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This is a pedal insider rant.  I can't tell you how many customers write saying their pedals are not working or acting weird. But it turns out that it's an issue with their 9V battery not working well with their pedal. I would say 50% of customer complaints are due to batteries!

Please for the love of God people. Let's stop using 9V batteries in pedals. Manufacturers stop making them an option, and customers stop using them.

  1. 9V Batteries Are Not Needed. It's 2016. Not 1916. There are a plethora of cheap reliable and better pedal power options. You have inexpensive wall adapter, isolated dedicated power, even portable rechargeable ones that can power your whole board remotely.
  2. 9V Batteries Are Unreliable and Dangerous. Ever leave a battery in some device for a few months then come back and voila the acid has leaked out and started to corrode possibly damaging your expensive gizmo? 
  3. Different Pedals Will Behave Differently With The Same Battery. Did you know different pedals behave differently with the same battery? Overdrive pedals generally are ok with voltage drops due to an older battery. But delays are not. Delays are very sensitive and huge power vampires that will start making ghastly noises or no noises at all if they are not getting enough juice.
  4. Some Pedals Drain Power When Off. So don't be surprised if your "new" battery suddenly isn't new.
  5. Rechargeable Batteries Lose Charge Over Time. Rechargebles become less and less reliable with age. Bad for musicians who need reliable power on stage.
  6. 9V Batteries Are Expensive. Does it make any sense to buy a $3-4 battery every few hours of playing? Save your money and time.
  7. 9V Batteries are Bad for the Environment:  Batteries contain acid and heavy metals that go in landfills and into our water and soil. You owe it to the earth to stop using them.

Written by Cheaperpedals .com — May 11, 2016



Comments

Scott Hutchens:

I disagree somewhat. I’m a bedroom player right now and don’t play a whole lot like I used to, but I do have good power supplies and do use them. Sometimes I’m just not in the mood to have alot of wires all over and find power strip space. I have the Godlyke daisy chain style and a few single ones including an 18 volt for a Fulltone unit. Usually if the battery is good I never have a problem, the only thing I’ve had a problem with is my Digitech Digiverb which eats batteries in half an hour (it consumes just enough to stop the pedal from working, but the battery is still good. Digitech really missed the mark on that. My vintage fuzzes and some of my Roger Mayer fuzzes don’t have PS jacks anyway, however, a good pedal design will have the battery at least several inches away from the circuitry such as Roger Mayer, ProCo, etc.

May 11 2016

Cheaperpedals:

Hi Scott appreciate the input. I know some people like not having power cables everywhere. That’s a good point. Now about some old pedals not having power inputs, there actually is an 9V batter adapter cable (that we sell) that adapts from a normal plug in power source to a battery clip so you can power those old pedals without doing any mods or anything.

May 12 2016

philipmassi:

Totally agree, and now we have so many options: new fuzzes, fonts that can emulate batteries, adapter cables to plug fonts into battery conectors.
The environment issue is enough to make this matter very relevant. People could just be less anoying to complain about having some power cables. Whats the big deal about it? In a good pedalboard you can easily hide it all.

May 13 2016

Helena Bernabé:

Hello, I think that you are right with what you’re saying. 9 volt batteries sucks
But what is the solution?
Should we take off the 9 volt battery of our pedals and just plug them to the power adapter? Will they work the same?

Thanks for the information and I’m looking forward to your answer :)
Greetings from Spain! :D

September 12 2016

Bruce Shaffstall:

There are a number of reasons to use a fresh battery/battery pack VS the Plug into the AC/wall adapter.
#1). AC Ripple on the DC output into the Pedal. These 9vdc power supplies are really not what you would call quality. You can purchase one for $25-$135 that is a pure DC Source, but if you look at the output with an oscilloscope, vs what is on the battery terminal you will see what I mean. This AC not filtered being introduced in your signal stream can cause Noise if the pedal is not designed to filter it out.
#2). In between paying solo gigs, I like to do Open Mic. Most of the time I only bring the Acoustic Electric, and my big mouth, but often I like to introduce a pedal, Looper, Beat Buddy or Mosiac 12 string effect and some people use a harmonizer, then taking time to find an AC source on stage, or having to bring an extension chord, is too much bother, so I went to Radio Shack, and bought the necessary 8 AA or 8 AAA battery holder and power connector for the Pedal,,,(Negative in the center) and made a portable supply, which in the case of the Beat Buddy, did over 2 Three Hour Solo Gigs using just the 8 aaa pack with no issues. So for three to four songs at Open Mic, this works great.
#3). Batteries do not introduce Ground Noise as well.
As for the environment,,, if Americans are dumb enough to elect any Republican politician, (Trump,you’ve got to be kidding), then there is nothing you or I can do to save the environment, science be damned.

November 04 2016

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