Pedal Powering Devices
Pedal powering devices can be just as important as the FX in your rig. This general information should help you determine what they are, why you would want to use one, manufacturers and price ranges, how to install them and some of their general features.
What is a Pedal Powering Device?
A pedal powering device can range from a simple wall wart plugin that powers one effect, all the way to a multi-port, multi-voltage range isolated switching system that safely powers many different pedals. These are the ones we’re going to focus in on. A large part of configuring your pedalboard or rig, is determining how to safely and properly power all your gear on the pedalboard. There are many manufactures that make pedal power supplies, and most of them are small enough to fit underneath an angled board, and compact enough to place on the top of a flat board. Most pedal powering devices will work with all of your pedals, but checking with the manufacturer if you’re uncertain is highly recommended. Sometimes determining which power supply will work with all of your gear can be a daunting task; we provide this information free of charge to all of our customers.
Why do I need one, or more?
There are many benefits to using pedal power supplies. Starting with aesthetics, most pedal power supplies can be mounted underneath the board thus saving space, and each pedal has a power cable easily routed to it from the bottom keeping things neat and clean. Some manufacturers claim isolated, filtered, and regulated output sections that will keep your pedals dead quiet and free from high-frequency noise that occurs with digital “switching” power supplies. For many, this reason alone is worth the initial investment. We like using isolated powering devices to eliminate any and all chances of dirty power issues that can be hard to troubleshoot. A pedal power supply can power many different effects, eliminating individual wall warts and providing clean and stable power for each individual effect connected to it. Sometimes there may be a need for multiple power supplies. A large board can require 2 or more supplies to power each effect. Sometimes a certain pedal or manufacturer of pedals will require special or non standard power requirements, in which case a specific power device may be required.
Who makes em, and how much?
There are a bunch of makers out there, here’s just a few…
1. Voodoo Lab from $109-$299
2. BBE Electronics $149
3. T-Rex from $105-$299
How do I install it onto my board?
We sell mounting brackets that work perfectly for all the Voodoo Lab stuff, the BBE Supacharger, all the T Rex units and many more that aren’t listed. Use these for all of our angled series pedalboards. If you have a flat board, or wish to mount the power supply to the top of the board, velcro can be used to attach the power supply to the deck.