Protecting Yourself From Laptop Radiation

Your body is continually bring blasted by natural background radiation from all sorts of things and unfortunately these days you need to worry about artificial background radiation. Pretty much every single electronic gadget that you own emits some level or radiation and we really don't have a clue what it is doing to our bodies. If you look into radiation effects from electronic devices it is quite shocking what you will find out. For example, most people know that the FCC has a cell phone radiation guideline. But, did you know that guideline has not been updated since 1996? I think we can all agree that technology has changed over the past 17 years, so should the maximum limit on radiation exposure levels based on how much heat is emitted and absorbed by cell phones be updated?

In 2011, the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer reviewed several studies and listed mobile phones as a possible carcinogen, putting them in the same category as lead, gasoline engine exhaust, and chloroform. That same year the World Health Organization told the world to reduce it's exposure to mobile phones by using hands free devices or texting! This was because of a link between increased brain tumour rates & higher mobile phone use. In 2012 the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) asked the FCC to reevaluate its radiation limits for mobile phones. You can read all 201 pages of the regulatory findings here, but the FCC basically concluded that they feel the current RF radiation levels are fine and that they are comfortable with its current caps. Does that make sense to you? For example 4G LTE network didn't even exist in 1996 and neither did the supporting modems and products that are used on todays devices. The numerous studies of cells, animals and humans haven't produced indisputable evidence that cell phone radiation can cause cancer, but most would agree that it is only a matter of time until there is such evidence.

Clearly, there are concerns over the safety of cell phones and what they are doing to your brain, but what about other devices? Some people even claim that they are developing electrohypersensitivity due to the increasing levels of public exposure to wireless devices like cameras, smartphones, computers, laptops, wireless routers and printers. What do laptops and tablets spew out in terms of radiation?  I've been reviewing PC hardware for more than a decade and I can honestly say that I've never once seen any radiation details about any desktop PC, laptop or tablet ever run across my desk from a manufacturer. It seems that laptops and tablets have slipped under the radar, until just recently.

DefenderPad Laptop Protector

Anyone with common sense should recognize the importance of limiting your exposure to radiation. One company called DefenderPad has developed a product that will help protect you from laptop radiation and heat. Let's face it: most people place their laptop on their lap and that general area holds some pretty important body parts for both men and women. The DefenderPad was designed and made right here in America by Daniel DeBaun to protect you from Radio Frequency (RF) radiation and Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) radiation. Mr. Debaun was in the Telecommunication Industry for 25 years where he spent some of that time as an engineer at Bell Labs. He saw that there was a need for a product to help protect people from RF and ELF radiation and noticed that there was no product on the market that could do that for many of the electronic devices on the market today. His first product was the DefenderPad, which helps protect laptop and tablet users from lap radiation. There are other radiation protection pads out there, but this is the only one that blocks both RF and ELF radiation.

DefenderPad Retail Packaging

The DefenderPad Laptop Radiation & Heat Shield doesn't come cheap and will set you back $89.99 shipped from Amazon. That is a rather large chunk of change for a lap desk, but it is made in Sarasota, Florida and is comprised of 5-6 layers of soft metal and cloth materials that were designed and selected to shield your genitals from being blasted by particles that shouldn't be anywhere close to them. Besides, can you really put a price on your health?

DefenderPad: Laptop Radiation & Heat Shield Features:

DefenderPad Front

The DefenderPad was designed for PC and Mac laptops up to 17-inches in size and the actual measurements are 15.80" x 11" x 0.25" inches. We are obviously reviewing the black model, but there are also blue and pink versions available. At first glance it looks like a large gaming mouse pad and it even feels like one with a soft textured feeling, but this is a lap desk. The DefenderPad logo is made into the injection molded casing and looks nice.

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Flipping it over you can see that bottom surface is plain with no branding or noteworthy features being seen. The DefenderPad that we have measures ~7.25mm thick and is pretty rigid, so it's a nice solid surface to work off of.

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Here is a closer look at the seam where the two halves of the casing are sealed together. Due to the types of material used for the casing they couldn't be sonic welded together, so it is glued together. We don't like to see glue being used, but the seam is pretty straight and it looks like it is held together pretty well.

X-Ray Testing The DefenderPad

How do you test a product to see how it blocks Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) (Magnetic Component) and Radio Frequency (RF) Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR)? With our test equipment and budget it is out of the question.

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DefenderPad claims that they have done independent FCC certified testing at the US Tech testing facility located in Alpharetta, Georgia (shown above). You can read how the testing was done and what the results were in this report. We also have shared some of the key results below.

ELF EMR (Magnetic Component) Test Results

Frequency (Hz) Shielding Effectiveness (%)
300 98.25
60 95.16

RF EMR Test Results

Frequency (MHz) Shielding Effectiveness (dB) Shielding Effectiveness (%)
Horizontal Vertical
800 -36.1 -30.9 99.97545 99.91872
1700 -34.9 -26.1 99.96764 99.75453
1900 -34.2 -25.8 99.96198 99.73697
2100 -33 -24.5 99.94988 99.64519
5000 -28.9 -21.1 99.87118 99.22375

 The measurement uncertainty (with a 95% confidence level) for this test is ± 1 dB.

As you can see from the results the DefenderPad did great and was able to shield more than 99% of the Radio Frequency (RF) Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) and 95-98% of the Extremely Low Frequency (ELF ) Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) at the frequencies they tested at. These appear to be great results.  Unfortunately, we don't have the ability to test these results, so we really just have to take their word on it. We pondered ways to test the DefenderPad and couldn't come up with anything.

It just doesn't feel right not to test it as the site is called Legit Reviews, so we pondered ways to test the DefenderPad and the only thing we could come up with is taking some x-rays with it. This doesn't exactly fit in the electromagnetic spectrum with ELF EMR or RF EMR, but it gave us an excuse to get out of the office and do something different. You never know what you'll find out unless you experiment and try it out anyway.

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We should disclose now that the DefenderPad is not designed or advertised to block X-Rays, but we just wanted to see how it would do.

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We used a digital X-Ray machine and took pictures of the DefenderPad sitting on top of a desktop PC motherboard. The point of this was to see if the DefenderPad would block any of the radiation.

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How cool is that!  As you can see the X-Ray shot right through the DefenderPad and the Gigabyte GA-P55-UD5 motherboard. This was to be expected as the DefenderPad is not advertised to block against something at this wavelength and frequency, but it was worth a shot. You can see that there is something that has perfect 90 degree corners inside the DefenderPad that is the material used to block the lower level radiation emitted from laptops and other electronic devices.  The X-Ray machine settings used for this image were 2.5 mAs, 300 mA and 86 kVp.

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We wanted to see if lowering the power would change anything, so we dropped the settings down to 2.5 mAs, 300 mA and 48 kVp. Things aren't fully exposed with these settings, but the end result is the same.

Our testing shows that the DefenderPad won't protect you from more powerful forms of radiation, so if a solar flare is coming at you or the X-Ray machine at work is aimed at you, this is not the product to grab to shield yourself. It should do the trick though when it comes to lower levels of radiations that is emitted from laptops though and that is the point of the product.

Final Thoughts and Conclusions

This was supposed to be a simple review, but those are the ones that usually turn out to be complex. The DefenderPad helps protect you from something that is of real concern, but is invisible [radiation] and that makes it hard to demonstrate a product like this. I also couldn't properly test it, so we all have to trust that the independent FCC testing lab properly did their testing and that it works as advertised.

DefenderPad Laptop Protector

Over the years we've reviewed and seen all sorts of 'lap desks' that prevent your legs from getting burnt or models that have fans in them to keep laptops running cool, but never one that blocked radiation. Every electric motor emits electromagnetic radiation, so by purchasing a lap desk like that you are actually increasing the radiation levels above your lap. That is usually the last thing men looking impregnate someone want to worry about or women trying to protect all their eggs. DefenderPad really makes you rethink about the devices that we have used in the past!

At the end of the day the DefenderPad is nothing more than a lap desk that protects you against radiation emitted from your electronic gadgets. It's a really simple idea, but we know a ton of hard work and money went into finding the right mix of materials to block both Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) and Radio Frequency Radiation (RF). The design is also patented by the USPTO as a 'Body Shield for Thermal and Electrical Radiation' under US 20130153795 A1. Most people that come up with imitations or fake products usually don't take the time to patent them, so this by all means is the real deal.

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If you have $90 available to spend on protecting yourself or a loved on from unhealthy and unnatural radiation you should think about picking up the DefenderPad. You really can't put a price tag on protecting yourself and your loved ones. The DefenderPad is also backed by a 1-year warranty in the event that there is an issue with the workmanship.

It should also be noted that we ran across other 'radiation shields' when we were looking into competing products, but the ones we found blocked just ELF radiation. The DefenderPad blocks both ELF and RF radiation, so it better protects you. It also happens to be the only one on the market that was tested by an independent laboratory.

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Legit Bottom Line: The DefenderPad has been shown to help protect your body from thermal and electromagnetic radiation from the portable electronic devices you use on your lap!  It is pricey, but your future kids might thank you!