tDCS stands for transcranial direct current stimulation. Essentially, tDCS can be thought of brain training. Researchers have done numerous studies testing the effects of this technology on different conditions such as depression, pain and accelerated learning in addition to many others. tDCS is a non-invasive procedure in which a device sends a small Direct Current (DC) across the scalp to modulate brain function. Conventional tDCS devices will consist of a positive anode and negative cathode. When the low level current enters through the anode, the stimulation causes an excitation in neuronal activity. Conversely, when the current exits through the cathode, the stimulation causes a reduction in neuronal activity. Knowing this, anodal and cathodal stimulation, can be used in various applications to alter the neural activity of the brain. Since anodal stimulation causes an excitation in neuronal activity, it can be used to potentially enhance the area of the brain being targeted. Alternatively, as cathodal stimulation causes an inhibition of neuronal activity, it can be used to potentially decrease activity in the brain resulting from the hyper-activity associated with certain psychological disorders. More detailed information on tDCS can be found on our tDCS information page.
At Caputron we have the largest collection of tDCS devices. One of the questions we get asked the most is what tDCS device should I buy. To help make this decision easier for you, we have put together a Device Comparison Table outlining the features found in the various tDCS devices as well as compiled a list of the Best Selling tDCS Devices of 2018.
With numerous publications on the usse of tDCS for the treatment of depression there are many physicians using this technology for off-label treatment. tDCS has a growing interest for at home use in the DIY community. tDCS does have CE clearance in EU for the treatment of depression. In the USA, tDCS is an investigational technology with no FDA clearance for the treatment of depression. Caputron does not make any medical claims.
During TDCS an itching sensation was the most common reported adverse effect, followed by fatigue, burning, numbness and redness in the electrode area and mild nausea. All the reported adverse effects associated with TDCS were short lived. These claims are based on publications and information found online. Caputron does not make any medical claims.
tDCS is an investigational technology not yet cleared by the FDA. tDCS is cleared in the European Union for depression, fibromyalgia and migraine.
Device warranty varies from product to product depending on the manufacturer. Because Caputron sells products from a number of different manufacturers, the warranty of those various products sold by Caputron are subject to their respective manufacturer’s warranty. However, Caputron still warrants the electronic devices it sells from defects in materials and workmanship under normal use for up to 90 days of the original purchase date.
Need to Return Your Purchase? It's Easy - Caputron Offers 90 Day Hassle Free Returns
Our return policy is simple. If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase from Caputron you can return your item(s) within 90 days of purchase. If 90 days have gone by since your purchase, unfortunately we can’t offer you a refund or exchange. (Returned devices must be in a new undamaged condition.) Merchandise returned damaged may not qualify for a refund. Opened or used accessories such as electrodes, gel, saline, or other consumables are not eligible for a refund.
As tDCS is an investigational technology with no medical claims, you do not need a prescription to purchase a tDCS device. CES is FDA Cleared for the treatment Depression, Anxiety and Insomnia. CES devices require a prescription to be purchased.
TMS stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation where a magnetic coil generates a small targeted electrical field. TMS is FDA cleared for the treatment of depression. More information on the difference between tDCS and TMS can be found on our informational page.
TMS is FDA Cleared for the treatment of depression. TMS can not be purchased for home use. TMS must be administered by a trained physician. To find a TMS provider in your area you can use this Physician Finder
CES stands for cranial electrotherapy stimulation. CES is FDA Cleared for the treatment of Depression, Anxiety and Insomnia. CES devices require a prescription to be purchased.
Research grade tDCS devices are sophisticated devices with advanced circuity and SHAM (placebo) stimulation. These devices have incredibly accurate current delivery and many waveforms to allow researchers to test the efficacy of tES with different electrode placement montages. These devices are not available for commercial use and are labeled as investigational devices.
We do occasionally have refurbished/used devices for a discounted price. Please email us for availability.
Though tDCS is an investigational technology, there are many physicians who provide tDCS in their clinic. The Physician Finder is a free tool that allows you to search your area for tDCS and TMS specialists.
Caputron does not have a storefront for sales and product demos. If you are a researchers/clinician we do provide video and in person demos/training for certain products. Please fill out the quote request form or request a video demo.
Caputron does not currently provide rentals of tDCS devices. This is a service we are looking into that may be available in the near future. We do occasionally have refurbished/used devices for a discounted price. Please email us for availability.
In common tDCS set ups, the red cable is the anode (+) and the black cable is the cathode (-). If you are using Focus device cables, the X is the anode and the Y is the cathode.
Sham stimulation is when tDCS is applied as a placebo. Essentially it is an inactive form of tDCS that is used to mimic stimulation while not deliverying a current. This is used in universities and clinical studies to create a control group to study the effects of active stimulation.