Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Product Review - Sanyo Eneloop Pedal Juice

Why didn't I think of this? I was recently sent this device called the "Sanyo Eneloop Pedal Juice" to evaluate. It's a 9V rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can power several effect pedals. It comes encased in a pedalboard friendly enclosure that will fit most setups and it’s water resistant. I'll include some more of my own photos when I have a chance.

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The Pedal Juice has a front-lit LED that indicates the power level of the battery. A red light means battery power is less than 30%, an orange light means battery power is between 30% – 60%, and a green light means battery power is above 60%. When I turned it on right out of the box, the battery was below 30%. I plugged it in to charge it and following the instructions left it alone for a few hours.

My first test was with my old Digitech RP200 unit and the plug won't work (I think the pin on the RP unit is larger than what the Sanyo Pedal Juice will accept). I pulled out some other units I don't use much anymore just for testing.

The Pedal Juice has two DC 9V outputs with a maximum output of 2,000mA with negative polarity. To hook up more than 2 pedals you will need to come up with some extra cables that are not included with the unit. The user guide stresses very clearly how important it is to make sure you are not plugging in pedals with positive polarity to the device. It does come with a polarization cable unit to use with any pedals you may have that require it.

I really like the size, convience, and noise reduction capabilities (AC electrical noises or hums) that this unit offers. I didn't test it fully to discharge, but it is supposed to last up to 50 hours with one effect pedal. I'd fully recommend this product to anyone that wants to get a cleaner setup and maybe save on battery cost.

You can find more information and where to buy information on their website. us.sanyo.com/Pedal-Juice

6 comments:

Xaromir said...

First i was like "yeah another overpriced power cable" and i probably wouldn't even have read it, if it wouldn't have been for my knowledge about eneloop. I didn't knew they made this, but really cool thing actually.
I remember being really drunk one evening, i puked on a power strip which was dead after this.
So the amp goes into the wall but what to do with the pedal board? That's the answer right there i guess.
Happens often enough that especially the cable gets busted, this really could rescue a gig then.
But what it really needs is a foot switch and a metal case.
As for the cable: Visual Sound makes a excellent daisy chain.
Thanks for posting mate.

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Steve said...

I have one of these and it lasts for so many gigs before it needs a recharge. No line noise, no seraching my bag for 9volts. I spilled beer on it and it still works great.

But I'm glad it doesn't have a foot switch. I'd hate to stomp it by mistake and kill my sound.

M Belle said...

Love mine!
It's been a saviour for all my 9 volt gear. I create very intense soundscapes and therefore, need brand new batteries all the time. But with Pedal Juice, I'm free of all that.

Sound is loop free. I am emancipated from the wall. And all is good in the world now.

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