I wanted to write a review for this “Sanyo Pedal Juice” unit I got at the end of December. Sanyo was nice enough to send me one to review, and it’s pretty cool. It’s a rechargeable lithion ion battery to power your guitar pedals. The unit I tested can power up to 2 pedals, but they make another version that can power up to 3 pedals.
Here’s the official web site: Sanyo Pedal Juice
The Pedal Juice unit is just about the size of a guitar pedal, and takes about 3 1/2 hours to charge. Once fully charged, it can power your pedals for up to 50 hours. After I charged mine I made a 5 minute video while hooking it up:
As I showed in the video, you get a carrying case, the power adapter to charge it, 2 cords to power 2 pedals, and one reverse ground adapter. The Pedal Juice model I have is the KBC-9V3U which powers up to 2 guitar pedals. The black pedal juice model that debuted at NAMM last week is supposed to power up to 3 pedals.
I think the Sanyo Pedal Juice is going to be pretty popular because I’ve never seen anything like it on the market. There are all kinds of power supplies for effect pedals, but none of them are a rechargeable battery like this one. If you’re a guitar player you can appreciate this product because your pedal board is in front of you on the stage. If you are using AC adapters or a powered pedal board, you have to run a cord all the way back to the wall behind your amp for power. The only other thing you can do is keep your pedals stocked up with batteries.
But there are 2 reasons that people use 9 volt batteries. The first is because guitar effects pedals don’t come with an adapter cord – you have to pay an extra $20 to get one – or have an expensive board that has it’s own connection cords. The second is because many people believe that the power from the wall can infect the guitar signal by introducing noise. Believe it or not there are many pro players that have batteries in their gear on stage for this very reason.
The Pedal Juice will solve this problem for a lot of people, because it provides clean filtered juice to your gear. You can use it on multi-effect pedals and recorders too. Great to just throw in your gear bag to take to the jam space, and it’s great for gigs too. 9-volt batteries were about $5 each last time I checked. By the time you buy 25-30 batteries, you could own this! And that doesn’t include gas, your time spent to buy them, and the odd-gig where you forgot to buy them and ran out of batteries!
You should check one out.
You can find the Sanyo Pedal Juice at Musicians Friend: