Get to know how your cell phone ranks in terms of radiation output

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There is a lot of debate — and some scientific controversy — on whether radiation from cell phones is damaging to health. While the scientific evidence is so far inconclusive and incomplete, a lot of people are scared of the radiation. Still most balance the possible threat with the practical advantages of cell phones — and come down in favour of using them. Still the fact is cell phones emit more or less radiation depending on what model you buy. CNet has put together a great guide rating most of the main models sold in the US so that you can decide that balance for yourself.

The chart uses a ‘Specific Absorption Rate’ (SAR), a standard way of measuring the quantity of radiofrequency (RF) energy that is absorbed by the body.

For a phone to get US certification, it must have a maximum SAR level of less than 1.6 watts per kilogramme (W/kg), the same as Canada. Europe’s maximum is 2W/kg.

Cnet ranks the Motorola V195s, at 1.6W/kg, as the highest emitter of RF.

In fact six Motorola models are in the top seven positions of the ranking of highest emitters, a good reason for the manufacturer to consider reworking its phones.

The top 10 lowest emitters range from the LG KG800 (0.135 W/kg) to the T-Mobile Sidekick 3 (0.5 W/kg), a big difference from the highest emitters.

You can find your cell phone model here:

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