Introducing the rechargeable Harley Benton Spaceship Powerbar

If you’ve ever tried to do a gig with a pedal board you’re familiar with the grunt of annoyance that results when you ask to plug in your fifteen choruses and delay effects. Harley Benton, the manufacturer of guitars and gear, has solved that problem with the Spaceship Powerbar 80-B.

The 80-B and its smaller cousins the 60-B and the 40-B work with Harley Benton’s 80, 60, and 40 pedalboards. They replace the power supply at the top of the board with a lithium battery with a capacity of 7.4V @ 9000mAh (66.6Wh) and a charging time of approximately 3.4 hours. The 80-B offers “11 individually isolated and 4 non-isolated outputs for your pedals, including the high current capability for modern digital effects, with LED monitoring on each output.” It supports international AC switching and you also get a 9V/3A output, 24V/2A output, a USB-A port, and a USB-C port.

Depending on size, lithium batteries boast capacities ranging from 4,500mAh to 9,000mAh and charging times from 1.7 to 3.4 hours. The bar gives you about an hour of playtime if you’re maxing out the bar but smaller boards can run longer. If you’re not going crazy you can eke out a few hours of play time easily.

Spaceship PowerBar pedalboards start at $145, while the standalone PowerBars start at $109, and begin shipping in late August.

John Biggs

John Biggs is an entrepreneur, consultant, writer, and maker. He spent fifteen years as an editor for Gizmodo, CrunchGear, and TechCrunch and has a deep background in hardware startups, 3D printing, and blockchain. His work has appeared in Men’s Health, Wired, and the New York Times.

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