The 10 Best Anti-Radiation Phone Cases
Should You Be Worried About Cell Phone Radiation?
Those concerns have largely been waved off by both manufacturers and many scientists.
While they're certainly convenient and ubiquitous, it can sometimes seem like cell phones are trying to kill us. Whether by luring us into texting while driving, having their batteries explode, or encouraging you to take a dangerous selfie, there are myriad ways in which you can die while using your phone.
And now we have to worry about radiation, too?
As it turns out, some people have long been worried that the radiofrequency radiation emitted by cell phones could lead to tumor growth over time. Those concerns have largely been waved off by both manufacturers and many scientists.
However, there have been some studies that have shown that rats can develop a specific type of brain tumor, called a schwannoma, if they're subjected to prolonged radiofrequency radiation. These studies examined thousands of rats and mice, and exposed them to a variety of radiations — everything from "near-field" (which is what you get holding a phone to your ear) to "far-field" (which is what you get walking through everyone's Wi-Fi signals at Starbucks).
The results are chilling — but they may also be meaningless.
For one thing, "radiation" is a notable scare word. When people hear it, they think Hiroshima and Chernobyl; however, there are different types of radiation, and many of them are harmless.
Also, humans aren't rats. The radiation the rats were exposed to was enough to cover their whole bodies — so our dosages would be a lot lower, relatively speaking. Also, given how prevalent cell phone use is, shouldn't we be seeing a lot more cases of schwannoma in people?
Of course, the fact that there's relatively little evidence to support the idea that cell phones cause cancer isn't definitive proof that they're safe. However, right now there's little reason to fear that talking to Grandma on the phone will cause brain tumors — but we can't fault you for wanting to play it safe, either.
That being said, if you're really concerned about cell phone safety, maybe put it down while you're driving?
Do Anti-Radiation Cases Work?
If you're concerned that talking on your cell phone could cook your brain, you may want to invest in an anti-radiation phone case. The basic idea behind these cases is that they redirect the radiation produced by the phone away from the user, so it isn't constantly bombarding your skull. They can accomplish this in a variety of ways; one involves using antennas to redirect the waves, and another uses silicone or other materials to block the waves.
It turns out that some independent studies have shown that some cases do, in fact, redirect some or most of the radiofrequency radiation away from the user. That's not quite enough to definitively say they work, however.
If you use them correctly, though, they're actually pretty effective — but are you willing to sacrifice some comfort and call quality?
First off, not all of them are useful — and the bad ones could actually increase the amount of radiation you subject yourself to. This is especially true if they have a flip case that you leave open; by placing your phone between your ear and two layers of casing, you're actually encouraging the radiation to double back towards your skull.
In fact, many are designed for you to talk with the cover closed, which is not how many people use their phones. If you use them correctly, though, they're actually pretty effective — but are you willing to sacrifice some comfort and call quality?
That's an especially important question when you realize that just because they "work" doesn't mean that they're beneficial. After all, their effectiveness claims rest on their ability to block a fraction of electromagnetic radiation that may not be harmful in the first place.
Also, unless you constantly have your phone to your ear, there's a good chance you're exposed to more radiation while walking through a crowded city street than talking on your smartphone. You're still being bombarded by everyone else's phone radiation, not to mention Wi-Fi signals.
All this is to say that, if you're truly worried about this problem, then yes, you should consider an anti-radiation case. Just realize that you're much more likely to die from walking into traffic while texting than getting a brain tumor from your iPhone.
Other Tips For Improving Cell Phone Safety
Beyond investing in an anti-radiation case, there are some simple changes you can make to your cell phone habits that can limit the amount of radiation you expose yourself to.
The most obvious is to simply limit the amount of time you spend glued to it. Try to text instead of calling, and keep your phone in your purse or backpack when not in use.
This can lower your risk of tumors — but know that it also lowers your risk of miraculously turning into a superhero.
When you do have to talk on it, try not to keep it plastered to your ear the entire time. Leave an inch or so between your head and the phone, or better yet, use a headset or speakerphone.
If you spend a lot of time watching movies on your device, make sure to download them first, preferably while your phone's in another room. Then, when you're ready to watch one, put your phone in airplane mode to block as many signals as possible.
Try to limit your phone use to places where you have plenty of bars. The weaker your signal, the harder the phone works to connect — which means more radiation. Likewise, try not to use it in elevators, trains, or anyplace else where the signal has to power through lots of metal.
With a little bit of finagling, you can minimize the amount of radiation you expose yourself to on a daily basis. This can lower your risk of tumors — but know that it also lowers your risk of miraculously turning into a superhero.