Spektra Xion by FK Irons: Review & Guide

A pioneer in its field, the FK Irons Spektra Xion is the first pen-like tattoo machine.

Spektra Xion pen tattoo machine Review and Guide

It is designed to give you full control of parameters, so you can unleash your creativity and use the skin instead of canvas.

Background & Technical Data

The Spektra Xion distinguishes itself as the first pen-like tattoo machine, a distinction that makes it preferred by many artists. This unit boasts an ergonomic and lightweight design characterized by a non-adjustable grip and 5.4 ounces of weight.

Despite not being adjustable, the grip offers optimal maneuverability, while the compact dimension of the unit makes it easy to transport when needed.

The pen style comes with other advantages too. For instance, the tool is easy to cover to ensure safety and hygiene. Moreover, the gun is adjustable with all needles while a secure ratcheting system allows you to lock the needle depth settings.

FK Irons recommends to use cartridge needles with internal membrane; why? this will help to avoid any potential cross-contamination going into the machine components.

With a variable stroke from 3.2 to 3.7 millimeters, the FK Irons Xion is also suitable for both lining and shading. As far as hygiene is concerned, the unit’s grip is autoclavable in steam autoclaves (only used this ones) and can reach temperatures up to 270°F.

Spektra Xion Final Comments

Made from aluminum and compatible with most tattoo supplies on the market, the Xion delivers an all-in-one solution for most artists. You can use it to draw lines and dots, for shading or filling. A MotorBolt system can meet all your tattooing needs, delivering adjustable voltage, high power, and torque.

Regarding the voltage, this machine has been designed and tested with a minimum operation of 4 volts and a maximum of 9.5 volts. Now, FK Irons recommends not to exceed 10.2 volts has it might fried you motor, keep this in mind.

A convenient Give Knob also allows artists to make soft to hard adjustments of the needle strike, for utmost versatility.

Both the body and the motor are hard to maintain and can be easily wiped with sanitizing products after each use, while the grip can even go in an autoclave.

Even though, it is known that pen-style tattoo guns can get easily cross-contaminated with ink, water and potentially, any blood, it is advisable to use needles that can prevent this to happen.

Compact, lightweight, and easy to use, this Spektra Xion is a versatile rotary pen tattoo machine you should consider to create amazing lining and shading works.

Here are some items you can check for your pen-style tattoo machine:



  • Brand: FK Irons
  • Type: Rotary
  • Purpose: Lining and Shading
  • Voltage: 5v to 9.5v
  • Frame: Aluminum
  • Grip: 25mm
  • Stroke: 3.2mm
  • Weight: 5.4oz
  • Needle: Cartridge


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