Does PhoneSoap Really Work?
We wouldn't be here if it didn't, right? But you're wanting the cold hard facts and I'm going to give them to you!
UV-C Light Technology
In order to understand how the device works, you first need to understand UV-C light and its germicidal capabilities. Essentially, UV-C light destroys nucleic acids and dismantles bacteria DNA. With their DNA broken, bacteria cease to function and reproduce and the organisms die. For more information on that and the differences between the three different types of UV rays, check out my blog on UV-C technology.
Using the device is easy. You simply plug it in, lay your phone down, (doesn't matter which way, since there are bulbs on the top and the bottom) and close the lid. The external blue indicator will turn on for 10 minutes, and then the device automatically shuts off and your phone is CLEAN. I know what you're thinking - "what does she mean clean?" I'll show you. Here are the before and after results of a phone that was run through a PhoneSoap cycle:
What About Alcohol Wipes?
We've heard this before, too! Our answer is this: they aren't as effective as you think! There are a few reasons why this is the case. Alcohol must be applied correctly in order for it to even perform at all, not to mention it can't reach the crevices in your phone like UV light can. Additionally, it lacks the capability to kill hydrophilic viruses, which are more resistant to chemicals. Want to know more? I go into detail about using alcohol on your phone here.
Here are the results of a phone before using an alcohol wipe, after using an alcohol wipe, and then after using PhoneSoap:
You can see that while the alcohol did kill some, there's still quite a bit of bacteria left on the phone that is completely wiped out after it's sanitized by PhoneSoap.
Luckily, you don't just have to take our word for it, there are others out there that have done their own tests! Dan Anderson of DadLogic.net ordered a PhoneSoap and his own Petri dishes for a science experiment at home. You can read all about his results and thoughts here.
The hosts on Delmarva Life decided to take it to the lab and check out the process for themselves. You can watch it all go down in this video:
You've got nothing to lose...except for harmful bacteria and that flu virus going around.
How long does the PhoneSoap last?
Great question! The bulbs used in PhoneSoap devices have a lifespan of 4,000 hours. No, that is not a typo. We offer a lifetime warranty on the bulbs as well, so if they ever burn out prematurely we will replace them at no cost to you.