Which Pedals Can Take 18v? (List)

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  1. keto

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    I'm putting together a pedal board and am momentarily out of 9v supply. I have 3 extra 18v supply, I want to know if I can safely put them in the following:

    -Bad Monkey - I'm pretty sure yes
    -Marshall JH-1 Jackhammer
    -Keeley Java Boost (guessing 'no')
    -Menatone Red Snapper
    -Marshall ED-1 Compressor
    -Way Huge Swollen Pickle (Big Muff variant)

    Thanks
     
  2. stinkfoot

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    Bad Monkey - most likely not
    Marshall JH-1 and ED-1 - no
    Red Snapper - possibly (the caps are 25 volts or higher, but I'd still check with Menatone first)
    Java boost - most likely not (it will sound best on battery power anyway, according to the man himself)
    Swollen Pickle - ? again, you'd best check that out with the manufacturer.

    Also, bear in mind that any overdrive/distortion/boost pedals would possibly sound quite different at 18 volts, so you may not want to use that voltage even if the pedal could take it.
     
  3. keto

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    Bad Monkey runs fine, with more clean headroom. Not sure I like it that way but anyways. I thought I had read that some people do that with the BM and like the extra headroom, again seems to function just fine and if I burn it? hey, it's a Bad Monkey LOL
     
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    Several of David Barber's sound great using 18 volts...

    two that I can verify through personal experience:

    Direct Drive
    LTD
     
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    isn't that the point? because it sounds different?
     
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    Catalinbread Semaphore vertical edition can take 18v and make you cream your jeans with tone at the same time.
     
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    Ibanez AD80 Analog Delay runs on 18V.
     
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    I've been wondering if this was possible. Anyone else try this and not blow anything up?

    I have run my Fulltone Fat Boost, FullDrive and OCD at 18. Don't like overdrives at 18, I usually prefer them sagged.

    Catalinbread Semaphore is GREAT at 18
    DLS Rotosim works great at 18
     
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    It would normally be, yes. In this case, though, the OP wanted to know if he could use the 18vDC outputs, as he'd run out of 9vDC outputs on his power supply. That's why I thought it'd be prudent to also mention that the higher voltage changes the sound :)

    Bad Monkey safe at 18 volts? I wouldn't have thought it - the bigger manufacturers tend to save money where they can, so if 16 volt caps are a fraction cheaper than 25 volt ones, that's what they'll use...
     
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    Most digital circuits will have voltage regulators inside, and a fully digital one like the Nova should definitely be one of them. So I doubt feeding it more than the required 12vDC would make any difference, aside from running the regulators hotter, putting more strain on them. The circuit shouldn't see any change in voltage.

    That said, I haven't seen the schematic for the Nova. But in general, delay/reverb pedals will not gain anything from running on a higher voltage than what they're designed for.
     
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    How about these?

    Keeley RAT
    Eternity
    BJF Dyna Red Distortion
     
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    Will my big box Rat blow up if I use 18v?
     
  18. stinkfoot

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    The RAT has 16 volt caps in it, so 18 volts could be pushing it... As for the Eternity and BJF pedal, I'd ask the manufacturers and get it straight from the horse's mouth :)
     
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    Anybody know if the BJFE Honeybee or D*A*M Sonic Titan will take 18v?
     

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