Sanyo unveils Pedal Juice: rechargeable battery for live instruments

Sanyo pedal juice

Sanyo pedal juice

Sanyo has announced Pedal Juice: a rechargeable battery built specifically for powering musical instruments on the go.

For guitarists, the 9V lithium-Ion unit promises to provide 50 hours of playing time if you're only using one standard pedal. It even claims nine hours when you're hooked-up to a daisy chain of six effects (including a wah-wah pedal) and a tuner.

Other examples in the press release include a keyboard (two hours of playing time) and a percussion pad (90 mins).

The big selling-point for audiophiles is that it "eliminates AC ground loops". However, it does cost an eye-watering $150, so you'll have to recharge it quite a lot and hope it cleans your tones to Hendrix levels of greatness to get your money's worth.

It does sit nicely on a pedalboard, though.

Sanyo pedal juice

Sanyo pedal juice


9V Lithium-Ion battery featuring Sanyo eneloop technology

Up to 50 hours of power

Eliminates AC ground loops

Two 9V DC outputs

3-stage LED indicator

Single on/off button

Rechargeable hundreds of times (saves money and the environment)

Water and shock resistant - JIS IPX3 compliant water resistant enclosure

Fully recharges in only 3.5 hours via AC adaptor

Same footprint as standard effects pedal (2.5" W x 4.7"D x 1.7"H)

(Via: Engadget)

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