Gear Aquisition Syndrome is a serious disorder.... FX etc

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BY rickenbackerkid
#849707


Simple and short version - they claim this has isolated outputs, high mA delivery, 240 or 110 volt operation, 9, 12 and 18 volt outputs.

They are not lying. It does exactly what it says on the tin and costs just $45 USD / $67 NZD from AliExpress.

While my testing is not OTT, I can confirm the outputs are isolated, the 9, 12 and 18volts are spot on, and the mA outputs have AT LEAST 160 mA on tap. I don't have any pedals that need more mA to test with. It works perfectly on 110 volt too.

To sum up - does what they say it does, cheap, build quality is good, excellent buy for the price.

I'm powering 2x Boss pedals, a Radial DI/preamp and a Sennhieser wireless system.
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BY Miza
#849746
Good on you Ben. Always nice when people take the time to do a decent review.

I've got the same Radial PZ Pre but I always thought it was bad to run it on anything but 15v, which is a mongrel to find in a PS. I bought a CIOKS DC10 cos it was the only one on the market offering 15v.

But I'm keen to make a separate board for my acoustic at some stage, so this might be a contender.
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BY rickenbackerkid
#849747
Radial told me via email that you can run it safely at 18 volts, although it will lower it's useful life from something like 30 years to just 20! It has an internal power filter and stabilizing circuit, so it's probably quite flexible in terms of what voltage you feed it.

It would also theoretically be possible to build a cable that automatically drops a DC 18 volt output to 15 volts by installing a Zener diode in one of the plugs. Zener diodes have the useful property of dropping a DC voltage by 3 volts, and they are pretty small as well.

<edit> should have been a bit clearer and said certain zener diodes can drop 3 volts when used a certain specific way!