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Smaller AC Adapter for line6 m9?

JazzMac251

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I'm looking for a smaller, lighter, "One-Spot" style AC adapter for my Line 6 m9. I've been looking off and on for a while, found a few old threads, but nothing super helpful yet. Anyone found something yet? The supplied adapter from L6 is absolutely enormous, the weight of 2 or 3 pedals itself, and has extremely long, cumbersome cables. :messedup I hear the m9 uses about 1200ma AC.

Any suggestions?
 

mmcm4

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What kind of pedalboard do you have? When I had a PT-2 I was able to mount it underneath.
 

JazzMac251

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What kind of pedalboard do you have? When I had a PT-2 I was able to mount it underneath.
I have the same. I just don't want to do that. My board is heavy and crowded with wires enough as is. The m9 has the largest, heaviest wall-wart I've ever seen...second, perhaps only to the H&K Replex I used to own. I've found that often the size and weight of many adapters is completely unnecessary. I once replaced a similarly large, heavy, cumbersome adapter with a One-Spot that made available far more milliamps at a tiny fraction of the size and weight of the original adapter. I'm looking to do the same thing here. Gotta save weight/space where you can, I think!
 

dank

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I have an M13. I got rid of my power supply by simply using my Voodoo Labs' pedal power cable into the Pedal Power 2 that is mounted beneath the board.
 

JazzMac251

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I have an M13. I got rid of my power supply by simply using my Voodoo Labs' pedal power cable into the Pedal Power 2 that is mounted beneath the board.
I'm sorry, could you explain that a little further? I'm not sure I understand.
 

JazzMac251

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I think a one spot could power an m9. It only needs 1200ma. The problem with the one spot is that it's DC and the m9 needs AC. Same problem with the pedal power 2 plus in addition to the fact that the PP2+ has nowhere near enough juice to power the m9.
 

jb4674

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You should give Vertex effects a call. They've been able to modify a PP2AC to power the M9 and M13.

http://www.voodoolab.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=1565

The Pedal Power AC can be modded to power the M13 or M9:

Modded Voodoo Lab Pedal Power AC



Before Modification



After Modification




" To power the Line 6 M13 I would use one of the right outs, and use similar step-up regulators that I mounted inside the PPAC that you see in the pictures. I have one that can put out up to 2500 mA, but really the M13 only needs around 1.2A to function properly, and only slightly over 1A if you only want to use 2-3 functions on the pedal at a time (but not as practical). I've tested the M13 with the above current ratings with flawless results and no noise (identical to the L6 Power Supply). So, to answer your questions, getting the PPAC to accommodate an M13 can definitely be done, however will completely destroy your warranty.

~Mason @ Vertex "
 

mmcm4

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You should give Vertex effects a call. They've been able to modify a PP2AC to power the M9 and M13.

http://www.voodoolab.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=1565

The Pedal Power AC can be modded to power the M13 or M9:

Modded Voodoo Lab Pedal Power AC



Before Modification



After Modification




" To power the Line 6 M13 I would use one of the right outs, and use similar step-up regulators that I mounted inside the PPAC that you see in the pictures. I have one that can put out up to 2500 mA, but really the M13 only needs around 1.2A to function properly, and only slightly over 1A if you only want to use 2-3 functions on the pedal at a time (but not as practical). I've tested the M13 with the above current ratings with flawless results and no noise (identical to the L6 Power Supply). So, to answer your questions, getting the PPAC to accommodate an M13 can definitely be done, however will completely destroy your warranty.

~Mason @ Vertex "

As much as I like this idea, I believe it would be even larger than the normal Line6 adapter. However, if you could drop the DC voltage from 15VDC to 9VDC, you could power (via daisy chain) your other pedals.
 

JazzMac251

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Yeah, that is larger than the supplied adapter for the m9 for sure. What I want to know is what is with people powering their m9s with DC current?? How does that work, and does it end up frying the internals after a while?
 

mmcm4

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Yeah, that is larger than the supplied adapter for the m9 for sure. What I want to know is what is with people powering their m9s with DC current?? How does that work, and does it end up frying the internals after a while?
Internally, the M9 uses DC to power everything. What happens is once the AC power enters the M9, it is converted to DC via a bridge rectifier and some capacitors. If you power it with DC instead of AC, it *should* pass through the rectifier and come out on the other side as the same DC power. I think, don't quote me on this.
 

JazzMac251

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Internally, the M9 uses DC to power everything. What happens is once the AC power enters the M9, it is converted to DC via a bridge rectifier and some capacitors. If you power it with DC instead of AC, it *should* pass through the rectifier and come out on the other side as the same DC power. I think, don't quote me on this.
Yeah, I've heard that mentioned on the Line 6 forums too. If that's the case, though, what's the point of using AC at all? I mean, I already have 1-spot that could supply the required mA. It weighs almost nothing and is quite small. There must be a reason.
 






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