Sharkbanz 2 Magnetic Shark Repellent Device.
WHY SHARKS USE ELECTRORECEPTION
SHARKS ARE CURIOUS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The electromagnetic field is increased by your movement, but the movement is not necessary. The simple rhythmic current of the ocean moving you around is enough. Sharkbanz does not need to be submerged in water to deter sharks so keep us in mind next time you take out that Ocean SUP or Kayak.
If you have metal or medical devices under the skin, always consult with your doctor before purchasing and using Sharkbanz.
Sharkbanz technology can harm electronic devices, including electronic scuba equipment, and should be kept at least 12 inches (30 cm) away from these devices. If you are handling electronic equipment while diving, we suggest placing Sharkbanz on your ankles to avoid direct contact with the electronics.
Sharkbanz emits a magnetic field that quickly drops off, so sharks cannot sense it from far away. Once sharks enter this magnetic field range, they can be deterred, as Sharkbanz has shown to over-stimulate their electroreception. For added peace of mind, please know that based on the laws of magnetics, this magnetic field created by Sharkbanz drops off at the inverse cube of the distance from the source, meaning at a distance of 10 feet and beyond, the field is not detectable by even the most sensitive laboratory equipment.
This technology has been tested on most common predatory sharks, including Bull, Blacktip, Oceanic Whitetip, small Tiger, Nurse, Lemon, Caribbean Reef, and Bonnethead. For more information on species tested, follow this link to our partners at SharkDefense.
*Note from our scientistic partners: Official research tests showed that large magnets deterred Nurse sharks, but Sharkbanz will not elicit much of a reaction. Nurse sharks are bottom feeders and use their electrical sense much less than most predatory species, instead of relying on their keen senses of sight, smell and barbels. They will bite if severely provoked, but are otherwise docile. Do not attempt to “test” Sharkbanz when diving with nurse sharks, as you may provoke the animal.
Great Whites are unique in that they are the only shark that acts as an ambush predator, attacking from a long distance at high speed. There is no effective way to prevent this type of ambush attack. However, Great Whites rely heavily on their electroreception when swimming in open water, and Sharkbanz could effectively deter an investigating Great White. Much like other safety devices, such as bike lights, Sharkbanz reduces the risk — they do not eliminate the risk altogether. That said, customers in Australia and California have used our products to deter investigative Great Whites. You can read these testimonials on our Reviews page.
By purchasing Sharkbanz, buyer acknowledges that Sharkbanz are a deterrent to shark interactions and that there is NO GUARANTEE of no shark interactions. We liken Sharkbanz to other safety devices, such as bike helmets and seat belts. They’re intended to reduce the risk of harm, but they cannot protect someone fully, all the time. Instead, they add protection when previously there was none.
Sharkbanz and Sharkbanz 2 do not have any electrical or pressurized components, and Sharkbanz 2 are waterproof tested up to 100M.
Sharkbanz technology has also been known to deter stingrays, an added benefit to the product. Sharkbanz do not attract Sharks, nor are they detectable by or known to harm any other ocean creatures such as dolphins, sea turtles, or fish.
No – Sharkbanz do not use batteries and thus do not require charging. They are powered by the magnetic field of the earth and are always “on”. As long as the magnetic technology is not exposed to heat over 150°F (65°C) and the chassis is not physically damaged, the Sharkbanz are operational.
As long as your Sharkbanz are not exposed to heat over 150°F (65°C) and the chassis is not physically damaged, then the magnetic technology will not lose its power. The longevity of the band varies depending on the frequency of use and the amount of abuse. If there is a problem with your Sharkbanz, please let us know.
Sharkbanz orders in Australia and NZ will be shipped immediately from our local business address. If you are in Sydney you are welcome to come to our showroom.
No! The magnets are very powerful and all ferritic (iron) particles will stick to the banz and sometimes look like a dark goo. Don’t worry; your Sharkbanz is not leaking, nor is the effectiveness reduced. The best way to clean the particles off is to use a slightly damp or dry towel and smoothly wipe them away.
Sharkbanz are designed to fit on either your wrist or ankle. Sizing the band to your ankle using the instructions found on our Product Care page will allow you to wear in both places. In rare cases, Sharkbanz may not fit. The best way to find out for sure is to measure the circumference of the wrist or ankle with a tape measure. If it’s between 5.5 and 14 inches (14 and 35.5 cm) then you’re all set!
Sharkbanz will arrive in special packaging with handy magnetic shielding to decrease the magnetic field put out by the product during transport and storage. Learn more about packaging on our Product Care page. We recommend storing Sharkbanz in its case when not in use to reduce the risk of damaging electronic devices nearby.