Amazing Power Supply
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
March. 26, 2013
This review is for: Hurricane HP-2 Power Supply
I purchased this unit from: PHILink TATTOOz(a tattoo shop here in my city). This power supply ran me about $150.00CAD with taxes. I’m sure there was some considerable mark up on this as I purchased it from a local tattoo shop that also sells supplies.
Key features of this are: digital readout, blue back light, stop watch, up to 6 presets(3 liner, 3 shader), foot switch modes(hold, or sustained). This power supply only supports one machin at a time, so using an RCA Clip Cord is recommended for quick machine changing.
The digital readout is fantastic. For those of you just starting out—even those veterans—its nice to see what readouts your machine gives. The digital screen has a blue back light which is great, and makes it simple yo read your readouts. The readouts displayed are: volts, amps, speed(in Hz), duty(in %), time, stop watch, and which preset you are using(LINR1, 2, 3, etc). To change simply depress the L or S buttons. Repeated presses of one of the buttons will scroll through your presets. Don’t let the Liner, and Shader labels fool you! You could set up 5 presets for lining, and one for shading if you wanted!
Pressing the clock button in the centre will start, and stop the stop watch. Holding it will reset the stop watch. If you hold L, and S you will be able to adjust settings like the time, how many machine presets you have, how much your volts go up by(0.1, 0.5, 1.0)and whether your foot switch mode is(Hold or sustained). Hold means you have to hold down the foot switch for the machine to run. Sustained means you tap the foot switch, and your machine runs until you depress the foot switch again.
No matter the tattoo, no matter the machine, no matter what needles you’re using this power will push through anything. I have run this machine for ten hours straight with only a few breaks. The unit has consistent power, and doesn’t heat up, nor does the power it gives off waver. Not sure what the voltage cap is as I have yet to need to be above 11V. It is easily kept clean by placing a wash bottle bag, saran wrap, or barrier film over the buttons. You can then clean it with CaviCide, and then rebag it!
As far as which machines to use I would recommend using coils. I have heard the readouts aren’t consistent, and don’t match up with rotary machines, so I assume that mean’s it isn’t made for rotary machines. However, I’m sure it would work fine. Personally I use coils, and love this power supply. I’ve also heard the same stories about Eikon’s EMS300. Incorrect readouts, but it can still run a Cheyenne Hawk all day!
I give this kit 4 out of 5 stars. It is a great power supply, it has digital readouts, and steady power. What more could you ask for?!