Wanted good power supply, foot pedal

soulstare22

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this power supply looks decent,

for footpedal


Gotta get one that has a nice click to it. Personally I don't use one though, I just have an on/off switch in the footpedal slot, so it reduces the clutter in my workspace.

also sidenote: wow none of the power supplies on amazon are as good as the ones online in china (taobao). I'm using one that has 4 memory settings hehehe rn, the most I find on amazon are 2 memory settings 1 for shader/liner.
 

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it's not so much the fancy buttons & displays - but the working components.

I have a critical & have used eikon's; as well as some junk ones too. Even though they kinda slam the critical in that vid - i get good results & if i'm reading the numbers for my coil machines (which i don't use anymore) - as long as they are consistent to it'self (basically the same numbers on the same PS on the same machine) i'm good with that.

i would rather use a 10$ chinese coil machine w/a the MusoToku than a top of the line rotary w/a hurricane or similar.

I've never used a lab PS... but thousands of old school master's can't be wrong. of course... how they will work on modern rotaries i have no clue.
 

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I have used a lab power supply, works good with everything I threw at it (even a rotary).

I use a Workhorse power supply V2 now, switched because the lab power supply took up a lot of space.
 

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anyone have any experience with the bronc power supplies? was looking at the ones similar to the hurricane and the biomaster soulstare posted.



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anyone have any experience with the bronc power supplies? was looking at the ones similar to the hurricane and the biomaster soulstare posted.
If you're looking in the $50 price range, just grab whatever (Bronc usually copies Hurricane, who copies Critical). They're all going to have various issues. Stress it more when you're looking for something more long term that will provide good clean power to use on clients.
 

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it's not so much the fancy buttons & displays - but the working components.

I have a critical & have used eikon's; as well as some junk ones too. Even though they kinda slam the critical in that vid - i get good results & if i'm reading the numbers for my coil machines (which i don't use anymore) - as long as they are consistent to it'self (basically the same numbers on the same PS on the same machine) i'm good with that.

i would rather use a 10$ chinese coil machine w/a the MusoToku than a top of the line rotary w/a hurricane or similar.

I've never used a lab PS... but thousands of old school master's can't be wrong. of course... how they will work on modern rotaries i have no clue.
the need for multiple memory settings is so necessary imo. and yea inconsistent machine is usually due to cable, power supply issues, OR capacitor.
 
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If you're looking in the $50 price range, just grab whatever (Bronc usually copies Hurricane, who copies Critical). They're all going to have various issues. Stress it more when you're looking for something more long term that will provide good clean power to use on clients.
curious what the issues are, i've used some cheap ones and they end up changing voltage during use or something after a few months.
 

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curious what the issues are, i've used some cheap ones and they end up changing voltage during use or something after a few months.
Basically that. Inconsistent voltage, choppy voltage, inconsistent current is a really bad one. 8 voltage is cool, but if it isn't getting to the machine at the right speed it ain't doing any good. Usually that will require you to compensate with increased voltage to balance it out. I have machines that run on 5.5V to 6V on my critical but barely even start moving on the Hurricane until you get up to 7 and they don't do their job until at least 7.5. Then you deal with excess heat because the voltage is higher.

I'm fine using it at home for practice and the frequency readout is great for tuning, but I wasn't counting on it for work on clients.
 

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Hey guys, sorry if I'm just clueless, maybe this is a stupid question. But I wanted to ask why the need for such good (expensive) power supplies? I get the memory settings and dual sockets and that but is the power any different? Or is it more peace of mind that it's not gunna bug out on you? I'm guessing that's an issue if you work in a shop.
I'm only asking because I run a £5 Chinese crappy supply, but I've tested it with a volt meter and a couple of apps that read cps and it seems consistent. I even had to do a ciggie packet foil and super glue connection where I had no solder and it's had alot of hours on it since haha. I'm mostly only tattooing myself though and i got a homemade DD that runs ok at 5volts so can use a phone charger if I'm in a jam.
 

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Hey guys, sorry if I'm just clueless, maybe this is a stupid question. But I wanted to ask why the need for such good (expensive) power supplies? I get the memory settings and dual sockets and that but is the power any different? Or is it more peace of mind that it's not gunna bug out on you? I'm guessing that's an issue if you work in a shop.
I'm only asking because I run a £5 Chinese crappy supply, but I've tested it with a volt meter and a couple of apps that read cps and it seems consistent. I even had to do a ciggie packet foil and super glue connection where I had no solder and it's had alot of hours on it since haha. I'm mostly only tattooing myself though and i got a homemade DD that runs ok at 5volts so can use a phone charger if I'm in a jam.
They're not consistent. They're prone to current spikes or drops and the parts can easily burn up (literally). I want clean power that will run the same voltage and amps at all times rather than something that's chopping out and making my machine run slower than my hand.
 

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Ok so there is a big difference in how clean and stable the power is then? I'm so clueless about electricity, can your voltage stay the same and your amps change ? And that affect the running? I'm guessing all those spikes and drops aren't noticeable by ear?
 

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Yep. Amps/current is the flow of electricity to your machine. Voltage is the amount that's flowing.
Some aren't noticeable, some are VERY noticeable. I can clearly tell after about 20 minutes of lining at home when my liner starts getting choppy but it runs smooth and solid forever on my good power supply at the shop.
 

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Only asking too because this came up for me in a Search, I know it's no good but costs about £1 to control speed of a DC motor

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But what you said makes complete sense. Again working in a shop of course you should have good quality equipment. Im not in that position so was just curious. Thanks for your info mate
 

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Ok just pulled up one for a lab supply and there is a hell of alot more going on. Makes me realise I'm even more clueless than I thought I was hahaha
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good doesn't necessarily have to be hundreds of dollars. you don't need a "tattoo specific" power supply.

thousands of artists have made top tier tattoos for decades with quality lab power supplies.

a lot of tattoo power supplies use lesser components, add some fancy display, & call it a tattoo PS & charge 10x what it costs to build. even critical isn't all it's cracked up to be (& that is my primary PS & has been for years).

i'm lazy, so never did it... but it's completely possible to make your own from components at a relatively inexpensive price.
 

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Just buy a lab power supply. Main reason i bought a Tattoo Power Supply is that it looks "pro", but it acts exactly the same as my Lab one.

Things that are made for tattooing are just more expensive, kind of like slapping gaming on a chair and selling it for tripple the price.
 

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If I had the time if honestly just make one out of a PC power supply. There are actually lots of plans available on how to turn one into a lab supply for people who aren't too electrically inclined.
 

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Just buy a lab power supply. Main reason i bought a Tattoo Power Supply is that it looks "pro", but it acts exactly the same as my Lab one.

Things that are made for tattooing are just more expensive, kind of like slapping gaming on a chair and selling it for tripple the price.

Would you say the same about a car, or a motorcycle? "This Ferrari is doing just the same as my Toyota, taking me from place A to place B, only for triple the price"? 😜😅

We all know coolness is 90% of most products, still we buy them. Or want them. Why should tattoo products be any different?

Not saying there can't be quality differences also like Allen mentions.
 

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