Most people have no idea how important power supplies are to the entire tattooing process. The fact is that without them, we wouldn’t have any of the modern tattooing styles that everyone has grown to love. With that being said, there are many different tattoo power supplies, and some are most definitely better than the others. On this page we are going to take a look at the different features to look for in a tattoo power supply and will list some of our favorites that you can buy right now.

One of the key features of every tattoo power supply is the amount of voltage they output. You might find that certain power supplies are able to push out up to 20 volts if you need them to, while others max out at just a couple of volts. The amount of power you will need depends on the other equipment you have since different pieces of tattooing equipment will have different requirements.

Most modern power supplies have a digital readout that you can use to know exactly how much power you are using and other useful information. However, the cheaper (though not necessarily worse) power supplies will sometimes use the classic analog setup. Some people say that digital tattoo power supplies are better with accuracy, but that’s only true with some and it really comes down to the knowledge of the artist who is using it.

One feature that is extremely important to some artists is voltage compensation, which only some power supplies have. As artists use different amounts of power as they are creating a tattoo, these machines will make sure that the gun is getting a balanced amount of power regardless of how much pressure is being used. We highly recommend that you only use power supplies that have this feature, though there are plenty of great artists out there who have gotten by without it for decades.

The size of the power supply is something else that you will want to think about. Do you need it to be portable so you can take it with you on the road, or is it going to be in the shop full time? While it is very important to get all of the features that you need from your power supply, you definitely should not forget to factor in size when you are comparing these machines.

Artists also have to think about whether they need more than one power supply for different jobs. Some like to have one power supply for their shading work and another for their line work. There are some power supplies that have great features to allow you to switch from one setting to the other, but a lot of artists like having dedicated machines for the two types of jobs.

Keeping all of those features in mind, we have compiled a list of tattoo power supplies that we think every artist will love having. The five found below are our current favorites.

TattooStar Dual Digital Tattoo Machine Power Supply

The one thing that all artists seem to love about this TattooStar power supply is just how easy it is to switch between liners and shader settings. All you have to do is flip the dedicated switch and you can easily alternate between the two. Plus, it can be used in any voltage and is built to last years. People have been using this machine for a while now and it continues to rank near the top of the charts.

The Package Includes:

• LCD Dual Tattoo Power Supply with variable voltage capable of delivering 1.5-18 volts at up to 1.5 Amps
• Stainless steel foot pedal

DGT Pro Digital Dual Tattoo Machine Power Supply

This DGT power supply is a sophisticated piece of equipment, but it was made for ease of use. It’s extremely simply to change any settings that you need to on the machine, which is not something that we can say about most of power supplies that are out there right now. Plus, it looks great and it has the excellent overload protection feature that most artists want these days.

The Package Includes:

• Power supply with fully-adjustable output that has dual precision power dials
• 2 clip cords
• Stainless steel foot pedal

Solong Tattoo New Aurora Tattoo Power Supply

Portability is the key with this Solong foot pedal power supply. Of course, it is also an excellent little piece of machinery that can work with any coil or rotary machine that you have. The pedal itself is at the perfect height on the ground and takes just the right amount of pressure to use. The magnets found on the bottom of these pedals do an excellent job of sticking to just about any surface.

The Package Includes:

• Power supply with two foot pedal modes and color changing voltage indicator

4th Generation P028-II Dual Tattoo Power Supply

This power supply can also work with any coil or rotary machine out there, but what sets it apart is its easy-to-use digital screen. Whether you are new to the tattooing world or you have used every other power supply out there, the P028-II is worth checking out because of the amount of control that it gives you and the fact that it is easy to use regardless of your experience.

The Package Includes:

• Dual digital power supply with Easy Control buttons and dual input connections

Dragonhawk Airfoil Tattoo Power Supply

Artists around the world seem to love Dragonhawk products because they have a nice, sleek look and they just seem to work better than most of the other tattoo products out there. You can very easily adjust the voltage output with these pedals, but the thing that we really like about them is that they give you consistent performance even after years of use. On top of all of that, it is a smaller pedal, so it doesn’t take up too much space in the shop.

The Package Includes:

• Power supply pedal with OLED screen and switch-mode technology