Based in West Michigan, HARApad, LLC is a homegrown and family-run business dedicated to helping people use their electronic devices safely.
In 2006, the mother of a HARApad co-founder was diagnosed with breast cancer, inspiring a personal research endeavor to learn more about cancer. Through his research on several suspected causes of cancer, he found a recurring topic – electromagnetic radiation (EMR). An engineer by trade, he assembled a team of two additional engineers to further his research in finding which devices were producing this EMR. This group began meeting in their spare time, several times a week, poring over research and testing.
Armed with a gaussmeter and pages of doctoral reports, the team found that a significant amount of EMR is generated from laptops. The idea to develop a product to reduce radiation grew into an actual design, and the design turned into a verified product. After two years of extensive testing, idea conceptualizing, result verification and design optimization, the “Heat And Radiation Attenuating pad,” or HARApad, was born.
HARApad achieved global sales in its first week and has become the benchmark for laptop electromagnetic radiation protection. Since its original laptop product, HARApad has continued research and development to provide more solutions for people around the world, including wood options, cell phone, and tablet products.
Today, the HARApad is managed and manufactured at the headquarters facility in Grand Haven, Michigan
In short, a HARApad is a lightweight pad designed to protect your body against the effects of heat and electromagnetic radiation emitted by laptop computers, tablets, or cell phones.
The name HARApad is two-fold. It is both an acronym for the product’s function (Heat And Radiation Attenuating pad) and in Japanese the word hara refers to the body’s core, which is what the original laptop HARApad protects.
The HARApad for laptops allows you to enjoy a sturdy surface for your laptop while relaxing on the couch or on the go. The HARApad not only protects your body from electromagnetic radiation, it prevents overheating while your computer is on your lap. The HARApad’s flat surface allows your laptop’s own dissipation channels to permit air to freely flow out of the computer.
Our cell phone product provides a shield between your cell phone and your body when placing your phone in your pocket or bra.
The tablet HARApad provides a beautiful leather case for your iPad that also protects you from EMF.
The HARApad uses lead and tungsten-free, military-grade electromagnetic radiation shielding to attract the extremely low frequency (ELF) radiation emitted by laptop computers. The shielding creates a path of least resistance for the radiation to travel, allowing it to flow through the HARApad, instead of your body, and then back to the laptop to complete the path away from your body.
Quite simply, the HARApad is great for anyone that uses their laptop directly on their lap.
It is especially useful for travel—while on a plane or at your hotel—checking email while on your couch, or utilizing the lounge space in the office to get some work done. Students love the flexibility HARApad gives them to use their laptop anywhere from their dorm bed to the student union.
The HARApad is also perfect if you use your laptop around the house, like sitting on the couch or while lying in bed. You can protect your child against radiation during pregnancy, or if they’re “big kids” and use a computer on their lap.
The HARApad makes a great gift for the loved ones you want to protect.
There are also effects of this radiation beyond just reproductive health and during pregnancy. There is proof that electromagnetic radiation reduces the amount of melatonin in the body. Melatonin is important for the immune system, and is thought to help prevent and treat cancer. So reducing the body’s melatonin is detrimental to health.
The most important thing to consider is the effect of this radiation on children, who are still developing. Kids are using cell phones, laptops, and tablets just as much as adults are, and are much more vulnerable to the effects of the electromagnetic radiation.
We agree that we don’t yet fully know the long-term effects, but to say for certain that there are none is irresponsible and dangerous. We fear that we will all learn this the hard way once it is too late. The short-term effects, such as lethargy, lack of focus, immune health, migraines, and more must also be considered.
This is why we not only provide protection for laptops but have expanded our line to provide cell phone and tablet protection as well. We are constantly researching and developing new products to protect you from the harmful effects of electronic devices.
You may be wondering, “Why do I need a HARApad?”
First, laptop computers emit electromagnetic radiation and harmful heat that, when placed on your lap, go directly into your body.
Why is this something you need to be concerned with? Here are a few reasons why:
Radiation is energy that is transmitted in the form of waves or particles. We’re exposed to extremely low frequency (ELF) radiation every day from sources like portable media devices, computers, mp3 players, televisions and even power lines.
However, a laptop is among the few electrical devices we use in direct contact with our body, consequently exposing us to the full effects of the radiation.
Many health professionals recommend limiting ELF exposure to 1-3 milliGauss (mG).- Laptops often emit between 75-175 mG while running everyday tasks – clearly a lot more than you should be exposed to.
The problem with ELF electromagnetic radiation is that it has been linked to diseases like leukemia, Alzheimer’s disease, infertility and electromagnetic sensitivity.
The HARApad also protects against the heat emitted from your laptop. The heat can seem harmless and normal, but it can cause serious damage.