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Power Supply Points and Tips for Tattooing

Updated on February 03, 2016
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Jason Goodrow, or otherwise known as "The Goodboy," is a licensed tattoo artist.

That's me tattooing.
That's me tattooing.

Touching Base

Here's a rundown of some things that we've covered for your basic tattoo machine liner settings:

  • You should have a gap of about a dime’s width between the machine contact screw and front spring.
  • Check all points on your machine where a screw may be present. Over time, the constant vibration the machine produces can cause screws to become loose, which causes faulty running of the machine.
  • If you purchased a tattoo kit, it is always best to check your equipment out. You'd be surprised by what you might find.
  • Finally, and this is a preference if mine: before you set up, take some emery cloth and go over your contact screw a few times. This allows for better electrical contact, as you will be removing the built up carbon on the end of contact point.

If you have questions about machine settings, I will gladly answer your questions, please leave a comment.

Power Supplies and Variety

This is the model I am currently using. It works as good as the 200 dollar p.s. and saves me 120 bones. That's what being a consumer means!
This is the model I am currently using. It works as good as the 200 dollar p.s. and saves me 120 bones. That's what being a consumer means!

There are a ton of power supplies that you can use. Each popular or non-popular brands offer the same thing: a controlled flow of electricity from their product to your machine. This enables the person to tattoo at a much speedier rate than trying it by hand. Remember, the sewing needle and thread with India ink? Yeah, it is much faster than that.

  • One thing to know about your power supply is that it really works like the rest of the others on the market. In order for your power supply to run, you need a source of power yourself. Outside of, that they all work similarly, just with different physical features.

Some power supplies do not display the volts that are being outputted. If you have a power supply that does not have a digital output and simply a dial with numbers, don’t worry. You will need to make sure that:

  • Your machine is tuned correctly mechanically.
  • A dime-sized width gap is present.
  • The clip cord is connected snugly in its appropriate slots.
  • The needle is inserted correctly into tattoo tube.

These above-listed factors will make a huge difference in the performance of your machine. Once you have ensured that everything set up correctly, you’re ready for the next step.

Digital Display a little on the spendy side
Digital Display a little on the spendy side
Voltmeter gauge for the ole timers.
Voltmeter gauge for the ole timers.

Let's Get Tuned In

You can just barely make out the needles hanging over the tip of the tube.
You can just barely make out the needles hanging over the tip of the tube.

Turn your P.S. (power supply from here on out) on make sure your foot pedal and clip cord are plugged in the correct slots. Then, double check your clip cord connection to your machine.

  1. If all is in order, hold your machine in your tattoo hand, and push on the foot pedal.
  2. If you don’t get the immediate buzz, this probably means that the voltage is not turned on high enough. Slowly turn that dial until you get an even, uninterrupted buzz.

Now you can tell if your tattoo machine is running correctly by checking a few things:

  1. First, while the machine is running, check visually to see how far the needle is coming out from the end of the tubes tip. (I myself prefer the liner and shader to both have longer strokes. I do not like to drag the tip of the tube onto the client’s skin and sort of blindly tattoo the line that you see with short stroke set liners. With a longer stroke, you are in control of every aspect the needle has to offer. It takes a ton of practice and experience but the payoff is amazing. So, if you are running a shorter stroke setting tattoo liner then you should have set your needles to hang over the tube 1/16th of an inch.)
  2. With machine running, your needle should be coming out about 1/8 of an inch. If you are running the longer stroke, you hang your needles just about flush with the tube. While the machine is running, your needle should be coming out 1/8 to 3/16th of an inch. This is not much of difference, you might think, but that tiny gap between the skin and tip of needle enables the tattooist to visibly see the lines of the applied stencil.

Understand How to Tune Your Machine

Under fluorescent lights, keep your tattoo machine running. If it running perfectly, you will see an obvious figure 8 on the armature nipple as it runs.
Under fluorescent lights, keep your tattoo machine running. If it running perfectly, you will see an obvious figure 8 on the armature nipple as it runs.
  • As your machine is running and the needle grouping you are using is set to appropriate depth, turn your tattoo machine towards you, so that you see the front view of your machine.
  • You should be able to see the armature bar nipple that you inserted into the loop of your tattoo needle moving up and down very quickly — so quickly, in fact, that you should not be able to make out the loop on the needle.

Earlier, I mentioned that there are a few ways to tune your machine without a digital reading on your P.S. Well, here we go:

  • Looking at the armature bar nipple, and if you are under fluorescent lights, you will notice (as long as the power supply is providing perfect flow of electricity) that the armature bar nipple as the machine is running seems to be a figure 8. (I know that a lot of you know what this should look like but I will provide a great pic so you can see what I mean.)
  • I don’t know the exact technical jargon, but basically you are tuning your machine by the fluorescent light as if it were timing light.

If you do see that figure 8 movement as the tattoo machine is running, then chances are that the machine is ready for tattooing with.

Tips

If you do not have fluorescent lighting or a digital display on your power supply, you will do the final tuning the old fashioned way. Please make sure that your equipment is set up correctly. Once you are ready, keep your foot pressed down on the foot pedal.

  • Begin by turning your power supply dial up, until you hear the buzz of your machine. Once you hear that buzz, pay attention to how your needle looks as it begins to move in the up and down motion. You are now tuning the tattoo machine by ear and eye. Your machine should run smoothly.
  • If your power supply is turned up too high, it will sound like a very angry hornet, and there will be apparent sparks flying off of your contact screw and the front spring. If this happens, slowly turn the dial down on the power supply until the sparks have subsided and the machine buzzes in a softer fashion.
  • To test it, rub your thumb against the armature bar nipple as the machine is running. The tattoo machine will bog down a bit. But, when you remove your thumb, it will instantly resume its steady buzzing noise. If the tattoo machine bogs down and will not restart after pressing down on the foot pedal, chances are contact screw needs to be buffed a bit or you need to adjust your power setting just a bit.
  • Now for the visual part of tuning. You are primarily looking to check that your needle is not flopping around. If you see the needle bouncing around in the tube, there could be a few factors: you might need to add a rubber band, you may have inserted the needle in the tube wrong, or the power is turned up too high. So adjust your power accordingly. When it’s perfect, then it is time to tattoo.

Here is my power supply not drawing any electrical current.
Here is my power supply not drawing any electrical current.
This is the power supply drawing an electrical current. Notice the digital display and the voltage my machine is pulling.
This is the power supply drawing an electrical current. Notice the digital display and the voltage my machine is pulling.

Wrapping Up

Let’s talk very briefly about power supplies that have digital displays and memory settings. I definitely prefer these types of P.S.’s.

  • As a habit, I make sure that my tattoo machines are tuned mechanically first. This works great because the P.S. I use has memory settings built in to remember which voltage is set for a specific type of tattoo machine (liner/shader). There are differences and you will see what I mean when you begin and become more confident in your skills and knowledge.
  • What I like the most about the digital display power supplies is that you can see how much voltage you are using, you can also tell if the capacitor is being faulty, because the voltage will different than normal. Also, for the lazy, you can visually set the power settings.

That is the lesson for the day. Remember, if you have any questions or comments please post them below and I will be glad to answer any questions you may have. Talk to you all soon!

—Gman

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      Jason Goodrow 4 years ago from Washington State

      Check your springs, and contact points

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      Heather 4 years ago

      Just got a new kit and it seems like the needle snags, and then after the tat scabs and peels off... It's not taking & no matter what it is snagging.. What can I do or should I be doing to fix this?

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      Jason Goodrow 4 years ago from Washington State

      So first off lets not tattoo on anyone else until you have figured your equipment out... it sounds like you basically put your equipment together wrong and do not have your power settings correct. The needle snagging means not enough punch... either spring is bad or power supply is not set correctly. The tat scabbing and then simply peeling off suggests spring issues again so start from scratch do not tattoo anyone else until you have got this all figured out and check out my lessons on how to get your tattoo machine set up just in case you missed something.

      Keep me posted

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      adambritsch 4 years ago

      i am just a beginner with tattoos and i am not an artist or even looking to become one, im just using my gun on myself and figuring things out. i am a little confused about how deep the needle should be penetrating and how. it sounds like the thumb rule is 'dime for lines, nickel for shade'. if that is correct, then my question is this; do you set the tip and tube up so that you can drag the tip over the skin, or should have that 1/16". it sounds like even in your write up, you were hesitant to mention those depths especially for rookies. thanks for the post also, it was helpful. -Adam

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      sky 4 years ago

      hi, I can't seem to one of my machines to work properly I either get sparks or nothing, I'm a beginner so not sure how to remedy this, please help

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      Jason Goodrow 4 years ago from Washington State

      Hi Adam... to answer a few of the questions you posted. Your needle at full penetration should only enter the third layer of the dermis, or in simple terms about an 1/8 inch. I have been tattoing a few years now and I prefer to work off my needle so that means I let the needles hang out the end of the tube about a 1/16 of an inch, and then from there I control the depth the needle is entering the skin through a technique I learned from another artist. So as your machine is running it should look like your needle is coming out almost a 1/4 inch... this is more advanced technique... for begginers I suggest breaking out some type of melon or potato type object and practice on that a few times until you are able to work the ink into it with out too many problems. Keep me posted

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      Jason Goodrow 4 years ago from Washington State

      Hi there Sky... so this sounds like a machine set up issue. This may take a bit more to explain without some type of picture. So Be patient. If this is a lining machine take a look at the angle or pitch of your contact screw. My lining machines are set up at about 2 o'clock so if the pitch is off this can cause problems... also check that the contact screw is hitting near the very edge of your front spring too if it is set too far back same thing will happen. These are a few things to take a peek at and like I said I have a machine I have to replace a spring on so I will go ahead and produce this lesson for everyone. Hang in there!!!

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      sky 4 years ago

      hi, thanks for the advice, it's actually a shading machine that I can't seem to set up right, I've managed to get it to work without the sparks after I discovered my ps was broken and got it replaced however it only seems to work on a very high setting (around 8ish) whereas my liner works at around 4, I'm obviously doing something wrong I just don't know what.

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      Jason Goodrow 4 years ago from Washington State

      Cool, 8 does seem high to me as well. Try letting the machine run straight for a minute with no interuption. Then go ahead and adjust down, keep in mind it does not need to quickly penetrate the skin like the liner so by sound they are going to be different. Let me know

      G-Man

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      Mario 4 years ago

      Hi I have a question? I would like to now if you have any tips or ways I can practice to make perfect straight lines. Im not bad but on tribal ho w there is long lines I have have a hard time keeping straight

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      Jason Goodrow 4 years ago from Washington State

      There are several techniques you need to apply to doing smooth straight lines. A lot will begin by the tube size you are using... I use a 1' tube grip this tends to give me better control over line shakiness especially with curved lines. Next thing with line work.... get at least a three point stretch, it will help the ink enter the skin more smoothly as you work the tattoo, so there are a few tips that will take care of a few things... a note though it takes time to build the strength in your hand so warm up first get a pen and put it in your machine and do the stencil by hand you will be pleased with the results, I did it and if I have not tattooed I do find a way to warm my tattoo hand up before going to work. Hope this helps.

      Gman

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      Despina 4 years ago

      hello, just a quick question.. I have been tattooing for years but today I encountered a weird problem. my guns and equipment are working fine but suddenly the power supply started going crazy. I have the same power supply as you do, exactly, so while tattooing the screen went to 1. and then it just went up to 19 by it self making the tattoo gun sparkle and work like mad. I have checked all my guns, foot pedals and cords so it can only be the power supply. even with no cables plugged in, the voltage is going up and down like crazy by itself. what should I do? thank you!

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      Jason Goodrow 4 years ago from Washington State

      Hi there Despina, if your like me and can afford it, buy a new one. I have never encountered that problem myself but a few things do come to mind. Sometimes, not often mind you, how the electricity flows from the wall through the power cable and then the "regulator" that steps down amount that will flow through the power supply itself, those can go bad after years of use, and of course most things like that are made in china because how cheaply they are manufactured over there. Another thing is some of those P.S. have fuses and it may be ready to pop. I have torn this particular p.s. apart as well and made comparison to the other ones I use. If you are savvy, take it apart and check to make sure you have no crossed wires, sometimes things settle with age. Next question for you is how long have you had this unit, because I had to order a new cable for it, and I have been using it for better than 7 years. Here is the adapter type I found for it, hope this helped.

      model:ADS-24S-12-1224GPCU

      INPUT:100-240V 50-60Hz

      OUTPUT:12 V

      Let me know if this helped or not!

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      Edge4569 4 years ago

      Ok if your doing a tattoo and the skin isn't taking the ink very good at all and u gotta go over it a couple times could that be the machine settings or could the needle be set wrong or what could it be I would live some helpful hints on what I'm fling wrong

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      Jason Goodrow 4 years ago from Washington State

      Hey there edge Craog B basically had the same question as you, so follow the instructions I gave him, see what I can do for you guys.

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      arnold 4 years ago

      hello, I've read that voltage for linning is 8-9 and for shadder 6-8 but when i try that voltage with my machines they won't run at all is it ok to put higher voltage? or i need a new power supply?

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      Jason Goodrow 4 years ago from Washington State

      There could be a few problems, and its not always going to be power supply related. Every professional tattooist I have ever met run their machines in the 6.0 - 6.8 range. If you are having issues with your machine not running at these lower voltages then it could be related to the gauge of your spring, your contact point, is it brass or metal? Have you checked to make sure the contact point has no carbon build up from running at high voltage? Also if it is a cheaper machine it may only run at those higher voltages but the quality of the tattoo will be hindered. There are many things to pay attention too. First make sure that your contact points are at the right angles as I suggest in the mini lessons. Your liner will be at one 'o' clock and your shader will be at about three 'o' clock. Liner with a dime width gap and your shader with a nickel width gap. Trust me I asked these same questions and I even doubted the information. Most cases it wont be your power supply that is the problem it will be how your machine is tuned. Hope this helped, please revisit those lessons they might have more to add. Thanks for reading!

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      arnold 4 years ago

      they're metal. i bought the kit from a site and i have been practicing but at 12-14 volts..i went to buy another machine form a tattoo shop and the guy set it up for me for lining with his power supply 9.6 but when i got home i tried with mine and just wouldn't work

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      Jason Goodrow 4 years ago from Washington State

      Again if anyone is tuning your machine and your using more that 7 volts, I would be very hesitant on using the equipment. Most professionals will tell you the same thing I am. If you started off cheap then you may have ended up with a bunch of equipment that does not work. It is rare but I have seen it on several occasions. If it were me I would just start from the beginning, set your machines up, as I suggest in the lessons, also check for that carbon build up especially after having run your tattoo machine as you have. Good luck! Keep me posted.

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      Begner 3 years ago

      I have this question.. round shaders and magnums run at the same voltage? or different?

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      Jason Goodrow 3 years ago from Washington State

      Most of this will depend on the size of the rounds and magnums, but ideally yes it should be consistent voltage that you run your machines at.

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      berner 3 years ago

      what's the average number that's shown on the tattoo machine for certain skin textures

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      Jason Goodrow 3 years ago from Washington State

      Skin textures and how your machine is set up dictate this number. I don't have a specific magic number because many of tattooists use different machines and different power supplies, along with different shading techniques, this does not include ink type, spring tension, what kind of contact point you are using (brass, copper, or steel). Once you have tuned your machine though what ever the voltage number is should be consistent through the tattoo, keeping in mind you should never be running above 7 volts unless you are pushing a massive group of magnums, and if you are just beginning, you will want to stay away from those until you have plenty of experience with a variety of shading techniques. Hope this helped!

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      Mark 3 years ago

      Hey, I have a question. I bought a set not too long ago, and have started practicing on practice paper, and my bestfriend let me do one on him, but when I did it on skin, everything was tuned correctly, On my power supply I used around 6.5 for Lining and 7 for Shading. The machines seemed to sound correct and everything was running smoothly. But when I started to do it on his skin, I found it hard to outline the contour line of his tribal piece which took multiple turns to run over every line just to make it stay in his skin. Afterwards, I started shading it in with black, and it took going over each shape roughly 6 or 7 times just to make that stick in his skin. Now after I was done, he took a shower the next day, and when he wiped it off, the shapes have spots that are not fully colored in, and the lines weren't fully there. What can I do to make nice, solid one sweep lines? And how can I shade better with just normal black, or any color for that matter?

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      Jason Goodrow 3 years ago from Washington State

      When I hear someone say practice paper I am assuming skin. You left out some key components that will help maybe trouble shoot your problem. First.. great your machine is tuned to what you say but when running what was the voltage running at, also man, your needles could be inserted wrong... that is a very common mistake, next is what shading style were you using? and what type of shader ( rounds or magnums ), and then next again especially coming from a kit what type of ink... these are your main concerns. Hope this helps!

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      steven 3 years ago

      hey basically ive had my tattoo equipment for a couple of months and ive never had any problems running machines before today when i went to set up i plugged everything in perfect and now every time i apply pressure to the foot pedal my volts seem to be slowing/going down im so confused as to what is going on so could you please help me

      thanks alot

      steven

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      Jason Goodrow 3 years ago from Washington State

      not sure exactly but it almost sounds like you are grounding out somewhere in your equipment... faulty wire in the pedal, connection ports for your pedal in the p.s. it'self... not to say it could be a broken spring... there are many variables... also check but maybe for some reason your ports are specific for what is plugged into it.... let me know if this helps!

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      artist 3 years ago

      I bought a tattoo kit.I very excited but I hooked every thing up.when I pushed down on my foot pedalthe gun just hits once and sparks but nothing does not work.also when I push pedal my ps goes down to 1.7 or 2.do I need new ps. thanks

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      Jason Goodrow 3 years ago from Washington State

      Sounds like your spring tension is to firm... you may need to weaken that spring just a bit... don't overdo it or you could break it! Let me know if this helps or need more information

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      jonh 3 years ago

      first of all i want to thank you for your help,

      my respect to you....aw a beginner i bought two tattoo machines one shader and one liner. I had the impression that both shader and liner contact points angles had to be at one o'clock,am i wrong??? .... and one more thing that may seem silly, I'm from europe and I have exactly the same power supply as yours, ii have to tattoo in same volts as you? 6 -6.8 ?? keep up the good work

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      pink 3 years ago

      Hi! So I bought a setup from my aunt who has been a tattoo artist for about 3 years. We cannot figure out why the machine only clicks. We have tried looking it up and have done everything we can. So we decided to try a different machine, and its having the same problem. When I push the peddle the light comes on, but machine will only click once each time I push the peddle. Any help would be great. Thanks :)

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      amy 3 years ago

      Hi . ...I have the same power supply and during the tattoo the voltage deviates back and forth.....dropping and going back up etc. I've tried different cords to make sure that wasn't the problem. Also used the gun I was using when this occurred, on a different power supply and it did perfectly. Please help.....

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      Jason Goodrow 3 years ago from Washington State

      Hope you have the receipt...

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      kaki hemam 2 years ago

      How can we differentiate the same two machine as liner & shader..actually I bought two machines so still confusing i.e which machine should be linear/which machine should be shader..... pliz help me out of this...

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      Jason Goodrow 2 years ago from Washington State

      Your liner will have a shorter front spring and a bit of a steeper pitch about 45 degree angle or so and your shader will have a longer front spring and the pitch is more shallow, more like 30 degrees... hope this helps, also take a look at my other lessons lots of good information!!!

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      Johne581 2 years ago

      My brother recommended I may like this website. He used to be totally right. This post truly made my day. You can not consider simply how so much time I had spent for this info! Thanks! dedcdacedeac

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      naidy 2 years ago

      Hi I bought a new kit from one of the sites I'm from south africa I have a small problem with shading an lining I'm not sure wat voltage shud I use wen shading an how many needles shud I use an wen out lining I also have a problem with ink not chatching I have to go over my outlines twice in order to get it dark an please help

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      Jason Goodrow 2 years ago from Washington State

      Not sure what the electric variances are, but most tattoo shops will run 110v for their power supplies. So first get me the variances and tell me a few things.

      What type of tattoo machine are you using

      What is your Power Supply set at

      Are your springs adjusted correctly

      As far as lining general rule for outlines is 7-8 liner bug pin or long taper which ever you prefer and lining should run at 6.7 volts

      Also check the other lessons I have posted your needle bar should go in one way only maybe that's it/ broken spring... never know

      So information is what I need please post if serious.

      Thanks

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      Mike 2 years ago

      I just bought a new clip cord because my machine was not getting any power but its still not getting enough power to run the machine what else could it be?

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      Jason Goodrow 2 years ago from Washington State

      You may need to check the capacitor that is on the machine, it may be incorrectly soldered or faulty altogether... first thing though is check with a voltmeter as you press down on the foot pedal and see what the actual voltage is without the machine attached, this should tell you that your Power Supply is good or bad.... hope this helped!

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      babyhatchet 2 years ago

      I just got my machine and I hook it up and there is no power getting to the machine I am not sure what to do

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      Jason Goodrow 2 years ago from Washington State

      Send it back if the fuse is not blown in the Power supply... that could be all it is.

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      cat 2 years ago

      so I have two tattoo machines. both I've noticed that they have power but suddenly start losing power till they don't turn on.

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      Mike 2 years ago

      hey G-Man, great read, and commend you for helping out the newbies.

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      Jason Goodrow 2 years ago from Washington State

      Bob please refer to my other lessons, there is a ton of in formation on that specifically, pics included.

      Thanks for the read

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      Amber 23 months ago

      Hi, I wanted to know why my tattoo machine shuts off after I take my foot off the pedal? To make it turn on again, I keep my foot on the pedal and I screw the contact screw to the end of the front spring until it clicks and I screw it back to the middle of the front spring and it works fine again. What should I do to make my tattoo machine keep on running???

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      Jason Goodrow 23 months ago from Washington State

      Hi there Amber, so read through this lesson again, but I will tell you that you need to simply keep your foot pressed on the pedal to keep the machine running... this is just so you have control over when the tattoo machine runs, or if you just need to stop in general to wipe your client off. Please read through... I have lessons talking about how to set your machine up from the very beginning. Hope this helped!

      Thanks for the read!

      Gman

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      Amber 23 months ago

      I'm sorry I wasn't very clear haha what I meant was that if I take my foot off the pedal and press on it again it won't turn on again I would have to do that whole contact screw routine

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      Jason Goodrow 23 months ago from Washington State

      Ahhh I see... so maybe check your front spring... sounds like to much tension and it wont release it until you mess around with the contact screw. Trust me if your new to this you're gonna probably be like what the hell is he talking about, also what is your power ratio when your running the tattoo machine on your power supply... if it has a screen.

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      Amber 23 months ago

      Yeah I've been messing with the contact screw as well as the front spring in order for it to run. My machine won't run if it's under 10...why is that?

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      Jason Goodrow 23 months ago from Washington State

      Also check your rear spring for too much tension... easy thing to forget if your new to messing with your springs.

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      Amber 23 months ago

      Actually I just fixed it! Thank you for the fast replies and for posting your very helpful lessons!!!

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      Jason Goodrow 23 months ago from Washington State

      Woo Hoo! well have fun learning its pretty good stuff.

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      country cropped kanak 22 months ago

      Hey so sorry just wondering if my power supply lights up n seems to run fine but none of my guns wont run at all on it n ive used them alot before n had them for a good while n did quite a few tatts with um n there still quit new just haven't used um in a few months, i was just wondering if u could help me out n let me know what could be the problem on that.... ne ways hopefully someone can help thankyou -country cropped kanak

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      Jason Goodrow 22 months ago from Washington State

      I would check to see if you have any carbon build up on your post and front spring... that tends to happen and it can cause your tattoo machine not to run. It will stick...or sometimes spark, or sometimes nada... so get a piece of emery cloth and clean your contact point (post) and even hit the front spring if you see carbon or even rust... IF you see rust... get rid of the spring its no good. Its rare but not so rare that a capacitor on your tattoo machine blew... you will know this though because it would have made a pretty good popping sound, and probably a small light show. Same gig check all points that electricity goes through... your cord end could be loose, or bad, same with your foot pedal. If you think every thing is in order then start in on the power supply...light comes on but do you have a voltage display? If so what do you normally run your power settings at... Let me know if this helped... thanks for the read!

      jsngoodrow

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      Country cropped kanak 22 months ago

      Hey thank for the response so ok yes I have a duel digital display power supply n usually run it around 7.4 sorry I'm still learning as I go and always will be willing to learn more thank your for the help, so I just tried to run a new gun to try it out n that won't even work, question now is so as I conect cords all shows light up good but once clip prongs go in gun the light won't show up on the cord light spot weather I switch from liner spot link to shader spot link the light don't go on like it should be but that only happens once I conect gun machine to clip cord prongs cuz up until I conect guns up to it all lights show good on power supply displays but conect a gun up n it don't go but pedal light still shows n power display still there only just the light for clip cord connection goes off even as I press pedal to run gun if u know any idea on what could be wrong let me know pls would be a big help I would hate to buy all new gear n this stuff was only something simple so pls let me know if u got any idea on my problem mean while thank you for the good feed

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      Jason Goodrow 22 months ago from Washington State

      Man it really sounds like a ground issue... broken wire (clip cord/foot pedal) If your handy with a voltmeter you can check electrical continuity and also tell if your power supply is bad. You will need to keep your foot pedal plugged in and make sure you are pressing it when using the voltmeter... make sure that the clip cord that goes to your machine is not plugged in because that will be where you will test with the voltmeter.... if that side tests good then switch out foot pedal with where you tested with the voltmeter. If that side tests good as well.. then you have a broken wire on the clip cord or there is a ground issue on the tattoo machine.... check your washers on the machine... could be a simple issue as that.

      Hope this helped

      Jsngoodrow

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      Licet Coiz 21 months ago

      Hello, just a quick question; I wanna buy a tattoo machine but in the reference of the package I have to say if I want a ps15 or ps17, I'm really confuse because I don't know what's the difference between :c I hope that you can help me :c

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      Jason Goodrow 20 months ago from Washington State

      So I am not sure what the ps15/ and ps17 stand for....but if your starting out I would suggest buying a liner and shading tattoo machine. If you cannot decide from the catalog you have it may be better to shop around on ebay... or even amazon... tattoo machines are a dime a dozen... but you don't want to purchase the cheapest either. Hope this helps your cause.

      Thanks for the read

      Jason G

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      austin 20 months ago

      Can you elaborate on the noises a machine make the humming buzzing and loud rrrrrr a machine makes when turning the power supply up I'm guessing the humming is too low and the rrrrrrr king is too high but for lining what is a good buzzing

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      Jason Goodrow 20 months ago from Washington State

      LOL my friend each machine has its own particular sound... just like a car... as long as you hear a solid buzz with no sound gaps in that buzz ... that would be ideally what your looking for. But the other variables are... what is the spring stock... what is your tension on your spring set... how do you line leading with the needle or from the tip? Lots of variables to look at... but also check out the other lessons because how its setup makes the difference.

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      Mark 16 months ago

      Quetions? In lining how many voltage or what is right number? Also in shading much higher voltage to lining?

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      Badbrad 14 months ago

      Is 7 to 8 volts to much for a shader?

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      vic 13 months ago

      When lining at 6.5 volts what cps and duty should I be at

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      lito 13 months ago

      I wanted to know when using a didital p.s what would u prefer to use on lineing /shading does it matter how much volts u use while tattooing

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      Monica 12 months ago

      Stupid question... I bought a "tattoo kit" online everything came and works fine but I'm not sure which machine I should be shading with, does it matter??

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      JanetSmith85 9 months ago

      Me and my boyfriend just bought a kit from amazon and we are very new to this. I was wondering what the best ink is to use for tattoos and I also recently got a tattoo of stars and they have started raising up on the corners and bc of it I have ripped two off on accident. Do you have any advise for me on the ink and my tattoo scabbing? I can post a pic if you need me to. But I got it done for free in someone's home bc they needed practice and had a add on craigslist.

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      CHRI$ ROCHELLE 7 months ago

      When I step on foot pedal the armature bar snaps down onto coils. Can u tell me why and how to fix this please

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      Boomer7575 7 months ago

      great page i need some help, i took apart my tattoo gun and i snapped the coil wire so i took a pair of coils from another gun and but on my tattoo gun that i was working on i connected everything back on put now the problem is i press the pedal and the armature bar start going up and down but the problem is that the contact screw is not touching the the spring so there is no contact put the gun is running whats up with that ?

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      Cindy 3 months ago

      I tattooed my friend but after I wiped off the excess ink only a thin line stayed in the skin, not the thickness I expected it to be? What am I doing wrong

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      Sophia b. 2 months ago

      What number should i set the machine to prevent scarring

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      Kokeithia 4 weeks ago

      How do I charge my tattoo gun

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