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Eikon Crown Coils

Eikon Coils for Tattoo Machine
Eikon Coils for Tattoo Machine

In the world of tattoo machine customization, all coils are not created equal. I have found eikon coils to be solid and consistent. I prefer the 8 wrap 1″ coils. Eikon does not ship their coils with a capacitor and recommends that the coil system should remain separate from the cap due to the fact that a quick customization of the machine can occur by changing out the coils and caps independently via pre-soldered lugs on each respective part of the machine. The coils are very symmetrically rounded and the wire is typical gauge. The coils come with a plastic piece of tape or sticker on the outside that acts as the coil’s cover. These covers are easily removed for customization of the coil cover (ie 3M shrink wrap). The coils are a good width and the cores are consistently tapped and threaded. On top of the coil is a small sticker that greatly improves sound of the running machine when the armature bar strikes the front coil. It appears that the coils are the same height in matched pairs, where some coil fabricators will actually use a shorter height core for the rear to compensate for the suggested gap on the rear coil and stressed armature bar (ie the arm bar is held down by its nipple so that it lays flush on the front coil).

Quality coils at a very good price. Eikon produces a lot of good gear and the coils are right up there. I recommend these coils.

Eikon EMS300

Eikon EMS 300
Eikon EMS 300

If your best friend jumped off a bridge would you? Eikon comes up with amazing solid products and their innovation has helped a ton of new tattoo artists to rapidly and consistently excel at their trade. The EMS line of power supplies is no exception to that legacy. The 300 series was the hot shit in town for a while until it started to get knocked off left and right. I am pretty sure the cyclone was mass produced after the EMS 300? Either way, this power supply was a huge jump (in my opinion) forms the EMS200 that we all thought was really fancy and kind of cute. This power supply measures some important things for those of us who love to know every inch of the process or who want to try to replicate a good day at the office at a later date. I have to say that I was disappointed when the first batch of these power supplies arrived at our tattoo studio, we pulled them out of the box and it was like I had just watched a bunch of guys jump off the bridge. The Eikon EMS300 works very well, but feels kind of cheap and flimsy. I have a feeling that all magic happens with the computer circuit board inside that allows the unit to be really light. I have seen and used some knock off Eikon EMS 300 style power supplies, and I have seen them fall apart after a few weeks of use. While the EMS 300 seems cheap and flimsy, it is actually pretty well built. The metered stuff is cool if you are the type of person who loves to know all that kind of information. I personally use it when building machines, just to check out where I am in the build. It is a great tool and I recommend that you get one of the Eikon EMS line power supplies, but I personally prefer to tattoo with my plain Jane Pulse power supply. The Eikon EMS 300 gets the job done, and I love the technology and innovation from this company. Every artists tattoos differently and uses their own tools that they are comfortable with. As a general review of this product I have to say it is one of the most technologically advanced power supplies out there, it runs consistent, and it is handy. As a personal preference I don’t like to tattoo with it though.

PROS: Everything you want to know about how your machine is running is right there. Easy to cover with plastic wrap. Huge knob for adjusting power. Runs clean and consistent.

CONS: Feels kind of cheap as far as the weight of the device.

RATING: 8/10

Pulse Executive

Pulse Executive Tattoo Machine
Pulse Executive Tattoo Machine

Pulse Executive tattoo machine professional gear review, how good is this machine?

This tattoo machine was very popular about 5 years ago. I don’t think that you can purchase a new one from Pulse anymore, they may have discontinued it. If you can pick up a used one from someone then you definitely should.
This machine is a solid liner and has a good weight. The version that I have used for serveral years had the original vise on it, which left something to be desired.
I have seen that pulse has modified their vise now to a crimping guillotine version. This looks promising but I have not tried it out.
Pulse makes amazing gear and this machine is no exception. It came out of the box as a heavy hitting long stroke. It runs consistent and very clean. I have never had to change the springs on this machine and the figure 8 arm bar is really a good invention as well. All the hardware on this machine is heavy duty and the contact screw locking nut is perfect size and has nice grip to it. Pulse coils are always great. I recommend anything from pulse.
I also love a machine that has a 90 degree angle where the front spring meets the contact screw. Makes it easy to re-tune it and find that “sweet spot”. The rear deck of the frame is notched so that the rear spring sits perfectly straight and the machine came with a deck clamp to lock that rear spring in and optimizing the stroke of the pivot point on the rear spring (sometimes you see builders use coins to achieve this). All the screws on the machine are hex head, which is always good. The tension on the springs is perfect and this is a solid liner.
I love this machine and I would buy another one if mine ever was damaged.

PROS: Light weight, solid design, rear deck clamp, pulse coils, figure 8 armature bar, consistent, quality hardware.

CONS: Vise was shaky

RATING: 8/10

Eikon’s Laconia

Eikon-Laconia
Eikon-Laconia

I have to hand it to the guys and gals at Eikon, they are constantly reading my mind. I do a lot of analysis on tattoo machine geometry and the best thing since sliced bread has to be the Laconia machine.

Laconia (Λακωνία), also known as Lacedaemonia, is a prefecture of Greece. Its administrative capital is Sparti (Sparta) and its main towns and cities are Amykles, Areopoli, Gytheio, Molaoi, Monemvasia, Mystras, Voies and Oinountas. It encompasses Cape Malea and Cape Tainaron and a large part of the Mani Peninsula.. The subtle geometric differences might not be apparent to most tattoo artists, but if you know coil machines then you will immediately notice how the coils sit in comparison to the vise. You will also notice the rear deck of the frame is a little weird. This simple yet powerful modification is typically not possible with individuals who make bolt together frames because they are limited to the geometry of a flat frame base, but by changing the things that have been changed, you have the ability to run a consistent machine over and over again. Less stress on the springs is achieved as well meaning you can probably get that perfect tuning and keep it there longer than you normally would. Varying weights with arm bars and a ton of spring configurations makes this machine one to be reckoned with. I have been tattooing with it for a few months now and I like it a lot. For the price, you get a solid machine that has a classic look and a brilliant design.

PROS: Inventive geometry, solid running, brass, nice weight with a good balance.

CONS: The side plate seems to be a little too far forward and can get in the way when I am trying to put the needle on the arm bar (while loading the machine for a tattoo) sometimes, but it might just be the way I am used to holding the machine while I do this (with paper towels sans grommets).

RATING: 8/10