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Mobility is crucial in today's fast-paced world, and battery powered amps lets you be as mobile as you can get, allowing you to play with an amplifier virtually anywhere, without the need to be tethered to a power outlet.

In addition to being ideal for outdoor use, these amps are also great to have at home, giving you the freedom to play in any room, or spot, inside or outside the house.

Here we look at the best battery powered guitar amps on the market, based on the most current rating data up to mid June of 2021.

It's worth noting that all 6 amps on our recommended list were tied for Equally Highest Rated with all of them having a Gearank rating score of 94 when we published this edition.

The Best Battery Powered Guitar Amps

Author & Contributors

Alexander BrionesAlexander Briones

He's written about and researched music gear for many years, while also serving as a music director at his local church, in addition to teaching guitar, bass and mentoring young musicians.

Blackstar Fly3 Combo Amp - 3W

94
GEARANK

94 out of 100. Incorporating 4100+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$75
Blackstar Fly3 Battery Powered Guitar Combo Amplifier 3W

Blackstar’s Fly 3 Battery Powered guitar amp is a micro-practice amp, perfect for guitarists who are looking for portability.

Despite its small size, the amplifier is versatile enough for creative use with its onboard effects.

The Fly 3 comes with an emulated tape delay (which on lower levels can be used to somewhat simulate reverb), an onboard overdrive, and the ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) control.

With the ISF control, you can take on various different amplifier tonalities to suit what type of music you feel like playing.

Features:

  • Power Rating: 3-Watts
  • Battery Life: Up to 50 Hours at Lower Volumes
  • Power Source(s): 6 x AA Batteries or DC
  • Speaker: 3”
  • Controls: Gain, Volume, Overdrive, EQ, Delay Level, Delay Time
  • Input(s): ¼”, MP3
  • Output(s): Headphone and extension speaker out
  • Weight: 2 lbs
  • Dimensions: 6.6” x 5” x 4”

Pros

Reviewers generally liked the tonal quality coming from the amplifier. Despite its small size, some found the amp sounded larger. The onboard effects were also seen as a plus as well as the ability to be a speaker for a music player or laptop. One of the primary reasons some users picked this over the others was the size: the Fly3 is the smallest amp in this list.

Cons

Quality control issues swayed some users away from this product. Durability can be hit-or-miss with reports of units breaking down from normal use but not enough of these complaints to drag its ratings down.

Overall

The Blackstar Fly3 is a good option for those who want to play along to backing tracks since the amp also doubles as a portable speaker. Since the amp includes flexible tone shaping as well as onboard effects, it works great as a coffee table or desk amp. It is more at home indoors than being carried around outdoors.

Roland Micro Cube GX Modeling Amp - 3W

94
GEARANK

94 out of 100. Incorporating 1150+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$170
Roland Micro Cube GX Portable Guitar Modeling Amplifier 3W

Roland has decades of experience when it comes to digital modeling. They’ve always been innovators in the field, and they continue to get praise from even the harshest of critics.

With the Micro Cube GX, Roland has taken their famed modeling technology and put it into a portable package with 8 COSM amp models and a total of 8 DSP effects available.

The auxiliary input can also be used for a two way connection to Roland's iOS based 'Cube Jam' App, allowing for recordings to be made with the included 4-pin analog cable.

Features:

  • Power Rating: 3-Watts
  • Battery Life: 20 to 25 hours
  • Power Source(s): 6 x AA Batteries or AC
  • Speaker: 5”
  • Controls: Amp Type, Memory, Tuner, Gain, Tone, EFX, Delay/Reverb, Master
  • Input(s): ¼”, AUX-IN with 'i-Cube Link'
  • Output(s): REC out/Headphone
  • Weight: 6 lbs
  • Dimensions: 9.7” x 6.7” x 9”

Pros

With 8 amp models, tuner, modulation, and reverb, many users claim that the Micro Cube GX is their ideal portable amplifier. Versatility is also a key point which made some buy this amplifier. Reliability is another important factor when people give this amp high ratings.

Cons

Some found the sound to be thin and too quiet. Roland's 'Cube Jam' iOS app felt unintuitive for many users and has a low rating on the app store, however this is only an add-on and not required for the amp's general operation.

Overall

The Roland Cube series has always been a go-to amplifier for people who want a versatile amp with different sounds, effects and functionality. The Micro Cube GX continues Roland's stellar reputation for dsp-powered effects by managing to somehow cram a lot of features into a small, battery-powered package.

Yamaha THR5 - 10W

93
GEARANK

93 out of 100. Incorporating 550+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$210
Yamaha THR5

The THR5 is part of Yamaha's line of desktop friendly combo amplifiers meant for practice and home recording.

It's rectangular profile is inspired by vintage radios, giving it a classic appeal that contrasts its internals, which provide modern digital sound processing.

Speaking of DSP, this compact amp lets you choose from 5 amp models that covers a wide spectrum of tones: Clean, Crunch, Lead, Brit Hi, Modern.

It also comes with 4 types of modulation effects, along with 4 delay/reverb effects.

Finally, this amp is driving two 3.15" speakers, and can do so for up to 6 hours while running on eight AA batteries.

Features:

  • Power Rating: 10W
  • Battery Life: ~6 hours
  • Power Source(s): AC Adapter / 8 x AA Batteries
  • Speaker: 2 x 3.15"
  • Controls: Amp, Gain, Master, Tone, Effect, DLY/REV, Volume, Tap Tempo
  • Input(s): 1 x 1/4" Guitar Input, 1 x 1/8" Aux in
  • Output(s): 1 x 1/4" Headphones
  • Weight: 4.4 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 6.57" x 10.67" x 4.72"

Pros

The THR5 is described as a fun amp to take anywhere, be it at home or outdoors. For its size, many users are satisfied with its loudness, and sound quality. The THR5 is often described as very easy to use, even those who are not into digital amps are impressed at how easy it is to get different types of tones that sound good. Value for money is another important factor on why many rate this amp highly.

Cons

Features are a bit limited compared to bigger THR models, but this is precisely why many prefer the simplicity of the THR5.

Overall

If you're looking for a compact and affordable grab and go amp, then this is highly recommended.

Roland Cube Street - 5W

94
GEARANK

94 out of 100. Incorporating 600+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$309
Roland Cube Street Battery Powered Guitar Combo Amplifier 5W

Roland presents the Cube Street as "The ultimate amp for traveling musicians".

While the Cube Street was designed with buskers and street performers in mind, it also works well for musicians who want a good backstage or home amplifier that they can plug both their guitar and vocals into.

The amp has a channel for guitar as well as an XLR in for microphones. The guitar channel models five different amps, including Roland’s own Jazz Chorus, a vintage Fender-style amp, a Vox amplifier, a Marshall amp, a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier and an acoustic guitar simulator.

Both channels have an individually controlled EQ and output level, and the microphone channel features a bass and treble equalization control.

The amp also comes with modulation effects, including chorus, flanger, phaser, tremolo, delay, and reverb.

Features:

  • Power Rating: 5-Watts
  • Battery Life: Up to 15 Hours
  • Power Source(s): 6 x AA Batteries or DC
  • Speaker: 2 x 6.5”
  • Controls: Channel Select, Volume, Bass, Treble, Delay/Reverb, Tuner, Type, Gain, Guitar Volume, Guitar Bass, Guitar Middle, Guitar Treble, Effects, Delay/Reverb
  • Input(s): ¼” / XLR, ¼”, AUX-In
  • Output(s): Headphones
  • Weight: 13 lbs 1 oz
  • Dimensions: 16 3/8” x 11 5/8” x 9 7/8”

Pros

The Cube Street's favorable reviews praise it for being "rugged" and "roadworthy". For most reviewers, the amp is loud enough for outdoor performance within a certain radius which is usually the case for busking and street performance. The addition of a microphone input is something that users didn't see in other battery powered amplifiers which led to them getting the Cube Street.

Cons

Users note that the amplifier can lack bass response, which is important for instruments like acoustic and bass guitar.

Overall

If you're looking for a portable amplifier with a microphone input for busking and performance, the Cube Street is a solid pick.

Yamaha THR10II WL Wireless

93
GEARANK

93 out of 100. Incorporating 175+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$450
Yamaha THR10II WL Wireless 2x3" 20-Watt Modeling Combo Guitar Amp

The Yamaha THR10II takes their THR design a step further with improved signal processing and more amp models, and based on its high ratings, it's obvious that it hits the sweetspot for most guitarists.

This particular model features a 20-watt amplifier with dual 3" speakers, and does so via the supplied AC adapter or via its built-in rechargeable battery that can power the amp for up to 6 hours of continuous playing.

It features the same vintage radio style profile that sits nicely on desk setups, while carrying expanded DSP features, which include 16 guitar amp models, 3 bass amp models, 3 mic models for acoustic-electric guitars, and a flat mode for working with other instruments.

Other features include Bluetooth compatibility, USB recording, and it even has built-in wireless receiver that's compatible with the Line 6 G10T transmitter.

Features:

  • Power Rating: 20W (2 x 10W stereo), 15W (battery)
  • Battery Life: ~6 hours
  • Power Source(s): AC adapter / Internal rechargeable battery
  • Speaker: 2 x 3"
  • Controls: Amp, Gain, Master, Bass, Middle, Treble, Effect, Echo/Rev, Guitar, Audio (Aux), Memory and Tap Tempo
  • Input(s): 1 x 1/4" Guitar Input, 1 x 1/8" Aux in
  • Output(s): 1 x 1/8" Headphones
  • Weight: 7.06 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 7.2" x 14.49" x 5.5"

Pros

What's interesting about the THR10II Wireless is that it appeals to musicians regardless of their skill level. There are some who refer to it as a great practice amp, while more experienced guitarists describe it as a capable home studio amplifier solution. Portability often gets commended, especially by those who like to play in different parts of the house, or those who are always on the move. Getting both clean and overdriven tones done right seem impossible for some amps, but based on reviews, the THR10II WL seems to have nailed the tones properly.

Cons

There are a few who feel that the included manual is a bit of a let down, but those who have taken the time to get properly acquainted with the controls are pleased with the results.

Overall

Whatever your experience and skill level maybe, the Yamaha THR10II WL is a good all-around amp to have.

Yamaha THR30II Wireless

94
GEARANK

94 out of 100. Incorporating 375+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$500
Yamaha THR30II Wireless

Building on the success of Yamaha's TH series amplifiers, The THR30II Wireless brings just what it says on the box: Wireless connectivity in the form of Bluetooth support as well as built-in compatibility with Line 6's wireless transmitters.

The THR30II Wireless also includes an internal rechargeable battery.

There are 15 guitar amp models and 8 effects on offer and these can be controlled via mobile editors available for iOS and Android.

Features:

  • Power Rating: 30W (2 x 15W stereo), 15W (battery)
  • Battery Life: ~5 hours
  • Power Source(s): 15V DC power supply / internal rechargeable battery
  • Speaker: 2 x 3.5"
  • Controls: Gain, Master, Treble, Middle, Bass, Effect, Echo/Rev, Guitar Volume, Audio/Aux Volume, Amp type, Memory and Tap Tempo
  • Input(s): 1 x 1/4" Guitar Input, 1 x 1/8" Aux in
  • Output(s): Headphones, 2 x 1/4" Line Out
  • Weight:9.48 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 7.68" x 16.4" x 6.1"

Pros

Users love the amp's connectivity options. Some actually use the amp for both guitar and as a dedicated Bluetooth speaker for playback. Users also praise the connectivity options that enable you to truly bring the amp anywhere and control it via the mobile app. Users of the previous generation of THR all consider the THR II series, including the THR30II, as a total upgrade.

Cons

There were no consistently reported negatives pertaining to the amp itself, but there were some down-votes from people complaining about shipping issues - always buy from reputable sellers.

Overall

Yamaha was clear to state the purpose of the amplifier in their branding as the THR series was made to fill in the gap between your full stage rig, and your smaller rehearsal rig. The THR30II takes this philosophy further by letting you leave all your cables at home. Get it if you find yourself wanting to just power up and play in high fidelity.

Author's Pick

I wanted to add this amp even though it rated 1 point lower than those above, because of its impressive 60-Watts of output power making it ideal for busking and street performances.

Fishman Loudbox Mini Charge - 60-Watts

93
GEARANK

93 out of 100. Incorporating 150+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$500
Fishman Loudbox Mini Charge Battery Powered Guitar Combo Amplifier 60W

The Loudbox Mini Charge takes Fishman's acoustic-electric expertise and packs it in a compact and portable battery-powered amp.

Rated at 60W, this amp comes with a 6.5" woofer and 1" tweeter, and is meant for use with acoustic instruments.

It has two channels, one for guitar and another for plugging in a microphone.

Channel 1 has controls for gain, 3-band EQ and phase, along with effects controls that include chorus and reverb.

Channel 2 has a combo XLR input with gain, 2-band EQ and reverb controls.

The amp can also go direct to PA system with its DI output.

For added convenience, it also comes with Bluetooth streaming and has an internal rechargeable battery that can run for up to 12 hours on a full charge.

Features:

  • Power Rating: 60W
  • Battery Life: ~12 hours (average volume), ~4 hours (max volume)
  • Power Source(s): 15V DC power supply / internal rechargeable battery
  • Speaker: 1 x 6.5” Woofer and 1 x 1" Tweeter
  • Controls: Per Channel (Gain, EQ, Reverb), Chorus CH1, Mid CH2, Master Volume, Phase, Bluetooth Pairing
  • Input(s): 1 x 1/4" Guitar, 1 x Combo XLR Mic/Line, Aux Input
  • Output(s): DI Out
  • Weight: 21.2 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 12” x 13.7” x 9.7”

Pros

Owners are impressed at how loud and good sounding this amp is, especially when considering the size of the amp. Guitarists are happy with the provided tone shaping controls and effects, while singer-songwriters are pleased with the amp's mic friendly second channel. Chris Gill of Guitar World concludes his review by saying: "the Fishman Loudbox Mini Charge provides the ultimate combination of sound quality, volume output and portability."

Cons

There are a few who had issues with the battery after a year of use, but they are far outnumbered by those who are regularly using the amp for longer with no problems. If you're looking for an electric guitar amp with the usual overdriven channel, then this is not for you.

Overall

The Fishman Loudbox Mini Charge is a good acoustic amp or mini-PA system that you can bring with you anywhere.

Things to Consider When Buying a Battery Powered Guitar Amp

  • Battery Life

    As features and power rating increase (power rating is the wattage of the amplifier) battery life is going to decrease. So amps that model effects are going to have a shorter battery life, and the louder the amp the less time the battery is going to last. However, this also depends on the type and amount of batteries used. Bear in mind that more or larger batteries make the amp heavier, making it less convenient to travel with. Some manufacturers also specify that pushing the amp to max volume will greatly reduce operating time. While many amps still run on conventional disposable batteries, there are some that now feature built-in rechargeable batteries. These batteries are expected to last longer, but not forever. The downside to internal batteries is they will need proper servicing to get them replaced.

  • Speaker Size

    Speaker size has a huge impact on your tone. The smaller the speaker, the brighter and more focused it sounds. Larger speakers will sound fuller and warmer. Most battery powered amps have a smaller speaker, but many actually have a depth of tone that’s incredibly impressive for the relatively diminutive size. Do take into consideration that larger speaker sizes may make the amplifier weigh more especially when approaching the 12" speaker territory.

  • Amp Modeling and Effects

    Many battery powered amps now come with built-in amp modeling and effects although the selection is generally more limited than larger plug-in modelling amps. You can usually only choose one of the modulation effects such as chorus/flanger/tremolo and add some reverb or delay. Apart from simplifying the controls this also helps to reduce power consumption compared to a full blown effects chain.

  • Weight/Portability

    Battery powered amplifiers are usually smaller than their powered counterparts. But the batteries themselves add noticeably to the weight. No matter how portable an amp claims to be, you still have to consider how portable you want your gear to be. For example, bringing an amplifier made for busking / street performance to a one-on-one guitar lesson may become a chore when you could use a lighter amplifier instead.

  • Which is the Best Battery Powered Amp for Busking?

    For just playing guitar at low volume we recommend the Roland Micro Cube GX, however if you want to use a microphone as well then your best option would be the Roland Cube Street. For more volume, you can also go for the Fishman Loudbox Mini Charge with its 60W power rating.

  • Which is the Best Battery Powered Acoustic Amp?

    It will be a tie between the Yamaha THR10II and Yamaha THR30II, both have built-in Acoustic amp modeling for use with acoustic instruments, with the latter having a bit more power. The Fishman Loudbox Mini Charge is another great pick here if you want more projection.

Battery Powered Guitar Amp Selection Methodology

The first edition was published in 2018 and the current edition was published on June 24, 2021.

We started by looking at popular and top-rated combo guitar amplifiers that can run on batteries (we excluded micro stacks like the Marshall MS-4).

For this 2021 edition, we analyzed relevant reviews, ratings, forum discussions and recommendations, and ended up with a list of 34 candidates on our short-list for closer examination. The sources we analyzed increased three-fold compared to the previous edition, going to over 30,400. All these data were then processed via the Gearank Algorithm to produce the rating scores our of 100 that we used to select amps that reflect the market's sentiment as the best. Finally, I've added the Fishman Loudbox Mini Charge as an author's pick to give you a louder amp option that's still rated very highly. For more information about our methods see How Gearank Works.

About the Author and Contributors

Here are the key people and sources involved in this guide's production - click on linked names for information about their music industry backgrounds.

Lead Author & Researcher

Alexander BrionesAlexander Briones

He's written about and researched music gear for many years, while also serving as a music director at his local church, in addition to teaching guitar, bass and mentoring young musicians.

Drawing from his experience in performing and recording, he teaches guitar and bass and mentors young artists to be better musicians. And when he is not busy playing or tinkering with musical gear, he puts on his entrepreneurial hat, which helps fund his passion for collecting guitars, mecha figures and Gunpla kits.

Contributors

Alden Acosta: Product research.
Mason Hoberg: Supplemental writing.
Raphael Pulgar: Supplemental writing.
Jason Horton: Editing and Illustrating.

Media

Main/Top Image: Produced by Gearank.com using photographs of the Fishman Loudbox Mini Charge, Yamaha THR30II Wireless and Roland Micro Cube GX.

The videos have been embedded in accordance with YouTube's Terms of Service.

The individual product images were sourced from websites, promotional materials or supporting documentation provided by their respective manufacturers.

Comments

Curious why more amps aren't

Curious why more amps aren't being made utilizing rechargeable lithium-polymer batteries? These batteries can supply much more power for longer periods then a handful of AA or AAA batteries while also being rechargeable and easily replaceable. Guess most amp makers aren't interested in utilizing a power source that you can find in many power hungry electronics now, from portable speakers to cell phones to drones. Maybe I should start my own company.

yes i agree, i came here to

yes i agree, i came here to din that it is weird there are not more .. wtf shitty aa batteries lol

The Roland Mobile Cube is a

The Roland Mobile Cube is a good amp and we have previously recommended it in our guide to Guitar Amps Under $200 - here's a direct link to the Mobile Cube information.

We did consider the Mobile Cube for this guide, but there were many battery powered amps with higher ratings, so we chose to recommend the more highly rated amps instead.

The Roland Mobile Cube is still on our short-list and will be considered for inclusion when we publish our next major revision of this guide.

Why do they all run on AA

Why do they all run on AA batteries? I want an amp with serious power that will run on my rechargeable drill battery pack.

Looking for a portable

Looking for a portable lithium powered amp for acoustic guitar - preferably with at least a 6" speaker size (one)... likely not made (yet) lol... tx ~ S

For regular battery use, just

For regular battery use, just invest in the latest generation "eneloop" type rechargeable batteries, like Energizer Universal 8 for $20-25. They run 1900mAH, hold a charge in storage for a long time. Just charge two sets, then you have a spare set along with you. You can run mini-amps off a plug-in as well, but note it usually is NOT charging the internal batteries, so you need a separate charger for them. Still a cheap investment for regular players.

small battery powered amp for

Small battery powered amp for 3hr street performance with 3 microphone inputs & costs