What's the "best" portable battery-powered guitar amp?

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  1. Lacking Talent

    Lacking Talent Supporting Member

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    I realize nothing can objectively be called the "best," but would love opinions sought from experienced users as to their favorite. Thanks in advance to all.
     
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  2. Lance

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    My favorite is the new Vox Mini 3. Pretty darn accurate amp models, and good sounding effects. Very portable, and supposedly NOT a battery eater. It says you can play around 35 hours on 6) AA batteries. (I think it's 6). It gets decently loud for a 3" speaker. I love the AC30TB model, and use it the most. It has a pretty kickass tremolo and reverb sound when you keep it clean. You can also plug an mp3. player into it, and play along. It also has a stereo output jack so you can plug in the mp3 player, and then into a big stereo or soundboard, and be as huge as your stereo will allow. I had it on the Black Panel 2 x 12 model, with reverb and tremolo, and it came quite close to a BFPR! I had a '67 for a while, so I do know what they sound like. If I were you, I would go try out a bunch of them. I did try the Roland Microcube with a dual bucker semi-hollow, and was killin' with that too, but the f/x in the Vox were quite a bit better, imo.
     
  3. Whiskey N Beans

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    Only have the orange crush minimor something like that. Sounds surprisingly nice - to me. Runs on 9 volt or 1-Spot/Boss PS. Built in tuner. Never tried the Vix but have heard good things about it.
     
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    For my $$$, it's the original Pignose. It doesn't offer a lot of features, but provides a cool tone, good volume, and great looks for 80 bucks. It's also bulletproof! Don't bother with the optional adapter though as it produces a loud hum...

    "I'll be the first one to admit that I don't play that well.
    But Elvis didn't either, 'least as far as I can tell..."
     
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    I use a Vox DA-5. You can run it at 0.5 watts,1.5 watts or 5 watts.It has a 6.5" in speaker and the effects are very usable.Its my favorite low wattage practice amp.
     
  6. Timbre Wolf

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    I'm so glad this question was posed.

    With new advances in battery technology, driven by the electric automobile movement, we should have better battery-powered amp choices in the near future. My question is... who is now working on a much better battery-powered amp of the near future? I predict excellent advances coming our way.

    - Thom
     
  7. yell03

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    I've owned the Vox Da5, Line 6, Roland Microcube, and now I have a Roland Mobile Cube.

    The worst of the bunch is the Line 6, but it wasn't bad, the others are pretty close.

    I currently have a Roland Mobile Cube, it is the smallest one, it has less features and adjustability, but it sounds at least as good as any of them.
    I plug my MP3 loaded with jam tracks in and jam along.

    I've also owned a bunch of micro-amps, the $40-$50 ones, none of them are really good.
     
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    Peavey "SOLO".
     
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    The Roland Micro Cube is a great battery powered amp. I have had mine for over 5 years now and it has gone on many vacations. The variety of tones to be had is very nice.
    I also own a Pignose and it sounds good but is a bit of a one trick pony and it does sound terrible with the ac adapter, batteries are the only way to go with it.
     
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    Anyone have experience with the Smicz battery-powered tube amps?
     
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    Roland Micro Cube. Decent models. Good effects. Fits in a suitcase. Line in. Headphone out. On vacation with it now.
     
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    For those with "deep" pockets, there's always the Grid-1
    60W battery powered tube amp .....
     
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    Very intriguing!! Although I didn't initiate this thread, the is exactly the kind of forward-thinking design I sought from this discussion. And, Grid 1 is not too far from my home town!

    Thanks Lacking Talent and mikiedreb!

    - Thom
     
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    there's probably no best but I picked up a Roland Micro Cube some years ago on a close out that I've been happy with.
     
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    I've only tried the Vox DA5 and Roland micro cube, and I own the cube now.
    I like the design on the cube, it's easier to handle the effects than it was on the Vox. I love the sounds of my LP dirty on the Brit combo or Classic stack channels with some chorus and delay or reverb.
     
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    +1 for the Roland Micro Cube.
    It's pretty versatile for a portable amp - pretty nice cleans, some decent dirt and usable effects (delay/reverb and chorus/flanger/phaser/trem). The 5" speaker is better than you'd think.
    It's built like a tank, though still light enough to carry around with no difficulty. The handle connects with strap pins, so you can throw it over your shoulder with a guitar strap. Runs well on either A/C or battery. Battery life is ridiculous - I go months between battery changes (not using it daily, of course, but still...).

    They're readily available used - I think I paid around $80 for mine.
     
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    I have a Vox DA5 that I put a Weber Sig 8 into. It really sounds good for a small battery powered amp.
     
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    Glad this thread is here. I've recently decided to move both of my "real" amps into a music room and just have a small practice amp in the living room. I have had a micro cube for years and really like it for what it is, but I was wondering if there was anything new and better out there.

    The Vox Mini 3 is intriguing, but the reviews I've read mention the same audible hiss coming out of the speaker at all times, even with the volume off, that made me return 3 DA-5 amps thinking they were defective. Turns out, that's just how they are. Sad because I really like the Vox modeling and the effects sound great.
     

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