Fried StroboStomp Tonight

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by MjCartney, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. MjCartney

    MjCartney Neo-Maxi Zoom Dweebie Silver Supporting Member

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    If You See Kay...

    ...tell her she might not want to power her StroboStomp off of the Line 6 output on a PP2 and try to power another effect pedal off of the Strobo's power out jack. Grrr.

    I have had my Strobo on my board for 2 years without incident. Tonight I decided to add another pedal to the board (new flanger) & power it off of the Strobo. I've been powering the Strobo off of the 6th output of the PP2 in normal mode for 2 years. Since the Strobo draws about 80ma, I thought I'd flip the DIP switch to L6 mode so I could be sure there was enough power for my flanger. This was not as smart a move as I had thought it would be. As soon as I connected power to the PP2, the Strobo started arcing, smoking, and stinking. I pulled the plug instantly. Looking inside, there are fried SMDs (looks like caps) and soot by the output jack.

    Figuring the worst, I checked out my new Flanger & fortunately for me it's fine, along with everything else on the board. I checked all cables and the PP2 out with a VOM, and everything seems good. No shorts, no bursts of current. I put a TU-2 in place of the Strobo, same cables, same setup, no problems. Works as it should.

    Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.

    I've heard of others troubles with the StroboStomp being quirky, but I haven't heard of this before. I may have finally pioneered something in my life.

    Maybe it was ball lightning, a power surge that only affected one output of the PP2's transformer, or perhaps Jesus really wants me to buy that PitchBlack tuner. All I know for sure is it was friggin' weird, my house still stinks of burnt circuitry, and I'm now in need of another tuner.

    Frak. I wanted to buy another delay pedal instead.
     
  2. Chadley

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    Woah. That's crazy. Makes me second guess powering my Nova delay off the Line 6 output on my PP2.
     
  3. John Thigpen

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    I accidently fried my Strobostomp by plugging in an 18v power supply that I had not adequately marked. It was actually a pretty easy fix...I sent it to Peterson and got it back in about a week. Cost me $35. Not an expensive fix.

    John
     
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    Uhh... doesn't flipping the switch on the L6 outputs of a PP2+ make that output 16 volts unregulated? Lots of pedals would get fried by 16 volts... you can hardly blame that on the SS.
     
  5. MjCartney

    MjCartney Neo-Maxi Zoom Dweebie Silver Supporting Member

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    Nope, I've got the plain PP2. Switch makes it 9V @ 200ma instead of 100ma. SS should be good for 9V 200ma or more, like what it gets from a standard Boss PSA-120.
     
  6. MjCartney

    MjCartney Neo-Maxi Zoom Dweebie Silver Supporting Member

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    Cool! Well, not cool that you fried one too, but cool that Peterson will repair it for a reasonable cost. I'll probably contact them to send it in, but I'm not sure I want to put it back on the board until I can figure out what happened & how to make sure it won't happen again. The TU-2 is working great for now. I probably won't be playing outside in the sun for awhile yet, so I can probably get by with it for awhile.
     
  7. rastaman

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    Did you switch the dip with the power on?
     
  8. MjCartney

    MjCartney Neo-Maxi Zoom Dweebie Silver Supporting Member

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    Nope. Everything was dark. The light show happened as I connected power to the board.
     
  9. bbocaner

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    I don't think that's right, even on the plain PP2. I think the difference between the plain PP2 and the PP2+ is that the + is capable of providing 200ma regulated at 9v in the "normal" switch position. BOTH of them will do 16-17 volts unregulated with no load in the "option" position. The manual isn't real clear on this...
     
  10. rickenbackerkid

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    +1

    Powering the Nova also sounds a bit risky to me.
     

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