Panasonic heavy duty (black and blue) 9 volt

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  1. Niblos

    Niblos Member

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    After recently stumbling onto this article I have been looking for Panasonic heavy duty (black and blue) 9 volts for my fuzz pedals. Does anyone know where these are still available and if this article still remains relevant? I'm guessing these remain in production and still are carbon batteries?

    http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/stompbox-stampede/jan-00/4924
    http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/stompbox-stampede/jan-00/6764

    Assault and battery. Some players and stompbox makers swear that battery type affects the sound of their pedals. Highly possible -- a 9-volt battery is actually a stack of six 1.5-volt cells, and the quality of the connections between those cells can make a difference in the source impedance of the voltage, which may affect the sound of a device. Also, the two most popular battery types -- alkaline and carbon/zinc -- have unique qualities. Alkalines last longer and their output remains steadier under load, whereas carbon batteries sag noticeably under load but often yield superior stompbox tone. We tested a small control group of Ibanez Tube Screamers with various brands of 9-volt batteries and found that they did indeed sound louder and crisper when administered higher doses of carbon-generated electrons. People practically go into convulsions over Eric Johnson's reported ability to hear battery-induced differences in his pedals, but it's not that far out. Batteries do differ: Duracells pump out 9.5 volts, but they're not the strongest cells in town. Among the hottest batteries we found were the Taiwanese Magicell (William Electric & Battery Co.) and Ray-O-Vac Heavy Duty Maximum (carbon) at 9.7 volts and the Hong Kong-made Hi-Watt Super Heavy Duty and Panasonic Heavy Duty (carbon) at a tongue-zappin' 9.8 volts. The Maxon carbon battery that Ibanez issues with their new effects measures 9.6 volts, a Radio Shack Enercell carbon battery is good for 9.3 volts, the Eveready Super Heavy Duty delivered 9.4 volts, and an alkaline Eveready Energizer yielded 9.3 volts. Experiment and listen. We couldn't test everything with multiple batteries. Even though many of the older effects were designed in the carbon-battery era, for consistency's sake we installed fresh 9-volt Mallory Duracell alkalines in everything we tested. All voltage measurements were done with a B&K Precision 815 digital parts tester, which provides a 15-milliamp load specifically for testing 9-volt batteries.
     
  2. Stratman69

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    Go to Walmart, buy the 2 batteries for $1 pack. Or go to your Dollar General store and get the same thing. Plain and simple. The best batteries for fuzz pedals from what I hear. However, you have to have one hell of a ear to tell the difference.
     
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    Hmmmm I haven't been to wal mart yet due to the Christmas madness but I have looked in every dollar store and big lots around here - nothing (all alkaline)! Even a specialty store in Raleigh today, Batteries Plus didn't have carbon anything. The way I understand it if the battery says "heavy duty" it is usually what you are looking.

    But I do believe you in the ear department. With my ringing ears I doubt I could tell the difference anyway.:aok
     
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    You should be able to nail 'em at Walmart. Up by the cashier checkouts, there's usually a big battery rack. The 2 for $1 9volt pack should be hiding in there somewhere. That is if your Walmart is anything like where I live.

    Pedalpartsplus.com

    They sell batteries that us pedal guys use and look for, but are kinda spendy on them. They sell other cool stuff too for pedals though at good prices.
     
  5. roquero

    roquero Supporting Member

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    I've seen Panasonic batteries at Target. Walgreens also has a private brand 9 volt that works well and is cheap, especially when they run on sale!
     
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    also check Odd/Big Lots
     
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    amazon has them.
    where are you located?
     
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    wingwalker Fuzzy Guitars

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    This topic pops up every few weeks...go to almost any dollar store or Big Lots and buy the cheepest batteries you can find. My local Big Lots has them $1.49 for a 4 pack...cheepie no name batteries, labeled HEAVY DUTY.
     
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    Right outside of Raleigh, NC.

    Thanks so much for the suggestions guys. I'll check target and walmart. I did buy a couple of those walgreens but haven't tried them out. Glad to hear they're still making them!
     
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    Well Target and Walmart came up empty but I did manage to score seven double packs on eBay. I do believe these have officially become discontinued even though my shipment are all marked 2012.

    Can't wait to do a side by side comparison with my fender blender, vox fuzz wah, and my 'new" sunlion. Thanks again for everybody's help.
     
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    I live in NYC and there are lots of Chinese bootlegs of everything available. My corner dollar store has stacks of the panasonics, and also coppertop knockoffs, complete with the real wrapper and packaging. I have noticed sonic battery differences the most in my germanium fuzz.
     
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    PPP is running a 10% Off Coupon Sale right now too!
     
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    They sell those blue Panasonic Carbon Zinc batteries at Dollarama in the Toronto area.
     

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