Sanyo KBC-9V3U Pedal Juice™ Green Product Review
Rechargeable 9V Power for Effects Pedals
So I have to admit that when I first saw the pedal juice I was a bit mystified at what its purpose was. I thought, “Oh, it’s like a rechargeable battery for 2 pedals but bulkier and not as portable? Is it for people who play shows where there is typically only one outlet? People who like rechargeable batteries but wish they took up more space?”
Then I realized that you could daisy-chain basically as many pedals as you wanted to and power them all with one unit. That’s really cool.
Any gigging musician knows that the fewer things you have to worry about (finding another open outlet for your pedal board, etc.), the better. This also means one less cord strewn across the stage, which is a very good thing. It holds a charge for up to 50 hours of use (depending, of course on how many devices are being powered) on a mere 3.5 hour charge, and has an on/off button to prevent effects from draining power when not in use.
Sanyo Pedal Juice: A Truly Green Gadget for Musicians
It’s not just for pedals, either. You can use it to power portable keyboards and recorders as well. I even put it through its paces as a circuit-bending power supply (probably not a good idea). One of the cardinal rules of this art is not to work on anything that plugs directly into the wall.
Circuit-bending, for those who don’t know, can be defined as a process of creating various short-circuits in an attempt to alter a device’s audio behavior. I am just learning the art though, so when I do it it’s more like a process by which batteries are drained, thrift-store toys are elaborately destroyed and small plumes of gray smoke are released into the atmosphere. Bending can be rather taxing on batteries, but the power supply performed admirably, at times politely shutting itself off rather than exploding as I poked and prodded the internal organs of the Casio MT-520 it was connected to. It could have killed me, but it didn’t. The power button came in very handy when it became necessary to interrupt the power and reset the keyboard (a common occurrence).
All in all, i think the Pedal Juice is a pretty stellar product. It’s functioned perfectly well through all the nonsense I’ve thrown at it and still indicates a full charge. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who runs a pedal board or performs with any type of battery-powered electronics. I cannot recommend it for use a circuit-bending power supply as that is not its intended purpose, but it was great for that too, in my experience. And yes, the cost is higher than going out and buying yet another disposable 9v battery, but in the long run, it pays for itself and is much better for the environment.
This review was conducted by musician and technical audio expert Rick Klaras for Easy Ways to Go Green. Rick lives and works in Portland, OR.
(Photos Via: Modern Guitarist; Sanyo)