Top 5 Localised PEMF Devices - An Unbiased Review
There are too many fake review websites and press releases online that are clearly written by the manufacturers of specific PEMF devices and only link you back to their own devices each time. As Managing Director of a company that specializes in the distribution of multiple PEMF devices (NewMed Limited), from a range of manufacturers and many years’ experience in the field, I have decided to write my own independent review of localised PEMF therapy systems. This review has been based on my personal expertise as well as our customer’s feedback and experiences. Hopefully, it will help others when making their decisions on their own device as the PEMF world can get confusing to say the least.
Localised PEMF devices are great and have their benefits, especially when travelling, however in our opinion, if you are new to PEMF’s and you want to start out, we suggest a full body PEMF device is usually the first place to start due to the huge range of benefit for the entire body and not just one area. Where you are likely to see benefits from using a localised PEMF device only, is mainly in the event of recent and acute injuries to one area, sleep & neurological issues. There are other exceptions, however we find full-body PEMF devices are the best starting point and offer the maximum benefits with one session. Having a full body and localised device is the gold standard and where you will get the most benefits, but if you can only afford one, then we suggest looking at full body devices first. You can find my review of ‘full body PEMF’s' HERE.
No. 1: CELLER8
The unique thing about the CELLER8 is that it is a controller for a full body mat as well as an applicator, as the actual controller emits PEMFs too! The CELLER8 controller and localised PEMF device is my clear winner when it comes to applying PEMFs to one area of the body, but as an added benefit, as mentioned above, you can plug in a full body mat with this device too. You don’t have to buy the full body mat to start with and it’s something you can add later on if you prefer. There is a smaller mat and travel mat in development for later in the year too. However, let’s only mention the benefits of this device as a standalone and localised PEMF device for the benefit of this review…
The CELLER8 offers a higher intensity than most other rechargeable battery-operated devices and has a lot more functionality and personalisation too. Its max intensity is 100 gauss (10,000 microtesla) and easily has a treatment range of 2 meters from the device. It has 5 easy to use and preset programs including a custom setting so, you can choose a frequency to use. In general, most users would just use the ‘Morning’ and ‘Evening’ setting for general repair and maximum effect in one area. The battery is rechargeable, so there is no need to keep buying batteries and a full charge can actually last a few days of use depending on the frequency and strength you are using during a session. It’s got the best battery I have seen in these portable units before.
The elasticated strap provided makes it super easy to just strap the device to any area of the body and use on the go. You can even apply it to the base of the spine (bottom of the back) and benefit most of the body as this is a perfect location to hit systemic benefits through the spine. A normal session is pre-set to 20 minutes but if you are only using the controller alone, I personally use it up to an hour a time as you can forget its there. The device actually lets you set it for up to 12 hours if you like, but this would mainly be used for the sleep benefits of this device. The programme called ‘Night’ is ideal to pop under your pillow to one side or on a bedside table and it will use frequencies that are present in our brain during deep sleep. I hardly sleep without mine under my pillow these days. Its especially effective when battling jetlag!
Lastly this device has a ‘Meditation’ setting, which is also rare to find on other PEMF devices. This will harness frequencies present when in deep meditation. It can help the mind find the perfect frequency to switch off and really meditate to the full potential. You can use this setting again, strapped to the bottom of your back or on the floor next to you when meditating.
For eliminating localised pain in joints or using on the go and away from the home, this device really stands out from the crowd and is so easy to use as well as looking so sleek and modern. The attention to detail that has gone into this unit is clear to see and the controller even comes with a soft carry case to keep your new best friend safe when storing. The device was only launched late 2023, so there is not a lot of reviews currently, but we are starting to get so much great initial feedback from customers using these and its great to see a product like this entering the PEMF world and easily moves to my number one spot.
No. 2: FlexPulse
The FlexPulse comes high up our tree when looking at localised PEMF devices due to a number of reasons, but mainly its multi-functionality and uses. I originally started using a FlexPulse after a sprained ankle injury. I found that it brought the inflammation down quickly and it was really easy to apply and use with the small applicators. Usually, a sprained ankle would take me months to recover from, but this time it was a matter of weeks before I was back in the sport. After this experience, I started to experiment with what else it could be used for.
I researched through the manual and explanations of the different programs that can be found. There are 10 loaded onto the device and all are unique. Program 3&9 are based around the 10Hz frequency due to a number of studies around 10Hz and its benefits. Most of the programs use a background frequency too, so that our bodies are constantly stimulated. Program 3 and 9 are the ‘go-to’ programs to start on for most things, including injuries and I find them so beneficial! Program 1 also became a quick favourite of mine! Program 1 is based on the ‘delta’ brain wave frequencies and when placing an applicator under your pillow can assist you to get a deep and restful sleep! Remember to reduce the intensity to 1or2 when using for sleep though. This is when our body recovers and prepares us for the day ahead. I rarely sleep without this little gadget close by now. Program 2 is the most natural frequency based on that of the earth’s frequencies and a top favourite between our customers looking for those natural remedies. Program 5 is for alertness and a perfect companion when traveling and resetting the body clock when suffering from jet lag. By placing a coil at the back of your neck, it will be like taking a coffee without the caffeine crash and bad breath after! Program 10 was designed with migraines in mind but these frequencies have also been linked to many positive neurological responses. Lastly the remaining programs are based on previous studies when using PEMF and customers find access to these specific frequencies useful.
The device itself is pocket-sized and the applicators are easy to put anywhere on the body. I often apply it and go shopping without anyone knowing it’s there. Its battery operated and comes with 2 applicators to use on both sides of the area if required, but to get the maximum intensity of 200-300 Gauss, one applicator is recommended at a time.
The intensity of this device is great but it does come at a cost to the user… The downsides to this device is that the applicators that come with it are wired and therefore create a bit of entanglement if not tucked away somewhere. The applicators are also disposable and last about 6-12 months with regular use. So, expect to buy these disposable parts if you intend to use it a lot. Also, all that power does make the battery last less than some other portable units.
All in all, the FlexPulse has so many uses and benefits. I never used to travel without this little guy! With the nature of my business, I am often overseas visiting manufacturers of PEMF devices often and especially when I don’t have access to a full-body unit, this device is an essential travel partner. Other than when I travel, this used to sit on my bedside table at night dragging me into a deep sleep so that I am ready to hit the next day. It’s easy to see why this device is in our top 5 localised PEMF devices. It was my number one pocked piece, although I have to admit, that was until the CELLER8 came along, as that is my go to localised device now.
No. 3: Oska Pulse
The OSKA Pulse is not far behind the FlexPulse if not on par for different reasons. Cutting to the chase the OSKA Pulse only has 1 program available and it runs at around 9 Gauss strength. Both of these feels like a disadvantage on the face of it when comparing it to the FlexPulse and CELLER8, however simplicity, battery life, ease of application and the science behind the programmed frequencies are right up there making this device easily in the top part of the recommended localised PEMF devices, if not one of the best in some aspects.
To operate the device, you only press one button and you will see some nice blue illuminations coming from inside the device. It will then run a full program changing frequencies at inputted time periods. It comes in a 90-minute and a 180-minute version. But the real unique part of this device and the reason it is a trade secret by the manufacturers, is their programmed frequencies. They call it the 4 stages of healing and we find that it does exactly what it says on the tin! Most PEMF devices will use one specific frequency or a few but they tend to focus on one ailment. For example, reducing pain or trying to reduce inflammation or specifically for bone fusion. The OSKA is unique in the fact that is runs certain frequencies throughout its program that hits all angles. It will use frequencies proved to be good for inflammation first off, then it will change to a frequency perfect for blood flow and oxygenation, then it changes frequencies to target the pain in an area and lastly it then changes to target the cells and assist the process of healing the trauma in the body as well as bone regeneration! These four stages are inputted into the program as it runs through its 90/180 minute session and as a healing journey these work very well together.
Lastly the OSKA Pulse manufacturers have put a lot of investment in getting this device fully medical registered, which a lot of the other manufacturers do not have as wellness devices. Therefore, they can make medical claims as well as use these products within the healthcare setting. A statement on their website reads: Oska Pulse is a Class IIA Medical device to be used alone or as an adjunctive therapy for improved healing of existing conditions, reduce inflammation and as an additional therapy in treating osteoarticular conditions, (i.e. arthritis).
All round, with the ease of use and application, battery life, cost, robustness, customer feedback as well as its medical accreditations; the OSKApulse is not a device to live without. If you already have a full body device with medium to high intensities and you are looking for something to accompany that and take with you during the day, then this is the device for you!
No. 4: NeoRhythm
The NeoRhythm is a relatively newly released device, but I really feel it needs a mention in this list. It is also different from the other localised devices as its main application is not pain or injury, but it has a particular focus on neurological concerns, sleep and general alertness. The device is worn on the back of the head and connected to a smartphone and app via Bluetooth. Usually, this overcomplicates PEMF devices and makes them a pain to use quickly, but this device works well with its app, and it is getting some really good feedback in the market already and I personally find it so intuitive to use. You can even replay the last program used without the need for the app by double tapping the side of the device, so once you have found your go to program, it is easy to use without connecting to the phone each time.
A few companies have tried to make head worn PEMF devices before but none of them (in my opinion) have done a great job like these guys have. We actually sold two other variants of head worn devices in the past by other manufacturers but both were blighted with design issues as well as connectivity problems. Safe to say, either were not on the market for too long. We often see the younger folk using these devices due to the compatibility with their phones, but also for concentration during exams or in the workplace office setting. As well as the useful concentration settings, these devices are often used for meditation and relaxing. However, as the popularity of PEMF increases we see all ages buying these now. The NeoRhythm also has a sleep setting, but we find customers don’t find them comfortable to sleep in and would prefer products like the FlexPulse for sleep in particular, however recently some customers are taking these off and just placing under the pillow for good effect.
Due to the success of this device the manufacturers have also launched a small and soft pad to use, which has been found the best option for sleep but also for affixing to areas like the lower back while driving or sitting on the device on an office chair. This manufacture has done a great job with their head worn device as well as the pad and if the rumours are true, they will be releasing more devices all compatible with the same app.
No. 5 Medicur Pro
The reason the low-intensity Mediur Pro makes our top 5 is simple and that’s how I am going to keep this entry… short and sweet…
It’s a well-rounded and proven PEMF device that’s been on the market for a long time and even used in the NHS in the UK healthcare system. It’s so simple and easy to use and comes with a strap to keep it in place. It comes with 3 buttons only and that’s all you need for this simple device. We generally recommend using each button depending on the time of day you are using it to keep it even simpler. 20Hz in the morning, 7.8Hz throughout the day, and 3Hz in the late evening and if needed during the night.
Its main applications are for anything related to that four-letter word… pain! We see a lot of these devices going to the older generation, due to its ease of use and simple application.
Not one to be ignored, but does lack the intensity for more chronic issues in my opinion.
Why can’t you find a PEMF device on our list of top 5, which you expected to see there?
This could be for a number of reasons but most of these are quite simple. We don’t endorse ‘multi-level marketing or selling techniques’, (MLM) which unfortunately some of the PEMF manufacturers adopt. The common result of multi-level selling is that the price of the device is commonly very high for its technical abilities. That’s not to say that the device is not good, but it could mean that you are paying more for your buck. These are very often the same manufacturers that use key selling features as a ‘must-have’ or statements like ‘unique patented waveform’ for example.
It could also be because the devices are not available in Europe and don’t have the certifications needed to sell in the UK and Europe. Therefore, we don’t have experience with them and we cannot comment.
Lastly, it could just be because the device simply didn’t make our top 5, recommended by our customers.
The devices mentioned in this review and their comments are the opinions of our own and our customers, they are not to replace any medical advice obtained by a doctor and we do not claim to be medical professionals.
Andy Smith, Managing Director – NewMed Ltd