Updated: Mar 1
Does it Actually Work?
The Company EMP Shield is the Kansas Emerging Business of the year (2020) and is listed by the Department of Homeland Security in their 2019 EMP Resilience Report. We did an analysis of the company, DOD test results, and customer reviews. Read through to see our findings.
President Trump Signs Executive Order to Protect Against EMP Attacks.
“With North Korea in possession of nuclear missiles and Iran close to having them, an EMP is no longer a theoretical concern — it is a real threat.” -Republican Platform With headlines like these, it makes you want to protect yourself from the ever-increasing likelihood of an EMP attack. Sure you can buy faraday bags to put small electronics in, but what about the big stuff like TVs, solar panels, generators, water heaters, washers, dryers, etc. You can't put all of those in faraday bags. This is why companies like EMP Shield invented EMP protection devices, so all of your electronics can be protected. But do they actually work? Before we get into that, let's see what an EMP is and what it does. An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) is a sudden burst of electromagnetic energy that radiates through the air close to the speed of light. It can be caused by natural effects, such as lightning or solar storms. It can be caused by a sudden surge or failure in power generation systems. It can also be caused by explosive devices.
The electromagnetic energy moves so fast that as it travels through metal objects the electrons get excited, which results in high amounts of electricity. Most electronics today have very small wires and circuits inside them and would be destroyed by the high amounts of electricity formed by EMP's. The electricity itself doesn't destroy the material, but the heat it creates, causing the circuits to melt and destroying the functionality of the device.
The EMP Shield is designed to shunt (short) the electricity to the ground before it has enough time to heat the circuits and wires up enough to cause damage. Anything connected to the power grid of your home would be safe. This includes refrigerators, stoves, washer & dryer, garage, etc. As long as the appliance is plugged into the outlet it will be safe. Anything not plugged in would be destroyed in the event of an EMP. The Main Argument There are two main arguments from the negative reviews. The first is that they just don't believe anything except a faraday type bag or covering will provide protection against an EMP. We won't cover this since they don't really have any sound scientific evidence for their claims, only their beliefs. The other main argument is that it won't work because the small wires connected to the EMP Shield won't hold up to the large amounts of power EMP's create.
Let's look at this review from Lawrence F. (below). His main argument is that the wires coming off of the EMP protection device are too small. If you look at the picture to the right you might think the same thing. Look at his review and then the response right below it.
According to our research, ROMAD's response to Lawrence is pretty accurate. It might be a little harsh but is actually very educated regarding electricity and EMP's. The EMP Shield was tested at Keystone Compliance, which is a Federally approved Department of Defense (DOD) testing facility. They tested the EMP Shield with an actual electromagnetic pulse strike. 40 of them to be exact... The EMP Shield was struck 40 times with no effect on the unit while maintaining proper functionality. All tests at Keystone Compliance and Intertek show that the devices begin shunting the over-voltage condition in less than 1 nanosecond, and are designed to shunt over 100,000 Amps per phase, which proves the wire size doesn't affect the device at all. The fact that Keystone Compliance certifies that this test was done and meets DOD standards is enough for us to believe in the product. But what about the company?
We actually talked to one of the company representatives, Ben Fletcher. He spent over an hour answering questions about how the product works and the testing involved. He was kind, polite, and very knowledgeable. They were even kind enough to give us a $50 gift card to all of our readers (see below). Between the conversation with Ben and all the customer reviews below, we have concluded our analysis of EMP Shield the company. Read the customer reviews below, then scroll down to see the warranty and our analysis of both the company and the product.
If you have any questions you can call them at (620) 412-9978 or visit their FAQ page empshield.com/frequently-asked-questions
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