Dec 14
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Without naming the brand (it’s the one on TV all the time and at your local Wal-Mart stores and “As Seen on TV” sections in almost every gadget/department store), but you know it if you see a few articles down, we took apart on to see what makes it tick.

After our “physical” tests proved inconclusive, we thought our breakdown might shine more light on the “power”/”balance” bracelet. Surprising (or not so), our findings might surprise loyal believers and followers alike.

This thing isn’t easy to take apart. I applied some major force with two needle-nose pliers and I almost wanted to use a dremel tool on this thing to crack it open.

On the outside, there isn’t much. It’s just shiney metal with a brand printed on the top. The band is just a simple rubbery band. Nothing more. A few on-line so called reports, claim that there’s some magical powerful ancient wording on the inside. Supposedly, this is where the power/balance comes from. Others claim strong natural magnets as the source of the magical effect.

So, what is it?

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After prying the “band” open, (pictures intentionally out of focus) I scratched it with a dremel tool (I had to break it out!!!) and found nothing. Just metal.

Next to test the “magnetic” hypothesis. Pried apart, the “band” won’t stick to any metallic object. The interesting thing here is there is a charge to the band, but it’s ever so slight. I found the strongest magnet that I had and there was a tiny reaction to either positive or negative poles. Very very tiny though.

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The tiny effect cause the band to twitch a little on a smooth surface. It’s so little that it could be attributed to an unbalanced surface.

To me, I’m pretty confident in saying there’s nothing (if anything) to the whole power bracelet phenomenon. The $20 or so that things like this go for is probably better spent on a box of multi-vitamins or a few 6-packs of your favorite energy drink.

At least with the multi-vitamins, you know it’s doing your body some good, for real. And the energy drink? Some of them taste delicious and the ultra-caffine boost at least get you going for a little bit.

Or if you’d really want to do something “beneficial”, donate the $20 to guys ringing the bells in front of Wal-Mart. In the long run, you might find more benefit from the donation. That’s good karma right there.

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