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Power Balance, Scalar Energy, Quantum Pendants — SCAM?


You have probably witnessed a demo of how a seemingly innocent bracelet or pendant have made someone stronger. Perhaps you yourself have participated in that Endurance and Flexibility Body Test.

Astonished by what you saw, you wonder: do these Power Balance wrist bands, EFX bracelets, and Scalar Quantum Energy Pendants really produce that effect?

We found several reasons below to convince us that they DO NOT. Read on.

“Magical” Wristbands, Bracelets and Scalar Pendants

First, what is Power Balance? Power Balance is a popular brand of wrist bands and bracelets supposedly using “holographic technology” designed to “work with your body’s natural energy field.” Manufacturers claim that wearing the wrist band and similar “magnetic bracelets” can produce tremendous increases in the strength, power and flexibility of a person.

Scalar Quantum Energy Pendants claim the same. It is marketed as coming from “natural minerals that are fused and structurally bonded together at a molecular level… producing scalar energy that helps to enhance the body’s biofield [and] helps to restore energy that has become weak in the body.”

Amazing.

Power Balance admits fraud in their claims

But then again, these baseless claims are exactly the reasons why in Australia, Power Balance had to issue a corrective statement after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) ordered the company to run this official statement and offer customers a full refund:

In our advertising we stated that Power Balance wristbands improved your strength, balance and flexibility.

We admit that there is no credible scientific evidence that supports our claims and therefore we engaged in misleading conduct in breach of s52 of the Trade Practices Act 1974.

If you feel you have been misled by our promotions, we wish to unreservedly apologise and offer a full refund.

– Official Power Balance statement in their Australia website

In short, Power Balance is saying: We’re not sure that it works! Uh-oh!

A pricey wrist band that sells for $30 in the US (around P1,000 to P2,000 in the Philippines) and pendants marketed at US$80 that have no scientific basis if they work? Whoa.

Australian customers are now being offered an unconditional full refund. I wonder if and when the US will follow suit. Would Philippine Power Balance dealers follow next? We’ll see.

Fake or Not?

Right now, you’re probably thinking: “But they tested the product on me and it did make me strong! While wearing the wrist band and pendant, they can’t make me go off-balance no matter how hard they tried! These products can’t be fake!”

Oh yes, they can. Several researches have already concluded that Power Balance wrist bands, bracelets and similar products do not produce any significant increases in a person’s strength or power.

NBA players and soccer players in the US singing praises for Power Balance are paid endorsers of the company. Their job is to promote the product. But until now, there is no scientific proof showing the wrist bands and bracelets had tremendous effect on the performance of Shaq or quarterback Matthew Stafford.

What then explains why people were “stronger” in the body tests? Three things:

  1. Order effect;
  2. Placebo effect; and
  3. Applied Kinesiology

Order Effect

A University of Wisconsin research explains that the “Order Effect” may in part be the reason why some people become stronger or more flexible. The Order Effect claims that on the second or latter attempts, people get more familiar with an activity. People therefore can prepare better and can learn how to surpass the previous feat. Note that Power Balance tests almost always start without the wrist band or pendant. The “special” product is given to you only on the second try, but since you already know what you’re supposed to do, you tend to outdo your previous performance.

Another example: you’ve probably done the exercise where you bend your body forward and you try to touch the floor with your fingers without your knees bending. At first you won’t be able to reach the floor, but after trying it for the second or third time, you’ll be closer and even be able to touch the floor. That’s the Order Effect.

Placebo Effect

The second reason why the body tests seem to be successful may be due to the Placebo Effect, defined by Wikipedia as “the tendency of any medication or treatment to exhibit results simply because the recipient believes that it will work.” That’s regardless whether the medicine or treatment has already been proven scientifically to be effective. Power Balance wrist bands and Scalar Quantum Energy Pendants can produce the same thing. As long as people believe they are real, the placebo can take effect.

The same theme is highlighted in the popular Rhonda Byrne’s book, The Secret. Other people call the concept, Power of Positive Thinking. In the Philippines, we remember it because of an energy capsule’s catchy TV ad slogan: What your mind can conceive, your body can achieve. You don’t need an expensive wrist band to achieve the placebo effect. Anything will do — as long as you believe…

Applied Kinesiology

The most plausible explanation why the Power Balance body tests appear “amazingly” successful is simply the use of Applied Kinesiology, or the use of manual muscle-strength testing for medical diagnosis.

Here’s how the “Power Balance magic” is done:

In the Endurance body test, a person is asked to stand with one leg up and arms fully stretched sidewards. In the first test (without the Power Balance wrist band), the pressure applied to the arm is directed outside the person’s center of gravity, as if the person is being pulled away. Naturally, the person falls off balance.

On the second attempt of the same test — now with the person holding the “special” wrist band or pendant — the arm is being pressed down towards the body, meaning, the direction of the pressure is towards the person’s center of gravity. Now, even without any special gadget or anything, the person won’t fall even though more pressure is applied.

It’s funny how science can easily explain why Power Balance wrist bands, EFX bracelets, and Scalar Pendants do not work. And yet these brands continue to sell their expensive products despite an admission that science does not come into play in any of their claims.

For a more detailed “unmasking” of the secrets of the Power Balance products, watch these YouTube videos.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9_6St8XDms[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lk0Jyjxf9oY&feature=related[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3RjPGOEFhE&feature=player_detailpage[/youtube]


20 thoughts on “Power Balance, Scalar Energy, Quantum Pendants — SCAM?”

  1. Jef Menguin says:

    I have learned that Power Balance and Scalar Pendants are fakes about five years ago. Friends even asked me to try the scalar pendants (I remember they have a different brand name for it). But people will keep on buying, because they have unfulfilled needs.

    Another fake which was exposed by psychology books is Firewalking. But in the Philippines, there are organizations who make it a team building activity, a workshop for people to earn more millions, etc. It is of course a scam, but lack of knowledge make people believe. It is true that firewalking make people rich, especially the ones who organize the event. They enrich themselves based on people’s ignorance.

    The Secret is another scam too. The concept is no different to Anting-anting/Agimat and oracion you can buy outside the Quiapo church. The difference of Oracion and affirmation is that the first is in Latin, the second is in English (or Filipino). People will try to fulfill what they believe. They make their malas or suerte. It is true that many people became rich because of The Secret, most especially, the authors and those who are selling the CDs.

  2. JohnG Austin CD says:

    I’m glad I came across this review. Apparently everyone at my roommates work (Red Robin) is wearing these things because they are convinced their balance has improved significantly since trying it. Well, OF COURSE IT IS! You’re thinking about balancing all of the time, you’re balance is going to get great!
    Cheers mate, thanks for the exposing.

  3. jehzlau says:

    Whoa! A detailed explanation proving that Power Balance is really not working! yey! :D I think Placebo Effect is the most appropriate reason. ^__^

    Some of my friends told me that it really works. O__O Haven’t tried it yet and I have no plans to try it.. hehe. ^__^

  4. Mateo says:

    Thanks a lot! Almost bought one from a friend. Buti binigay na lang.. imitation pa ata.

  5. jacobe says:

    For those who are looking, I think so far the best website that sells authentic fusion excel quantum pendants is http://www.scalarpendant.com. They are only selling it for PHP 4,250. The pendants on the website are authentic and has pin and password to verify it. They ship to the Philippines as well.

  6. rex dGrey says:

    No matter how will explain this post may bring. I still believe that there are lots of things need to be explain. And this power thing is one of them, since the author and all of us here and even those those claim it to be even of those on the contrary, may have little knowledge to claim authority on the matter.
    What I’m trying to say is it take 10 years of basic research and experimentation on the subject to make a clear and definitive conclusion on the subject.
    I do admit that these product may or may not help, and I admire their marketing tool nonetheless.

  7. steve says:

    Sorry everyone but the Power Balance DOES work…Just try it…this BS about balance and pushing towards the body and away from the body is crap…just push straight down everytime…
    Let people make their own decisions…I did and so have all my friends…it works ..
    JUST TRY IT !!

  8. rey says:

    it is a scam that uses scientific jargons to fool people!

    for all the stupid people who did not go to college, or those who did not pass their high school physics,

    “scalar” is just any measurable quantity without a direction. example is length, width, weight, temperature, etc. “scalar fields” are just maps that represent scalar quantities such as temperature or air pressure maps shown in the weather report. there is nothing fancy in there! only idiots believe in this scalar energy BS!

    oh, energy is scalar.. it is just a measurement in Joules without direction! nothing more nothing less! geesh even high school students know these!

    @rex dGrey
    good start, now research and read about credible authority on the matter and you will find that it is pure BS!

    @steve
    go to college, idiot!

    rey
    PhD Physics

  9. Dr. Raul E. Ceniza says:

    The energy emitted from Power Balance is miniscule. But it does provide healthy energy.

    Quantum Pendants provides stronger healthy energy but the energy is still to weak to convince many skeptics.

    Zing Charm Card is several generations better than any pendants or bracelets. This is the healthy energy emitting device (H.E.E.D.)that will prove that this energies do exist.I do not call them quantum or scalar energy because it does not fit to the definitions of quantum or scalar energy. I simply call them HEALTHY ENERGY EMITTING DEVICE (HEED). This devices (Zing Charm Card, Quantum pendants, Ionic Bracelets, Power Balance) contains HEALTHY ENERGY EMITTING MATTERS (HEEM), which is the reason why they provide positive effects to our body.

    Quantum pendants provides only one type of healthy energy, and it comes from Volcanic rocks from Japan.

    Zing Charm Card contains the maximum level of healthy energy that our body can tolerate. Of the hundreds of healthy energy emitting matters (HEEM) as possible sources of healthy energy, only a few were selected and blended to attain the maximum level of healthy energy that our body can tolerate. Too much of these energies may cause palpitations, early fatigue and sickness.

    Presently, Zing Charm Card is the strongest and the best HEED in the market today but I am sure that in the near future a better HEED with better blending of these healthy energies will come.

  10. rey says:

    @Dr. Raul E. Ceniza

    and what are you a quack doctor?

  11. Raul Ceniza says:

    @rey

    That is the problem with you people. You make lighting fast decisions. You think you are the most intelligent person on earth. If you consider energy devices as a scam. Think twice because it really do exist. President Fidel Ramos, President Gloria Arroyo, General Avelino Razon, Senator Panfilo Lacson, Mayor Duterte of Davao, Senator Manny Villar, Senator Loren Legarda are wearing Quantum Pendants. You can not fool these people.

    I have made a research on this things for years and yet in less than a minute, you dismiss them as a Scam. I am no quack. I am a license doctor that has seen the beauty of energy healing. Healing without taking any drugs,is the best way of healing.

    If you think that our present technology has discovered everything. Think twice. We will never improve if you have close minds. The world is still full of mysteries that remains to be unveiled and definitely, I know you will never be at the forefront because, obviously you think that this world can not be improved. I say this to you, natural healing energies do exist and all we have to do is tap this healthy energies, to improve our life.

    If you understood what I wrote, I mentioned that it is not Scalar Energy. It is different, it is more amazing than scalar energy that is why I simply call them Healing Energy, energy that is invisible and but is definitely felt. This is unknown energy and to expect that an existing machine can measure this energy is a fool.

  12. Renjames123 says:

    @560abf04e5057cd210de779f0b18b5d4:disqus You are fooling yourself… :D

    1. raul says:

      Am I fooling myself?amaZing Demo – ZING Card
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_VEtenxrBk

      Live Demo of Zing Card instantly making Living Water
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVX3PAlscjU&feature

    2. Raul E. Ceniza says:

      WONDERFUL WELLNESS ENERGIES FROM NATURE

              Natural Wellness Energies abounds around us. These are emitted naturally in multiple forms of energy waves by plants and rocks. 

             FRESH AIR, EARLY MORNING SUNLIGHT and SPRING WATER are undeniable proof that Natural Wellness Energies exists.

                   NATURAL WELLNESS ENERGIES floats in AIR, travels with LIGHT and are absorbed by WATER. It is the main reason why Light, Air and Water in the Mountains with plenty of trees, water and exposed rocks have wonderful positive effects to our body. High concentration of Wellness Energies have Relaxing, Invigorating and Healing effects.

      All matters emit their own type of positive or negative energy. Plants and Rocks that emits High Levels of Wellness Energy were  carefully selected, processed and designed to synergistically emit the Optimum Level of Wellness Energies.

                   This processed matter is embedded into the ZING Card and produces the healthiest possible concentration of Wellness Energy.

       

      MEDIUM

      COMMON NAMES (A.K.A./ SYNONYMS) OF WELLNESS ENERGIES

      Air

      Fresh Air / Early Morning Air / Energized Air or Ionized Air.

      Light

      Fresh Sunlight / Early Morning Sunlight / Energized Light /

      Ionized Light or Anion Light.

      Water

      Spring Water / Fresh Water / Natural Water / Energized Water / Ionized Water / Living Water or Healing Water.

  13. Vincestacio says:

    some people they belive…but for me its not worted…coz depends…every human has a capacity of energy..lets say a chargable battery..if u charge they gonna work again for the main time but is not for a long hours…and after that they are useless bcoz u know y…charge them and use them again and again..it means they deadcells now…what if it happens to u..thats y just believe to ur sefl and believe to the one who made u…amen…

  14. Mugen says:

    What I noticed is that those who do experience positive effects from the pendant are those who are familiar with “chi”, meditation, and other subtle forms of energy. If you do not meditate or study chi then you will never understand or believe in the power of negative ions. If you are not familiar with chackras and aura then you do not understand the unseen forces that govern life. Bio energy, chackras, chi, aura, or whatever you want to call it exists. If you aren’t familiar with those sciences than don’t comment on the pendant.

    1. Ojas Devam says:

      OHHH BULLSHIT

  15. juan delacruz says:

    @560abf04e5057cd210de779f0b18b5d4:disqus
    You are right!! lets not make lightning fast decisions. These products may possibly be effective but with our present science and technology it is impossible to produce a solid scientific evidence.
    So for now, it is more likely a hoax than true. This needs more time and study for us to come into conclusions. Also, being endorsed by famous personalities is far from establishing a scientific fact.
    But why are people now using and making money out of this? Furthermore, these kind of products are distributed using the controversial MLM/Networking business model.
    Is it right for people to pay premium for this not yet proven product claims?
    Should this be accepted as an alternative to medication, surgery and other treatments as what most distributors of these suggest?
    Isn’t it dangerous for people to try exceed limitations of their ability because of confidence on this products?

    what can you say about this?
    http://scamornotdebate.blogspot.com/2012/09/quantum-scalar-energy-by-fusion-excel.html

  16. Akira seung says:

    If you are looking
    for a natural way to promote holistic wellness within your body, then a
    scalar energy pendant may be
    just the thing for you. Visit http://www.scalarenergypendants.com

  17. G.1 says:

    Plant a tree! ? clean your environment. Simplest and cheapest way. U cannot put all the benefits of nature in one single accessory! Come on! But nature as a whole, is pure science fact.

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