By Thane Kennedy
Frankly put, the Orion mPulse is the best permanent jewelry welder available. And for good reason. The mPulse provides all the power a PJ artist will ever need, is safety certified, super simple to use, backed by a two-year warranty, built in the USA, and every customer is supported by an amazing customer service team.
However, the reign of the mPulse among PJ artists is ending soon—in a friendly transfer of the crown.
The all-new Orion PJ, having been designed specifically for permanent jewelry from the ground up, is everything the PJ artist wishes they could change about the mPulse: Better energy control, better cord management, and customized branding capabilities.
Let’s take a closer look at each.
Absolute Perfect Energy Control
The Orion PJ has an energy range that starts at one joule and tops out at 15 joules. The start range is what should catch your attention. For extremely fine chain, being able to dial power down to one joule is much welcomed flexibility. On the high end, 15 joules are more than enough for the typical PJ artist. Hand in hand with the energy range is the much-welcomed energy control you’ll find in the Orion PJ. You’re able to adjust power up or down in half- joule increments, which is a big deal. When four joules may be too much energy for a certain chain, but three joules are not enough, 3.5 joules is probably the perfect amount. Being able to dial your energy to 3.5—you’re going to love that.
Absolute Perfect Cord Management
The Orion PJ stylus cord has two key features you’ll love. First, it comes standard at 36 inches in length, which is six inches longer than what you find on the mPulse. But, more importantly, the stylus cord can be connected to six-foot extender providing as much as nine feet of cord. A longer cord makes anklets and other challenging welds much easier.
The stylus cord, like the power cord, can be completely disconnected from the Orion PJ. Cord management becomes simplified when you can place the cord anywhere you like. Packing the Orion PJ for a pop-up will easier than packing the mPulse.
Absolute Perfect Digital Touchscreen Interface
The energy wheel is gone leaving only two over-sized icons: One for decreasing energy and one for increasing energy. For permanent jewelry welding, changes in energy levels are usually small, meaning you rarely increase or decrease energy by more than five or six joules. The energy wheel, while a great feature for creating or repairing jewelry, has little use in permanent jewelry.
You’ll also find a handy lock icon that prevents inadver- tent energy changes that could harm you or your customers. The Weld On/Weld Off button is another feature that makes the Orion PJ a safe welder for everyone.
Absolute Perfect Branding Options
Let’s be honest: PJ artists really don’t care for Sunstone’s signature orange. While orange is bright, fresh, and energetic, most of the time it doesn’t compliment the PJ artist’s brand. So, we did something about that.
Now you can choose from nine different color back- grounds, from Wild Rose to Ocean Blue, from Spring Sage to Love Pink (see below). You can stick with Sunstone Orange, the default if you like, but you should try the black on black for a bolder look. You have nine back- ground colors to choose from. Surely one of them will fit your look and your mood.
When we added the ability to change the background color, the question was asked, “Can we change the color of the case?” The resounding answer was “No, but...” You will be able to purchase a vinyl cover to wrap the Orion PJ and make it look less industrial and more cute. Visit the Sunstone website to see what designs are available and when, but you’re sure to find something that is cute and fun. If you want to do a custom wrap, we can do that, too.
For the permanent jewelry world, the Orion PJ is walking lock step with the PJ artist. Ideal power control, cord management, and branding make it the number one choice.
But wait! There’s more!
Let’s not forget the Orion PJ is backed by a two-year warranty, has all the necessary safety certifications to keep you and your customers safe, and is supported by the absolute best customer service team. The Orion PJ is argon ready, a perfect match for the new Argon Mini.