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Micro Tuners and Batteries - WTF?

Discussion in 'Pedal/Effects Owners Clubs' started by Jeru, Sep 18, 2020.

  1. 41144

    41144 Tele-Afflicted

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    Had my Snark 5+ years.
    Changed the battery once.

    But, I only use if if I'm not using my pedalboard (so it's probably only used 3 or 4 times a week) and I tend to check the tuning once before starting to play then turn it off.
    ie I don't clip it on, turn it on and leave it on/constantly keep checking it.
     
  2. Jeru

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    Thanks all for your replies. I TOTALLY get it that this is strange, but
    I'm not making it up -- it's been an issue over time, across multiple
    tuners, brands of tuners, batteries and brands of batteries. And, as
    I said, I've gotten crazy about turning the thing off when I'm done
    with it. As for the plug-in-to-tune suggestion, I totally get that too
    -- anything electric I do plug in to tune.

    I like the idea of USB/rechargeable tuner.

    I also really like the form/smallness of these, might give 'em a try:

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  3. Mike_LA

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    Yup, and ALL of those batteries go straight into the landfill. I refuse to use anything that has a smaller that AAA batteries. So much hazardous waste for convenience.

    Learn to use your EARS, the original tuner, no batteries............
     
  4. Dreadnut

    Dreadnut Friend of Leo's

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    I have the old Intellitouch tuners, the 2 batteries last years before changing. And they have the auto-turn-off feature.
     
  5. Old Plank

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    Yes same for me, I have 4-5 Snarks and they go thru batteries way faster than they should.
     
  6. Chuckster

    Chuckster Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    The D'Addario clip-on tuners shown are excellent, I have 10 of them, no battery issues. I also picked up the same model that installs on the tuning head screw, which is perfect for my D-1228.
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  7. E5RSY

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    I've started using the batteries from D'Addario/Planet Waves.
     
  8. Axegrinder77

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    I think it might be those snarks are just very poorly made.. they are extremely cheap after all.

    I got a tc electronics clip on tuner and it's great. Tunes way smoother, battery lasts forever.
     
  9. Jeru

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    Holy Heck -- Didn't realize that they made a non-clip one..!
    Props, Chuck.
     
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  10. Chuckster

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    Right?? They also make one that clips inside the soundhole of an acoustic. Banjo tuners, ukelele tuners, etc., but that tuner screw model is a winner. I did a little clip of it on my IG page.

    The newer clip-on and tuner screw models are full color, which is nice. I have one of the first models they made, it's much bigger and clunkier. The others I have are a few years old with the newer shape, but they are green display only. I have nothing but good things to say about them.
     
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    Maybe we need a mains-powered clip-on...I wanted to try this, but I just couldn't get it to stay on the headstock...
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  12. Edgar Allan Presley

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    I love the form factor of those tiny D'Addario tuners, but I also have found they eat batteries and never seem to survive a battery change or two. I have better luck with Snark tuners. The 9v in my old Boss TU-12h with the bouncing needle has lasted about 15 years. (That reminds me, I should change it before it leaks and ruins that grand old tuner.)
     
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