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T-Rex Engineering Fuel Tank Chameleon Pedal Power Supply
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- Versatile power supply built for players with a large number of diverse pedals
- Five isolated outputs each with 300mA for a total of 1500 Ma
- Switchable between 115 and 230V for worldwide use with a built-in voltage selector
- Four separate voltage options giving you the choice of 9V DC, 12V DC, 12V AC or 18V DC - 150mA
- Noise-cancelling galvanic isolated outputs
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The T-REX Fuel Tank Chameleon Pedalboard Power Supply with Five Isolated Outputs and Four Separate Voltage Options for a Choice of 9V DC, 12V Dc, 12V AC or 18V DC, and a Built-In Voltage Selector for Worldwide Use is a True Power Supply with Real Internal Transformer.
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I didn't reach this decision easily.... First I bought a pair of those JOYO Pedal Power Supplies. To be honest, the JOYO (at only $60) was surprisingly GOOD! However, once I realized that it doesn't have isolated outputs, I sent them back.
I then dove into the Pedal Power Supply products research.... The first one that stuck out was the Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2+. It was the one that everyone talked about. But I was NOT impressed. First of all, it ONLY supplies 9v of power. Good luck running your thirsty overdrive pedals. Second, it was weak in the current... 100mA on all but two. Those two were only 250mA. You'll never power up a strymon with that thing. And for $170, I just really would expect much more than that.
For me, this Chameleon turned out to be EXACTLY what I needed. Let me tell you why.
First, it supplies power in four different varieties: 9v DC, 12v DC, 18v DC, and 12v AC. Of course, most of my pedals are 9v DC, but a few of my others like to run hot. I have a Fulltone Fulldrive Mosfet that has different characteristics running at 9, 12, and 18v. I like it at 18.
Second, it supplies 300mA on all outputs. That will run your digital effects such as Strymon pedals. I have two 300mA Strymons so it runs those just fine.
All this a price point of $150. I ended up getting one here on Amazon for the $150 and a second one on ebay for less than $100. Hooked them up on my board and they work like a CHARM. I am powering 13 pedals on my board with a pair of these and I have several outputs to spare.
One of my initial gripes with this power supply was the fact that it has only 5 outputs. (it has 6, but the last two are "one or the other" not both) So I thought you could only connect 5 pedals. The truth is that you are supposed to use the included daisy chain. That's why each output is 300mA. So you can hook up several pedals without overloading. I wondered about the daisy chain creating ground loops. This was NOT the case. It's totally noiseless. So I just rounded up the 5 pedals with low current draw and strung them up. Wah, Volume, Tuner, Compressor, and Boost. All connected into output #1. Output #2 goes to my Hall of Fame Reverb. Output #3 goes to my Ditto Looper. Output 4 is set to 18v and powers my Fulltone Mosfet. Ouput 5 and 6 are empty. My second Fuel Tank is powering my Strymon Big Sky on #1, Strymon Timeline on #2, 3 and 4 are blank, 5 is daisy chained with my Small Stone, Peavey DEP-16, and my Mooer Tremolo.
Do your research. Hopefully, yours will bring you to the same conclusion. This thing is POWERFUL, SILENT, and VERSATILE, all at the right price. What more do you want?
I had to go with the Chameleon because of it's higher 300mA output, as my multieffects board needed 200 mA. Otherwise, if I only had typical pedals with smaller power needs, I probably would have gone with the Junior or maybe the Classic. Regardless, this thing is built like a tank! It's heavy, but very solid and seems quite durable.
One thing I liked about this model over the other T-Rex Fuel Tank models was this this one seems to be the only one that comes with a HUGE assortment of power cables of varying lengths. I like things to be neat and tidy, and that really helps. I'm very happy with my purchase.
My biggest gripe is that you cannot use all six jacks. You will note that the last two jacks, numbers five and six, have red paint around them. This is to denote that you cannot use them in tandem, only one or the other. The reason is that jack #6 can be used to power a 18v pedal.
According to the manual, using both jacks will result in "some noise". Since "some noise" in my experience means a pedal is about to die, I am not going to try using both jacks, but I wish that I could.
There's a lot of options for pedal power supplies, and this one is worth considering. Do your homework to figure out which will work best for your situation.
Basically, it runs hot. I get that it's a high powered electronic thing, and that means it is going to make heat, but I am honestly afraid to leave it plugged in when I am not in the room. This could have been easily fixed by adding a power switch, but there is none. It's not a huge deal, it just means I have to unplug it each time I am done playing. It only lost a star for this because it seems like a fairly obvious, easy to remedy oversight.If you are looking for an affordable (cheaper than voodoo labs, right?) compact, functional, well-built power supply, this is the one. Just be aware of the heat issue.
The 300ma outputs on the T-Rex were perfect, and there are even switchable 12v, 18v and AC outputs as well. Took less than 5-minutes to set it up to test it, and only a few more to secure the unit and get it road ready.
Read the specs. If they match your needs, this is a clean, powerful untit with plenty of cables, including easy-to-see AC and high voltage cables, and a daisy chain cable for your low draw pedals.