[Did you just pop back for the Caputron promo code? It’s ‘diytdcs’ without the quotes.]
Robin Azzam is the founder of Caputron. While pursuing a Masters in medical engineering at New York City College, Robin realized there was a need in the research community for a place to source brain stimulation supplies. Shortly after leaving a position in product development at Soterix Medical, Robin and a few friends set up Caputron with the intention of becoming a ‘one stop shop’ for all things related to brain stimulation. His time at Soterix, working alongside Marom Bikson, led to the sort of relationships that allowed Caputron to become a distributor for high-end products like Soterix HD-tDCS and Neurosoft’s TMS devices. But Caputron also began to carry a large selection of electrodes, cables, straps and stimulation-related accessories. Caputron is now developing their own products, and hope to have their own research-grade home DC current device on the market by the end of the year. They recently began selling their mindGear device which I will cover in detail in the near future.
What DIYtDCS readers will likely find most exciting is Caputron’s ActivaDose II Starter Kit. This is the FDA cleared iontopheresis device widely used ‘off label’ for tDCS. It is the device used by two of my previous podcast guests, Dr. Jim Fugedy (for treating depression) and, (at the time) Michael Weisend for research. But Caputron has customized the included accessory package making it tDCS-friendly right out of the box.
In the three years I’ve been running the blog I’ve not previously felt comfortable recommending any specific tDCS device (mostly due to my own ignorance of electronics). I’ve either had doubts about the device itself or not had confidence in the vendor’s customer support. But based on my own experience with the ActivaDose products, the fact that it’s an ‘FDA cleared’ device, and also that it’s coming from Robin and his team, I feel, finally, that we have a product/vendor you could recommend your Mother to. (Assuming she does her homework!)
To that extent, I asked for, and Robin agreed to, a discount on all Caputron products for DIYtDCS readers. Simply plug the promo code ‘diytdcs’ (without quotation marks) into the Voucher window at checkout for a generous discount.
Here’s our interview. Your feedback is welcomed!
Hello, John, congrats on your website. I’ve heard that Caputron’s Mindgear is now on sale, but what is it exactly? A regular tdcs device? Can I change current intensity or type? Is it necessary to have a prescription? Many thanks
Hi Ivo! I know Mindgear is NOT a tDCS device (there was some confusion earlier due to a couple of tDCS videos showing the Mindgear device, but it turned out those were research models). It’s a pulsed current device with, I believe, a fixed waveform (not adjustable, but I’m not sure). In the ballpark of the Fisher-Wallace type devices. I do plan to learn more about it. I’ve been reading up on CES(Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation) devices in order to get a better grasp of the history/context of these types of devices.
Dont buy a foc.us or Thync device. They are a complete waste of money
‘Ben’ I’ll post this one of your comments in the spirit of being open-minded, but have you used either device?
I would like to purchase the Caputron riveted sponges and the Caputron Universal Headgear. It is not clear to me what else is needed to connect to a tDCS machine fitted with alligator clips
Hi Peter. I think then, that this would be a good opportunity to check out Caputron’s customer service. Can you give them a call at (646)926-3646, or email them contact[theATsign]caputron.com? Please check back and tell us how it goes. Thanks!