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Grid 1 Pedal Jeanie

February 8, 2012
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We’ve all been there: You hurry to get you gear on stage and hooked up, only to discover that you’ve forgotten the extension cord needed to run power out your pedalboard. Drag-ola, and now you have to bug your bandmates or the sound crew to lend you one. So what if you never had to worry about running AC to your floor effects in the first place? Enter the Pedal Jeanie ($349 retail/street price N/A), a pedalboard featuring a pair of built-in sealed lead-acid batteries that can power your pedals for up to 50 hours on a single charge.

Constructed of 16-gauge steel, and measuring 23" x 19" x 4", Pedal Jeanie features a perforated “matrix” design that makes it easy to place your pedals where you want them and quickly make the connections. On the front underside of the angled board is a panel with ten DC outputs (each with an LED), which are configured to power eight 9-volt and two 12-volt devices. Additional 12-, 18-, and 24-volt pedals can also be powered via an optional line module.

A heavy-duty stomp switch turns the power on, and a battery level indicator glows green, orange, or red to indicate charge status. The board can also be used while being recharged with the included AC adapter, which accepts wall voltages from 90 volts to 220 volts. Pedal Jeanie also features a stainless-steel handle for easy carry. Options include soft padded cases, hard cases, and a handy car charger.

Setting up the system is easy. Simply arrange your pedals in the desired order and orient them between openings so that a nylon tie-wrap can be put around each device and tightened from the bottom. This method obviously doesn’t work well with pedals that have circular or angular enclosures, so in some cases you may need to use double locking tape (not included) to secure your boxes.

DC power from twin lead-acid batteries is delivered via ten outlets on the underside of the Pedal Jeanie.
Pedal Jeanie comes with ten tie-wraps and ten DC cables, which you route from the power panel though any opening in the board that’s near the pedal’s DC input jack. Grid 1 follows the industry standard of using center-negative on the barrel-style DC connectors, so if you own any pedals that are center-positive, you’ll need to obtain reversepolarity cables for them (available from Grid 1 and other providers).

Once everything is in place and hooked up, it’s easy to get into the convenience of a pedalboard that’s not tethered to an AC cord. Place it anywhere you want, plug in the cords to your guitar and amp, and flick on the juice. And if you need a board for a smaller number of pedals, consider the Pedal Jeanie Jr., which has all the same features, but in a more compact (23" x 11" x 4") size.

KUDOS Sturdy construction. Hum-free operation. Rechargeable 4.5 amp-hour batteries are inexpensive to replace.

CONCERNS Tie-wrap securing method not suitable for all pedals.

CONTACT (800)928-7144; grid1.com

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