Best Battery Powered Amp

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  1. Texicaster

    Texicaster Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    So I'm a full time RV'er. I have a Fender Champ amp which is great BUT have to stow it and often the challenge of dragging it out and setting up pedal board too much so I skip playing. I have a Blackstar Fly which is cool but too small and plastic sounding (side note; I wonder how it would sound in a small wood box?!)

    Battery powered would be ideal as outlets are few and in use.

    I saw there is a newer Blackstar SuperFly but fear it may have the same plastic tone.

    The Yamaha THR5 has some possibilities! Leaning heavily towards this one!

    Of course the classic Pignose!

    Any others I should consider?

    Thanks!
     
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    I have the Superfly (with extension speaker). I haven't noticed a "plastic tone", but do not use it that often. I purchased it specifically to use as a sidewalk unit guitar and voice...just before lockdowns, so it never panned out. I have used it outdoors as a PA for a ceremony with a speaker...worked fine for that.
     
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    I love my Pignose 7-100.

    …and you don’t have to buy fancy batteries; just 6 AA’s, which you can get anywhere.
     
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    Hey I have the super fly with extension and just got a THR5.

    There is nothing wrong with the blackstar, great little amp. I do prefer the Yamaha (maybe because I just got it) but you do have more tonal options which is nice.
     
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    I use a Vox Mini 3 back in the olden days (2019) when I traveled for business as well as playing at lunch in the parking lot or in my car.

    Here's a phone video demo of it I did in the backseat of my car one day.

     
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    My favorite small (7W) battery powered amp is the Katana Mini. Best analog amp of those battery amps I have tried.
     
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    Boss Katana Mini
     
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    I live off the grid and sometimes we are low on electricity so this has always been a search for me. I bought the Vox Mini 3 Rhythm mostly based upon @bgmacaw ’s video and it is an awesome small amp with different voicings along with drums too. I have an old Crate Limo if you are looking for something giggable. It does it all and more. Uses a special battery though. I was not very impressed with the Roland Cube. My wife likes her Roland Bass battery powered amp, but even that does not do it for me. I’d rather wait for more water in the creek and run the inverter for regular AC powered bass amps. The Yammy TRC is very good especially before I heard the Vox Mini. The Yammys are overpriced in my opinion though.
     
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    I really do like my THR5. Battery life is good with rechargeables, and the option to connect a phone and play along without compromising either the guitar or backing track tone is very nice.
     
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    I really like my THR10 as well, and I think it would be pretty easy to find an adapter to run it off of the 12V system in the RV.
     
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    This amp kicks butt about 1000 different ways, including the batteries option ( I think 6 or 8 AA's) 20201018_211935.jpg
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    Anyone really think that I wouldn’t post my “retro” collection?

    My vote for best all-around, bang-for-the-buck, battery powered portable… The Dwarf amps (circa 1972). More actual real wood, tone and power / especially compared to the Pignose… while still maintaining a small footprint. Even the Pygmy amp (originally a $39.00 U-build kit) outperforms the Pignose
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    Newer (mostly plastic) models perform well… but just ain’t got that mojo. (Still fun tho.)

    And there’s also the Lectrosonics line (Mini Mouse, Mouse, Maxi Mouse and Moose).
    The Moose and Moose II were offerings for Bass - but my Teles love the big Moose II.

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    Most (U.S. made) in this collection were picked up in the last couple of years for under $100 each
    (some of course required a little attention and a bit more cash).

    I might have to try a Blackstar Fly re-housed in wood?
    (It’s almost woodworking season here.)

    For power (instead of batteries) use a USB rechargeable battery bank (like for your phone)
    with a BirdCord adapter for correct input voltage. (9, 12 and 18 volts available.)
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    I have a Blackstar Fly 3 that I have modded with a more efficient 3 inch 4 ohm Neodymium speaker, a speaker out jack and Schaller strap locks in case I want to wear it while busking. The speaker out I have connected to a 4X6 cab with 3 vintage Alnico speakers and an Eminence Ceramic. This amp sounds huge connected with an external speaker cab.
     
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    I have the red Cube ( love it!) but want a white/cream one too!
    Tasty!
     
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    Blackstar Fly 3, battery life is phenomenal and you can run pedals a head of it if you want. I travel a lot and mine is always with me.
     
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    Thanks everyone!

    It occurred to me it'd been years since I played a Pignose and despite its limitations has a unique tone that is good to have. SO I went with one of those for now.

    Some great other options presented I'll be digging into!

    THIS sounds amazing! Sold out though....on the radar now! Thanks!

    Cool collection!

    Think about it! It's the plastic nature of it that detracts at all from how good it is! I think it could be real cool in a wood box!
     
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