What’s in a name?
Names like Xerox and Google – unknown words in the English language before I was born– now so familiar that they’ve become verbs, like to google or to make a xerox.
Will PhoneSoap ever hit the mainstream when it comes to sanitising and sterilising your gadgets?
Perhaps. But anyway, it’s a good name, indicating what the product is all about: cleaning your phone.
So, why is that needed? An occasional quick wipe on the side of your pants should be all that is needed, right?
Let’s talk dirty, if I may...
I’m not referring to potty talk even though one of the more frequent statistics that is bandied around to indicate that your phone gets very dirty with germs and bacteria is that it is up to 18 times dirtier than the average public restroom seat... Ouch!
We know that most people conduct business on their phone when they are doing their “business”, if you know what I mean. So, e-coli is frequently found on your mobile...
Wiping with alcohol will certainly help but a couple of cousins in Utah had a better idea.
They figured that if hospitals use ultraviolet light to sterilise surgical equipment this would also work on our modern gadgets. So they started experimenting and had a runaway success on Kickstarter with the earlier models of the PhoneSoap.
So now we are on the third edition since they launched the original 6 years ago. Today they have a whole range of models, including one for bigger units, and a range of colours. Mine came in Orchid... a bit too much on the pink side for me, just like Samsung’s Mystic Bronze...
It’s the size of a thick paperback and will fit the biggest phones like my Note 20 Ultra.
Other stuff like wallets will also fit but I had to take out a bunch of cards first and do them separately. 10 minutes is all it takes to bathe your items in UV-C light after which the built-in timer switches off.
You can also charge your phone while it is in there as the unit comes with USB and USB-C ports.
That’s not worthwhile if you just have it in there for the 10 minutes but some folks leave it in there overnight on charge. It’s not hermetically sealed so you can hear calls and notifications coming through.
So What are the Results?
The two UV light bulbs, one under a transparent quartz plate on which your phone lies and the other UV bulb in the reflective interior of the lid, cover the whole phone.
Laboratory tests have shown that PhoneSoap kills 99.9% of common household germs, including bacteria that leads to E.coli, Salmonella, Staph, Flu, and the common cold.
Yep, you missed Coronavirus? Me too. Maybe they are still working on that one but it’s a pretty impressive list already!
We’re not a testing laboratory so we’ll take what decades of hospital experience has given us. This stuff just works.
So, how often is this UV light treatment recommended?
Depends on your environment of course but a daily dose would probably be wise. It can’t damage your phone. If you’re at home during the Covid lockdown you can do it once a week. Compared to how we didn’t sterilise our phones at all, it would be a vast improvement.
How much for this beauty treatment?
The PhoneSoap 3 sells for 166 Aussie bucks. The orchid colour as tested here as well as black, white and gold.
Not cheap but great to have and everyone in your family can benefit from having this in your home.
So with no heat, no liquid and no chemicals it’s gotta be the safest and cleanest way to get your phone in better than factory condition!
Here’s the link.