The long dream of tattoo artists has come true – tattoo machines without cables are the current hot topic in the tattoo world. Finally, the tangle of cables is a thing of the past and tattooing can be done without restrictions on movement.
Wireless technology has been around for some time and is finding its way into more and more areas. Advances in battery technology and the associated improved operating times have made it possible to supply smaller but powerful devices with wireless power.
This also includes tattoo machines, because they must be reliably and constantly supplied with power to make it possible to work efficiently. And ideally, the battery can easily last a session of 5-10 hours without needing to be replaced.
In our article, we present the best wireless tattoo machines currently available at Barber DTS.
Why wireless tattoo machines?
The advantages of a wireless tattoo machine are obvious: freedom of movement is virtually unrestricted, because without the annoying cable, the machine can be moved in a 360° radius and is only restricted by the tattoo artist’s anatomy. The cable has always been one of the most sensitive components in the setup and can now be completely omitted.
By integrating a complete power supply unit, the control can now be carried out directly on the wireless machine and the workflow is significantly improved as a result. In addition, the machine and power supply unit are optimally matched by the manufacturer, which brings some performance advantages.
Since no other component (except perhaps the charger) is needed with a wireless machine, the machine can be easily, safely and hygienically packaged to avoid cross-contamination.
So tattooing has never been more convenient than with battery operated tattoo machines! But let’s move on to the best wireless tattoo machines.
The best wireless tattoo machines
Wireless tattoo machines are now a dime a dozen, but which ones are the best? Here’s our pick of the best wireless tattoo machines on the market:
Critical Torque: Critical has presented one of the most innovative machines of recent years with the Critical Torque. The battery is the first in the premium sector to feature a fully equipped, colour OLED display with many useful functions. For example, two presets can be accessed (liner & shader) and even the operating time and hourly rate can be displayed and calculated. The tattoo machine itself not only looks stylish due to the partially transparent housing, but also has a motor inside that is extremely powerful and has excellent power transmission due to the Precision Stroke technology (hence the name Torque). The machine is available with a stroke of 3.5 mm and 4.2 mm and comes in a full set with a practical travel case, two batteries, additional grip, charging station and lots of accessories.
Bishop X Critical Power Wand: The Power Wand is Bishop’s flagship product. It was designed in cooperation with Critical Tattoo, one of the most renowned manufacturers for tattoo power supplies. The Power Wand combines the excellent tattooing features of the Bishop Wand with Critical Battery’s advanced tattoo battery technology.
The Bishop X Critical Wireless Battery can be easily connected to the machine, which weighs only 142 grams, via the magnetic back plate. Bye Bye RCA Connection!
The Bishop Power Wand was one of the most sought-after tattoo machines on the market shortly after its release and is still a bestseller. It is available with 3 different stroke settings: as a shader (3.5 mm), packer (4.2 mm) and as a liner (5.0 mm).
One of the best tattoo machines on the market and guaranteed to be an absolute favourite and bestseller among wireless tattoo machines!
FK Irons Spektra Flux Max: The Spektra Flux Max is the consequent further development of FK Irons for the wireless tattoo market. The machine incorporates years of know-how and the best technology from FK Irons in recent years. The latest generation tattoo machine is powered by the completely redesigned PowerBolt 2.0, which displays interesting new features such as a digital stitch frequency display in volts and Hz and a digital timer on its OLED display.
The Spektra Flux Max has an eGive that can be adjusted in four steps and automatically calibrates itself based on the cartridge used. Thanks to Bluetooth 5.0, the machine can be connected to the FK Irons Killswitch and to the Darklab app. It is operated intuitively via touchpad.
Cheyenne SOL NOVA Unlimited 3.5 & 4.0 & 5.0: Of course, Cheyenne also offers a wireless alternative to the conventional tattoo machines. The SOL NOVA Unlimited has the usual and appreciated quality that we are used to from Cheyenne and comes with two batteries included. This makes it theoretically possible to tattoo continuously while there is always one battery in the machine and one battery in the charging station.
The machine is controlled with only one button and intuitive movements (e.g. hold button + tilt machine). The SOL NOVA Unlimited can be used with the Ergo Round and Ergo One Inch disposable grips, which makes hygienic packaging particularly easy.
The SOL NOVA Unlimited 3.5 is available as an all-rounder machine with a 3.5 mm stroke, which is particularly suitable for shades and Black & Grey. For those who need a more powerful machine to realise thick lines and colour packing, there is the SOL NOVA Unlimited 4.0. The SOL Nova Unlimited 5.0 is the perfect tool for bold, thick lines and fast colour packing. The exceptionally strong stroke makes it easy to tattoo fierce lines in just one pass.
Inkjecta Flite X1: The Flite X1 is the most versatile of all wireless tattoo machines on the market. Different stroke lengths can be set, the needle bars can be exchanged and the give can also be adjusted to your own liking. Even the needle protrusion can be digitally determined.
The advanced machine can be controlled simply by pressing one button. To increase or decrease the stitch frequency, the machine is tilted to the side while the button is pressed. Thanks to manufacturer-neutral batteries (two batteries included) and a fast charging time with 8+ hours of operation, the machine can theoretically run continuously.
If you don’t find the right machine for you among the machines we have just presented, you also have the option of freeing your current tattoo machines from cables. There are now very good battery power supplies for tattoo machines. First and foremost, Critical Universal Batteries should be mentioned here due to their popularity, but there are other tattoo batteries that you can find in this article.
The range of wireless tattoo machines and other options to free wired tattoo machines from their cables is constantly growing. When buying, it is especially important to make sure that the machine meets your individual needs.
Some machines offer versatile adjustment possibilities and are thus perfect for fiddlers and screwdrivers who want to adjust their perfect settings. Other machines, however, can only be adjusted in a few parameters and are thus optimal for artists who only want to concentrate on their art without having to adjust much on their machine.
If you want to learn more about wireless technologies, check out our article ‘The Best Tattoo Batteries‘.