Cell Phone Radiation Protection – Do Air Tube Headsets Work?

Cell phones emit electromagnetic fields (EMFs).

This particular EMF is called radio frequency (RF) radiation or microwave radiation.

This radiation is emitted by your cell phone whenever you talk, text, stream videos or stream music.

Even when you're not doing all this and your cell phone is on standby, it still emits EMFs.

Some people feel symptoms when they use a cell phone.

Other people feel nothing – its not because you can't feel anything that cell phone radiation exposures are not doing anything to your health.

Thousands of independent studies link cell phone radiation exposures to a long list of very serious diseases, including cancer.

Nevertheless, I know that some of you reading this absolutely love your cell phone.

No matter what the studies say or I or anybody else says about the dangers you’ll carry on using your cell phone.

But how about learning to use it safely? Or at least more safely?….

What Is An Air Tube Headset?

airtube headsetAn air tube headset is a pair of earphones coupled to a microphone with an ‘air tube' component. Regular headsets consist of a 100% wired connection.

The difference is that an air tube headset has typically a part wired component and a section of hollow flexible airtube, replacing the wire. This wire and hollow tube component transmits the sound from your device (cell phone, mp3 player or other) to your ear. The peculiarity of this airtube is that it contains no metal.

An airtube headset plugs into the jack on your cell phone the same as a conventional headset.

How Does An Air Tube Headset Work?

A conventional headset has a wire cable. Wire has metal in it. This metal conducts the radiation coming from your cell phone allowing it to easily travel up the wire and into your head.

Wired headsets can act as an antenna attracting ambient EMFs, transmitting radiation directly to your brain, thereby increasing your exposure.

The air tube headset uses hollow air tubes to conduct the sound from your cell phone, or other device, using “sound waves”.

For the Kinden low radiation airtube headset I'm reviewing today, the manufacturer claims a 98% reduction in electromagnetic fields (EMFs).

This short video explains how the airtube headset works:

Can An Air Tube Headset Reduce Radiation?

An air tube cell phone headset allows you to put distance between you and your cell phone. It's this distance that reduces your radiation exposure.

That's the theory. Actually its a bit more than theory. The manufacturer has had their product tested at the Shanghai Institute of Measurement and Testing Technology – I share the test report in the video.

This testing shows 98% shielding effectiveness.

Sounds too good to be true? There are some downsides.

What Are The Downsides?

Let's look at the downsides of the Kinden low radiation airtube headset:

  • Sound quality? I've tested the Kinden headset and compared it with 2 other regular headsets. The sound quality is not as good as my Mac headphones (which cost considerably more) but its just as good as my regular headphones.
  • Durability? The air tube is a ‘tube' and not a wire. You need to handle it with care. A tube doesn't fold away as easily as a wire. If you kink it, it can damage it. Having said that I've no problems in the 3 or 4 days I've been testing them.
  • Hassle? This is a gripe about headsets generally. Cell phones are getting smaller and smaller and easier and easier to use. Using a headset adds a level of hassle to answering and making calls. Either you've got the wires hung around your neck or you've got them nearby so that you can plug them into your phone at a moments notice.

Should You Buy It?

If you are using a cell phone for speaking, using an air tube headset is a no-brainer. The Kinden low radiation airtube headset, for the price (currently around $20), offers a very good value for money. Note: because it has a standard jack fitting you can also use on other devices like an mp3 player or computer.

Firstly, a word of warning. If you do buy one, buy it for the right reasons.

An air tube headset does not make your cell phone safe. FACT.

BUT it can make your cell phone safer.

IF when you call you put a good distance between your phone and your head. AND you don't up your cell phone usage because you've bought an air tube headset.

AND you do apply my cell phone protection tips when using your cell phone.

Where To Buy?

You can buy your air tube headset from LessEMF. But make sure what you buy is compatible with your phone. The model shown here has a 3.5mm jack


If minimizing your exposure to cell phone radiation without giving up your cell phone is high on your agenda buying an air tube headset is a good move.

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  • Sharon Ingram said,

    Dear Lloyd,
    Yes, the air tube headset is a good idea for reducing a cell phone user’s exposure to dangerous radiation. But will it prevent those near the user (e.g. chidren, the unborn) from being exposed to radiation from the same cell phone?

  • Lloyd said,

    Hi Sharon
    Using an air tube reduces the emf exposure for the user…for other people that are near the user the exposure is the same….or possibly worse if using an air tube headset means you are holding your phone nearer other people when you are on a call.

  • Jeanne Mullen said,

    Hi Lloyd,
    Have you ever heard of something called a Pop Phone made by a company called Native Union? It’s an old-fashioned looking receiver with a coiled cord. I believe the whole thing is made of rubber. They claim it has been tested by an independent lab and reduces radiation by 96 -98 % . Don’t know if its too good to be true but I’d appreciate knowing what you think about it. All best.

  • Lloyd said,

    Hi Jeanne
    The Pop phone has got a nice look but like regular headsets it works on a wired connection. The air tube headset is the superior device if you are concerned about EMFs.

  • Sharon Ingram said,

    Dear Lloyd,
    This may not be exactly in response to your message about air tubes, but I had to share this link with you, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/click_online/9787576.stm as it is obviously related due to the wireless aspect. One wonders why the wireless-dependent parents bother having babies at all. They might as well give birth to robots!

  • Paul Von said,

    Dear Llyod,

    “A conventional headset has a wire cable. Wire has metal in it. This metal conducts the radiation coming from your cell phone allowing it to easily travel up the wire and into your head.”

    “Worse still, wired headsets can act as an antenna amplifying the radiation and increase your exposure.”

    I would agree that this is an important element of personal exposure principals, and may actually increase neurological damage to the user.

    I know you are attempting to be helpful and considerate of cellular phone users, but the real issue is not the end consummer of this disasterous technology. The communications companies need to be put out of business, and this should be done directly and immediately.

    The cellular tower systems are exposing ALL users and non-users to dangerous levels of non-ionizing RADIATION, which destroys living tissues according to hundreds of competent scientific studies.

    By the time governmental agencies act, there will be hundres of millions of human beings living with permenant – catastrophic damge to their neurological systems, and many more millions will have died from autoimmune disorders.

    It is imparative to stress the seriousness and magnatude of this situation, as this technology MUST BE IMMEDIATELY BANNED, and the cellular communications systems destroyed. There is no other intellegent option available, and readers need to be put on notice in that regard.

  • tatiana townsend said,

    French government is now requiering manufacturers of cell phones to provide a safety shield for all devices.

  • vishwas said,

    Dear Lloyd,

    Just want to inform u that aginst US drone attacks the terror outfits have developed a sachet fo rthe mobile so that it cannot track the mobiles through GPRS.

    Any idea what is the technique for this and is it economically affordable

  • Lloyd said,

    Hi Vishwas
    The sachet you are referring to is an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) bag. Its a specially designed sealed bag which prevents EMP current, static, microwaves, RFID snooping and even moisture damage from getting at the contents of the bag. You can buy them from lessemf.com

  • Connie Zimmermann said,

    Thanks Lloyd for the info about the Air Tube product. I don’t see any info about how the Microphone would work though. My current headset that I use, has a mic built in to the wire. Does the Air Tube provided a mic component, or does the mic on the cell-phone have to pic up the sound? Thanks!

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