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How do I build a digital power supply for my tattoo machine? Answered

I don't know a lot about electronics, but I'm looking to learn how to build a digital power supply for my tattoo machine. Thanks for any help!

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lemonie (author)2009-04-14

What do you mean by 'digital'? What sort of supply does the machine normally use? L

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michaelkey1 (author)lemonie2009-04-15

Oh I should've been more clear I'm sorry bout' that. A digital readout for the voltage. And I've been using the Cyclone 360 power supply unit but I am hoping to build one with a cleaner power source, such as a power supply for a PC or something of that nature. Thanks again for any help.

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lemonie (author)michaelkey12009-04-15

OK, I'm not too good with home-built digital displays, I should think you can buy one, but probably not cheaply. Let's hope someone comes up with a good answer? L

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michaelkey1 (author)lemonie2009-04-16

Ok I've just found out that I can use pretty much any power supply for my tattoo machine. I cut and stripped the cord for a "plug in class 2 transformer" power supply for a dvd recorder ( Input: 120V 60Hz 12W. Output: 9VDC 500mA) and hooked it up to a cheap machine I have, and it worked great. Now my question is: What will I need and how can I take a PS such as this and make the Voltage adjustable and tie in my footswitch to run my tattoo machines? I'm wanting my finished product to be used in an old 1/18 scale diecast model car to use as my tattoo machine power supply. I've seen people use them before with a laptop PS,but never told how to do it. Thanks for your help with this.

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pmateer (author)michaelkey12011-07-28

Old post...but hey....
My power supply will do EXACTLY that! It takes any DC input and controls the output via foot switch and 10-turn pot. Output is 1.25 to approx Power In.

http://www.tatz.2ya.com/

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youngsavage (author)michaelkey12010-05-29

do you think that a class 2 transformer with input of AC 120v 60Hz 35W and output of DC 15V 1A would work as well for a tattoo gun?  would like to know thanks!

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michaelkey1 (author)michaelkey12009-04-16

Oh I almost forgot, I want to run it up to 9.5V at 2A

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ColorBomb (author)2011-03-06

this is an old topic but what the heck I'll through my 2 cents in just in case you are still searching. You can get a digital Voltage panel meter off of Ebay for cheap, I usually get 3 for 14 bucks shipped straight from Hong Kong. They are already made modules you just integrate it into your circuit. I have put together a simple variable power supply circuit see link below.

https://www.instructables.com/answers/I-need-to-bild-a-tattoo-power-supply-I-think-I-go/

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