There's no getting away from it, some pedals just sound better on batteries. From Germanium Fuzz Faces to Wah pedals sometimes only a battery will do.
If you try to power them from a non-isolated source, such as a daisy chain, they can be noisy and in some cases can even damage your precious pedals.
How would you like all the benefits of batteries with none of the drawbacks?
TheGigRig Virtual Battery is the answer.
Available with a DC connector (VB-DC) or a battery clip (VB-BC)
The GigRig Virtual Battery is designed to deliver filtered, isolated 120mA of almost totally noise and hum free 9V DC power for guitar
The Virtual Battery output is totally isolated up to 1000V. This means that there is no direct connection between the inputs and the outputs of the Virtual Battery. Isolation is achieved using a miniature toroidal transformer. This solves most hum and noise problems associated with many effects pedals and other guitar
The Virtual Battery contains an output safety fuse. This fuse is designed to blow at continuous currents of over 300mA. However, being a virtual fuse, it will re-heal approximately 4 seconds after the load has been removed.
Virtual Internal Resistance:
The Virtual Battery is designed with an internal resistance of 10 Ohms. Just like old carbon-zinc batteries the voltage will drop to 6.5V DC at a load of 250mA. The Virtual Battery is designed to emulate older carbon batteries as some effects pedals (such as vintage Fuzz & Wah-Wah pedals) can actually sound better when used with these older higher internal resistance batteries.
Variable ‘Sag’ Voltage:
The Virtual Battery also features a variable ‘sag’ control (this is a small user pre-set voltage control situated just above the Virtual Battery output lead) By using a small jeweller’s flat-head screwdriver you can lower the voltage to emulate the ‘dying battery’ effect beloved of many Fuzz and other vintage pedal aficionado’s.
The key here is experimentation – use your ears to see what works for you.
Input Voltage 9.0V +/- 10%
Output Voltage +/- 5%
Isolation Resistance 500Meg ohm
Case Black ABS plastic.
Usable Temperature Range -10 to +50 Deg C
Isolation Capacitance 4.7nF
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These Virtual Batteries do a great job powering my old-school Analogman Ge Sun Face and Wilson Freaker Wah. The only issue for me is accessing the Sag adjustment--not much of a problem on two of the VBs, but the third is a bit dicey. It would be better if the screw head was closer to the surface and not made of such soft plastic.
This thing is great! I would have been happy with a simple virtual "battery" that sounds like a battery without ever dying, this thing also has 'sag' and a voltage emulator (of sorts). I A/B'd it with the battery billionaire (real batteries) and I liked it even more! Good product.
Great product for fuzz since they tend to prefer battery power. Fuzz - Battery - Isolator - Distributor - Generator.
Works great with my diy pedals, so happy I can use them with my gig rig power system
We all have them, we all want them. PNP Germanium fuzz pedals. But what's the problem? They have a positive ground and therefore require an isolated power. Well here you go, this is the perfect answer. Thanks, Gordon
Love what this does for Fuzz!
Love this product! Works as advertised. My only wish is that GigRig would update their description to include the fact that the VB-DC is center negative and one would need to purchase a reverse polarity adapter cable to connect the Virtual Battery to a Germanium fuzz. Otherwise, BRAVO!
I had a pedal with a bad power jack, this Virtual Battery snapped right into the 9v internal clip and now my pedal is powered and isolated. Excellent product.
I don't know what it's doing to my Wah at 6V, but I like it!