Is Hooga PRO1500 the best-value red light therapy body panel on the market? Let's find out!
So I've been testing this panel for a while now, and it is rather basic but there are some interesting features, including something quite remarkable that I noticed when doing my wavelength testing. I'll talk more about this later.
In the meantime, what do you need to know about this panel? Well, it's from a company in the USA called Hooga Health. They are well known for putting out some incredibly economical red light therapy devices.
This is their 300 LED panel. They make smaller ones with as few as 60 LEDs right up to their massive wall panels with over a thousand LEDs. Hooga Health products are known for being a great bang for your buck.
This one is from their PRO line which includes some extra features which means a higher price compared to their basic line. We'll talk more in-depth about the two different product lines at the end of this video.
With their PRO panels, you're getting dual chip LEDs which results in better power output and broader light coverage.
It also has modular support which is great if you want to get multiple panels and connect them all together.
There's no flicker in this panel. It also has a nicer design.
Size wise, it comes in at 36 inches tall 9 inches across meaning you could treat half of your back or one leg at a time.
So it is marketed as a 660 nanometer (nm) red light device and a 850nm near infrared light. I do see that single peak in the near infrared range. Though it was a little bit closer to 860nm instead of 850nm, but there was still a good amount of light at 850nm.
What is really interesting is with the red light data as you can see here it wasn't just a sharp single peak. Instead, we see a bit of a flat top. What's neat is that it's quite a wide range.
So what does this mean? It's going to be good at lowering inflammation, helping with wound healing, boosting collagen production, and just optimizing overall energy generation.
Power, Dosing & More
As for the power numbers, I got a peak power reading of 96mW/cm2 at six inches. This is ridiculously high. In fact, it's probably one of the highest readings I've tested. What's even better is the average power reading was close to this peak. The average I got was 86mW/cm2 .
Usually, we see a big drop off between peak and average. I think the reason that these two numbers are so close is because of the dual chip LEDs. Meaning, you're getting a really nice spread of light. The total light output was 150 watts (W).
What are the key takeaways here from a dosing point of view? Well, if you're running with 50J/cm2 while using this at 6 inches (in), you'd need to do a 10 minute (min) treatment time for deeper issues.
For surface level treatments, you're only needing about a 3min per treatment time. So these are really good numbers especially if you want to use this on multiple areas across the body.
The Sound and EMF Levels
The sound reading was good at 50.5 decibels. Unfortunately, the EMF reading was not so good at 6in.
It's not a deal breaker, but if you're concerned about the EMF, you may want to look elsewhere.
Price, Value & Warranty
What about price? Well, it retails for $1199. Discount code ALEX will save you 5%. So that brings the price down to $1139.
If you're in America, you'll get free shipping. Internationally, you'll be looking at around $150 up to $200 for shipping.
That actually puts it right up there with the big dogs like Mito Red and BioMAX panels. However, it's important to remember that those panels are your more premium, feature-packed panels.
You can get a stand for this panel. It's about $299. They have a vertical stand and a horizontal stand. I should mention that the panel comes with a three year warranty and a 60-day trial period.
My Likes & Dislikes
So what do I like about this panel? Well, I think the 650nm to 670nm range that you're getting is pretty cool. I don't know if that was a deliberate design choice or if it just worked out that way, but it is beneficial.
I do like its dual chip technology, and you are getting a great coverage area of light.
I'm impressed by its power output. It does mean you can stand further away and get a good treatment dose.
The price is quite attractive. Yes, there are cheaper body panels, but it's still coming in at a highly competitive price point.
There are a few things that I don't like. There's no multi-wave technology. There's no 630nm, no 810nm, and no 830nm light. It's just your two basic 660nm and 850nm.
There's no control panel on here. Instead, you just get two chunky switches. It's a little bit old school, but some may like it. There's no timer on this panel. I think that's a big blow because that surely is simple and cheap to incorporate.
If you end up standing closer to that panel and that 5 to 10 minutes turns into 15 to 20, then there is a risk that you're pretty much wasting your time. The built-in timer would really help you.
Another thing linked to this is the lack of a dimming function. We see this in a lot of new panels where you can drop the light down. People were initially excited by this for the ability to use it as a background ambient light.
However, now that we're seeing these extremely powerful panels, it is nice to be able to drop the intensity down so you can do longer treatments or decrease your risk of overdosing.
Finally, there was that slightly higher EMF reading. Today, we pretty much expect the panels to be putting up next to no EMF so that was a disappointment.
Should You Buy?
Overall then, should you buy this panel? Overall, it's a great value. But before hitting the checkout button, I think it is smart to shop around.
I can think of three main reasons why someone would buy this panel.
First, is someone who wants a no-frills, easy to use approach. This literally has one switch and away you go. People might like that.
Secondly, someone who's wanting good power across the entire panel with no hot spots is going to like the Hooga PRO1500.
Thirdly, those on a budget are often attracted to the Hooga Health products.
Again, make sure you do some research and shop around. Speaking of shopping around, let's compare this to two other panels.
Now there are a lot of benefits in these other wavelengths, so that is quite a big draw card. It is a little bit less powered than the Hooga PRO1500, but you're getting a much nicer control panel with that important built-in timer.
Hooga's PRO1500 Compared With Their Basic HG1500
Alternatively, Hooga makes a highly affordable HG1500 panel. Their non-PRO, basic edition should be considered if you are on a serious budget. You do lose a couple of features going with that product line.
It's not dual chip like the PRO. It doesn't have modular support. There is some flicker in the basic panel which isn't ideal.
Now, be sure to check out this article to learn more about the differences between the Hooga PRO line and their basic line.
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