Donner Dp-1 Guitar Pedal Power Supply Review
Isolated power supplies are necessary for the pedal to perform at its best. We bring you the Donner Dp-1 Guitar Pedal Power Supply, one of the power source must-haves in the market today.
Details & Specs:
- 10 isolated output plugs with Short-Circuit Protection tech
- Made of aluminum alloy for its light weight, portability, and smooth, strong finish
- Power indicated by bright blue LED lights
- Includes 10 pieces of link power cables
- Power supply: AC 100v – 240v; input: DC 18v powering 9v/12v/18v pedals
- Retailed at $39.99; 15.5 ounces
Given that you, as a musician, might need more than two or three pedals for a gig, you would need a strong power supply; one that can seamlessly carry everything on your pedalboard through the mix. From the perspective of noise reduction alone, you could get a 9v battery for every single pedal you’re using, but that would no longer be cost-effective over time. Donner’s Dp-1 is a one-unit power source that can hold up to ten links with the aim to prevent tone compromise or jumbling up all the effects.
However, we think it’s more fitting to be called a unit with isolated outputs. It does look and feel like a pure, isolated power supply but the technical design just fits the prior description better. Truly isolated power supplies are typically meaner on the design and are conventionally more expensive. For its price, we didn’t expect much, but we did find it to be a solid source of power that is noiseless.
On the other hand, it’s not clearly meant for the more complicated pedals (the ones that come with their own supplies), so you might want to use this with only single-purpose pedals. This doesn’t mean you can’t try whatever else might work with it (modelers or mixers), we just think doing so would be putting the unit to poor use.
Each output has its own short-circuit protection, which basically prevents one channel from interfering with another. We tried all ten outputs at once and were impressed with how well it ran for an hour-long session (given that an hour is usually the longest set you can play at a gig or event). No unwanted noise suddenly interfered.
In terms of build, we think it’s quite a solid box. After all, most accessible and even in-demand units are made of the same material. Durability-wise, there’s nothing to worry about with the Dp-1, unless if you’re a little heavy on the hand and use. It is impressively lightweight too, so you wouldn’t worry about your pedalboard already being heavy.
Is it for you?
The Dp-1 is a good starting option if you want something affordable and simple to unload your pedalboard on. Remember that it’s not the best value you can get among the other options in the market, but it should be able to do the job.