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Help Making Tattoo Lab Power Supply Jumper / Converter + pic

this is what I'm talking about. can you see it?  it's the first thing that comes up on google image search when you type in "lab supply jumper."

It's so you can plug in a tattoo machine and foot pedal into a lab power supply. 

theoretically I get how it's working.  The foot pedal is what interrupts the circut.  when you press the pedal down, it makes contact and completes the circuit.  So, the machine needs to be routed through the pedal before getting power from the power supply (versus plugging the machine directly into the PS itself.  Cause then you'd have to turn the PS on and off to get the machine to work or turn off).

So, I'm assuming that's why there is a cord going from the "machine" 1/4 terminal to the "foot pedal" 1/4 term, right?  Then the pos and neg banana plugs go into the power supply.

specifically, my question is this:  do I have to solder to make this?  or can I just twist wires together?  and can I buy everything I need from radio shack, right?  I'm pretty confident I can do it either way, just need a diagram or something on how to wire everything.

I'm also asking my brother who was an electrician before getting injured on the job- he's on disability now but may be able to help, too. =)

It's gotta be easy to make, right?!?!  so help me do eeettt!!!  =0)

thanks for any and all help! 

Sarah

ps- I attached a pic of the power supply I have so you can see it as well.

and for the record, my tattoo machine is RCA not clipcoard, but goes to a 1/4 male mono all the same.  As well as my pedal. k, thanks. ;0)

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The image shows you how it basically works. The negative lead feeds into the 1/4" jack that you'll plug your pedal into. The negative lead then leaves the pedal jack and feeds into the gun's jack. Now pay attention to the negative and positive connections for your gun so you don't get them reversed. Not sure if that will affect the gun or not. But to be on the safe side make sure you wire it with the right polarity.

The banana plugs and 1/4" jacks should be soldered to the wires. You may be able to buy them as crimp on connectors but it won't be very secure. Everything you need is available at your local radio shack. It wouldn't be a bad idea to lean how to solder anyway.

It use to be that a Tattoo artist would have to know how to solder. They would have to spend a good amount of time in a shop as an apprentice soldering needles for the actual artist before they could move up to learning how to tattoo. Now everything comes pre-made, sealed and disposable. In the old days you would have to sterilize the equipment yourself, and solder your own needles to the arm of the gun. So if you wanted to fill in a tat you would have to have 3 or more needles soldered side by side.

Now days anyone who thinks they can draw thinks they can be a tattoo artist. Nothing against you since i don't really know you. But i've heard many old school tattoo artist complain about the number of armatures who never paid there dues as an apprentice and don't know what they are doing.
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crumpitt (author)  mpilchfamily5 years ago
I hear what you're saying, mpilchFamily- about the tatoo industry. I'm not going to get into it here, but I thank you so much for your response and help! I will try to get this done some time soon. At which point I may be asking for more help! lol but I've got a very good idea of how to do it now, thank you! god, the web is such a beautiful thing, isn't it? what did we do b/f it?! =0)
wish me luck!
tuneeuro crumpitt11 months ago

i know this is an old topic by about 4 years but i stumbled upon it and others will as well.

1st you just interrupt the positive or negative with your foot switch, i usually have my + switched so you don't have a constant hot, but the pic below runs - through switch,

2nd- voltage dose not control speed, more volts = more magnet= more pull on a-bar = force/impact, you will due damage to someone, the springs control speed along with frame geometry.

I never did the traditional apprentice thing, a lot of traditional tattoo artist wont even begin to enplane correct ways of doing things to so called scratchers, I studyd and continue to study tattooing every aspect of it from machine building to the origin of tattoos and the greats who gave us the privilege and ability to walk around expressing who we are and our story on our skin,

MOST IMPORTANT- BE CLEAN,

USE NEW EVERYTHING ONCE NOT IT LOOKS OK ILL USE IT NEXT TIME,

BOILING WONT KILL EVERYTHING, DON'T TRY ANYTHING BEYOND YOUR ABILITY,

AND LAST PRACTICE ON FAKE SKIN,ORANGES GRAPE FRUIT, JUST LIKE A KID WONT COLOR IN THE LINES FOR A LONG TIME OR EVEN EVER, YOU WONT TILL IT BECOMES SECOND NATURE,

SORRY BOUT THE RANT BUT I HEAR A LOT ABOUT TATTOOING WITHOUT PROPER APPRENTICESHIP, IF YOU LEARN THE RIGHT WAY IT DOESN'T MATTER IF SELF TAUGHT OR SOME OLD BIKER SHOWED YOU.

LEARN AS MUCH AS YOU CAN CAUSE NO ONE CAN TAKE KNOWLEDGE FROM YOU.

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crumpitt (author)  mpilchfamily5 years ago
ok, I think I understand the drawing. I made one of my own, does this seem correct?

I'm thinking I'll have to use test lead wire as opposed to speaker wire on this one.

let me know if anything seems amiss! =)

and thanks again for your interest in my little project!

if we're successful we will have saved me about $23 in having or order this part online! and making it is SO much more FUN!

thanks!
Sarah
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Yep, thats it!
aantipin4 years ago
Need help with thiss adapter. We make all by scheme posted by crumpitt. But ive got problem. Pedal is not working properly, when i set proper amount of Ampers Gun works without pedal... Pedal does not responce for anything. What we have done wrong?
crumpitt (author)  aantipin4 years ago
Do you mean that you made the adapter the way it shows in the drawing and everything, but when you plug in the pedal and machine and then plug the adapter into a power supply, the tattoo machine turns on without you even touching the pedal?

if yes, I have one suggestion for you. Sounds like there is a short somewhere in your soldering. Unscrew everything and double check to make sure none of the wires are touching anything they are not supposed to be touching- INCLUDING the solder. if you have a big glob of solder at the join, sometimes it can be touching some metal or another wire. De-solder and re-do the join or use electrical tape to make sure nothing is touching metal or wires it's not supposed to. Does that make sense?

This happened to me at first. sloppy solder job, but some electrical tape cleared it right up. Hope this helps! =0)
crumpitt (author) 5 years ago
I did it! yay! =)

I totally soldered the wires and made my cable! =) it looks just like the one in the pic (but I'll upload a pic of it later).

only problem I ran into was (since it was my first time soldering) I was a little messy with the solder and it initially had a little short where the wires were touching. o.O oops!

lol, but I cleaned it up + a little electrical tape= voila! brand new awesome cable for my new $80 lab power supply. together, they are unstoppable! muwahahah!

thank you so much for your help mpilchfamily! I couldn't have done it without you! XD

I hope this thread helps someone out there who's trying to accomplish the same task. why pay for the cable + ridiculous s/h charges when you can make one for around $10?!
we bought banana plugs with cables attached, chopped them up and used the extra wire to make this whole adapter ourselves. cable was I think $5, and the 1/4 mono jacks were $4.20 for pkg of 2. so if you have solder and an iron, you're in it for less than $10!

Cheers! =)
Does the footpedal not control the speed too ?
crumpitt (author)  steveastrouk5 years ago
no, the voltage controls the "speed" which is the cycles per minute i believe. =)
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