Pong Case for iPhone 3G/3GS













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Radiation in the movies and comic books may seem cool as it may provide superpowers such as the Fantastic Four or the Hulk. In real life radiation and prolonged exposures is known to cause cancer. This past August saw the publishing of Cellphones and Brain Tumors: 15 Reasons for Concern; a document authored by forty leading scientists warning about the use of cell phones and their emission of radiation.

Pong Research is a new company whose focus is on improving environmental health. This past week they released their first product the Pong Case for iPhone 3G/3GS. This is a protective case is designed to reduce the user’s exposure to radiation emanating from the cell phone. It is a silicon case designed with proprietary technology that directs the phone radiation away from the user’s head.

According to Pong Research their case decreases something called the specific absorption rate (SAR) by 60% and reduces intense hotspot cell phone radiation by 85%. Pong Research has an FCC-certified laboratory to support their claims. They plan to release a Blackberry model later this year with other cells phones down the line.

The Pong Research iPhone case comes in a cardboard package with the words reduce radiation on the front foldout cover. Behind this cover we see the features of the case on the left-hand side with the iPhone case visualized on the right through a plastic window which details how the device works. On the back are some facts about cell phone radiation and a few features about the case.

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Upon initial inspection the Pong Case for iPhone 3G/3GS does not look much different from other silicone iPhone cases. It comes in either black or green and has nice rubbery grip. It feels like a rubber tire in texture. The case features openings for the camera, headphones, dock connector, and volume controls.

Once you look inside the case is where you will notice its difference from all other iPhone cases.

Inside is a series of Pong Gold PCB Modules which run from the bottom to just below the camera opening. These panels help direct the radiation away from the iPhone and case. It works via chimney effect; pulling the radiation away from the phone. In addition, this design allows the phone to maintain its full signal strength and not have a negligible effect on phone function or battery life.

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Specifications:

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Access the iPhone was easy as all the switches and openings were readily available. Signal strength and phone functioning was not diminished with the Pong Research iPhone case on.

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The Pong Research iPhone case feels durable in one’s hands and seems like you could withstand a fall from a moderate height. In fact, while I was testing this case I did drop it with my iPhone onto the cement. It landed on the corner edge of the case saving my iPhone from certain doom.

Unfortunately there is no way for me to test the radiation diffusing capabilities of the case. The fact that it was tested by FCC-approved laboratories CCS and Cetecom does make me feel comfortable in the validity of this product.


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Conclusion:

Cell phone radiation is something we are all exposed to by our own choosing. We wear sun screen to avoid skin cancer, why don’t we protect ourselves from cell phone radiation? The Pong Research iPhone case is a simple way to do that as well as protect your iPhone. As a silicone case it is well made. The additional feature of cell phone radiation reduction is what sets this case apart from all others. If you are the least bit worried about cell phone radiation exposure then this is the case to get.

9 recommended5

Pros:
+Helps protect the user from cell phone radiation
+Well constructed
+Excellent grip

Cons:
-Add some weight to iPhone
-Only available in two colors
-Expensive compared to other silicone cases.

Grades: 
Overallscore-9-10
Designscore-10-10
Performancescore-10-10

  13 comments for “Pong Case for iPhone 3G/3GS

  1. Tom
    September 21, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    http://macsurfer.com/?section=howto

  2. Tom
    September 21, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    http://www.bjorn3d.com/news.php

  3. Tom
    September 21, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    http://www.dvhardware.net/review/49378

  4. Tom
    September 21, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    http://www.macoscompatible.com/Pong_Case_for_iPhone_3G3GS_s134689.html

  5. Tom
    September 21, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    http://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/board.pl?action=viewstory&threadid=102392

  6. Tom
    September 21, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    http://www.buzztracker.com/story/59a4a66527bc717b4990b15d/iphone

  7. January 25, 2010 at 5:41 am

    If the phone redirects the radiation, that must mean it is important to know in which direction it’s redirecting the radiation, and not have your body in that direction. My question is therefore, which way should your phone be facing if you carry it round in your pocket? And what have you “test freaks” actually tested? Any further evidence?
    Many thanks.
    Sam.

  8. TheAL
    March 1, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Just testing mine out. So far so good. I’ve heard in the past that silicone case can affect battery life, so I was glad to read your article asserting that this case does not. I also wish they had a few more colors.

  9. jcg
    March 26, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    mine works well, but i must have fat fingers — i had to use a handheld paper punch (99 cents) to enlarge the hole for the ringer/vibrate switch.
    To Sam Graham – see the pongresearch.com website – it shows you the radiation pattern, but in short, just face the phone the same way it faces when you’re on a call — iphone side toward your face/body and the rubber pong case side away from your body — i keep mine in my shirt pocket, iphone face in.

  10. Satyendra Mishra
    August 30, 2010 at 4:04 am

    Where can i get the Pong I phone Cover in Singapore ?

  11. Watusi
    July 15, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Does  Pong make cases for other phones??

  12. May 15, 2019 at 5:34 am

    Now cell phone is an important devices for everyone, but nearly no people know that phone’s radiation would influence brain, even to case brain tumors. Even if some people know that the radiation from cell phone would increase the risk of brain tumor, this effect would be small. We use cell phones frequently, even more than laptop and watching TV. It is enjoyable to play game and watch movies by cell phone. We can’t survive if no cell phone in hand, we need keep in touch with our family members, our friends, our colleagues and clients, etc.
    In order to protect our cell phones, many young men learn how to make a phone case by themselves, because cell phone is not just a communication equipment, it is also a luxury product for many people. I think it is not bad, but the radiation should also be noticed when using cell phones, thanks for the post to share.

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