For this Sharkbanz 2 review, we’ve prepared for you a little something about how shark shields work, how they’re tested, and ultimately what sets the Sharkbanz 2 apart from the rest. Even though shark attacks make up only a minute portion of the animal-related accidents per year, that doesn’t mean that getting bitten by a shark should be taken lightly.
Typically, sharks don’t have a bone to pick with humans in general, rather, they just view us as a big chunk of fodder that fuels their restless daytime AND nighttime roamings. (sharks actually never stop swimming about, even when they’re asleep) Affected by the feeding habits of these magnificent sea creatures are mostly fish, but also unfortunate surfers, fishermen and scuba divers.
While getting eaten by a shark is certainly quite an exotic way to go and meet your maker, many people choose to steer clear of that violent destiny and seek a solution for this ominous underwater peril. Luckily for people in need of a means of protection against sharks, there is a certain line of products that electrocutes sharks’ noses till their eyes become all watery – shark shields!
Sharkbanz 2 Features and specifications
The Sharkbandz 2 is one of the best looking anti-shark devices out there. With the number of colors that are available you are sure to find one that suits your styles and will match with your gear. The four different colors: slate-black, white-black, white-seafoam, and last but not least – slate-azure.
It’s a well-known fact that any wristband is only as strong as its buckle, and when it comes to the tightly-secured piece of metal that keeps this apparatus in one piece, this one holds up very well, even in a wipeout. These impressive durability features that are displayed by the buckle are thanks to its matte stainless steel construction. Also contributing to the quality look of the device.
Other than that, you also don’t have to worry about it being uncomfortable, as this shark deterrent device is as easy to carry about as a usual watch. The band itself has been made from a specialized kind of soft silicone, which applies well and gently to your skin, preventing any rashes or uncomfortable positions that may cause your hand to itch. (This material is also often used for sports watches and other similar around-the-wrist utensils- soon enough, computers will be mounted on your hand the way technology’s going these days.)
It only weighs in at a tiny 100grams it’s like wearing a watch. this is not a big bulky item that it’s going to ruin your time in the surf.
If you’ve been wondering how much abuse it can endure, we’re glad to inform you that in the case of a shark attack, this little device will be up and running long after you’ve been eaten by one of these elegant sea predators! (god forbid) The magnetic chassis that represents the power-source of this device’s magnetic field is well secured from the outside influence and especially rust, which is any metal’s worst enemy.
It’s water-resistant to 100m, so there is no danger of it getting water in and not working anymore. The rubber material is also a good choice, its a good balance between being grippy enough to stay on your wrist but also being soft enough that it’s not going to cut into your arm or ankle.
First of all, let’s look at its power for a minute. In comparison to the first-ever Sharkbanz model that hit the market a couple of years ago, this second installation we’re describing in this Sharkbanz 2 review has been significantly enhanced when it comes to the intensity of its magnetic field. Now it’s capable of covering an even larger area than the previous model, which was limited to some 5-6 meters.
You can wear the SharkBanz 2 on your ankle so that when you are sitting beyond the break on your board you will have it protecting your foot in the water. This is the same for when you are getting in and out of the water through the surf, this also goes for bodyboarders, and swimmers.
Is it Dangerous?
It is pretty harmless to both humans and sharks. The device itself is a small but tough contraption that creates an electromagnetic field in all directions thus fending off any curious sharks that might be interested in getting a taste of your respectable self. It’s pretty lightweight and durable, so you don’t have to worry about hoarding a massive piece of equipment underwater.
Harmless to the sharks
If you’re an animal enthusiast, you’ll also be relieved to learn that these little devices are completely harmless to sharks, and about the only thing that can happen to them when you’re using one of these amounts to a series of mini twitches and spasms, which is something they surely can survive. (they won’t necessarily like it that much, though)
A bit of Sharkbanz 2 review trivia: how does a shark shield actually fend off sharks?
You may have already heard about the electrocution practices of the shark shield devices, but saying that one of these innocent little contraptions downright ‘electrocutes’ sharks is a bit over the top. What it actually does, is that it overstimulates their nose receptors, making them twitch and become more susceptible to spasms and other unpleasant sensations. Sharks have a certain number of gel-filled receptors in their snouts called- ‘Ampullae of Lorenzini’ which they use to sense the movements of their prey, typically at a close distance. These tiny receptors are only used when the prey is in close proximity. For lengthier chases, over greater distances, sharks use other senses to catch their prey. A shark shield, then, creates a magnetic field approximately four to five meters in diameter which overstimulates their snouts and makes them flee the area in a hurry.
Does it work?
Sporting a small size of a typical wristwatch, this Sharkbanz 2 shark deterrent is a simple and effective means of fending off any curious, and possibly hungry, sharks that you’re unlucky enough to come across. According to the manufacturers themselves, what they’ve come up with is an effective, affordable, simple, and most importantly- a stylish anti-shark device that will help you get a load off your chest when you go out on your next sea-bound excursion. As for its working principle, it’s simple enough really. It roughly follows the same pattern as the working model we’ve described above. A magnetic field is created around the person wearing the shield, with a range of about 1 or 2 meters. This means sharks that find themselves nosing around to close they get uncontrollable snout spasms. The makes them flee the scene and look for their food elsewhere.
We’ll also mention that it features a universal fit, so you don’t have to work out what size you need, great for buying a gift. Another great thing about it is that it doesn’t need recharging as it doesn’t have any batteries to start with! All in all, a plucky little anti-shark device that can quite literally be a lifesaver out there in the open sea. We hope that in this Sharkbanz 2 review we managed to provide you with some valuable information about the nature of this exquisite piece of maritime gadgetry!
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