Wireless Tattoo Machines are the new alternative for artists who need to take their work anywhere.
Finding a wireless tattoo machine with the same performance as other standard machine has now become easier.
Some independent tattoo artists have already been building their own cordless machines, but now even well-known brands (discussed in the buying guide section) have caught on and are making their own cordless products too.
With this in mind, I think it is important to see how exactly each manufacturer is improving their machines and find out which one could be the best wireless tattoo machine for 2021.
Best Wireless Tattoo Machine for 2021
As you will see in this section the machines reviewed here are mostly pen style.
Why? Well, because of their design it is easier to embed a battery inside the actual frame and keep it balanced.
Ink Machines Scorpion Review – Best Versatile Pen Rotary
It might not be the most renowned brand out there, but since they’re the pioneers of cordless configuration surely, they’ve got a lot to offer.
Aside from the Scorpion model, they also offer the Stingray and Dragonfly series.
This wireless rotary tattoo machine offers impressive performance, it operates very smoothly and quietly.
What I like most about its design is the possibility to add an RCA adapter, which gives it more comfortable manipulation.
It is clip cord ready.
In terms of the specs, the Scorpion tattoo machine can operate between 5 to 12V. This is a good range for a pen-style model.
A common problem most rotary pen tattoo machines, such as the Cheyenne Hawk Pen, is its excessive weight.
This machine only weighs 100g, including the disposable grip. Of course, it will get heavier when you attach the wireless battery.
The initial configuration was only operational with specific cartridges but now, it can also fit standard cartridges such as the ones sold by Cheyenne.
Lastly, this Ink Machines wireless configuration does not have a battery within the frame. This could be a deal breaker for some but worth testing.
Cheyenne Sol Nova Unlimited – Easiest Operation
It might not be the best looking, but who cares right? The Sol Nova Unlimited is the first pen rotary tattoo machine that Cheyenne has developed.
A little bit heavier (150gm) than the above model, this machine is outstanding with an even wider voltage range (4.7 to 12.6).
What makes it special is the incorporated battery. It will provide enough power for approx 5 hrs, with a 3 hr recharge time.
Looking at its overall configuration, it is quite similar to the Scorpion model. Nonetheless, I believe this has a competitive advantage with a more complex inner structure.
This may be a good thing for Cheyenne, since the fewer things to worry about, the better.
The Sol Nova does also have its downsides though. This model will not accept cartridge needles, unfortunately.
Should I invest in this rotary machine? Maybe. It is a good option but would be better if it was less heavy.
FK Irons Spektra Flux Review – Best Battery Life
Another giant creating and launching a wireless machine, the FK Irons Spektra Flux.
Seriously, I’m impressed with the final product. Let’s see its main specs:
- It has a direct drive versatile stroke of 4 mm
- With a centralized weight, it is around 178 g (6.3 oz)
- The voltage range is between 5 and 12V
- What I find as an advantage is the USB port. Basically, you can plug the battery into any device that charges USB’s
In terms of the design, I think it fits well in the hand but most importantly, the battery aligns with the machine body and stays well balanced.
Changing voltage is very simple by using the up and down indicators. The only thing you must have is the Hover™ power supply.
This is mainly to read what voltage the machine is running.
This power supply is the brain of your FK Irons Spektra wireless tattoo machine. With it, you can access additional metrics to understand the machine’s performance.
To figure out how much battery is left, you will have to look at the colors on the LED indicator displays:
- Green: fully charged (60 to 100%)
- Yellow: 35 to 59 %
- Orange: 15 to 34 %
- Red: 0 to 14%
Identifying the voltage may not be so straightforward. For this, FK Irons decided to use a color-coding system.
You will see that each color represents a voltage number, which you will observe in the LED indicator.
Be aware that the voltage will go up or down as half numbers. In other words, from 5 it will go up to 5.5 or from 10, it will go down to 9.5.
If the color is blinking, that means the voltage is on a halfway point, ie; 5.5V, whereas a solid color indicates a round number, for example, 6.
Darklab FK Irons App
But this is not all! These guys have gone a bit further than any other competitor by introducing the use of an app called Darklab tattoo supply, they have incorporated voice-activated settings adjustments.
It might seem a bit creepy but it’s a great way to reduce cross-contamination between equipment.
What else FK Irons has innovated?
So far, the other competitors have only built specific models to run cordless. FK Irons sorted out things differently.
What they created was a different battery pack – LightningBolt that can power any of the FK Irons Spektra rotary tattoo machines.
This is pretty cool if your budget is tight, you’ll always be able to buy different models in that series.
We suggest you check the FK Irons website if you need more details on how to operate the Spektra Flux cordless tattoo machine.
Dragohawk Mast Archer – Most Affordable
We know Dragonhawk is talked about a lot in terms of affordable tattoo machines, but also just as importantly, when a new technology is launched.
In general, the Mast Archer is a good machine that performs well considering the price.
There is not much technology involved, compared with the Spektra model, but the LCD screen is a good advantage.
The voltage is simple to read and the settings are easy to adjust.
My advice would be that they are an easy machine to operate, especially if you’re a beginner as there is not much that can go wrong or worry about.
Although, I would suggest staying away from any wireless tattoo gun if you are just starting in the industry.
- This machine will run between 5 to 12 v.
- It has a stroke of 3.5 mm, which is good for outlining.
- It weighs around 186 g (6.56 oz).
- Three (3) grips are available to suit personal preference.
The Dragonhawk Mast Archer could be the right wireless tattoo machine if you can’t afford a more specialized version but still want to test how this configuration works.
Stigma Tattoo Machine Force – Most User Friendly
The Stigma Force is the last on our list for the best wireless tattoo machines in 2021.
This is kind of a combination of what the FK Irons and Dragonhawk have.
In this case, this machine has a very fancy inner mechanism that allows the motor to work smoothly without losing performance.
What I see that could benefit the tattoo artist is the variable stroke from 2.8 mm to 4.5 mm. Outlining, shading and packing work becomes easier.
As for the design, it looks very clean and smooth and who doesn’t love a sleek design, but this also means there are no unbalanced elements that could make long jobs complicated.
I like having the LCD display plus the controllers at the end of the motor.
This gives peace of mind that they won’t be obstructed when wrapping the machine.
Lastly, I like the fact that the Stigma Force rotary pen tattoo machine is compatible with RCA plug operation. This makes it versatile in case the artist wants to power it in a different way.
Inkjecta Flite X1 – Best equipped rotary machine and voltage range
The Injekta Flite X1 is an Australian cordless tattoo machine made with state of the art technology.
What really impresses me is how lightweight the machine is considering all the fancy features.
One of the most prominent ones is the one-click alternative to quickly adjust the needle depth on the go.
I think this is cool but, why make it more complicated?
In terms of the specifications, the Flite X1 has:
- Voltage: 4.5 to 16.5v. This makes it a very versatile machine for any type of tattoo work.
- Stroke: 0 to 4.5 mm. As mentioned, it can be adjusted with one button and is operated by a separate motor.
- Weight: 144 g with the large battery.
- Operation hours: with the biggest battery, you will have 8 hrs. It also comes with additional batteries.
The operation may seem a bit unnatural or complex but for this reason, it comes with a comprehensive manual on how it operates and to adjust its features.
I would suggest you read this manual first because the voltage adjustment is not intuitive. With practice, it will be easy though.
Should you buy it? If you have already tested wireless technology, I would say go for it.
2021 Buying Guide Wireless Tattoo Machine
Tattooing is a highly specialized art form. From people who start as hobbyists to professional tattoo artists, everyone who is connected to the industry has their own styles and preferences.
The choice of equipment is just as important as the artist’s skill when it comes to tattooing. If you’re new to the industry, this guide will introduce you to all the important aspects of cordless technology.
What is a Wireless Tattoo Machine?
As the name says, the term “wireless” refers to a piece of equipment that can operate without the use of a power cord.
In this case, a wireless tattoo machine runs on the same principal of being operated by a battery power source which is connected directly to the armor of the machine.
There are a couple of options you will find in terms of controlling the voltage system, including:
- Using a battery pack that allows you to switch the voltage directly from the pack or,
- Operating a foot-switch that will be connected via Bluetooth to the battery pack to adjust the voltage.
Any of the two (2) options will give you the liberty of cord-free, however, there are some advantages and disadvantages for each one.
Let’s take a look at what those are.
This technology is relatively new within the tattoo industry and just a few brands are manufacturing their machines to make them compatible.
While cordless adapters have been in use for some time now, native wireless power supplies have gained a lot of popularity since hitting the market.
As they say – no two snowflakes are alike, the same goes for wireless tattoo machines.
Each of them differs on the basis of its operation and features. So, it’s important you take these factors into account to pick the right one.
Things to Consider When Buying a Wireless Tattoo Machine
If you have been in the market for some time or just starting to learn about tattoo machines, this new technology can be an option to consider.
Nevertheless, there are a few points I recommend you take into account before making the investment.
The first thing you have to look for is the battery type. Make sure to look at the battery lifespan, running time whilst in operation and charging time.
From these three (3) points, I would say the most critical one is the running time (to be able to work for hours and not worry about recharging the batteries).
It is really important that you pay attention to any change in power while tattooing. This could be an indication that your battery is running low.
If this is the case, I recommend you connect a freshly charged battery set as soon as you’re able to.
Depending on the makeup of the battery unit, charging from dead flat to full, should take around 2 hours.
A wireless tattoo machine provides you with increased dexterity and flexible usage since you won’t have to deal with bulky cords anymore.
The addition of a battery as a power source will increase the overall weight of the machine.
If the wireless machine is going to feel heavy and make work difficult, it is not worth the extra bucks you are paying for it.
Test the weight of the machine along with the battery and all the add-ons attached.
Needles are usually sold separately and most machines have specific needle protrusion dimensions. This makes them incompatible to use with other types of needles.
This is not so different for cordless tattoo machines; this is clear with the Scorpion model for example, which uses a magnetic feature to secure and operate the needles.
If you end buying a machine that does not require a cord connection, I would recommend you include the set of needles compatible with that machine.
Ask your provider if there are other tattoo needles that are compatible with your new machine.
As well as needles, there are some specific machines that are only compatible with a wireless feature.
For instance, I tested one of my friends coil custom tattoo machines and it was frustrating due to the low voltage response.
I’m guessing, a 10 coil machine was a bit too much for the battery pack connected.
Most of the brands hitting the market are focusing their attention to modify their models and create a wireless configuration with rotary tattoo machines.
Lastly, if you are willing to test your current machine, take into account that the machine has to have an RCA connection.
Wireless tattoo machine power supply
As mentioned earlier, wireless tattoo guns are still evolving and several models vary on how they connect to a power supply.
As wireless models use batteries, the power supply unit can be more adaptable and easy to use.
Look into how your tattoo machine will connect to adapters and how easy it is to plugin and use it with batteries.
The most common models in the market are the ones where you can change the voltage on the battery pack. This is something that can be handy however a couple of flip-sides I found is the potential cross-contamination and the overall weight.
On the other hand, only Ink Machines have manufactured a system that offers to control the voltage by using a different set of battery packs calibrated to operate at your selected voltages.
The wireless system will detect which battery pack will be used and the controller will give you real-time readings while operating.
Wireless machines are only worth their money if they are more comfortable to use compared to their wired counterparts. See if the machine fits your style, won’t compromise your speed and is a long term ergonomic fit.
An ergonomically designed machine with a proper grip will aid in a better user experience.
Most cordless tattoo machines are sold as a complete kit that includes a foot pedal, batteries, power supply, charging lines, adapters, tattoo guns, and compatible needle.
The price of the kit can vary depending on the components and their quality.
This could be a trade-off you will have to make when choosing a wireless machine. Higher cost with more functionality or lower cost with necessary features only.
Make the choice that works best for you but remember not to compromise the quality of your work just to save a few extra bucks.
Some Advantages and Disadvantages
Having a cordless tattoo machine obviously has its pro’s and con’s. It is best to think about them and decide if you should go wireless.
Some of the benefits we have found are:
- Fewer cords and connections to worry about.
- Portability so it can be carried anywhere with ease.
- Fewer elements to sterilize.
- Potentially reduce your electrical bill.
Surely there will be more advantages with this new technology as it evolves, however there are a few downsides to consider:
- You will need more than 1 battery pack to ensure you have enough power to finish your tattooing sessions.
- Additional weight to your tattoo machine. This is not ideal if your machine of choice is already heavy (ie; iron frame).
- If you let the battery pack run too low, it could impact the speed of the needle, therefore, affecting the quality of the tattoo.
The last disadvantage is the low number of machines that can operate wirelessly, but this will change over time as more brands join the market.
Brands That Offer a Wireless Tattoo Machine Configuration
Dragonhawk has been a pioneer in the tattoo industry for some time now and they have an amazing wireless model, the Dragonhawk Mast Rotary Tattoo Machine.
It has a wireless power supply and the kit comes with x10 needle cartridges.
I can say that Ink Machines are the leaders of wireless tattoo machines. They have several stylish top models to choose from. These are the most relevant ones:
Swiss Tattoo Machines
The Swiss Tattoo machines have come up with a couple of alternatives that provide a powerful performance. From the two cordless models, the Unchained model is one of their top wireless rotary tattoo machines.
Dragoart is another well-known wireless rechargeable rotary pen machine that deserves your attention. There is not much information to add to this model but still worth looking at it.
Cheyenne Sol Nova Unlimited
One of the newest innovations launched by Cheyenne is the cordless model with the Sol Nova Unlimited. This pen-style rotary tattoo machine has a lot to offer and will surely compete highly against other brands.
Read the Cheyenne Tattoo Machine Reviews 2020 to find more information about this wireless model.
Best Wireless Tattoo Machine Review and Buying Guide Wrap Up
With every passing day, the world of tattooing is getting bigger with further enhanced tools and new technologies. Cordless tattoo machines have undoubtedly made life easier and more comfortable for tattoo artists.
What I most like is the possibility of taking the tattoo kit anywhere.
The big downside to these otherwise amazing machines is their higher cost and additional weight. But newer models are making up for it and have provided well-designed tattoo machines that are also comfortable to use.
What are your views on this? Have you ever used wireless tattoo machines? How was your experience? Let us know in the comments below.
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