Sometimes, the best pedalboard is really simple.
The above photo is a great example of that simplicity.
But, a pedalboard shouldn't be your carpet or an old piece of plywood.
Instead, it should be tailored to your specific situation, able to house, organize and protect your pedals effectively.
Plywood is great but, it can't do all that.
You can spend as much or as little as you want
What you might not realize is that there are a ton of different options when it comes to both housing and powering your pedals. It can truly be as complex or as simple as you want it to be.
There are enough pedalboards and power supplies on the market that you can basically set your price and get exactly what you want.
So I'm going to look at the best pedalboards and power supplies available, highlighting and reviewing 21 total guitar pedal products.
I'll start with my two favorites:
If I could pick one of each...
BOTTOM LINE: It's lightweight (aluminum), made in the U.S.A. and a perfect "happy medium" size that holds a lot of pedals while not seeming too bulky or difficult to transport. Being able to fix a power supply underneath and hide cables is a great perk as well, making it an ideal board for any and all gigging or studio situations.
BOTTOM LINE: Voodoo Lab has been the most trusted name in pedal power for a long time, thanks to completely isolated and regulated power outputs that run eerily silent. All the Voodoo Lab power supplies are made in the U.S.A. and come backed by a five-year warranty. An easy first choice for pros and hobbyists alike.
Best Pedalboards and Power Supplies: My Picks
Primarily, a pedalboard offers protection for your pedals, helps organize them properly, keeps them from moving around and can even provide a power source.
In other words, a good pedalboard protects the investment you’ve already made in your pedals while making it far more organized and functional.
So, how do you find the best pedalboard for your situation?
Initial considerations should include:
- Size - how many pedals do you have?
- Power - do you need a power source?
- Wiring - do you want to hide wiring?
Before we start highlighting products, we’ll spend some time going through each of these attributes and talk about the options they present.
If you’re already confident about the features you want and just want some shopping ideas, feel free to jump ahead to the product segment.
Otherwise, read on for info about choosing size, power, and wiring.
1st Consideration: Size
Size will obviously be determined by the number of pedals you have.
However, you should also consider future pedal purchases as far as you can speculate. While there’s always the possibility that you can simply switch out pedals you don’t have room for, planning ahead is always preferable, especially if you’re a guitarist that uses a lot of effects.
Take Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger, for example:
Einziger’s playing style is unique in that he uses a lot of different tones and effects in his playing, requiring a pedalboard that looks like a small airplane.
For most guitar players, a larger pedalboard is not necessary.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common pedal dimensions:
Boss Pedals: (small)
Width: 2-7/8 inches
Depth: 5-1/8 inches
Height: 2-3/8 inches
Dunlop Wah Pedals: (mid-sized)
Width: 2-1/2 inches
Depth: 4 inches
Height: 10 inches
Line 6 Multi-Boxes: (large)
Width: 10 inches
Depth: 6 inches
Height: 2-1/2 inches
These three pedal dimensions represent (approximately) the expected size for a small, medium, and large stompbox.
For larger collections of pedals, I’ve advised people to make room for the following:
- Small: Up to four
- Medium: Up to two
- Large: One
If you leave two inches of space between each pedal, this gives us our board’s first dimension:
Ideal Width: roughly 40 inches
This is assuming that all six pedals are positioned side-by-side, which isn’t always the case. If it’s not, you can go with less width. That said, we still need to deal with our pedalboard’s height.
My advice is to allow for two rows of the pedal line described above.
Take the depth of the largest pedal, double it, then add two inches on each side plus three inches of space in the middle. This should give you the ideal height for your board:
Ideal Height: roughly 26 inches
Thus, your board should be a little over half as high as it is wide.
Here’s a rough sketch:
Now, it should be clear that adjustments can be made depending on your particular pedal lineup. Since it’s impossible to account for all of the different collections and combinations of pedals out there, you’ll need to adjust according to your own arrangement of stompboxes.
Additionally, we’ve left double the room at the top so you can repeat any portion of the entire pedal line, if need be.
For example, maybe you have three medium pedals and two large ones to add:
As you can see, we’ve still left plenty of room for expansion, should the need arise.
Now, in terms of whether you need something smaller or larger, it’s going to be up to you to decide.
You might have way less (or more) pedals and need to adjust.
If you do make adjustments, the advice is still the same.
Measure your pedals (or use the estimates we’ve laid out) then leave two inches of space on either side of each pedal. For height, double the space and add four inches to your tallest pedal.
Let’s consider a scenario for a smaller board:
Perhaps you have only three small pedals that are three inches wide.
Even with a small board, you can see we’ve left some room to grow at the top.
Again, you should make sure your board is high enough to accommodate another one of your tallest pedals, assuming they were stacked on top of one another with two inches to spare on each side.
Conventional or custom sizes?
Deciding what size board you need (or want) will say a lot about whether you want to go with one of the more conventional boards or something from a custom shop.
Larger pedalboards will typically need to be custom-ordered.
Even small boards will often be custom made, particularly for professional musicians.
That said, if you believe the traditional sizes will suit your needs, that’s where you’ll want to start looking first. If you can’t find a fit, then you can move onto the custom companies.
2nd Consideration: Power
Guitar players have three options when it comes to powering their pedals:
- Individual Adapters (for each pedal)
- Multi-Pedal Power Supplies
Of these three, the third option is by far the most ideal.
With the third option you will have a decision to make:
- A power supply incorporated into the pedalboard (comes built-in)
- A power supply that you fasten to the pedalboard (usually from a third party company)
Both options have implications for the purchase you make. The first one is obvious, in that you want to limit your search to pedalboards that provide on-board power.
Many of them do.
The second option means that you’re going to have to plan to spare some space on your board for your power supply.
Fastening it will simply be a matter of buying some extra industrial strength Velcro or hardware. Also, note that some boards in this list provide the mechanism necessary to fasten power supplies to the underside of your pedalboard.
If you plan to use batteries, it’s of no consequence to your pedalboard.
Should individual adapters be something you plan to use, you’ll need to either purchase a board with a built-in surge protector (which are fairly rare) or plan to add a surge protector yourself.
3rd Consideration: Wiring
You have two options for wiring your pedalboard.
- Wires sit on top of the board
- Wires are hidden underneath the board
Regardless of which one you choose, the term “wiring” addresses both the wires from power supplies and the patch cables going to and from your pedals.
The more ideal configuration is to move all wiring underneath the board.
In this case, wires and cables come out of the pedals and go directly underneath the board through a hole, then up through the board again at the point where it needs to be reconnected.
You can see in the photo below that all the wires go directly into the board and out of sight:
Here’s another good example with a red Pedaltrain-style board:
If you decide you want to hide wires there are a few additional options to consider:
- Buy a board that allows for underneath wiring
- Have a custom pedalboard made
- Modify a pedalboard yourself for underneath wiring
Hiding wires requires more setup and often times more money, especially if you have this done via a custom pedalboard company.
Many companies also handle the wiring for an additional fee, in which case, you’ll send them all your pedals, cables and power supplies and they’ll run everything into the board for you.
It’s a wonderful luxury but, rarely budget-friendly.
Another downside to consider is that changing out pedals (particularly pedals of varying sizes) in a custom wiring board can be a lot more complicated and time-consuming.
The alternative, and the option that most guitarists go with, is to just keep their cables on top of their board.
This is messier, and not as aesthetically sensitive, but it’s usually cheaper and much easier to implement.
As you can tell, it’s not as orderly but, still functions all the same.
Wiring is an area where you can cut costs by simply running everything on top of the board yourself, so if money is an issue (we’ll get into more price specifics later) this is the route you’ll want to go.
Additionally, there are a few simple DIY options for organizing cables and wires over top of your board.
- Twist Ties
- Pedal Couplers
If you have a lot of pedals that are the same height, pedal couplers are a cheap and effective way to eliminate cabling between stomp boxes.
I use them for several of my Boss pedals.
You can also use tape and twist ties to group cables and wires together to minimize their presence on your board. I’ve found that electrical tape works the best for tying off cables.
Pedalboard features and what I'll cover
We’ll start with our best pedalboard list first, then have a separate section for power supplies.
In this list, we’ll highlight info based on the three considerations we’ve already covered, as well as the price of the board.
- Power: Yes/No
- Wiring: Visible/Hidden
How did I decide which pedalboards to include in this list?
As with most of our buying guides, inclusion of a product is based on the quality, features and price of that product, in an effort to provide you with a list of “safe buys” that give you the highest possible value.
Additionally, I've included pedalboards in this list that meet some of the features already mentioned and that might be a better fit for more unique situations.
Let’s jump in.
Pedaltrain is one of the best pedalboard companies, known for their simple designs and a wide range of sizes.
I like the affordability of the Pedaltrain 2 and the size isn't bad (about 24 inches across and 12 inches wide). It's an ideal board for setting up two rows of pedals, perhaps one row in front that gets heavy use and a second row in the back that is used less frequently.
You’re looking at roughly six to seven small pedals or three to four medium or large pedals, not including space for a power supply.
The Pedaltrain 2 can work great for those who have (or plan to have) a moderate amount of stompboxes. If more space isn’t an issue, boards like this can save you a lot of money.
As the title implies, this one also comes with a soft carrying case.
FEATURES: Size: 20 x 7 inches / Power: No / Wiring: Hidden
One of Pedaltrain’s newer offerings is the Nano and Nano Plus (Nano+). The difference between the two is the four inches of additional room you get with the Nano+ which is roughly enough space for five or six small pedals in a single row.
The finished product will look something like this:
Included are 36 inches of what Pedaltrain calls a “hook-and-loop” pedal fastener for holding pedals in place. Zip ties and a carrying case are also included at no extra charge.
Again, you’ll need to have a small number of pedals to make this work but, for those who don’t plan to expand their board, it’s a durable and simple design that lets you hide wires and cables and easily transport your pedals.
If that's all you need, there's nothing to complain about.
FEATURES: Size: 18 x 5 inches / Power: No / Wiring: Hidden
Gator Cases make some incredibly tough and durable pedalboards that are designed to take a lot of abuse while still protecting your pedals.
The G-Tour pedalboard is particularly heavy-duty, ideal for the road or any kind of gigging where you might be moving gear around frequently.
It's designed with shock absorbing EVA foam, aluminum valance (covering all the edges and corners) and a heavy locking system. Looking at the thing would lead you to believe they're trying to protect your pedals from being shot at.
There are also handles on the side for easy moving.
It’s pricey, and you’re paying for the protection.
It’s always good to have some heavy-duty protection. | Flickr Image via Treforlutions TreVizionz
So I’d recommend this board to those who are doing a lot of traveling and need the extra cushion to protect their pedals, whose gear might otherwise be taking a lot of abuse.
For those looking into a studio pedalboard that won't move as much, some of the following suggestions will likely be better fits.
FEATURES: Velcro: Compatible / Power Source: No / Carrying Case: Yes
4. Boss BCB-60
As you might have guessed, the BCB-60 is a wonderful solution for those who own a lot of Boss pedals.
If you run even just a few of them through your effects chain, it’s good news.
But even if Boss stompboxes aren’t your entire focus, the BCB-60 has a lot of great features and can fit a healthy number of pedals, regardless of their brand or shape.
Considering pedal shape and pedalboard planning, the BCB-60 itself has the following dimensions:
Dimensions of the Boss BCB-60 pedalboard. | Image via Roland
So it’s not the biggest surface area but, certainly able to handle two rows of five or six pedals with something larger like a wah or volume included.
I've dug up a couple screenshots of the BCB-60 in action with only a handful of Boss pedals.
Two larger pedals (the right-most one is probably a wah) and a small tuner:
A forum-shared configuration of the Boss BCB-60 pedalboard with two large pedals included. | Image via Audiofanzine
This next user goes minimal with only four small boxes, a Morley wah pedal and plenty of room to spare:
A shot of the BCB-60 pedalboard with four small pedals and a Morley wah pedal. | Image via Ultimate-Guitar
You can actually remove those panels near the top of the board (the ones with the blue text on them) and make room for even more (or larger) pedals.
A molded resin covers the exterior of the board which is pretty dense, though not quite as strong as the Gator boards.
The BCB-60 comes equipped with an onboard power supply and all the adapters you need to use it, making it an out-of-the-box working solution.
Even instrument patch cables are included:
Cables and power supply gear that come with the Boss BCB-60.
If you don't have a power supply and need to start your pedalboard setup from scratch, this is an excellent deal.
If you have a power supply already you'll lose some value with the BCB-60, since you're certainly paying for the inclusion of power and patch cables. However, I doubt the daisy-chain you get here is contributing a great deal to the cost.
I'd recommend this board particularly for in-home or light-traveling players who need a power source.
FEATURES: Velcro: Compatible / Power Source: Yes / Carrying Case: Yes
5. Gator Powered Pedal Tote (GPTPROPWR)
While not as strong as the G-Tour, the Pedal Tote has a few advantages over its in-brand competitor.
First, it’s a bit larger at 30 inches wide and 16 inches long, plenty of room for 10-12 pedals, or more, depending on the size of each box.
Second, it's a self-powered board, providing two spots underneath the front panel for adhering a power supply (one of which is included - more on that below). In each spot you'll have a hole that allows you to route wires up to the pedals, meaning the final result will be more organized.
This saves you some room on the board and keeps things a lot more neat.
One power supply is included, allowing you to fill one of the two spots, per the specs list at Guitar Center.
This unit powers eight 9v and three 18V pedals.
Here’s a closer look at the G-BUS-8:A closer look at the Gator G-BUS-8 power supply. | Image via Thomann.de
Just in case you were wondering, there's a question answered on this board’s Amazon page that affirms the G-BUS-8 inclusion:
Per one of the Amazon product photos you can see how the power supply fits perfectly underneath the board:
So you get the first power supply with space to add a second one to the other side of the board, if necessary.
If you're worried about needing the second power supply, consider that the first one powers 11 pedals and that the board is only 30" wide. In that scenario, it's not likely that you'll need additional power.
I like this board for most styles and skill levels, both for live gigging and studio work.
I also wouldn't worry about not having the hard case since Gator's boards are pretty tough regardless of what you're carrying them in. Assuming you've used Velcro for your pedals, a gig-style case is sufficient protection.
FEATURES: Velcro: Compatible / Power Source: Yes / Carrying Case: Gig Bag
When it comes to Behringer, I love the pedalboards.
Not so much.
It’s alright though, because the pedals are (obviously) not included.
The actual board is lightweight, though capable of carrying and powering six pedals that are roughly Behringer size (similar to Boss pedals).
Patch cables are thrown in along with a 1.7A power adapter that provides juice for up to 12 total devices.
This seems odd since the board appears to hold no more than half that. Then again, it's better to have them and not need them.
Can I add bigger pedals?
Like the BCB-60 you can remove the panel near the top right of the board and add a bigger pedal, perhaps of the wah or volume variety.
Though the image is slightly grainy, you can see the owner added a large Jim Dunlop pedal and the blue DigiTech box off to the left:
User-submitted photo of larger pedals installed on the PB600. | Image via Audiofanzine
Still, I wouldn’t consider it a perfect fit for larger pedals.
A more ideal situation would be a handful of Boss pedals that you’re sick of buying batteries for.
Overall, it's a versatile board with plenty of uses, both for the road and the studio.
FEATURES: Velcro: Compatible / Power Source: Yes / Carrying Case: Yes
7. Boss BCB-30
The Boss BCB-30, as the name would suggest, is essentially a smaller version of the BCB-60.
It's actually really small.
The usefulness of this pedalboard is entirely contextual because it will only hold Boss pedals (or pedals that are very similar in shape) which are then limited to three total.
It should be clear immediately that this board will only work in certain situations.
Keep in mind the following dimensions of the Boss DS-1, a configuration that is shared among most Boss pedals:
The dimensions of the Boss DS-1 distortion pedal (and most Boss pedals). | Image via Roland
This is the "fit" for any pedal that goes in this board.
Each one fits into a pedal-shaped mold of this same size, holding them perfectly in place, but leaving zero wiggle room.
Note that two small patch cables and a daisy-chain cable connector that works with the Boss PSA-120 power adapter are included, however the PSA-120 itself is not.
Why I like it and who it would work for
The price tag and simplicity of this board are its most attractive features.
Those who only have a few small pedals and aren't worried about expanding will find that this is a nearly perfect solution, ideal for both the road and for leaving behind at the studio.
Sometimes simpler is just better.
Plus, you'll have a tough time finding a better price point, as the BCB-30 usually retails at (or under) $40.
FEATURES: Velcro: No / Power Source: No / Carrying Case: Yes
As with the BCB-30, the Pedaltrain-Nano needs to be in the ideal situation for it to be functional. However, if your pedal setup is a match, the Nano is a perfect solution.
The surface area of the entire board is only about 14 x 5 inches, which is enough space for about five Boss-sized pedals.
You'll find there's actually more room to work with than what you'd initially expect.
Aircraft-grade aluminum is the primary ingrediant in the board's construction, so the Nano can take its fair share of abuse.
A set of hook and loop ties with adhesive backing is included with the purchase since the Nano doesn’t support a regular Velcro system.
It also ships with this carrying case:
Again, I must emphasize, it’s a contextual fit.
But if you're someone with just a few pedals and you don't need a power source, the Nano can be a good way to land a pedalboard on the cheap without worrying about paying for more space than you need.
FEATURES: Velcro: No (Hook and Loop System) / Power Source: No / Carrying Case: Gig Bag
The Pedaltrain Classic Pro comes in at 32 x 16 inches which is enough room for anywhere from 15 to 20 pedals, depending on their size and shape. This makes the surface area the main attraction and a great buy (under $200) for those who need to accommodate a large (or growing) number of pedals.
What made me like the Pedaltrain even more is that it's surprisingly light at a scant six pounds.
You can get a feel for how big it is from this clip off the Pedaltrain website:
A front-facing look at the Pedaltrain PRO . | Image via Pedaltrain
That’s actually a shot of the discontinued Pedaltrain Pro, which the Classic Pro replaced. However, the two boards both share the exact same dimensions.
The value (and accrued expense of the board) is found in the size and aircraft-grade aluminum that Pedaltrain uses in most of their products.
Pedaltrain also ships this one with a lifetime manufacturer warranty.
So in all likelihood, you'll never have to replace this board.
The Classic Pro adds 160 inches of the hook and loop zip tie system for holding pedal's to the board's panel design.
Keep in mind you've got to bring your own power supply but, if that's not a problem for you and you want to run a lot of pedals, the Classic Pro is one of your absolute best bets.
FEATURES: Velcro: No (Hook and Loop System) / Power Source: No / Carrying Case: Gig Bag
You might think of this as Gator's smaller version of the Classic Pro.
Coming in at roughly 23 x 10 inches (without any edging) it gives you room for about 10 - 12 pedals.
It's made out of an aluminum material (similar to what Pedaltrain uses) with angled holes that allow you to wire any cables underneath the board and out of sight, giving you the potential for a fairly neat setup. To fix pedals to the board, Velcro is included with your purchase.
You'll also find a power supply mounting system underneath the board for adding a third-party power source.
Here's a shot of what the setup would look like:
A shot of the mounting system beneath the Gator GPB-BAK-OR pedalboard. | Image via Gator Cases
Once you've attached your power supply, patch cables and wires can be conveniently routed to and from each pedal..
If you have your own power supply and hate looking at wires or cables on your board, this is a nice way to get them out of sight. Gator usually lets them go for around $150, far cheaper than most of the powered units.
You'll even have some additional colors to choose from.
FEATURES: Velcro: Yes (included) / Power Source: No / Carrying Case: Gig Bag
If you’ve gone over the pedalboards list, you’ll notice that the bulk of custom pedalboards ship without a power supply or charge extra to have one included.
This isn’t a major problem if you know where to get a good deal on a power supply elsewhere.
Amazon is one of my preferred destinations for power supply shopping because they curate a lot of lesser-known brands providing alternatives to the more expensive options - saving you money.
In particular, Voodoo Lab was one of the “original” power supply companies and, if you go back 10 - 15 years, one of the only guitar power supply options along with the MXR DC Brick (which we’ll cover later).
Now you’ve got a number of other options available to you that are much cheaper, which means you don’t have to fork over big money for pedal power.
The primary feature consideration is voltage, where most pedals require a 9V DC adapter.
However, voltage requirements can be higher:
The potential variables here are numerous, making it impossible to address voltage with specificity. Your first task will be to determine the voltage of each of your pedals and chances are that you’ll be running mostly 9V boxes, which makes shopping for a power supply easier.
We’ll also take into consideration which power supplies isolate their outputs (helps with noise reduction).
To help with the process, we’ll put the voltage for each power supply in the features section along with the number of pedals that each one accommodates.
Let’s get started.
There are a few things here that are accounting for the higher cost.
Though you can check here for used and refurbished pricing that's often much lower.
First, you’re getting a power supply that supports different selectable voltages. This is a rare offering from T-Rex that undoubtedly contributes to the final retail price tag.
It allows you some extra versatility when dealing with pedals that deviate from the typical 9V requirement.
Here are a couple examples of how you might set things up with the Fuel Tank, courtesy of the Fuel Tank owner’s manual:
Additionally, you’ve got noise cancellation built into each input and the higher overall value of a reputable boutique pedal company.
However, if you’re not in need of varying voltages, this power supply might not be ideal for you since it only powers five pedals at a time. Should the voltage options be helpful, it’s well worth the expense. Otherwise, I’d advise looking at other options.
Note that all power cables are included in your purchase.
Number of Pedals: Five (six available outlets)
Voltage: 9V DC - 12V DC - 18V DC - 12V AC (selectable)
This may be the first time you're hearing of a company called "Donner" but, I assure you, they do exist and they make one of the most affordable pedal power supplies on the market.
Furthermore, it's actually not bad on the quality spectrum.
You've got 10 isolated and protected outputs, allowing you to power up to eight 9V pedals, one 12V and one 18V.
It also includes all ten power cables.
So what exactly does it cost?
You'll be hovering around the $40 mark in most markets.
Checking used and refurbished options could land you an even better deal.
And if the price/brand name makes you a little nervous, I'd recommend checking out some of the great feedback this unit has gotten.
While there are some that dispute whether or not the inputs are isolated, it isn't likely to cause you noise issues unless you have other problems within your rig.
It powers your pedals as advertised and, for the price, I'm willing to put up with some ambiguity about whether or not each input is entirely isolated. The DP-1 is a great fill-in for some of these boards that don't come with pedal power.
Number of Pedals: 10 total
Voltage: 9V DC - 12V DC - 18V DC
The Voodoo Lab Pedal Power supply comes from one of the original power supply manufacturers and has been around for a long time. It has won the hearts and minds of many artists and pedalboard manufacturers, coming with a five-year warranty and made by hand in the United States.
One of the most attractive aspects of the 2 Plus is that every single output is isolated. This cuts down on ground noise and unwanted hum while preserving the tonal integrity of your pedals.
Moreover, since outputs are isolated, you can actually combine them for other voltages.
This bit, from the Voodoo Lab homepage, describes it well:
18V/24V – Using Custom Cables
All of the outputs on the Pedal Power 2 Plus (and the original Pedal Power) are completely isolated allowing you to create different voltages. You can run effects like the current MXR Flanger by combining two 9V outputs to create a single 18V supply. By switching two outputs into 12V ACA mode, you can join them together to create a 24V output for powering numerous Electro-Harmonix stompboxes including the Deluxe Memory Man.
So with an eye towards keeping noise as low as possible, the 2 Plus manages to add a fair amount of flexibility to their power supply as well.
The price tag is high and the used options aren’t much better, but it’s one of the originals and still one of the best on the market.
Number of Pedals: Eight Isolated Outputs
Voltage: Switchable 9VDC, 12VDC and sag 4.5-9VDC (via DIP switches on the bottom)
While Budagov calls this an isolated power supply, some will make the case that this doesn’t mean each output is grounded, like they are in the more expensive Voodoo Lab. I want to say up front that I haven’t been able to verify one way or the other.
My suspicion is that the Reddit contributor is correct in that “isolated” simply means that one outlet can fail while the others continue to function.
Otherwise, I’m not sure how to explain the massive difference in price between the Jericho 2 and the Voodoo Lab offerings.
But, even if the Jericho 2 isn’t isolated, there are plenty of rigs that don’t need that extra noise control. Your rig might be completely noiseless with or without it, so those on a budget should still consider this as a viable option.
It also powers more pedals than its more expensive Voodoo Lab counterpart.
Number of Pedals: 10
Voltage: Eight 9V, One 12V and One 18V
The DC Brick by MXR has been around for a long time.
In fact, it was the first power supply I bought back when I was 15 (I’m 29 at the time of writing this) and it was one of the only options available. The newer versions provide two 18V outputs and eight 9V connections.
However, I haven’t been able to find any information on whether or not the outputs are isolated.
MXR offers an “ISO and Noise Free” version of this power supply (more on that below) which likely means the the M237 doesn’t isolate each output.
However, if you don’t have noise problems with your pedals and you want to save the extra money, the M237 should do just fine.
We’ll cover the ISO version next.
Number of Pedals: 10 total
Voltage: Eight 9V and Two 18V
Not surprisingly, the M238’s claim to fame is noise-reduction and isolated outputs.
Additionally, it gives you two adjustable voltage outputs that can be set anywhere from 6V to 15V.
You’ll pay $30 above what the M237 retails for, but if ground noise is something you’re concerned about, this is a better option.
Number of Pedals: 10 total
Voltage: Six 9V, Two 18V and Two Adjustable Voltage Outputs
The Morley GS-1 boasts an attractive price tag on its USED Amazon page.
It powers up to eight pedals at a time, however they all must be 9V connections.
This limits the GS-1’s appeal, but for those who need a simple power supply and don’t want (or need) to pay for additional voltage capabilities, Morley’s Gas Station is a fantastic option.
It's a great companion for some of those smaller Pedaltrain boards.
Number of Pedals: Eight total
Like the Voodoo Lab, the Supa Charger from BBE has “zero hum” transformers and isolated outputs. In the Questions/Answers section on Amazon, one of the purchasers describes it as “dead quiet” having hooked up a number of pedals, including two different delays.
Note that the adapters pictured could be different than what you actually get. The report seems to be that all adapters are the standard 9V DC connectors and not the green battery-only cable you see pictured.
The unit powers up to eight pedals at 9, 12, and 16 volts.
Number of Pedals: 8
Voltage: Eight 9V, One 12V, and One 16V
I don’t typically recommend Joyo’s pedals, but their power supply is a capable unit that can save you some money. Undoubtedly, one of the most attractive aspects is the price tag. At only $50, it’s one of the cheapest solutions available on this list and still boasts ten isolated outputs with LED indicators.
While it doesn’t have the reputation of the Voodoo Lab boxes or the boutique companies, it’s still a serviceable power supply.
By all accounts, noise is not an issue.
Number of Pedals: 10
Voltage: Eight 9V, One 12V and One 18V
20. Voodoo Lab Mondo
The Voodoo Lab 2 Plus powers eight pedals, while the Mondo upgrades you to 12, dividing outputs between switchable isolated options and high-current isolated outputs. However, they can all be used for typical 9V DC power, if needed.
All the hum cancelling and noise reduction technology is included here. So yes, it’s expensive, but it’s also one of the most complete power supplies you’ll find on the market.
If there was any doubt, cables and adapters are also included.
Number of Pedals: 12
Voltage: Switchable 9VDC, 12VDC and sag 4.5-9VDC (via DIP switches on the bottom)
The MC403’s primary attraction is simply volume.
And by volume I’m referring to the ability to power a lot of pedals (not auditory volume), as the MC403 is capable of 16 total.
It’s a steep investment, though not as expensive as the Mondo from Voodoo Labs and still gives you the noise-reduction of toroidal transformers.
It’s overkill if you don’t have a lot of pedals, but for those who can’t seem to find a power supply that’s big enough for their rig, this one has a real shot at making the cut.
Number of Pedals: 16
Voltage: 9, 12 and 18V
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Less Common Alternatives
If you don’t want to spend the money on a pedalboard or power supply, there are a few less conventional alternatives that you could consider.
Alternative #1: Rechargeable 9V Batteries
Almost all guitar pedals run off 9V batteries, so if you only have a handful of pedals and you don’t want to lug around a pedalboard or power supply, rechargeable 9V batteries might be your best bet.
Something like the SunLabz eight pack is a good option.
They claim to recharge up to 1000 times, which is pretty remarkable. If it makes you feel better, the Amazon reviews are solid.
Remember to unplug 1/4 inch cables when you’re not using your pedals, because as long as they’re plugged in the pedal drains battery power, even when it’s not engaged.
Alternative #2: The DIY Pedalboard
I’ll admit, this is a topic that I haven’t done much research on.
That said, in the age of Pinterest, this is bound to be a popular option with plenty of resources available to help you out.
Judging by a skim of this Instructables article for a pedalboard DIY, a quick trip to Lowes or Home Depot will outfit you with pretty much everything you need.
From there, you can either follow the instructions or rely on your own creativity.
If you’re already handy, this might even be a preferred option for you. If you’re not handy, my advice would be to steer clear.
Alternative #3: A Nice-Looking Carpet
If all else fails, you might find that a pack of Duracell batteries and a nice-looking rug will do just fine.
I suppose as long as you have some place to put your pedals, the guitar playing can continue.
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