Me: "Hello Super!"
Device: "Yes, I'm here."
Me: "Turn on therapy mode."
Device: "Okay. Therapy mode is on."
The Mito Mobile Super by Mito Red Light is one of the most feature-packed red light therapy devices I've ever used.
But is this new generation of smart red light therapy devices over complicating something that was traditionally rather simple? Let's find out.
Okay so first up, what do we know about this device? Well, it's a handheld battery-powered red light therapy device. Though one could argue it's more of a smart alarm clock with red light therapy built-in.
Device Look & Design
It can be very easily held with one hand. It's great for treating your face, your elbow, wherever you may have a small problematic area. The design itself is rather nice. It's in a plastic case with rounded edges.
It has a physical button on one side and charging ports on the other. On the back, you have a port for this stand which comes included. As you will see there, it simply snaps on magnetically pops off easily.
If you use the provided plug, you can actually charge your device when it's sitting on the stand which is pretty neat. The stand pivots, so you can use that for treating your face for instance or really good stuff. On the front of the device, we have the 12 LEDs, which I'll unpack in a little bit more detail soon.
Innovative Interactive Screen
We also have the screen. Now this screen is not your typical control panel with a timer that we often see on red light therapy devices. It does a lot more than that. You see, this device is a red light therapy device and is great for spot targeting and travel and portability all those good things.
But it also does a lot more, and a lot of these neat features are unlocked through the screen. In fact, some of these features don't even require the use of the screen.
Me: "Hello, Super!"
Device: "Yes, I'm here."
Me: "Turn on therapy mode."
Device: "Okay. Therapy mode is on."
That's just a little bit creepy to me and maybe unnecessary, but some people might like it though. It's a rather basic voice control feature.
It also has some other features such as a wake-up alarm with a sunrise option. That's kind of cool! It has an ambient lighting mode where the perimeter of the device glows a nice soft warm light.
It has a screen saver with the date and time. It even has built-in speakers with Bluetooth. So you could sync this with your phone and play some music. Or when you do your red light therapy session, the device itself will play some nice calming relaxing music.
Now, of course, you can disable the music if you don't want it playing. That's quite interesting. I was playing around with this the other day, and I found I actually enjoyed the music. I've never thought of incorporating music while I use red light therapy. I suppose if you are using it in a relaxing way, then sure, why not?
Finally, it also has a built-in sleep mode that uses the red light and you can put it on a timer. I suppose you can run the music as well and slowly drift off to sleep as the device gets dimmer and dimmer it's all pretty cool!
It's more than just a typical red light therapy device, but at the end of the day that's what it really is: a handheld battery-powered red light therapy device. So how does it stack up when it comes to red light therapy? Let's get out my spectrometer, and we'll have a look at what these LEDs are doing.
Okay so first up, from this reading we see that there's two peaks of red and an interesting graph with the near-infrared. I actually moved the meter around the device and took a couple readings. Each reading showed a completely different result as you can see here.
We see the red light ranging from say 630nm all the way up to 690nm. A different LED was between 630nm to 670nm.
As you can see here, the range of near-infrared light starts around 810 nanometers (nm) and then goes up to 836nm. There's quite a lot of light between the 810nm and 830nm or even 840nm. Another LED is peaking around your traditional 850nm, so you're getting near-infrared light spanning from the 810s right up to the 850s.
Overall, there is quite a wide range of light coming from the device. It's quite an interesting blend of light that Mito Red included in this device!
Power Testing & Price
Now as for the power figures. From a power intensity point of view, these numbers aren't too bad. They're all tested at six inches.
Yes, you're going to get much higher readings in a Mito Red Light panel for instance. But remember, this is battery-powered, so there were no EMS coming from this.
Thus, there's no reason why you can't use it a lot closer to the body without any issues. It does mean you're going to have to move it around to get full body coverage. But really, that's not what people are buying this for.
But remember, that was testing at six inches (in). If you go closer, you'd shorten those times even more. Alright, so how much does it cost?
Those prices also include this stand which is great! By the way, it comes with a one-year warranty.
So what do I like about Mito Red Light's Mito Mobile Super? I like the fact I've got a lot of different wavelengths in this device. It's something we don't see in a lot of panels, let alone a small handheld battery-operated device.
The compact size is quite nice. I think it is a good price for everything you're getting here because there are a lot of neat features included in this device!
The power readings are also sufficient for what we're using here, so no issues there. It is a nice design. It looks good and sits on the docking station really well. The complimentary charging dock stand is a valuable bonus Mito Red Light has included.
It's a perfect to put beside your bed because of the alarm clock mode and the sleep mode. Plus, you can take it with you to use while you're away during the day and bring it home to charge overnight. If you're looking for these special features like the music, voice control, and even a night light, then it's a good product to buy.
However, there are some downsides. First up, it's a little bit tricky to use. Granted, I am a bit picky when it comes to operations, control panels, apps and all this sort of stuff. I like things to be user-friendly. There's no reason products can't be both technologically advanced and still be simple to operate.
This control panel is a little bit tricky. It comes with a really good manual with all the different options and modes. But sometimes (even with the menu in front of me) trying to get into some of the menus was a little bit frustrating.
You've got a swipe for some options. You've got to use a physical button for others. And as we saw before, you can also use voice control which works sometimes but not other times.
You have to be very specific with the the commands you're giving. I think with practice and with time it wouldn't be as big of an issue.
I tried to get it up and running for 20 minutes before I eventually got frustrated, gave up, and used the manual. I was stuck in the settings mode. I didn't even know how to turn the device on. Turns out, you have got to swipe from one corner of the screen across.
Again, the manual is there to help. I'm just blaming myself for not looking at it to begin with. But I thought I'd point that out.
There's a lot of features in here, but I do wonder if they could have done with a bit more polishing. The voice control isn't great for instance. And some of the menus could be better.
I don't know if I'd trust this as my sole alarm clock if I had a big international flight early in the morning. Sure, the clock could be really reliable, but this isn't an Apple product, it's a red light therapy product with a few neat features added on for enjoyment.
I wish there was a USBC charging port. That would be useful if you take this away for a few few days and decided not to bring the charging port. Then you still have to take the bulky cable which is a bit annoying.
Also, because of all the wavelengths in here and the limited amount of LEDs, you're not getting the perfect blend of light that we typically see in Mito Red Light products.
I'm getting super picky here because I can't have a negative section with no negatives, but none of these opportunities for improvement are a deal breaker.
Should You Buy?
Okay so who should buy this then? Well, I can think of three buyers. The first would be someone who wants a handheld battery-powered red light therapy device with a wide range of wavelengths: 630s, 660s, 810s, and 850s. It's in a league of its own in that regard.
The second would be someone that loves tech and gadgets. If you can see yourself putting this beside your bed and using the alarm clock, the night light, the voice controls, the relaxing music, the portability, the attractive design and the useful docking station stand to charge it, then this ticks all those boxes perfectly.
The third would be someone that is in the market for a handheld device to show off at the gym or use to relax on your lunch break and would rather spend a bit more for its modern, attractive design and bonus features, then of course this is going to be for you as well.
The fourth would be anyone with blurry vision since it has the helpful voice control feature so you don't have to fumble around on your night stand trying to find your reading glasses only to remember you left them on the coffee table.
Alternative Handheld Devices
That said, it's always important to shop around and look at all your other options. Now, I've actually got two alternatives to the Mito Mobile Super. Both of these are actually from Mito Red Light (the same company that makes the Super).
If you're purely interested in treating your face or your sore shoulder or or whatever because you just want to tap into the benefits of red light therapy, then I wouldn't really recommend a device like this just because of its lower power and smaller size.
For the same price as this, you could get a small red light therapy panel. The MitoPRO 300 for instance has 60 LEDs. It comes with a stand. It's going to put out a heap more power. It's has several wavelengths, and it comes in at the same price.
But of course, you don't get the portability aspect that you do with the Mito Mobile Super (remember that discount code ALEX saves).
If you really value portability, then check out the Mito Mobile FLEX. It's similar to this device, but it has 12 LEDs and quite basic controls. You have an on off, a timer, red and the infrared light options. It's pretty simple, but it's going to work really well because it puts out a decent amount of power.
It's $100 cheaper than the Mito Mobile Super. Of course, you're not getting all of those advanced features. This device is actually what I personally use when I'm traveling or for spot treating problematic areas.
More Handheld Reviews
Now, if you know you want to get a handheld device, and you're a little bit unsure as to which one you should get, check out this video where I compare an assortment of handheld red light therapy products from various companies, so check that out for a lot more information.
If you've got any questions please leave them below. I'll keep you posted in the next article.
This Article's Products With Benefits:
- Mito Red Mito Mobile FLEX and MitoADAPT - discount code ALEX saves
- Mito Red Mito Mobile Super - code ALEX saves
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