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homedics mini massager

In my search for something that would help soothe my sore muscles (other than getting a professional massage each day,) I came across two neat hand-held massagers from HoMedics. The one I’m reviewing here is the HoMedics PM-30BX On-The-Go Battery Operated Mini 3 Node Massager, because it looked like something I could carry around to my races.

Actually it looks more like a UFO than anything, but it’s called a massager, so I’ll take their word for it.

This is just a cheap little massager that you hold in your hand and glide over your body, letting it do all the work. Or so I thought.


It looks like a novelty item, so I wasn’t expecting a miracle… but I was expecting it to work. It does move, but it is more of a vibration than a massage. I couldn’t even feel it on my quads and calves. (There’s only one speed, so you can’t change it to a harder setting.)

Even worse, the vibration really wears out your hand. So your muscles get no relief and your hand gets sore.

It’s not very flexible either. For example, if you use it on your feet or forearms, it sucks because only one or two pods hit at one time. The three “pods” are only good on a surface like your back or hamstrings, but there is not enough power to do anything to those areas anyway.

It is quiet, though. A vibrating cell phone is louder than this.

using homedics mini massager


As for transporting it, that’s not a problem. I can throw it in my car or gear bag and leave it there, ready to be used after I finish a race. It doesn’t take up much space, and it’s battery operated, so you can use it anywhere.

It’s not small enough that you can carry it in your pocket, though.


I got mine at Amazon.com for $10, although some of my friends have seen it for $5 at discount retailers like Big Lots, Building 19, etc.

Possible uses

While you don’t feel much at all on your muscles, this thing does vibrate your head or face. Perhaps it would soothe a headache? And maybe it would work for children. Maybe.

My final verdict is…

This wasn’t worth the $10. I don’t think it would have been worth $5, as it isn’t even close to being a massage.

If you’re looking for a real massage for your sore muscles, try something else. Only buy this if you are looking for a scalp massager.

Official website: www.HoMedics.com

Buy online: at Amazon.com (somehow it is getting good user reviews at Amazon)

Product Review Details
Company: HoMedics
Product: HoMedics PM-30BX On-The-Go Battery Operated Mini 3-Node Massager
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 1.0 out of 5
Date last updated: 2008-04-22
Obtained Product: Purchased at retailer.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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  1. And it sucks even more because the batteries can’t be user replaceable. My 18 month old uses it as a toy. It is actually cool to watch it if you leave it on on a level surface. The vibration is such that it keeps revolving in place. She ended up consuming the charge and while looking for a way to replace batteries, I removed the top off and found that the batteries, though are 3 AAA’s, are kind of sealed.

  2. I actually found later that you just have to push the button underneath to open the battery compartment. It was silly, but I really didn’t pay attention to the button underneath.

  3. I am SO please I found your post. I have been trying, in vain, to work out where on earth the battery compartment was. You’ve just saved me from throwing it away! I saw the button but didn’t press hard enough. Thank you Irha. 🙂

  4. My physical therapist recommended I use a tennis ball or lacrosse ball for leg massages. These are even cheaper than that massager, just as easy to carry around and probably more effective.



  7. How do you change the battery

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