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Joovv Mini 3 Review - Why I Wouldn't Buy This Red Light

In this Joovv Mini 3 review, I explain why I would not buy this product personally and why it's not recommended for most people either!

Joovv Mini 3 Review - Why I Wouldn't Buy This Red Light
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Introduction

Hello! Let me run down the key features and facts about the Joovv Mini 3.0. So Joovv has been in the space for a long time. They are an American company, and this is their third generation product line.

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This third generation is completely different. It is actually a plastic panel. It's also made in Malaysia. I believe most panels are made in China, so it does set itself apart from from the competitors.

It's rather nice looking. They use their own proprietary stand system. You can get some other stands which we'll talk about soon.

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This panel cost me $1100 USD. That included paying for the Joovv mini stand. I don't have a discount code for Joovv unfortunately!

I could have gotten it for $50 cheaper, so $1050. That would have come with a boot. The panel just slides into a foot boot. It'll just hold it upright. You can put it anywhere.

That price doesn't include shipping and doesn't include taxes. It's hard to believe, right? If you're in Los Angeles and you want to get this with the stand, you're going to pay $1100 for the panel, $105 for taxes, plus $30 shipping. That's $1235 USD to get it shipped to your door in LA.

Panel Key Features

Let's have a look at the panel itself. It has 60 LEDs. It uses both 660 nanometers (nm) and 850nm light which is rather old school in that regards. There's no additional multi-wave technology. There's no 810nm or 830nm or 630nm.

That's a bit of a disappointment because the rest of the light therapy space has been evolving in that regard. However, it does have a pulsing function only for the near infrared red light and only at 10 hertz (Hz).

Stand Options & Problems

Like I said earlier, it's a plastic panel weighing around seven pounds. That reduced weight would be quite attractive if you're buying one of these so you can travel with it.

If you want to get a different stand other than the mini stand or floor boot, you can get the door stand. It's $200 extra. You can also get a wall stand which is $250 extra.

It's a little bit frustrating because if you want to hang this off the back of your door or on the wall there's no way to do it.

In comparison to every other panel I've tested, all of the others always come with metal clamps or hooks or cables so you can easily hang any of the other panels from something.

However, if you get this set up and then you decide you want to hang it from a hook, you can't do that unless you go back to their site to buy their wall stand.

Sound Testing

I've done all my usual testing on this panel. We'll start with the sound first. Now this has at six inches has a decibel (dB) reading of 52. At six inches, 52dB is a little bit on the higher side for tabletop panels.

To put that in perspective, I think the BioMAX was about 48dB. Mito Red was about 49dB. Typically, under 50dB is a good sound reading, and 52dB isn't too bad.

But what is bad is the sound that this makes. Check out my YouTube video "Joovv Mini 3 Review - Why I Wouldn't Buy This Red Light" if you want to have a listen to this sound.

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Even when you completely turn off the panel but still have power running to it from the wall, there is still this really strange noise it emits which sound like a digital static. It's really weird.

EMF & Power Testing

Now let's go over the EMS data. There's good news and bad news. The good news is that magnetic fields from this device are fine which is pretty standard across the light therapy space.

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The bad news is the electric field reading is really high even at six inches. If you're worried about EMF, it's obviously a big red flag. From a health and safety point of view, there are better ones out there.

Let's look at the power numbers now. I had an average of 53mW/cm2 across nine readings.

To put that in perspective, RedRush 400 had a average of 50mW/cm2 and MitoPRO 300 had 53mW/cm2 and Hooga HGPRO300 is right up there with all of those at 50mW/cm2 meanwhile, BioMAX 300 is way out in the lead at 70mW/cm2.

Dermabeam Supreme 300W only came in at 32mW/cm2 while Luminousred Model1 has a little more at 43mW/cm2.

So Joovv has a really good average of 53mW/cm2. Then once we've got that figure, I figure out the total wattage which is based on the area. We had 28 watts which is kind of mid-pack. That is because it is putting out a reasonable amount of light which is really good.

Value Calculations & Operations

Since we've got those numbers, we can do some value calculations here again based off the base price before tax or shipping costs came out to $39.30. Just having a quick look at my data from other panels, that is the highest by far!

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Typically, with a large panel anything under $10 is good. Remember, a lower cost per watt is better. For the table tops, anything under $15 is good. This is $39! So that means you're paying $39 for each watt of therapeutic red light. That's way outside the normal price range!

So looking at the operation now, there's two ways you can operate this panel. The first is with the app. The second is with the control panel that's built in. We're going to have a look at the control panel first, and then we'll fire up the app and talk about that.

When you turn it on, it defaults to 10 minutes. All these buttons are quite easy to use. It's still a basic control panel. But it's better than some of the others.

There's a power button, a start or stop button, a timer button (which simply adds a minute to your clock up to 20min), a light button (which alternates between red light, near infrared light, or both), and the last button is 10Hz pulsing (you can have that on or off).

But comparing it to the new Infraredi Flex or like BioMAX screens, the Joovv display is very outdated with the mechanical buttons and whatnot. In the image below, you can see the screens of those two competitors featuring more up to date panels in a side by side comparison of Infraredi and PlatinumLED.

Light Dimming Feature

When I hit start, the timer doesn't start right away because it takes 10 seconds for the light to come up to full power. By the way, the panel was at full power when I did my testing. After those first 10 seconds of gradually increasing power, then the timer starts.

It's kind of cool because anyone that has turned on a light therapy panel has been hit with the sudden intensity of brightness. So I do like the fact that it takes a while to just come up to speed especially with the larger Joovv.

It also works in reverse. When I hit stop, the timer stops but the lights don't and that's because it's getting dimmer and dimmer before it turns off. I don't like that part.

I like the fact that it turns on slowly, but I don't like the fact that it takes a while to turn off. You can get around this by just hitting the power button.

Joovv App

Let's look at the Joovv app function next. You do need to create an account which is a bit annoying. I can control the device through the app, but most of the controls I can also operate on the panel itself.

When I hit "start session" the red light is glowing. It's going to go for 10 minutes. I can change the wavelength from near infrared to red only or ambient which is for background use mode. I would have rather seen like 1%, 10%, 25%, maybe 50%.

The ambient mode is only accessible through the app which is a bit of a bummer. It wouldn't have been hard to put another button on the on the panel and just have a percentage icon. Instead, you need an account and the app for that.

You can also see your stats and weekly sessions, and set up goals. I don't find this very useful though, but some people might.

There's also the session beeper setting which is only available through the app settings. You can turn it off, or you can have the panel beep two minutes before the end or beep at the halfway mark which is my preference. So that's the app.

Comparison To Competition

Moving on to how this panel compares to other products is what we'll cover next. On the low-cost end, we've got the Hooga Health HGPRO300 for only $269 as the regular price on their site (discount code ALEX saves). That has 60 LED same as this one. That has two wavelengths was really good for its price.

Now remember $269 compared to nearly $1200 with that same amount of LEDs power output and very similar 25 watts versus 28W or 29W.

Hooga's comparable panel just a small fraction of the Joovv price, so sure you don't get pulsing or the nice stand and stuff like that. But considering it's a quarter of the price, that's a significant savings!

The MitoPRO 300 (discount code ALEX saves!) which is a little bit bigger has similar power figures. But from a price point of view, it was only about half the cost of this Joovv panel.

From a value point of view, you've also got the BioMAX 300 (discount code generated after you click the link) which is a little bit bigger and has tons of power, a nice stand for extra but includes complimentary hardware to hang it, plus the nice touch screen controls, and you get the remote and 6 different wavelengths!

I could go on and on, but all the other panels I've tested have been around that $300 to $600 price point. Sometimes you pay a little bit extra for a stand sometimes the stand is included.

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None of the other brands are even close to the $1000 price point of Joovv. In fact, some of the other brands are like $600 for 100 LEDs. But this Joovv one is 60 LEDs for over $1000 before taxes and shipping!

My Conclusion

If money isn't an issue, and you're still thinking you want to go with the Joovv, just remember that it's got that EMF issue that no other panel had. That alone is a bit of a turn off.

Plus, there's the annoying sound it makes when it's on, and the faint static noise even when the panel is off.

On the flip side, you do have pulsing. Some other panels have pulsing as well.

Joovv does have the app and the nice stands. Though if you want to get any other type of stand, it is a lot of money.

You do get the Joovv brand which some people really value. I'm sure it's got a great resale value!

It has a two year warranty, but some other companies have warranties that are three years or even longer.

I don't want to talk you into one product or another. Honestly, just stop and look at all the numbers. You'll probably come to a similar conclusion.

Now if you are in the market for a tabletop panel, and you're not too sure about this Joovv Mini 3.0 tabletop panel, be sure to check out this video because in this video "The Best Budget-Friendly Red Light Therapy Panel" I compare 9 different tabletop panels to determine which one is the best.

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