If you are using a few standard 9v guitar pedals such as Boss, Ibanez, EHX or MXR then the daisy chain method will safely power your pedals without breaking the bank. The cheapest way to power your pedals would be to:
- Find a cheap 9v guitar pedal power supply such as the TOURTECH 9V DC Power Supply.
- Connect a Daisy Chain cable to your PSU - you will now end up with enough plugs to power 5 guitar effects.
- Double check the back of your pedal and make sure it is compatible with the power supply. If so, plug and play!
Pros and cons: If you daisy chain too many pedals from one power supply then it might not power some pedals correctly. Ensure that your power supply has enough mA (milliamps) to exceed the total mA of all your pedals added together.
If you are unsure, feel free to drop us a question at the bottom of the page.
Pros: Cheap, compact, easy to setup.
Cons: Can't use non-standard pedals, power drain throughout the chain, so you're pedals might not sound amazing.
WARNING: you can easily find multi-voltage power supplies on the high-street, but you must avoid those - they were not made for fx pedals and can often cause unwanted hum or potentially damage your pedal.
THE BENEFITS OF PEDAL POWER BANKS - THE WAY OF THE PROS
In case you gaven't noticed, the benefits of a pedal power supply outweigh any cost. We also thoroughly recomemnd them.
If you want to power more than 5 pedals or use pedals that demand special requirements, then a power bank is the best way to go. Pretty much 9 out of 10 (if not 10 out of 10!!!) professional artists can be seen using power banks on their pedalboards. This is because they're extremely reliable and supply your pedals with the right amount of power so they sound how they should do!
Most pedal banks have at least 5, and often more than that, of outputs to power different pedals. Usually, the outputs are for fx pedals that require 9v (the standard, as featured on Boss pedals). However, as pedals that require different voltages become more popular (usually by "boutique" brands) some power banks now feature extra voltage outputs. For example, the Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus FX Power Supply offers different popular milliamp combinations with 9v, 12.3v, 14.5v, 12v and adjustable 4v-9v . Perfect for powering demanding effects such as some Strymon, Eventide, Line 6 and TC Electronic pedals.
The MXR DC Brick is always a very popular and reliable choice for many guitarists. All of the outputs are isolated, meaning any unwanted noise creating by chaining different effects together is removed completely. If you want the best performance out of your pedals with no extra noises, a multiple output power supply is definitely the way to go. They can be quite bulky, but many pedal boards such as Pedaltrain have brackets to fit them underneath your pedalboard, completely out of sight.
Pros: Isolated Outputs, Versatile, Best Performance, Reliable.
Cons: Expensive, Large.
WHICH PEDAL POWER SUPPLY IS BEST FOR ME?
After a quick look at the three different methods, it all comes down to your own needs.
Battery: If you're only powering 1 or two pedals then this might be a good option for you. Or if you want to risk your power dying - go for it!
Daisy Chain: If you are powering 5 or less than 5 pedals and want to save money, go for a daisy chain. However, we wouldn't recommend this for professionals as the power to each pedal won't be isolated and could result in a slight hum.
Power Bank: If you have any non-standard pedals, use more than 5 or want optimal performance out of your pedals then an all-in-one power supply is the best. There is no doubt that they are superior compared to daisy chaining your pedals, and are essential for professionals.
Show me the 8 BEST PEDAL POWER SUPPLY OPTIONS:
In this list, we'll round up 8 of what we think are the best pedal power supply options that are reliable, provide the level of clean power you need and are great for professional set ups.
In summary we think the best pedal power supply options are:
- Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus FX Power Supply
- MXR M239 ISO Brick Mini Power Supply
- Strymon Ojai Power Supply
- MXR M238 ISO Brick Power Supply
- Voodoo Lab VL-PPMEX Pedal Power Mondo
- Strymon Zuma Power Supply
- Voodoo Lab Pedal Power X4 Power Supply
- Truetone 1 Spot Pro CS6 Power Supply