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Posted by: Brian Pollard on May 23, 2012

What to look for in a Tattoo Machine Power Supply

There are a wide range of components required for any self-respecting tattoo artist.  Not least of these is the power supply required to run your machine. This is necessary to keep them working to the best of their artistic abilities and is not something to be acquired carelessly.  We take a look at some important considerations to help you decide which model is right for you.

  1. Power supplies exist in both digital and analogue versions.  The factors to consider here are budget and reliability, a digital output will tend to be more accurate and easier to read when working, but also come with a higher price tag.  So take a look at each kind and decide what you would be most comfortable working with.
  2. A similar consideration is between regulated and unregulated supplies.  A regulated supply will provide you with an even, constant voltage but they are more expensive to purchase, and also still be providing that same level when you tattoo machine is not even running.  Regulated machines also have the added advantage of coping with power requirement fluctuations that occur in the normal tattooing process, as you need to press harder or softer with the  needle, more or less power will be required from the supply. 
  3. Look at your main tattoo machine, is it rotary or coil operated, some power supplies will only work with one or the other and some with both.
  4. Factor in the size of your supply, depending on whether you are always in one place or you attend exhibitions can decide if you need a more portable supply or are happy with a larger model.
  5. Think about the number of machines you want to run from one supply, some artists prefer a separate machine depending on whether they are lining or shading, however this again will also affect your price range.  Being able to switch between multiple machines will often mean a higher price.
  6. Without meaning to repeat myself the final factor comes back to the overall price tag, you ideally want to address all the above points and find something within your price range to find your perfect machine.

Check out some of the tattoo power supplies currently available:

Link above to http://www.thetattooshop.co.uk/shop/Tattoo_Power_Supplies.html

 

Critical Tattoo Power Supply – CX-1

This model is small and packed with features for professional tattoo artists.

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Fully digital microprocessor control

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Regulated set point voltage operating at 0-18vdc

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Built in Overload Protection (2 Amp)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 0.1 Volt Adjustment Resolution

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Presets designed for Lining & Shading

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Presets are held in memory after power is removed

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Universal Power Input 110-240vac 50/60hz

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Choice of views:¬† Voltage, Speed (Hertz), Duty Cycle (%)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Wipe Down Surface

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Will accept standard clip cord and foot pedal connections

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Easily bagged with most typical machines or bottle baggies

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Include a mount

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Patent Pending

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Colour : Black

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Comes complete with a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty

 

Critical Tattoo Power Supply – CX-2

This next model has some of the most advanced features available.

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Fully digital microprocessor control

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Regulated set point voltage operating at 0-18vdc

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Built in Overload Protection (2.3 Amp)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Selectable Volt Adjustment Resolution : 0.1, 0.2 or 0.5 volt increments

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Stop Watch

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Time of Day

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Presets designed for Lining & Shading with 2, 4, or 6 machine memory modes

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Momentary(conventional) or Maintained(push on push off) foot switch modes. Easy W button toggle.

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Compatible with wireless foot-switches

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Presets are held in memory after power is removed

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Universal Power Input 110-240vac 50/60hz

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Choice of views:¬† Voltage, Speed (Hertz), Duty Cycle (%) and ans STL(similar to follow through)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Wipe Down Surface

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Will accept standard clip cord and foot pedal connections

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Easily bagged with most typical machines or bottle baggies

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Include a mount

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Patent Pending

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Colour : Black

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Comes complete with a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty

 

Critical Tattoo Power Supply – CX-2R

This is the most advanced of the range and with the highest price tag.  It is available as a combo with a wireless foot pedal.  It has all the features of the CX-2, but also features a built-in wireless receiver.

Hopefully this has illustrated for you some of the various features you need to be aware of when choosing the right power supply for you.

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