Product Review : Pedal Power Supply That Will Never Let You Down
Strymon Zuma The Strymon Zuma High Current Power Supply is the most advanced pedal power of its kind. Packing Automatic international power compatibility, the Zuma has the capability to work on any stage across the planet. With nine individually isolated power outputs, each with ultra-low noise circuitry, you can power the most complex of pedal setups without any hassle. Whether it's plugged into 120V, 240V, 100V, or any variation in between, the Zuma delivers clean, reliable power, even if the venue has dirty AC power. Its dual-stage topology, pre-regulated outputs, optically isolated feedback, and advanced multistage filtering result in a switching power supply that is actually quieter than linear units, allowing effects pedals to achieve their highest possible dynamic range. With each output providing a staggering 500mA of current, dual-stage topology, optically isolated feedback, and advanced multistage filtering capable of power a variety of today's leading effects pedals, the Strymon Zuma is perfect for the advanced player with an intricate pedalboard who wants uninterrupted supply without any worry of shortages or surges.
Friedman Power Grid 10 Designed to address all of the deficiencies Dave Friedman encountered with power supplies from other brands over his 27 year history of designing and building pedal boards for the biggest touring guitarists and studio producers, the Friedman Power Grid 10 is a man in world of boys. With zero field and proximity hum, it is even possible to place pedals as close to the unit as you want without fear of hearing any signal interference. Pedals can even be stacked on top of the Power Grid, a mounting technique not recommended for many power supplies out there. Universal power from 100-240Vac means you can plug it in anywhere in the world without having to flip switches or worry about a step up or step down transformer. Rated at 350ma for each output, the Power Grid has the capability to pretty much power up any pedal no matter how complex and still be comfortably silent throughout the entire set. The perfect companion for the intermediate player who demands a professional, tour-ready and dead-quiet pedalboard that can be taken anywhere.
TRex Fuel Tank Chameleon The latest offering in T-Rex’s Fuel Tank line of power supplies, the Fuel Tank Chameleon is also the most versatile; able to power just about any type of pedal on the market today. Housing a variety of voltage options through its five switchable power outlets, each outlet is fully isolated, with outlets one to three being switchable between 9V DC and 12V DC, outlet four between 9V DC and 18V DC, and outlet 5/6 switchable between 9V DC, 12V DC, and 12V AC. A set of dip switches allow you to run pedals that require 9, 12, and 18 volts DC. You can even use the Chameleon to power 12-volt AC pedals, switchable to accept 115 volts or 230 volts for usage while travelling. T-Rex’s penchant for using the best components in the industry, like film/foil electrolytic capacitors, lifetime-use pots, and rugged footswitches, toggles, and connectors means that the Fuel Tank Chameleon is definitely sturdy and dependable; producing nothing but clean power with no power‑supply‑related noise issues at all. Ideal for the beginner looking for maximum flexibility in a power supply.
MXR DC Brick Replacing the famed DCB10, the MXR DC Brick provides enough power for 10 stompboxes without hogging precious space. With eight 9v outputs and two 18v outputs, this spirited power brick features all of the short circuit and overload protection of its predecessor but handles twice the power; allowing usage of virtually any combination of effects. Additionally, each 9v output has a red LED that illuminates if there is a short so you can quickly identify and troubleshoot any power problems. The perfect power supply for intermediate players with mid-sized pedalboards looking to cut on space and troubleshooting time.