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    Cool Pedal supply current ratings

    Hey everyone

    So my pedalboard consists of 5 low-current pedals and two higher current pedals (Strymon Bluesky 260mA, TC Flashback X4 300mA). I noticed recently that they were both getting supplied with the right amount of voltage but only 100mA of current. This is suppose to be detrimental to the pedal, however I use both pedals almost constantly and if I didn't notice by accident, I would have never guessed they were being supplied with the wrong amount of current as they sound fine.

    So, the problem is that the power bank I use only has 1 300mA output 'socket'. So I can't connect both pedals at once and I don't want to spend money on a new powerbank. Do you guys thiunk it really is that bad if i keep supplying the wrong current to one of the pedals? Will this ruin the pedal if it hasn't already done so in the past 8 months of constant use?

    Any advice is highly appreciated!!

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    I wouldn't continue using the wrong power supply. Either your pedal or the power supply will be ruined.
    ROCK ON.

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    Default Re: Pedal supply current ratings

    It won't break the pedal, but it may not work correctly. It can overwork the power supply though, although if it is a good supply it should have a thermal shutdown, but can't guarantee that.

    So yes, it would be best to use a supply with the proper current rating.

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    Wouldn't a Godlyke Power-All or a One Spot work fine? The Power-All is 2000ma but still 9v.
    Surely just two pedals through the daisy wouldn't make too much noisiness.

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    Default Re: Pedal supply current ratings

    Quote Originally Posted by dave74 View Post
    Wouldn't a Godlyke Power-All or a One Spot work fine? The Power-All is 2000ma but still 9v.
    Surely just two pedals through the daisy wouldn't make too much noisiness.
    Yes, or just use the provided supply that came with either pedal.

    Daisy chaining may cause noise, even with two pedals. It would have to be confirmed.

    As others have said, overdrawing a supply will probably cause failure of the supply. I was daisy chaining too many pedals on a supply and it failed on me. Only a single supply like a One-Spot, but the concept still holds.
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    Ok thanks guys!

    Being a student, a new power-bank or pedal means another week with no fod at the end of the month hahah

    Thnk I'll try daisy chaning the two pedals first and if that creates too much hum, invest in a new power-bank.

    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by contiContiCONTI View Post
    Ok thanks guys!

    Being a student, a new power-bank or pedal means another week with no fod at the end of the month hahah

    Thnk I'll try daisy chaning the two pedals first and if that creates too much hum, invest in a new power-bank.

    Thanks again!
    If its only one pedal causing the problem, you might not need to buy a new power bank. You could just get a single power supply to power that one particular pedal.
    The power bank can cover all the rest.
    I saw a Snark power on eBay for $15

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F332622111598

    Edit:

    Keep in mind that the Snark is putting out 400mA while the OneSpot is 1700mA.

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F231232148979

    For $5 more Id go with the OneSpot
    Last edited by Gtrjunior; 07-10-2018 at 06:03 AM.

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    Default Re: Pedal supply current ratings

    Quote Originally Posted by Gtrjunior View Post
    If it’s only one pedal causing the problem, you might not need to buy a new power bank. You could just get a single power supply to power that one particular pedal.
    The power bank can cover all the rest.
    I saw a Snark power on eBay for $15

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F332622111598

    Edit:

    Keep in mind that the Snark is putting out 400mA while the OneSpot is 1700mA.

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F231232148979

    For $5 more I’d go with the OneSpot
    Yeah, I thought about that but the problem then becomes setting up quickly at a jam session, having to look for 2 mains sockets rather than just the one. But then I guess I could get an adapter to connect both plus into 1 socket.

    In fact maybe that is the best way as I already have that equipment hahah

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    Quote Originally Posted by contiContiCONTI View Post
    Yeah, I thought about that but the problem then becomes setting up quickly at a jam session, having to look for 2 mains sockets rather than just the one. But then I guess I could get an adapter to connect both plus into 1 socket.

    In fact maybe that is the best way as I already have that equipment hahah
    Just get a power strip

    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...et-power-strip

    Look at this pedalboard I made...all I need is one outlet for it and one for my amp and Im gtg


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    Default Re: Pedal supply current ratings

    Godlyke Power-All is 2000ma and gets better reviews for lower noise floor. $20

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    These specs are mostly to show what the pedal might need to start up...most of the time they never use that much current as it is.
    The powersupply will start to hum and shut down if the draw is too strong.
    Or the pedals will blink and shut down and start up and over again.
    Time is a drug. Too much of it kills you.

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    Default Re: Pedal supply current ratings

    Hi again guys,

    Ended up getting a donner DP-2, which is a cheap powerbank. Almost the same as th one I had but with 2 500mA outputs instead of 1 300mA output. Not isolated and I'm really surprised that no hum is coming through at all, strange but awesome..

    Anyways, thanks to everyone!

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