If you’re a tattoo machine traditionalist, you won’t be disappointed in the new Hybrid Rotary Tattoo Machine.
The machine is built around the traditional coil machine spring set-up, but it is a rotary machine.
This Hybrid has heft. In other words, it will fit solidly in your hand and give you that punch you’re looking for. A top-quality lining machine for at a great value price.
You need to know your machines in order to get the performance out of them, and that matters when you’re looking to buy a new power supply. You should already know the best voltage range for all of your machines (ie. Your liner works best between 6V-8V, etc.) because the voltage varies so much by the build. If you have been using your machines in a particular range but it keeps going up over time, grab a multimeter and check your power supply output; you might actually be getting less voltage than you’re “using.”
My personal preference is to use an analog power system whenever I’m using my coil machines (usually when I’m lining). It gives enough power for my liners and it doesn’t run out of juice. I’ve also had fewer issues with my analogs over the years, so I don’t mind using it for big outlines and little one-off pieces. If it’s just an outline or a grayscale tattoo, I’ll probably just use my analog power supply. Disclaimer: this might be more nostalgia than anything, I’ve had this analog power supply since I was an apprentice.
Now if I’m using my rotary machines or my Neumann hybrid I’ll use my digital power supply because it gets more power, and those machines can go way up above 14V for regular use (the Neumann is better off with the air pump, honestly, way better performance). It doesn’t make sense to use an analog power supply that maxes out at 15V when I might need a lot more to get really good performance out of my machines.
These types of personal preferences get developed over time, through tattooing an LOT, using many different machines in as many setups as you can imagine. If you don’t feel comfortable deciding, you’re a new artist (hopefully an apprentice), or you have a bunch of different machine types, I’d recommend you stick with a digital power supply. They’re inexpensive and they have a wider range of output levels, meaning you can work with more machines with them. If you’re relatively inexperienced, that’s a huge deal, because you’re going to be trying all kinds of equipment as you learn.