T-Rex Fuel Tank Chameleon with Eventide ‘Factors’.

September 4, 2010

www.t-rex-effects.com Are you looking for an alternative to the rather wall-wart that ships with the Eventide ‘Factors’? Then the T-Rex Fuel Tank Chameleon may be the answer to your prayers. Featuring four different Voltage options, the Chameleon can handle just about any powering problem thrown at it. Including, as you will see, the Eventides. DISCLAIMER None of this advice, demonstration or opinion is sanctioned (to my knowledge) by Eventide. This is purely the results of my own experimentation and that of others in the pedal community. Eventide cannot and will not be held responsible for any damage that may occur due to the misuse or disregard of their own recommended power supplies. Nor will Brett Kingman be held responsible. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. However, the following is quoted from Eventide’s own FAQ pages: “What are its specs? 5.5 x 2.5mm barrel, tip positive.TimeFactor can operate from a 5W power source that supplies regulated 9 to 12VDC max. The minimum required power ranges from a maximum of 4.5W at power up (all LEDs lit) to about 3.6W in normal operation depending on how many LEDs are lit. For a regulated 12VDC, the current requirement is 380mA at power up and 300mA in normal operation. Do not use unregulated 12V. For a regulated 9VDC, the current requirement is 500 mA at power up and 400mA in normal operation.” Providence cables were used for this video exclusively where appropriate. The guitar used was an ESP Custom Shop Stef-T7. The amp used was a Laney


25 Responses to “T-Rex Fuel Tank Chameleon with Eventide ‘Factors’.”

  1. ghaibboy on September 4th, 2010 10:09 am

    Thanks for the reply Mr.Burgerman.. thanks for the info 😉

  2. Burgerman666 on September 4th, 2010 10:26 am

    Please see the ‘info’ section on this page for Eventide’s own words on this subject.

  3. JimmyKGuitar on September 4th, 2010 10:54 am

    Oh, and by the way – I actually own the T-Rex Chameleon. I love it – best power supply on the market, in my opinion. I was just explaining why the Eventide stuff probably works with my last post. I wasn’t taking a shot at the Chameleon. I don’t think T-Rex claims to power Eventide stuff.

  4. JimmyKGuitar on September 4th, 2010 11:02 am

    Burgerman, thanks for your video. What a lot of people don’t understand is that, just because Eventide says that the pedals need a certain amount of power doesn’t mean they WON’T power up if you use less. HOWEVER, if you use less power, you will most likely hear a difference. At one point, before I knew about all this stuff, I was unknowingly underpowering my T.C. Nova Delay and, when I powered it correctly, I heard the difference immediately. So, yours “works,” but not ideally.

  5. Burgerman666 on September 4th, 2010 11:39 am

    @ghaibboy Apparently 12V and 300mA is enough to fire these up – I prove it here. That’s the only truth I can offer you – my own experience.

  6. ghaibboy on September 4th, 2010 12:36 pm

    dear Burgerman ! please tell us the truth..? chameleon total power is only 1500mA
    time factor is 1200mA and modfactor is 1200mA = 2400mA so how come your chameleon can handle these pedal ? its imposibble… thx in advance

  7. 2020shredfest1980 on September 4th, 2010 12:53 pm

    @Burgerman666 Thanks man..will do that..Cheers !!!

  8. Burgerman666 on September 4th, 2010 1:24 pm

    @2020shredfest1980 Best answered by T-Rex’ support department, me thinks. I’m out of my league on that one. Thanks for the kind words though!

  9. 2020shredfest1980 on September 4th, 2010 1:56 pm

    Hi..I was wondering can I power 2 or maybe even 3 pedals for 18v operation by daisy chaining from the single 18v output on the Chameleon ? Like powering the DLS, OCD and maybe and Crunch Box all through the same output for 18v’s ? Or would it just power 1 pedal only ? Thanks for the review…great as always…Cheers !!!

  10. TheTomBrookes on September 4th, 2010 2:13 pm

    @Burgerman666 Thanks for that just bought one myself with a couple of the reverse polarity leads and works a treat so far!

  11. Burgerman666 on September 4th, 2010 2:37 pm

    @TheTomBrookes 9v at 300mA wasn’t enough to do the job. 12v at 300mA just scrapes it in.

  12. TheTomBrookes on September 4th, 2010 3:35 pm

    What was the reasoning behind using the 12v?

  13. Burgerman666 on September 4th, 2010 4:23 pm

    @kranio82 I’m not sure. I think Eventide overspec their power supplies to 1. make sure they do work and, 2. not have to produce or supply multiple power supplies. That said, I have noticed some anomalies since I made this clip but I haven’t deduced whether it’s the Chameleon or the ‘Tides. The best thing to do is to always use the manufacturer’s suggested power supply (as I’ve state in the clips). I, like many others, am just trying to offer an alternative.

    Stay tuned…

  14. kranio82 on September 4th, 2010 4:33 pm

    Exscuse me but i have a question. eventide factor series have a 1200mA specification and a single chamaleon channel have 300mA. Why work with 300mA?

  15. cosmogang on September 4th, 2010 4:42 pm

    Gotta love the UNDULATOR!

  16. Burgerman666 on September 4th, 2010 5:25 pm

    @tokyojoband As a concept I think it’s great. But I’ve never tried one so I can’t comment further. Sorry! 🙂

  17. tokyojoband on September 4th, 2010 6:02 pm

    ok fair enough.what do u think og gigrig anyway? thumb is getting there.skiers thumb.im no skier though lol

  18. Burgerman666 on September 4th, 2010 6:44 pm

    @tokyojoband Hey Justin, I hope you’re thumb gets better. Yeouch!

    Can’t do a Gigrig Pro review unless they send me one. You’ll have to shoot them an email and request that they do. If I ask they’ll think I’m just fishing.



  19. Burgerman666 on September 4th, 2010 7:41 pm

    @paulignacius Heheh. Thanks. I like the sinister stuff. Must be my old obsession with Page and Crowley coming through.

  20. paulignacius on September 4th, 2010 8:33 pm

    Nice creepy sounds!

  21. guitarnoize on September 4th, 2010 8:48 pm

    That looks like an awesome power supply, might upgrade from my One Spot at some point

  22. myway43 on September 4th, 2010 8:52 pm

    Wicked, just wicked!

  23. tokyojoband on September 4th, 2010 9:45 pm

    hey could u do review of the gigrig pro 14 with some pedals .im hopefully gona get 1 and would like to see how it gets thru a test with u.jut recovered from a broken right thumb.nightmare



  24. Burgerman666 on September 4th, 2010 10:31 pm

    @Bruce097 My pleasure. Glad to help. 🙂

  25. Burgerman666 on September 4th, 2010 11:12 pm

    @habbit0091 The other two pedals are a Fuzz Epic (Dice Works – Basically a dual function Tone Bender MKII and Dave Gilmour Big Muff) I use the Muff end. VERY nice circuit.

    The other pedal is no less charming: The Gristle King. Originally an independent design but appropriated later by T-Rex, it’s one of my favourite drives ever.

    For this clip though, I went with the Dice Works. The ambient stuff is a mixture of the B tuned ESP and the ‘Undulator’ setting on the ModFactor. Potent.

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