 mili amps

Why not? I understand the volts but the current doesn't matter (as long as there's enough).
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#40
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marketing gimmick.

any 9v with the correct polarity (- inside +on the outside i think) that supplies enough amperes (250 milliamperes minimumi think) will work fine.


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Get a 1SPOT it works for liek everything and you can buy the adapter to put it on liek 5 - 12 pedals at once as long as you don't need more tham 1700 milliamps, I had teh saem trouble with stupid BOSS pedals you can get any adapter that says its compatabile with the PA5 or whatever it is they say you need.


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