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What's your cell phone's maximum radiation level? Interactive database

Sharon Machlis | June 3, 2011
Search this database or browse the full listing from the Environmental Working Group.

With recent news of a possible link between cell phone radiation and risk of brain cancer, you may have a new-found interest in knowing how much radiation your mobile handset is giving off -- or, more importantly, how much your body might be absorbing.

The FCC's legal limit for mobile phones is 1.6 Watts of radiofrequency energy per kilogram, using a measure called Specific Absorption Rate (SAR).

The Environmental Working Group, which tracks SAR data for more than 1,300 cell phone and smartphone models, notes that several factors besides your handset affect your actual level of exposure. For example, distance from the cell tower plays a part: If the connection is weak, the handset needs to generate more radiation to make a connection to the tower. Network frequency and technology may play a part, and even the age of the user is an issue.

"Children and teenagers would likely get higher radiation dose than adults from the same phone," EWG spokesperson Leeann Brown said in an email.

Distance from the phone also matters. Using a headset or the speaker -- or texting instead of talking -- are inexpensive ways to cut down your exposure, EWG advises. The organization has posted 8 cell phone safety recommendations on its Web site.

The FCC also cautions that SAR alone doesn't tell the full cell phone safety story, since it measures maximum possible and not typical radiation levels.

There's a fairly wide range of SAR levels for cell phones tracked by EWG using data from vendor Web sites, last updated in December 2010, ranging from the LG Quantum's 0.35 W/kg to several Motorola models that come in just at 1.60 W/kg. Use the form above to search for a specific mobile phone model or view the full chart on the next page.

Mobile handset SAR levels

Models are shown in order from lowest to highest levels of maximum possible radiation. You can re-sort the list by clicking a column header.

Radiation Model Carrier(s)
Motorola V.101   0.14 W/kg
Motorola V.100   0.14 W/kg
Samsung SGH-s105 T-Mobile 0.18 W/kg
Motorola Accompli 009   0.26 W/kg
Sony Ericsson T292a   0.27 W/kg
Nokia 7390   0.29 W/kg
Motorola E680   0.34 W/kg
Motorola MOTOKRZR K3   0.34 W/kg
LG Quantum AT&T * 0.35 W/kg
Nokia 8800d   0.36 W/kg
Sony Ericsson T310   0.38 W/kg
Sony Ericsson S700i   0.42 W/kg
Nokia N71   0.42 W/kg
Samsung SGH-p735 T-Mobile 0.45 W/kg
Motorola V200   0.46 W/kg
Motorola E398   0.46 W/kg
Nokia N-Gage   0.47 W/kg
HTC Advantage X7501 (ATHE100)   0.48 W/kg
Samsung SGH-x105 T-Mobile 0.49 W/kg
Samsung Sync (SGH-a707) AT&T 0.50 W/kg
Nokia 6062   0.50 W/kg
Nokia 6708   0.51 W/kg
Samsung SGH-t809 T-Mobile 0.52 W/kg
Sony Ericsson Z502a   0.52 W/kg
Casio EXILIM Verizon Wireless * 0.53 W/kg
Nokia 6290   0.54 W/kg
Sony Ericsson T68i   0.54 W/kg
Motorola MOTORAZR V3 - 06   0.54 W/kg
Motorola V80   0.54 W/kg
Nokia N90   0.54 W/kg
Nokia 7710   0.54 W/kg
Motorola MOTOROKR E6e   0.55 W/kg
Nokia 5140i   0.55 W/kg
Sanyo Katana II Kajeet * 0.55 W/kg
Pantech Breeze II (P2000) AT&T *, AT&T GoPhone * 0.55 W/kg
Samsung SGH-e715 T-Mobile 0.56 W/kg
Nokia 7373   0.56 W/kg
Samsung Rugby (SGH-a837) AT&T 0.57 W/kg
Blackberry Storm 9500 Smartphone   0.57 W/kg
Nokia 6267   0.57 W/kg
Blackberry Storm 9530 Verizon Wireless 0.57 W/kg
Samsung Mesmerize (Galaxy S) CellularONE *, U.S. Cellular * 0.57 W/kg
Samsung SGH-d415 T-Mobile 0.57 W/kg
Samsung Fascinate Verizon Wireless * 0.57 W/kg
Nokia 6280   0.57 W/kg
Motorola A1600   0.58 W/kg
Nokia 6630   0.58 W/kg
Nokia 9300i   0.58 W/kg
Motorola V3e   0.59 W/kg
Motorola I2000   0.59 W/kg
Samsung SGH-a197 AT&T GoPhone * 0.59 W/kg
Nokia 8800e   0.60 W/kg
Samsung Memoir (SGH-T929) T-Mobile 0.60 W/kg
Nokia N92   0.60 W/kg
Motorola C390   0.60 W/kg
Samsung Contour (SCH-R250) MetroPCS * 0.60 W/kg
Nokia 8800   0.60 W/kg
Nokia 6263 T-Mobile 0.60 W/kg
Nokia 7500   0.61 W/kg
Nokia 6233   0.61 W/kg
Samsung SGH-t409 T-Mobile 0.62 W/kg
Nokia 7380   0.62 W/kg
Samsung Gravity T (SGH-T669) T-Mobile * 0.62 W/kg
Nokia N93i   0.63 W/kg
Motorola i890 Sprint * 0.63 W/kg
Samsung SGH-T249 T-Mobile * 0.63 W/kg
Motorola V.60G   0.63 W/kg
HTC Touch (ELF0100) CellularONE, U.S. Cellular 0.64 W/kg
Motorola W270 W270   0.64 W/kg
Motorola T193   0.64 W/kg
Nokia 6103   0.64 W/kg
Motorola W396   0.64 W/kg
Sony Ericsson K790a   0.64 W/kg
Nokia 7360   0.65 W/kg
Nokia 6125   0.66 W/kg
LG VX7000 Verizon Wireless 0.67 W/kg
Nokia 7020 CellularONE * 0.67 W/kg
Nokia 6680   0.67 W/kg
LG dLite (GD570) T-Mobile * 0.67 W/kg
Samsung Propel Pro (SGH-i627) AT&T 0.68 W/kg
ZTE A15   0.68 W/kg
Samsung SCH-u740 Verizon Wireless 0.68 W/kg
Samsung Alias (SCH-u740) Verizon Wireless 0.68 W/kg
Samsung SGH-t229 T-Mobile 0.69 W/kg
Motorola W265   0.69 W/kg
Sony Ericsson W380a   0.69 W/kg
Nokia N72   0.69 W/kg
Samsung Continuum Verizon Wireless * 0.70 W/kg
Samsung Captivate (I897) AT&T * 0.70 W/kg
Motorola A1200   0.70 W/kg
Nokia 7250   0.70 W/kg
Nokia 7250i   0.70 W/kg
Samsung SGH-t709 T-Mobile 0.70 W/kg
Motorola EM30   0.71 W/kg
LG F9100   0.71 W/kg
LG L1400   0.71 W/kg
LG L1200   0.71 W/kg
LG C1300   0.71 W/kg
T-Mobile Wing (HERA110) T-Mobile 0.72 W/kg
Nokia E90   0.72 W/kg

 

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