30 Pedals in 30 Days – Day 3 – Power & Switching – Voodoo Style!

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30 Pedals in 30 Days!!

DAY #3: November 3nd, 2009 :

Focus is on : Power & Switching for any custom pedalboard!

Units used in the video are :

1) The Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus

2) The Voodoo Lab Pedal Switcher

Dear Diary, I own lots of pedals and have these issues …  1) I am spending a fortune on batteries.  That sux!  2) I have blown out a few pedals, by using wall-warts that weren’t made for the pedal – for 3 primary reasons : Too low of a Ma rating, incorrect Voltage, and wrong polarity.  That sux too!  3) On top of power – I feel like my tone is being sucked dry.  WHAT DO I DO???

So, here is the deal.  The answer is simple.  A GOOD pedal power solution will get you going in the right direction.  A GOOD pedal switcher will give you endless amount of options, all while preserving your tone!  Here’s the run-down.


There are many Pedal Power Solutions out there.  The one used in my video is the Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus, which gives you 8 ports, and will allow for AC / DC voltages, ranging from 100Ma to 250Ma, for the most demanding pedals.  There are options for SAG control (which simulates the characteristics of a drained 9V battery), and allows you to run many voltages.  A must for any home brew / custom pedal board, that doesn’t already have a built-in power solution.

Here is a rough chart (Shopper’s Guide), which is a bit incomplete, simply b/c I couldn’t find all of the relevant information.  BUT, as I learn more about each product, I’ll fill in the blanks.  At the very least – it should put you in the right direction!

Pedal Power Solutions Ports Sag Control 9V 12V 16v 18V 24V Max Ma 120v/240v Reverse Polarity Capable Isolated Outputs
Visual Sounds One Spot Combo  $         34.95 n/a
Gator G-Bus 8-US Pedal Board PS  $         94.99
T-Rex 9V Fuel Talk Jr.  $         99.99 5 Yes Yes up to 120ma Yes
Pedal Pad Power II PS  $       119.99
Voodoo Lab Pedal Power AC  $       139.99 6
BBE Supa Charger  $       149.99 8 Yes Yes Yes 100-200 Selectable With add-on accessory cable Yes
Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2+  $       169.99 8 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100-250 Fixed Yes
T-Rex 12V Fuel Tank  Juicy Lucy  $       199.99 5 Yes Yes

AS FOR SWITCHING … I am not aware of any product quite like the Voodoo Lab Pedal Switcher.  It gives you quite a number of set-up options.

Options such as :

1) Allowing for 4 true bypass loops.

2) Allowing you to patch in a tuner, in a true bypass loop.

3) Allowing you to A/B to different amps.

4) Allowing for buffered or non-buffered inputs.

These are all great considerations in any pedalboard set-up.

IF YOU KNOW IF ANOTHER PRODUCT THAT COMES CLOSE –  email me, and I’ll but together a buyer’s guide on Pedal Switching products.

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