Any guitar player who uses effects pedals understands what a pain in the ass it is when you have to interrupt practice, or stop completely because of dead batteries. Thankfully, Sanyo developed an interesting device called Pedal Juice to help eliminate this problem.
Pedal Juice is a rechargeable 9V power supply that not only powers your pedals, but can also be used on multi-effects units and portable recorders, providing up to 50 hours of “quiet, clean stable power”. The device is also water and shock resistant, and eliminates AC ground loops to create a loud, clear tone.
According to the product specifications, you can expect the following output hours using Pedal Juice:
Analog Effects (Distortion/Over Drive, etc.:10mA current draw.) About 50 hours
Digital effects (Digital Delay/Digital Reverb, etc.:50mA current draw.) About 27 hours
Digital multiple effects/mini amplifier/graphic digital multiple effects/mini amplifier/graphic equalizer (100mA draw.) About 17 hours
Multiple track/recorder or synthesizer (300mA draw.) About 7 hours
Electronic drum/percussion instrument (1000mA draw.) About 2 hours
The first thing I noticed when I opened the box was that Pedal Juice is extremely compact and lightweight. Besides the main device, it also comes with an AC adapter, AC cord, 2 DC cords for output, and a polarity conversion cable, which I will discuss shortly.
The instructions specified that 3.5 hours would be needed via the AC adapter to obtain a full charge, and the device conveniently lets you know the residual power of the battery using a charge indicator light which blinks red for less than 30%, orange for 30 to 60% and green for 60% plus. There must have been residual power in my Pedal Juice when I plugged it in, as it seemed to take significantly less than 3.5 hours to display a green light.
The first down side I noticed was that the device only has two DC outputs, meaning that musicians using more than two pedals would have to daisy chain them with extra cables which are not included with the Pedal Juice. The polarity of your pedals is also important. If the polarity of the input terminal of the equipment is plus, a polarization conversion cord must be used along with the DC cord for output. One of these conversion cables is provided.
The cords provided are also fairly short, so the device would have to be positioned close to your pedals.
I decided to use the Pedal Juice with my two favorite distortion pedals, the DOD FX69 Grunge pedal and BOSS DS-1. Setup was easy and both pedals powered up instantly. The pedals performed flawlessly, without any of the additional noise that comes from using wall power. The tone was powerful and clean – exactly what I was hoping for.
After using the Pedal Juice, the advantages are clear. The excellent sound provided by a battery that can be recharged hundreds of times is an obvious plus. But almost as important is the portability of the device, and the fact that everything is linked to a single power button, eliminating the need to unplug pedals. Then there’s the peace of mind you get from knowing that you don’t have to worry about constantly buying and replacing individual batteries, while those who use wall power for pedals won’t have to worry about humming noises or the need for additional outlets.
All in all, this product is definitely worth considering.
Product Page: ($199.99)