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T-Rex Fuel Tank Chameleon: An All-in-one Powerhouse For Pedals

They’re not exactly sexy, but a power supply could be the single most important thing on your pedalboard – and T-Rex reckon this is the best you can get.

Wednesday, 4. April 2012  -  by  Richard Purvis

Did you bring more stompboxes than fans to your last gig? It seems pedalboards are expanding – and multi-FX units have clearly not succeeded in putting individual effects out of fashion. So while we wait for the invention of the everlasting battery, many of us are going to have more and more need for devices like this little green brick from T-Rex: welcome to the age of the multi-pedal power supply.

You might be looking at the price and thinking that’s an awful lot for a metal box with some holes in the side, and you might be right, but getting electricity to a whole bunch of pedals at once can bring issues, and the Fuel Tank Chameleon aims to solve them all. It can cover just about any combination of voltage requirements, it can push out a total of 1,500 milliamps (up to 300 per pedal), its outlets are isolated to avoid earth loops… and it comes with enough cables to connect yourself to the moon.

We tried the Chameleon with as many pedals as any reasonable guitarist could ever wish to use at once – including five on one socket, using the supplied daisy-chain cable – and it kept them all throbbing away with no fuss, no problems and no sign of dangerous overheating. The voltage selector switches are so tiny you may need to hire a trained wasp to operate them for you, but that’s better than having them big enough to kick around by mistake. There are cheaper options than this if you only have a handful of low-current nine-volt pedals, including T-Rex’s own Fuel Tank Junior, but the Chameleon certainly lives up to its name for versatility.



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