Courtesy Outlet into surge protector

General discussion and tech talk about the industry standard Pedal Power line of power supplies.
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Courtesy Outlet into surge protector

Post by shawnjawn » Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:32 pm

I was wondering if someone can help me out with my pedalboard setup. I've recently ran out of space on my pedaltrain 2, so I bought a SKB PS8. However, the power supply for that went out on me, so now I'm using two One-Spots into a Furman SS-6B

As you can probably tell, this creates quite a hiss. Keep in mind, I'm still a beginner just playing at open mics every once in a while. One venue in particular has one outlet with two sockets, so the bassist usually plugs his amp into one, while I plug my Furman powerstrip w/ pedals...and my amp :oops: I know this is horrible but I guess it's the price I pay for playing at small venues.

Anyways, I was thinking of upgrading to the Pedaltrain Pro, and just wanted some opinions on my setup. I am looking to get two Voodoo Labs if they can reduce the hiss...but considering the venue only having two plugs, how would you go about plugging the power supplies, amp, etc?

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Re: Courtesy Outlet into surge protector

Post by loerdevi » Tue Jan 24, 2012 4:21 pm

I've found myself in similar situations from time to time. Your best bet is to always have a decent power strip/surge protector with you. I hate plugging a ton of stuff into one outlet but thats how it ends up sometimes I guess.

My other guitarist spoiled us recently with a Moster Pro 3500 Power conditioner. It pretty much powers everything me and him have on stage (his Marshall Stack, my Fryette stack, his pedal board (one PP2) my board (a PP2 and a Modtone Power Plant) and our drummers big electric fan) and it almost always sounds awesome but sometimes either or both of us would be getting hiss or AM radio coming from our amps. I found the ISP Decimator cleaned all that noise up pretty well. I run anywhere from 5 to 12 pedals at any given time and I gotta have noise suppressor of some sort to keep everything quiet.

I think the voodoo labs Pedal Power would help you situation alot, it seemed to do wonders for my rig. as far as powering everything you show on that board 2 PP2s should power everything except the whammy which needs 9V AC, everything else I think only requires 9V DC. You could utilize the courtesy outlet for the wall wort for the whammy or the pedal power AC would work fine as well.

Keep in mind those twin pedals require more power, so you should plug those into slots 5 or 6 on the Pedal Power 2 with the dip switch set to normal. They are 9V DC I think (At least my DD-20 is) but they require 300 milliamps, double check your owners manual to be sure.

Hope that helps.
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Re: Courtesy Outlet into surge protector

Post by Rez » Thu Mar 08, 2012 6:26 pm

And don't forget, you can connect a power strip to the courtesy outlet for use with multiple pedals/effects and their adapters. It may also be used to power an additional Pedal Power 2 Plus, ISO-5, Pedal Power Digital or Pedal Power AC. The courtesy outlet is NOT designed for use with power amplifiers or other high power equipment. 
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Re: Courtesy Outlet into surge protector

Post by Guitarz » Wed May 27, 2015 10:42 pm

I understand completely I can attach my Furman Plug Lock power strip into the PP2 Plus.
I just don't understand what the "limit" is in terms of what I can run through the power strip.

I'm already using all of the outputs on the PP2 Plus.
I'm already using the current doubler.

Could the power strip handle five 800mA wall warts, assuming each was actually drawing 800mA?
I'm assuming the power strip can't handle a Line 6 Pod HD500. Is that correct?

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