Which power supply comes in our house

Comparison test of multi power supplies for effects pedals

So! That's enough. When the battery in the distortion unit said goodbye at the last gig shortly before the encore, the decision was made: On my Christmas wish list this year there is a power supply for my effects devices. And a real one! Power supplies are not only useful because they constantly and safely supply the contents of the pedal board with energy, but also because they avoid a lot of battery waste and thus also benefit the environment. Of course, such a purchase should also be of good quality, because the band colleague was already one step further and got a multi-function power supply for his three pedals from the import-export shop. However, his amp hummed louder and deeper than the bassist's Ampeg stack at times.

Fortunately, the selection of multi-power supplies - especially for floor kicks - is now very large, which does not necessarily make the decision for the right power plant any easier. Especially since for many guitarists a power supply is still a sheet metal box with many small sockets without switches and controls. For this reason, we have put some candidates through their paces and tried to shed some light and give an overview of what to look out for.

Information about the test

A sound difference between effects pedals that are operated with different power supplies cannot be clearly identified. Some claim to hear the difference, but we don't want to go that far here. The voltage stability when the pedals are connected is actually crucial for operation and the sound. This can drop if several pedals are connected. Since as a guitarist I only step on the pedals and turn them every now and then, I consulted an absolute specialist for the really important part, namely my "house and court technician" Holger ´Acy´ Diepold, who took care of all the measurements .

TIP: We will add more devices to the test marathon in loose succession. So it's worth coming back!