What If Tattoo Machine Not Working?

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Do you have tried tattoos yourself? If yes, you may get the problem that the tattoo machine doesn’t work after you set it up perfectly. You may also be tired to send videos and images to the seller. However, if you know how to fix a tattoo machine, the tattoo kit will work. A “broken” tattoo machine is the main reason that a tattoo kit cannot work.

Before learning how to fix a tattoo machine, you must know the names of coil tattoo machine accessories.

coil tattoo machine part name

How to fix it when your tattoo machine not working?

Check and adjust your machine as I said below.

In scene I, the contact screw doesn’t touch the armature bar, so the machine has no power. As a result, the tattoo machine never works.

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contact screw does not contact spring

Solution: adjust the contact screw. And make it touch the armature bar. But how to make it?

Step 1, use an Allen key (there are 3 Allen keys in each tattoo gun kit) to loosen the screw (let me call it B) of the binding post, Step 2, adjust the contact screw location, and make it touch the armature bar as the image shows. Step 3, tighten the 2 screws ( both A and B).

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Scene 2, my contact screw touches the armature bar, but the tattoo machine still does not work.

tattoo machine not working

when pressing the armature bar, the contact screw still touches the spring, the tattoo machine won’t work properly

Solution: step1, please press the armature bar, if the contact screw still touches the armature bar, it means you didn’t adjust the contact screw properly.

Step 2, Unscrew the 2 screws ( both A and B), adjust the contact screw again, and don’t tighten the screws completely, just adjust it slowly and patiently. Step 3, press the armature bar again, if the space between the contact screw and spring is 2mm (like the image shows), then congratulation, you make it finally. If space is less or more than 2mm, you need to adjust the contact screw again.

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Image 2: when pressing the armature bar, the space between the contact screw and spring is 2mm, which means the tattoo machine is adjusted correctly

Scene3, my tattoo machine works for a while, but there is a spark. Or my machine just works for a while, then stops working.

Solution: The tattoo machine produces sparks or just works for 2 or three seconds, it’s because the contact screw gives too much pressure to the armature bar, so resistance increases and the wear also increases, which results in sparks and stopping working. Also, please readjust the contact screw, and unscrew the contact screw a little bit. But please stop using a machine if its spring has heavy dents.

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I’m sure I set up my tattoo kit perfectly, but it still never works. What should I do?

If you make sure you have fixed your machine properly, then you can contact and send a video to the seller. All tattoo machines from wormhole tattoo come with a warranty. Generally speaking, if the led light or led screen of the tattoo power supply is on, it indicates that the power supply works properly. It cannot be better if you have a new tattoo power supply, tattoo clip cord, or foot pedal, which can help you figure out what items are broken.

Let’s make a conclusion, make sure your contact screw is 2mm far away from the armature bar when you press it down. As image 2 shows. If the tattoo machine still not working after fixing it, please contact the seller.

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