Sanyo Pedal Juice Review and Giveaway

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I was recently contacted by Sanyo to review the Pedal Juice. Pedal Juice is a new way for musicians to power their effects pedals, unlti-effect devices, and mobile recorders. The Sanyo Pedal Juice is a 9V DC Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery device and has a list price of $199.99.

One Pedal Juice battery can provide up to 50 hours continuous, stable power for a single analog pedal or up to 20 hours of continuous power to three digital pedals. The Pedal Juice eliminates the need for AC power, and the output voltage is more stable for longer periods of time without the possibility of AC ground looping noise. With two DC outputs, Pedal juice can power multiple devices including pedals, multi-effect units and portable recorders.

“Getting power to effects pedals has never been easier,” says Tom Van Voy, Vice President and General Manager of the Consumer Products Group for SANYO North America. “Pedal Juice will power multiple effects pedals with the simple press of a button, eliminating the need to unplug pedals from traditional power sources,” said Van Voy. “With the portable power Pedal Juice offers, musicians can perform without an AC power outlet.”

SANYO Pedal Juice was developed using feedback from musicians about what they need in portable power devices. Musicians can conveniently power Pedal Juice and connected devices with a flip of the on-off switch. In addition, a 3-stage visible LED power indicator displays the remaining power level with green, orange, and red LED lights for musicians to see at a glance. Pedal Juice is also water and shock resistant to JIS IPX3 compliance level.

Not playing any instruments that can benefit from the Pedal Juice, I mean a piano isn’t that portable, I asked my brother-in-law to do the review. In his word:

Pros:

  • A 3 hour charge and I was able to play all night long. About 4-5 hours play time using a digital delay and a distortion pedal. Most night’s I’m changing batteries around the half way point or 2 hours of play time so a full night on one charge was great.
  • The unit was small enough I could stash it in my gig carry case with all my cords.
  • The other thing that was really nice is some night with dead batteries instead of plugging an adapter to the wall for power and suffering with the background noise that comes with it, I just plugged this unit up and had full power all night with NO NOISE.
  • The additional benefit of looking down and seeing what the charge was at (high, medium or low) was nice.
  • The design of the case, being waterproof is good for some accidents that just happen such as dropping a drink on the floor or rain blowing on the stage at outdoor settings. Pedal Juice also makes a nice battery unit all in one for multi pedals with no changing in the middle of a gig or being in the middle of a great solo and all of a sudden your battery dies and there’s no sound.

Cons:

  • All in all this is a good unit, I just wish they had a setup that allows you to select variable output voltage because not all pedals are the old 9V setup and more than 2 outputs would be nice. For simple home playing this wouldn’t be a big advantage but if you play in different venues with multi pedals then this can help a lot.

I hope as the tech evolves they add more outputs but for fast easy power it works great, even better than the old style rechargeable 9V batteries I’ve used.
 
Go to Sanyo.com to find a retailer near you.

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A product was received for review. I was not paid in any form of cash for this posting. The opinions expressed are my own and were NOT influenced in any way.

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