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Proper AC Adapter for Boss BF-1?

Re: Proper AC Adapter for Boss BF-1?

Postby Dirk » Tue Jan 03, 2012 3:35 am

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Re: Proper AC Adapter for Boss BF-1?

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Re: Proper AC Adapter for Boss BF-1?

Postby Jeremy » Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:11 am

...correction

on the back of the pedal it says

"Adaptor: 18V, 300mA max"

I don't know why it stipulates a maximum amperage capability for the adaptor, I thought the pedal just took what it needed and no more ..
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Re: Proper AC Adapter for Boss BF-1?

Postby Laurie » Tue Jan 03, 2012 7:49 am

Please do NOT use a laptop power supply.

These are switched mode beasts that are designed to work properly with the full load (not a partial load from a pedal). Additionally, many have sense wires down in the plug (dont ask me to explain...), so cutting the plug and changing to a different type will kill the supply.

Best option is the thrift store again. Most thrift sotres have a big box of adapters, power cords etc. Fish through until you find one that says 12VDC (or the parallel lines for DC) or 15VDC. Should be fine for the cool cat. It is definitely 18V?
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Re: Proper AC Adapter for Boss BF-1?

Postby Jeremy » Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:42 am

thanks Laurie (again)

definitely 18 - it takes two 9V batteries. often.

I can buy a small adaptor from Dick Smith (insert your equivalent electronics shop) for $40 but its a digital switch one, adjustable for 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24 volts, and like I say, I'm not sure they are the best PSs for things with clocks in them - choruses, delays flangers etc.

I'll hang on until I see a good old transformer one in a second hand shop
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Re: Proper AC Adapter for Boss BF-1?

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Re: Proper AC Adapter for Boss BF-1?

Postby Jeremy » Tue Jan 03, 2012 7:15 pm

I was so thrilled to find a $2 solution to my BF-1s PS needs, and to pick up another couple of spares as ACA-equivalent PSs

(thanks Laurie)

that I am inclined to go the second-hand shop route

Does anyone have a view on the suitability of switch-mode PSs for delays, flangers, phasers etc?
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Re: Proper AC Adapter for Boss BF-1?

Postby Dirk » Wed Jan 04, 2012 3:47 am

I think Stinkfoot had an article on switched PSU's on his site, but I can't find it anymore.

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Re: Proper AC Adapter for Boss BF-1?

Postby Laurie » Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:28 am

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Re: Proper AC Adapter for Boss BF-1?

Postby DB Cooper » Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:50 pm

So if I go to the local SA/GW stores and rummage through their adapters, what should I look for for 1) current Boss pedals, and 2) older Boss pedals?

What exactly should I look for on the wart? Dumb this down for me! Thanks ~DB
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