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The Brain Stimulator v3.0 Advanced tDCS Kit

SKU: TBSv3.0-AdvKit
5.00 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
(1 customer review)

$159.95

The Advanced Kit is for those who want more than just the Basic, but don’t necessarily need or want everything that comes with the Deluxe. You can’t go wrong with this kit.

The Brain Stimulator v3.0 Advanced Kit Includes:

  • The Brain Stimulator v3.0 tDCS Device
  • Gold-Plated Sponge Electrode Cable
  • Blue Electrode Positioning Headband
  • Professional 3×3″ Amrex Sponge Electrodes

Note: 9V Battery not included


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Description

The Brain Stimulator v3.0 is the newest version of our most popular tDCS device. For this version, The Brain Stimulator has been completely redesigned from the inside out, and has a ton of amazing new features that we’re sure you’ll love.

Push Buttons & Low Battery Indicator

With elegant push buttons and 5 indicator LED’s, this device is a breeze to use. The “UP” and “DOWN” buttons are used to select between current levels, while the “OFF” button functions as an “instant-off” feature, allowing the user to immediately end a session. Additionally, we’ve added a Low Battery indicator LED, which alerts the user when the battery needs to be replaced. But don’t worry, this device will run for over 90 hours at the highest 2mA setting, so you won’t be doing much battery replacing.

Boost Voltage & Constant-Voltage

Just like our other tDCS devices, The Brain Stimulator v3.0 uses a standard 9-volt battery. But to improve efficiency, special voltage boosting technology has been implemented, allowing the device to operate internally at a full 12-volts (+/-0.5V). So regardless of the electrode position you’re using, you can be sure the device will produce accurate current. Additionally, we reprogrammed The Brain Stimulator to include a “constant-voltage” system so the device operates continuously at 12-volts, regardless of battery health. This means that, unlike other tDCS devices, you will receive the same level of effectiveness out of The Brain Stimulator v3.0 each and every time you use it!

Current Stepping & Built-In Timer

The Brain Stimulator v3.0 features intermediate current stepping in-between the four selectable current options. In other words, when you increase the stimulation current from 0.5mA to 1.0mA, the current output pauses momentarily at 0.75mA before reaching 1.0mA. This provides for smoother transitions and an incredibly comfortable tDCS experience. Additionally, you can put away that kitchen timer because we integrated a 30-minute session timer! This new feature gently lowers the output current and turns off the device once the time limit has been reached.

Advanced Safety Features

When it comes to tDCS, don’t settle for a device which doesn’t put your health and safety first. We believe user safety should be a top  concern when designing a tDCS product. Therefore, we integrated some of the most advanced,  industry leading safety technology into The Brain Stimulator v3.0:

Reverse Battery Protection

Prevents the device from operating should the battery be installed incorrectly and thus potentially damaging the circuitry or producing incorrect results. The device will not power on should the battery be installed backwards.

Over-Current Protection

This feature protects the user from unsafe current levels by limiting the device from ever exceeding 2.25mA at any time. If the device detects an Over-Current issue, the device will immediately cut off current flow and the Low Battery LED will flash RED for 5 seconds. After 5 seconds, the device will shut down and lock for optimal user safety.

Over-Voltage Protection

This feature protects the user by preventing the device from ever exceeding 13-volts at any time. If the device detects an Over-Voltage issue, the device will immediately cut off current flow, and the Low Battery LED will flash RED for 5 seconds. After 5 seconds, the device will shut down and lock for optimal user safety.

Session/Safety Timer

After 30-minutes of use, the device will slowly ramp down the current and power off the device. This feature can be used as a session timer so you can “set-and-forget”

Additional information

Internal Voltage

Boosted to 12-volts (+/-0.5V) – "Constant Voltage" regardless of battery health

Selectable Current Levels

0.5mA, 1.0mA, 1.5mA, 2mA – with intermediate current stepping of 0.25mA

Electrode Cables

3 feet (1 meter) – Detachable, right-angled connector, with fused wires

Low Battery Indicator

6.00-volts – LED flashes Yellow
4.80-volts – LED turns off, current ramps down, device shuts off

Over-Current Protection

2.25mA – Device immediately shuts off and disables further operation
LED flashes Red for 5 seconds

Over-Voltage Protection

13.00-volts – Device immediately shuts off and disables further operation
LED flashes Red for 5 seconds

1 review for The Brain Stimulator v3.0 Advanced tDCS Kit

  1. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I bought this when the device first came out mostly because of its safety features, which was very important to me. I did a lot of research into tDCS so I knew it was considered fairly safe, but I was still a little nervous about sending current through my head lol. I looked at a few other tDCS devices, but none of they seemed to have a big focus on user safety. I had read 2ma is the recommended maximum for tDCS, but one device I found had a max of 2.3, and another could reach 3ma! The Brain Stimulator sticks to 2ma, and even has an emergency cut off feature if the device malfunctions. There’s even a voltage protection cut off if the voltage goes too high, which I think all devices should have because some of them use like 24 volts which seems excessive. I like that The Brain Stimulator v3 takes a standard 9 volt, but boosts it so the device outputs 12. The other companies say the higher the voltage the better, but I read that high voltage can cause burns. I have never had a problem with this device, and even connected my multimeter during one session once and the device always produced 2.0ma. Overall I’m very happy with the product and it’s a lot of fun!

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FAQs

The feelings experienced during a typical tDCS session can vary from individual to individual, and can be based on several factors such as as the montage (electrode placement) being used, level of current, and length of the session. The most common sensation associated with tDCS is a slight tingling, itching, or “warming” sensation felt at the source of the electrodes. This sensation can often be suppressed by applying additional saline solution, or by applying slight pressure to the sponge electrodes to help saturate the area. Adding additional saline solution usually requires stopping the session and removing the electrodes, however saline can be applied easily and comfortably during a tDCS session by using a saline solution applicator bottle.

In addition the the above, some individuals claim to experience a metallic taste in their mouth, but usually report it to be temporary and only during the start of the session. Sometimes it is possible to experience the appearance of a very flash of white light, however this is very rare and only possible if the device being used does not feature “ramping,” and the electrodes are positioned near the optical nerve (near the eyes). Almost all of the tDCS devices being produced by reputable companies feature this technology. The Brain Stimulator v3.0 features internal current stepping, which another form of ramping technology which results in an incredibly comfortable tDCS session.

Overall, most people describe tDCS as being a relatively positive experience, and some report not feeling anything at all!

For some related information, check out: Are there any side effects associated with tDCS?

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Our goal is to produce tDCS devices of the highest quality standards, which operate with precision and guaranteed accuracy, therefore we do not include current meters in our products. Analog current meters are incredibly inefficient, and are only required for tDSC devices which do not have proper current control and management circuitry in place.

Our products include enhanced circuitry comprised of precision components, integrated circuits, and microprocessors (“smart” technology) which controls and monitors current levels several times a milliseconds. The design of our circuitry means that our products do not require a current meter to operate effectively.

However, tDCS devices which use basic, rudimentary circuitry, must include a current meter, as the user needs to consistently monitor and adjust the current flow.

 

 

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Reported tDCS side effects are very few, and only experienced by a small number of the population. Some side effects associated with tDCS include a tingling or itching sensation during stimulation, a slightly metallic taste, and occasional redness at the site of the electrodes. Any redness usually fades away shortly after stimulation. An even smaller percentage of the population reports a slight headache as a tDCS side effect, however this also usually subsides shortly after the session is concluded. The most least reported tDCS side effect, which is usually attributed to improper use of electrodes or poorly assembled/prepared electrodes, is skin irritation. Sometimes this irritation can take the form of a small skin bump or lesion. However, it is important to note that even this side-effect is quite minor, and will fade away over a short period of time.

tDCS Side effect organized into an informational graphicWe found a great infographic on tDCS side effects located at tdcsbrainstorm.com, which shows that often most side effects can be attributed to the placebo effect. The results shown below depict that based on clinical trials, those individuals receiving “sham” stimulation (fake, no current) often reported the same symptoms at similar severity levels compared with those individuals receiving active stimulation (real tDCS).

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Fisher Wallace produces products that are actually very different from The Brain Stimulator family of products. While our devices utilize tDCS (Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation), the Fisher Wallace Stimulator® utilizes tACS (Transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation). In all of the research we have completed on Transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation, it is our opinion that tACS has the potential to produce greater side effects than tDCS, in addition to having far far less scientific backing. Furthermore, Antal, Boros et al. (2008) found that tACS does not appear to create significant changes in cortical excitability. That being said, we do not dissuade customers from purchasing Fisher Wallace’s products, and in some cases will often recommend their products if we believe it is a better fit for the customer.

It is important to note, that while most people believe that the Fisher Wallace Stimulator® is FDA Approved, this is not the case. The Fisher Wallace Stimulator® is only FDA Cleared, which is quite different from approval. While much progress has been made over the years to gain approval, there are currently no CES (Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation) devices that have received FDA Approval. The Brain Stimulator is neither FDA Cleared, nor Approved. The reason for this is because The Brain Stimulator is not a medical device, and is not recommended for use in medical applications.

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We currently accept PayPal as well as standard Credit Card Payments. Credit card information is processed using Stripe, meaning no credit card information is stored on our website. In addition to using the Stripe credit card form on our checkout page, you may also pay with your credit card via the PayPal Express Checkout option.

To process PayPal payments we use PayPal Express Checkout which can be found in right sidebar, as well as on both the Cart & Checkout Pages. PayPal Express is the same as standard PayPal checkout, with the only exception being that PayPal Express takes you directly to PayPal to complete your payment, allowing you to skip our checkout form completely!

Furthermore, you do not need a PayPal Account to checkout via PayPal, nor will you be required to create one choose this checkout method. If you do not have account, there is a link at the bottom of the PayPal checkout webpage which will allow you enter in your payment and shipping information.

 


We’re excited to announce that as of May 2, 2017 we can now accept Bitcoin payments! We are the first (and currently only) tDCS company which accepts digital cryptocurrency as a method of payment, and we are excited to contribute to the rapidly growing acceptance and popularity of this currency 🙂

To checkout using Bitcoin, enter your shipping information on the Checkout page, and select the Bitcoin Payment method option near the bottom of the page. You will have the option to enter in a refund wallet address, should you prefer to receive compensation via the same currency should there be any issues with your order.

Once you the Place Order button you will be taken to a payment submission page, where you will find information such as the payment address where you will send your coins, as well as a QR code, transfer confirmation information, and an order payment expiration timer. It is important that you send and confirm your coin transfer within the 30 minutes allotted, or your order will be marked as canceled. Should you have any questions or issues with our new Bitcoin payment method, don’t hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you 🙂

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We manufacture all our tDCS devices in sunny Southern California. Additionally, the majority of the resale products we carry, such as Amrex Sponge Electrodes, are manufactured in California as well! If it’s not made in California, it’s made somewhere else in the United States. If it’s not made in the United States, WE DON’T CARRY IT.

Working with domestic companies not only provides us with the ability to build close working relationships with our vendors, but also includes unmatched benefits such as faster shipping and restocking times, and the ability to closely manage our quality control processes. Doing business with local vendors has been an integral part of our value proposition from day one, and helps differentiate us from our competitors. The ability to walk through the door of any number of our local vendors, shake their hand and sit down across the table from them, is something incredibly invaluable.

By choosing to work with and purchase from domestic companies, we’re doing are part to help to create jobs right here in United States. Additionally, we do all of our order fulfillment in house, so every purchase gets shipped straight to you from our California offices. Furthermore, we’re working hard to expand our International business, and hope to start opening up overseas shipping facilities in the near future. In the meantime, we offer several International shipping options from inexpensive to expedited delivery.

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For best results, we recommend you replace your sponges every two weeks, or after 7 tDCS sessions. Replacement sponges can be found in packs of 10 in our online store. Over time, the sponges within Amrex electrodes can grow brittle and crumble, crack, or split causing an uneven distribution of current. Worn-out sponges can cause an uncomfortable tDCS session, with increased tingling, itching, and sometimes stinging sensations occurring. A good way to tell if your sponges need replacing is if soaking them with saline solution becomes more difficult, if they start to display a darker/brownish color, or begin feeling “stale.” More importantly, if your tDCS sessions become uncomfortable, or you start to notice sensations that maybe you didn’t before, this is also a good sign that your sponges may need replacing. You can find 10-packs of replacement sponge inserts for both the 3×3″ Amrex Electrodes and the 2×2″ Amrex Electrodes through our online store.

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