Review of Pinook Mini Electronic EMS/TENS Portable Massager
;Pinook!!! Pinook!!! Pinook!!
This is the brand that I have seen in several different malls across North America and Canada. Pinook is an electronic portable massager, It's the size of an iPod nano and looks very similar to an iPod as well. It is supposed to stimulate how a real massage feels except this one is given out by electronic 'shock's. Pinook is both a TENS; Trans-cutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation and EMS: Electronic Muscle Simulator unit. Meaning with the TENS unit part; it blocks out and controls pain, with the EMS part it stimulates muscle regrowth and stimulation.
They are advertised on the shopping stand as something that looks physically very trendy. The posters and advertisements remind me of when the iPod was advertised in Australia with an outline of someone rollerblading / having fun with a small iPod gadget in their hand. To me this seemed very similar except on the advertisement they had pads stuck onto the person that was spread out seemingly that was having fun.
I felt that it was a bit overprice. it retails for around $350, the sales lady was able to get it 'down' to $170 though with it feeling like a bit cheap with the plastic feel, I though that brought my perceived quality of the Pinook down. I did like how the Pinook was packaged when given. It was presented neatly in a nice box that had a magnetic opening and closing and with a Pinook gift bag.
When I felt the Pinook Mini in my hand it felt quite 'plastic' even had a 'cheap' feel to it. I did think maybe like the actual Apple iPods it would've been better if the Pinook had been made via some sort of metal instead of plastic. The Pinook, like the Apple iPod was a very portable and palm-size feel to it. It could snugly and conveniently fit into my little hands with ease and comfortably. The buttons felt good to touch and had the right 'tactile' amount to it.
The Pinook had 2 sticky pads already in the box; 2 that was small size and 2 that was 'bigger' size. I placed the lead wire with the 2 small sticky pads into the wire hole in the Pinook. The on /off switch could be a bit bigger as even with my small hands I had to use my finger nails to turn it on / off. Once turned on the Pinook had 6 modes; combination, tapping, acupuncture, kneading, ear and feet. The ear and feet function only work when the feet massage slippers are connected and as I don't have the ear clip massagers I have not been able to use that function.
After I removed the 2 sticky pads from the plastic sheeting and placed them on each side of my back and finally turned the Pinook to a combination mode, I could feel electronic currents on my back that actually felt like I was having a massage. As it went into several different modes in the combination mode I could feel the relaxing and my muscle's jerking to the sensation of the modes of tapping, acupuncture and kneading. As the Pinook has a strength up to 20, I was slowly putting the Pinook strength scale higher and higher until I reached about 6. Even at 6, this felt really strong. Every time a current form the Pinook went into my back, I would feel a strong though relaxing jerk in back, My muscles would tighten then contract. People from afar would be able to see me moving my back muscles or they would be able to see my muscles jerking from the massage. I went through the other functions and felt the similar muscle jerking though had a pleasurable and relaxing feeling. When I clipped the lead into the pair of massage slippers, I could feel a tingly sensation sort of like how pins and needles feel though at a more relaxing feeling. Even though the slippers came in only one size a size 7 and I am a size 5, I could still feel the pleasurable sensation and the 'massage points' were still against my feet.
The Pinook has a timer from 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 minutes. It is preset for 20 minutes when bought. I usually find the 20 minute timer is adequate and haven't really had a need to change it.
The Pinook has a 'lock' so that if you bump the Pinook buttons it won't accidentally go to another function. I have the manual on how to do this 'lock and for some reason I have not been able to do this.
The Pinook comes with a thick instructional manual in red, along with a acupuncture pressure point chart and cards for warranty and your salesperson name card. Reading the manual wasn't as fluid or easy as I hoped. I found some of the wording too technical and thought as everyday users that don't necessary have the medical knowledge or terminology in mind to have created the working in more of a 'layman's' grammar. I also found the grammar to be incorrect and suspected that it was produced in a non English dominated country.
The Pinook is charged with either a single wire connector from the Pinook to a computer or USB outlet or can be charged with a conventional power plug outlet. The single wire connector would come in handy if you want to charge from your computer or with an iPod or US adapter.
I was a bit surprised that the small wire pads wore away quite faster than I thought. Well one of the pads was a bit used, i knew it was time to change the pad when the pleasurable electronic pulses I felt on my back turned into sharp pinches that were no longer pleasurable. I do admit that I did 'neglect' taking care of my Pinook back pads as I should. I got a bit lazy in putting the plastic sheeting in between the pads and some dirt and stuff got stuck on the pads and i didn't wash the pads as like was recommended.
I felt even though the Pinook looked really great and performed really great and gave me an indeed relaxing and pleasurable massage that almost felt like the real massage and of course I felt soooo much better after the massage, I thought that for the the full price of $300 it was way too much, thank God for the nice and friendly sales lady who was able to give me a great deal which included a hand warmer. I got a nice price including the Pinook Mini Massager, Pinook massaging sleepers, one green hand warmer for $195 including tax.
I was quite impressed with Pinook, that I bought another Pinook massager, this time not from a retail store but a second hand Pinook mini massager from Craigslist. As I was going to ship it Australia for my family I wanted to make sure it performed to standard. It did, the guys said he only used it 2 times then didn't bother using it as he felt he didn't need it for "medical or therapeutic purposes". I got a second hand one by the way as I wasn't too sure from past experiences how my mum and dad will continue to use technology; they're not technology savvy and with me and rest of siblings leaving the nest they sometimes have a hard time figuring out technology.
The only problem I might foresee is buying spare pads at cheap prices as the Pinook stores I have gone to sell them a bit expensive and Dr Ho's another massager; they're pads aren't compatible.