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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Boss Customer Support Pedal question

Tony F

Long Island

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Feb 23rd, 2012 02:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a Boss ac adapter on order and for my two Boss pedals the FRV-1 reverb and the TR2 tremolo. I called customer. support and asked if there's a cable that I could daisy chain my two pedals off the one Boss ac adapter and he said no each pedal needs it's own adapter. Is this correct?

Why couldn't I use this?

1 spot 5 plug

(This message was last edited by Tony F at 03:08 PM, Feb 23rd, 2012)

Hammond101
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So. Cal. USA

Feb 23rd, 2012 03:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Cancel the Boss order and buy the one spot.

I own one, it works great.

ProToneThinline

Pittsburgh, PA

Love my 335
Feb 23rd, 2012 06:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Cancel the Boss order and buy the one spot."

This is good advice.

The Boss adapter won't deliver much current. IIRC, it's only about 350mA. That's only enough to power one pedal. I 1 Spot will power something like 8 pedals because of it's higher current rating.

FWIW, I used a Boss adapter to power three pedals, and ended up cooking the adapter after about 4 gigs. I replaced it with a 1 Spot....

Tony F

Long Island

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Feb 23rd, 2012 06:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

OK thanks
I called music 123 and got a RA# to send it back and will order a 1 spot plus the cables.Just want to make sure I wont damage my pedals as they're not cheap.
thanks

ejm

usa

Feb 24th, 2012 09:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I wish you guys would have done your research before answering, and that includes the guy he talked to at customer support.

There was no need to cancel and re-order the One Spot.

The One Spot adapter CABLE would work fine to hook up two pedals. In addition, BOTH of these pedals can be powered up using a PSA series adapter. You don't need two separate adapters.

"The Boss adapter won't deliver much current. IIRC, it's only about 350mA. That's only enough to power one pedal."

Only one pedal? Huh? You need to do some research. From the Boss site, the FRV1 draws 37ma DC and the TR2 draws 20ma DC. A PSA series adapter recommended by Boss is rated for 200ma DC (not 350ma). In any event, a 200ma supply is way more than sufficient for two pedals that draw only 57ma total.

The fact that you cooked a Boss adapter when powering up your pedals could be due to several things:
1) What pedals were they? Maybe you were using it incorrectly and drawing too much current.
2) The adapter could have been flaky. In my experience a lot of these cheap 9v adapters are born that way to begin with. And over the past 40 years or so of using them a lot of them don't last long, have noise issues, etc.

Just a note on the 1 Spot adapter: I have heard good and bad about them. A lot of guys swear by them, but there are a lot of bad reviews on Harmony Central as well. They seem to have problems with noise, oscillations, regulation, etc.

IMO the best way to go is to either build your own power supply (I did) or buy one of the commercial ones. If you buy a commercial one, you don't need to drop over $100 for one of the top of the line models with isolated outs, etc. For the average guy one of the less expensive ones will work just fine.

(This message was last edited by ejm at 09:40 AM, Feb 24th, 2012)

Steve Dallman
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Feb 24th, 2012 01:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've got 3 burned out Boss adapters in my junk box. Who knows why they burned out. I never powered more than one Boss pedal with each, but one by one, they died. It's not the cords on any of them.

By comparison, I've never lose any other brand or type of adapter and I've got dozens of them, and dozens of various pedals.

ProToneThinline

Pittsburgh, PA

Love my 335
Feb 25th, 2012 08:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Just a note on the 1 Spot adapter: I have heard good and bad about them. A lot of guys swear by them, but there are a lot of bad reviews on Harmony Central as well. They seem to have problems with noise, oscillations, regulation, etc."

I've had zero issues with mine in over three years of steady gigging. However, the first two I got were dead right out of the box.

BbendFender
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Texas

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Feb 25th, 2012 09:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just bought a One Spot. I also have a Brick.

69tele

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Feb 25th, 2012 09:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

another vote for the 1spot

walshb
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Feb 25th, 2012 05:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The latest Boss PSA adapter is possibly the cheapest pc of crap adapter you can buy, because it's designed to fail.
Inside the outer insulation of the cord, there are two wires going from the power supply to the tip that you plug into your pedal. One wire is just bare wire, wrapped around an insulated wire. The inner wire's insulation is very brittle and breaks easily, exposing the wire. Since the other (bare) wire is wrapped around this one, you then have a direct short and the adapter quits working.

StratQuebec

Canada

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Feb 26th, 2012 08:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ordered the 1 spot and the multiplug 5 cable .

Tony F

Long Island

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Feb 29th, 2012 08:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My 1 spot arrived today and it's works great in my little rack.
thanks
Next item when I have the funds will be a Boss RC-3 Loop Station.

Portsider

Tampa Fla USA

Every day you wake up is a good one.
Mar 1st, 2012 06:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have powered multiple pedals with the Boss PSA, a One Spot and a Mutec (GC's PSA knock off).
All worked fine with no failures. I have had no noise issues.
I haven't used the latest Boss PSA120 with the sideways wall wart, so I can't speak to that.
Currently, I have switched to a Sanyo Pedal Juice which works great and needs no power outlet.

Portsider

Tampa Fla USA

Every day you wake up is a good one.
Mar 7th, 2012 07:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Correction... Last night I was trying out my pedal board for a gig with my small amp and it sounded weak and fizzy. After some trial and error, I found that powering six pedals with the Mutec was the problem. I switched to a one spot and all was good. (My Pedal Juice was charging.)

StratQuebec

Canada

Patient people get what they want.
Mar 7th, 2012 07:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Got the 1 spot. Feeds a Hardwire RV-7, Bad Monkey and MXR Distortion III (and a loooper ABY) without any issues so far.

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