FAQs – Laptop EMF Radiation

Laptop EMF Radiation Emissions

What health problems can be caused by using a laptop directly on your lap?

Direct exposure to Extremely Low Frequency (ELF), Radio Frequency (RF) and Heat Radiation emissions can cause numerous health risks such as:

  • Fertility problems in men and women
  • DNA fragmentation (irreversible changes to the genetic code)
  • Toasted Skin Syndrome (Erythema ab igne), burns and rashes
  • Other serious health concerns

When are laptop EMF radiation emissions most harmful?

Laptops present the greatest potential for health risks when used directly against the body. With just one foot or more of distance between your laptop and your body, the most critical health risks of EMF emissions are substantially reduced by about 80%.

Why is laptop radiation such a big deal now and it wasn’t 20 years ago?

Twenty years ago computers were big and bulky. Once you put them down on your desk or on the floor, there was no need to move them. They emitted EMF radiation, but were relatively safe, because they were primarily used a safe distance away from the body.

Today, computers and other devices are extremely portable and can fit on your lap or in the palm of your hand. Today’s devices have many times more computing power, and are used much closer to the body, thus creating health risks that did not exist 20 years ago.

How can heat from a laptop harm me?

Your laptop can get very hot and burn and/or irritate your skin, create fertility problems, and modify body cells, as well as cause other health issues.

Does radiation emit from the screen, keyboard and sides of laptops?

Radiation is generated by a laptop in all directions: bottom, top and sides. Radiation is considered most dangerous when in direct contact with the body, particularly when on the lap. The most harmful radiation emissions are emitted from the bottom of the laptop and travel in a downward direction. The DefenderPad® is designed to shield these emissions from touching the body.

The screen and sides of a laptop tend to emit less radiation than the bottom. The radiation levels of the screen, keyboard and sides of a laptop are considered acceptable, low-rise emissions. As a rule of thumb, if you are one foot away from the source of the emissions, the dangers are greatly reduced. Even moving a laptop a few inches away from the lap reduces exposure to potentially harmful radiation.