Review: Sanyo Pedal Juice Eneloop 9V Rechargeable Power Supply

Pedal Juice by Sanyo is a state of the art 9V rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery for your effects!

SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. is a major electronics company whose headquarters is located in Osaka Japan. Sanyo targets the middle of the market and has over 230 Subsidiaries and Affiliates. On December 21, 2009, Panasonic completed a $4.5 billion acquisition making Sanyo a new subsidiary of Panasonic.

Innovation For Your Pedal Board

Pedal Juice is a new product from the makers at Sanyo and directly marketed for guitar players. The beauty behind Pedal Juice is that it is a rechargeable 9V Lithium-Ion battery that replaces the need for equipping each of your various guitar effects pedals with its own 9-volt battery or AC power adapter. As you may know, it’s a major drag when your pedal suddenly stops working during rehearsal or at a gig because your battery died and worse yet, you have no replacement 9-volt batteries on hand. Well fret not, Pedal Juice is here at your disposal!

Substance and Style

Upon opening the device, I was instantly impressed. The packaging was very well done. Sanyo obviously did their research on how to build and market a device that would appeal to gear heads who demand quality and simplicity. The device itself is about that same size as a typical Boss effects pedal. Its white in color and has a cool sleek style. It looks like it could have been designed by Apple (think iPod or Macbook) and the clean and simple design is really easy to incorporate with any size pedal board.

Up to 50 hours of continuously clean, stable power

When running one pedal, say your favorite distortion pedal… Pedal Juice will continuously power that effect for up to 50 hours. Adding more pedals reduces the overall amount of continuous power, however even if you are running a pedal board with a few effects, a wah and tuner all daisy chained to Pedal Juice, you would still be able to get a few gigs on a single charge. When you are ready to recharge the unit, just plug it into a standard power outlet with the included charging cable and 3.5 hours later you are back in business.

Eliminates AC Ground Loops

Pedal Juice also has a hidden secret weapon built in. When you power effects with 9V batteries or plug into various AC adapters it is normal to also get hum, hiss or other unwanted noise. Pedal Juice incorporates cutting edge technology that will eliminate AC ground loops so that your tone is clean, crisp and just how you want it!

Green Light, Go!

The device is equipped with an easy to locate push style on/off power button and the LED lights offer three colors: green, yellow and red. The color coding is great because it lets you know when (Green) the device is fully charged, (Yellow) is running low, or (Red) it’s time for a charging.

Pros: Powers your effects, Retains long charge, Compact, Rechargeable, Reduces noise, Cool modern style.

Cons: N/A

MSRP – $199

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  • ray

    Nice review.
    Looked at this when I was looking for a power supply for my pedal board.

    Biggest problem was that it simply wouldn’t power my rig. 2 x 1000mA is nice but not enough. 🙁
    Current max draw on my rig is 2.3A!

    And it was a little pricey.

    Opted for the Diago Powerstation in the end……

  • SVH

    DUDE! I was JUST trying to pick one of these up yesterday at my local GC and they aren’t even stocking them yet, but I think this is what my pedal board has been crying for! My Furman pedal board has a buildt in power strip and has individual plugs for 9v 1/8th inch style plugs. But the whole damn thing blew out in Europe. I’ve been using a construction grade power strip and batteries ever since. I mean even finding a PSA120 adapter is a hunt these days as everybody is switching to the 1 Spot (which adds noise and hiss to my pedals. So this sounds awesome AND being a tree hugger, I dig the rechargeable aspect a ton! Thanks for the review. Now I REALLY wanna find one!

  • Hi Ray, hopefully something more powerful in the rechargeable field will hit the market soon, that will be capable of powering heavy duty power consumption needs. The idea behind Pedal Juice is to be an easy replacement for your 9V battery/adapter. But the cool thing is that it can also work to power a daisy chain of effects pedals. You gotta love technology and companies thinking of new ways to make us guitar players a little happier!

  • SVH – Dude, I think you will love Pedal Juice. I highly recommend it. You can be a green rocker and not have to worry about those weird Euro power converters/adapters… well except that you’ll need one converter to recharge PJ. Maybe Sanyo can develop a solar powered rechargeable version, that would be cool ;P

  • ray

    Totally agree. It is awesome, and the tech can only get better
    Right now, it won’t work with my current setup, which is a shame. 🙁
    My RC-50 Loop Station is 1.2A by itself! 😮

  • MIke

    Love my Pedal Juice – you know the bag you bring to every show with the essentials? Well, Pedal Juice is in there.

    It’s just designed well. The on/off button is inset, which is smart as mines on the ground with the stompboxes. and I really like the the light changes color – I always know I have enough if it’s red or yellow, and I recharge when it dips into red.

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