The 8 Best Battery Powered Guitar Amps Today!

Battery powered guitar amplifiers have come a long way. Technology has advanced to the point where you can now get classic Fender or Marshall tones in an amp about the size of a lunch box.

Better still- you can get classic Vox tones with a built-in beatbox for honing your rhythm chops anywhere you go. Or get virtually 11 different amps all in one, small portable battery powered amplifier.

The times, they are a changing but I think these changes are a good thing.

Here are 8 of the best battery powered guitar amplifiers on the market today, from big-name makers.

Marshall MS-4 Micro Stack Amp Review

The Marshall MS-4 Micro stack is what it sounds like – a miniaturized Marshall Stack.

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It’s a 1w battery powered guitar amplifier featuring 2 independent speaker cabs – each with a single 3″ speaker – and an amp head with Gain, Volume and Tone controls. The Marshall MS-4 Micro stack is small and stands only 9 3/4″ tall.

The amp is switchable between Clean and Overdrive modes, and the single Tone control lets you adjust the balance between bass and treble. The Marshall MS-4 Is a playable little amp that is well suited for classic rock and blues, but not jazz or metal.

The Marshall MS-4 Micro stack is powered by a single 9v battery or optional AC power adapter and sells for about $60.

read more for a full review and demo of the Marshall MS-4 Micro stack.

Marshall MS-2

What a great time we live in!

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Modern technology has now made it possible to grab the Marshall MS-2 Mini Amp and take that Marshall tone with you – anywhere.

The Marshall MS-2 Mini Amp has that classic Marshall look and crunch, with surprisingly loud volume for such a little thing. it’s just 5-3/4″ high and even includes a belt clip!

It features controls for overdrive, tone, and volume and is powered by one 9V battery.

The Marshall MS-2 Mini Amp is a 1w battery powered amp that makes a great and fun gift or a truly portable practice amp, and sells for around $45

Demo

Fender Mini Tone-Master

Last up on the mini Fender hit parade is the Fender Mini Tone-Master Amp. This is a miniaturized version of the classic Tone-Master. As with all amps mini, the Mini Tone-Master provides pretty nice tone – considering its tiny size.

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Fender does another exceptional job of keeping true to the authentic Fender details here – cab corners, retro grille cloth, and vintage white control knobs.

The Fender Mini Tone-Master Amp is a small 1w battery powered amplifier that features two 2″ speakers, Gain, Volume, Tone and Power controls. It runs on a single 9V battery (included), or AC adapter and measures 6-1/2″ W x 6-1/8″ H x 2-1/4″ D

Unlike the Fender ’57 mini, the Fender Mini Tone-Master Amp is all plastic, but lightweight and small. It sells for $29.99.

Clean DEMO:

Distortion DEMO:

Fender ’57 Mini

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The Fender Mini ’57 Twin Amp is for all the Fender Tweed fans out there. This is quite simply a battery powered, highly portable version of the original.

Measuring at just 2.8″ x 9″ x 8″ and weighing less than 2 lbs, this is a ’57 Twin for your desk or to just grab and go practice anytime!

The Fender Mini ’57 Twin Amp completely captures the vintage 50’s look from its miniature chicken head knobs, down to its tweed covering and brown grille.

It’s a bit more sturdy than many other battery powered guitar amplifiers out there, since the Fender Mini ’57 Twin is made of real wood and not plastic.

Beyond the vintage look, it’s a rocking little amp too. The Fender Mini ’57 Twin is a small 1w battery powered guitar amplifier with twin 2″ speakers, Built-in distortion, Power, volume, and tone controls. It runs on a single 9V battery or power adapter.

The Fender Mini ’57 Twin Amp sells for about $43, and would make a nice addition to a game room, or office or bedroom.

read more for a full review and demo of the Fender Mini ’57 Twin Amp.

Fender Mini Deluxe

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The Fender Mini Deluxe looks exactly like a shrunken Fender Hot Rod Deluxe. It even includes identical “dogbone” handle, chrome control plate, mini chicken-head knobs. It’s a 1w, battery powered guitar amplifier with a single 2″ speaker. The Fender Mini Deluxe runs on one 9v battery, and includes headphone out, Volume, Tone and Drive controls.

The Fender Mini Deluxe measures at 5.8″ x 6.2″ x 2.8″ and weighs in at just over 1 lb. It’s highly portable, and great for practice anywhere.

The Fender Mini Deluxe sells for around $35.

read more for a full review and demo of the Fender Mini Deluxe.

VOX Mini3 G2 Modeling Guitar Amplifier Review

The VOX MINI3 G2 is quite possibly the ultimate portable modeling amp.

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The VOX MINI3 G2, Ivory

It’s powerful and portable enough for street performances or picnics with the family or wherever.

Unlike some other battery powered amps, the VOX MINI3 G2 is not a toy. It’s a serious modeling amp based on the VOX Valvetronix family of amps and includes a new Bassilator circuit that provides richer low-end frequencies, which is great high-gain players looking for a deep metal tone.

The VOX MINI3 G2 features 8 editable effects, 11 amp models and a direct line connection for ultimate clean tone, or portable PA!

The VOX MINI3 G2 runs on 6-AA batteries or AC adapter, weighs 6.6 lbs (3 kg) and measures10.32″ (262mm) x 6.85″ (174 mm) x 8.78″ (223mm).

read more for a full review and demo of the VOX MINI3 G2 .

Vox AC1 RhythmVOX Portable Practice Amp Review

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The AC1 RhythmVOX is not just a great portable practice amp, but it’s a rhythm box too. The RhythmVOX features 66 Rhythm/Song Patterns for rhythm practice and experimentation. From straight forward metronome to song accompaniment with a host of song style beats, the AC1 RhythmVOX is a box of fun.

The quality of the beat patterns is excellent and the tempo and volume of each can be controlled in an intuitive way, so you can quickly dial in the settings you want.

Features include gain, tone, and volume controls, headphone jack, Aux In jack – to jam along with your CD or MP3 player and a pair of 3″ speakers.

Coming in at about the size of a lunchbox (7″W x 2-1/2″D x 5″H) and weighing about 1 lb, the Vox AC1 RhythmVOX is a truly portable battery powered amp, but also runs on AC adapter.

read more for a full review and demo of the AC1 RhythmVOX.

Orange Micro Crush

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The Orange Micro Crush CR3 a 3w battery powered amp from famed Orange Amplifiers. With a single 4″ speaker, overdrive channel, and tone control, this little guy can rock!

The Orange Micro Crush CR3 is all Orange, from the woven grill to rubber footstools and trademark Orange finish. it’s also wood, and not plastic.

The CR3 has a chromatic tuner, headphone jack and runs on a single 9v battery 9or AC adapter).

It may be small, but the Orange Micro Crush CR3 is all Orange and it’s a little beast.

read more for a full review and demo of the Orange Micro Crush amp.

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Comments
  • Rob Kwatra September 29, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    I want every guitar player to know about the Traynor TVM50w which is THE BEST Gel battery operated portable amplifier out on the market.
    For under $300.cdn. , This 50watt 1×10″ speaker will give you an amazing quality sound. check it out at your local Music Store.
    There are several inputs, depending on what you want to do. It has also an input for a mic.,
    Stereo inputs for plugging in an Mp3 or whatever…
    I do a lot of Busking (street performing) with my Electric Guitar in Toronto, I’ve had mine for over 3 years, NO problems. Well built cabinet, nice size for travelling with it on the local transit, not heavy at all.
    On a single charge, it will play for about 4-5 hours on 3/4 volume… along with my Mp3 player playing AC/DC, Guns’N’Roses, KISS, and of course Z-Z–Top in the background…..
    ROCK’ ON……
    Street Rocker’

  • Mark December 3, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Blackstar fly 3 is the best battery operated micro amp imo. I bought one after researching a few which are on this list. I’m really impressed with the sound quality coming out of such a small amp.

  • Mike January 18, 2016 at 3:35 am

    I agree with the comment about the Blackstar Fly 3, which I bought to add to a collection of several micros, including the the Marshall MS-4 (plasticky) and Orange CR3 (wood/solid and a couple features more than the Marshall). Both are nice toys visually, but sound-wise are in the same class as the much smaller Smokey amp. I think the Smokey has the better overall tone than the Orange. The Marshall is a distant third. After geting used to playing around with these, the Fly 3 blew me away. It’s in a whole different class in terms of build and sound quality, range of tones, and functionality. The aux input of the Fly is an important distinction, and gets better with the Bluetooth addition that Blackstar sells separately.
    The only potential negative to the Fly 3 is that it uses 6AA batteries instead of a 9V like the others, so you can’t throw a pedal board power supply at it like the others, and have to buy one separately. For me, the batteries seem to last so long even with heavy use, that I haven’t seen the need. After a month, I’ve become so enamoured of the quality/value of the Fly that I’ve already decided my next amp purchase will be one of Blackstar’s larger amps, probably the ID Core BEAM.

    • WillieMo December 13, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      Mike said: “The only potential negative to the Fly 3 is that it uses 6AA batteries instead of a 9V like the others, so you can’t throw a pedal board power supply at it like the others”.

      NOT TRUE! AAs are 1.5V, 6 of them = 9V. I’ve got a Vox AC-1 powered off 6AAs, I use a std boss style pedal (neg center polarity) 9V power supply ( A OneSpot, w/neg center polarity).

  • John April 11, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    I’ve been researching for two years and have yet to find anything that compares with the Fender Mustang Mini–with it’s USB interface you have unlimited modeling and custom presets at your disposal… What I’d like to know is why did they stop making it–had to buy mine off eBay as they’re not available or being made anymore. Does anybody know why????

  • STVRSZ April 11, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Sorry Mike. I own both the Orange Cr3 and the Smokey amp. The Orange sounds MUCH better than the Smokey. Although the Smokey is extremely portable and the battery lasts forever, the two inch speaker renders it a toy in most environments. Now if you are comparing the Smokey plugged into another cabinet, I could maybe see your point, but as each is sold in its natural form, the Orange is my favorite small battery practice amp period. As a matter of fact, I love the Orange. I do agree that the Blackstar is a better amp for conventional applications as I have played it at GC several times. When I get a bit of free time, I am also going to try building the Ruby amp and some of the other projects online which are based on the 386 chip that the Smokey uses.

  • Jacques James May 21, 2016 at 12:32 am

    The Yamaha THR10C costs under $300, runs on either AC or 8 AA batteries (suggest getting rechargeable ones), and has enough volume to easily fill a large room. It is about the size of a small cassette player, weighs less than 8.5 pounds, and can be used for a microphone, acoustic or electric guitar, or bass. It has special effects and presets, and the tones it can produce are jaw-dropping. When playing on the battery, the hum from my bass completely disappears. How this amplifier wasn’t mentioned is a mystery.

    • Mike May 25, 2016 at 7:34 pm

      Great points Jaques! I think it wasn’t released at the time I wrote this post… that’s why it wasn’t on the list. I had intended to give it its own post, but never got to it. :-O

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