Like it or not, your smartphone is covered in germs and microorganisms. In fact, according to a report from The Seattle Times, the average mobile phone has a whopping 25,127 germs per square inch (making it dirtier than a toilet seat). Fortunately, there's an assortment of savvy devices on the market designed with ultraviolet (UV) and Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology to disinfect your phone in seconds.
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From portable UV wands to wireless charging stations-slash-sanitizers, here are seven electronic devices that will effectively sterilize your smartphone.
Since you can't wash your phone the old-fashioned way, the PhoneSoap 3 Smartphone UV Sanitizer might be the next best thing. Designed with UV technology to sanitize your smartphone, case and all, while it charges, this book-sized device kills 99.99% of germs — no liquid, heat, or chemicals necessary.
Prefer a phone sanitizer with a little bit of pizzazz? Look no further than the HoMedics Purple UV-CLEAN Phone Sanitizer. Not only does it disinfect your smartphone in just 60 seconds by using 2 UV-C germicidal LEDs, this pop-up style sanitizer collapses into a compact form when not in use, so it's petite enough to carry in your purse or pocket so you can kill bacteria and viruses on the fly.
Why settle for a regular UV phone sanitizer when you can have one with an aromatherapy function, too? The DJROLL Professional Portable UV Smart Phone Sanitizer uses UV-C light to reach the tiny microorganisms that hide in crevices where even cleaning wipes can't reach and also boasts a built-in aromatherapy inlet, that vaporizes essential oils with the press of a button, to boot.
Looking for a goof-proof way to zap disease-spreading germs on the go? The VeriClean Portable UV-C Wand uses UV-C light to kill bacteria, viruses, mold spores, and allergy-inducing microorganisms on your phone, tablet, keyboard, and more, and is small enough to tote around in your bag or briefcase.
Consider the 10 Minute Smartphone Sanitizer the Rolls Royce of wireless disinfecting devices. Built with two germicidal light-emitting UV bulbs inside the case that eliminate microorganisms such as Streptococcus, E. coli, and Salmonella in just ten minutes, this clever contraption also features a charging station, USB port, and aromatherapy function, so you get plenty of extra bang for your buck.
In the market for an affordable UV phone sanitizer that doesn't skimp on effectiveness? The top-rated Gpom UV Cell Phone Sanitizer uses an ultrapowerful UV lamp to disinfect your phone and other similarly sized items in a matter of minutes, and will only set you back about 35 bucks.
The only thing better than a reliable phone sanitizer is one that you won't mind showing off in plain sight. The Lexon Oblio Wireless Charging Station & UV Sanitizer boasts a sleek, bucket-like design that charges and disinfects your phone using built-in UV LED technology and looks more like a minimalist modern vase than wireless device.