Our third hand, the phone collects everything we touch. It’s not just the visible dirtiness of the screen. Millions of bacteria are having a messy party on brand new $1000 flagship models and on 80 bucks workhorses from the second-hand market alike. At least until the PhoneSoap and its kin arrive.
It shouldn’t come as a shocker on a planet of bacteria that our phones can be more ’populated’ than restroom doorhandle. Now whether it is a sales pitch to scare and sell or a legitimate concern of health, it’s not for us to pass that judgment.
Rest assured, E.Coli, Salmonella, staph, flu or common cold are not to be trifled with. If we (or the kids) use our phone, it gets dirty. It will come into contact with excrement or the precious bodily fluids occasionally. And unlike their hands, people don’t really wash or sanitize their phones (or their jewelry for that matter).
Now if someone wants to open another frontline against the world-conquering bacteria, dual-role phone sanitizers and chargers are available. You have to allot extra time and care to use a mobile ozonator or a portable sanitizing wand on your phone.
PhoneSoap and the few comparable products unite the cleansing function with an USB phone charger. The necessity of charging on every second day becomes a cleansing ritual as well, albeit the latter process doesn’t take nearly as much time.
A plugged-in PhoneSoap 3 uses germicidal UV-C lights for bacteria-control just as EasyCare or the Yasolote Multi Function Sterilizer, but the rivals are allegedly not as effective as the hyped wonder weapon PhoneSoap. It can take a Mate 8-sized (with a 6 inch screen) phablet without a problem. It sports normal and micro-USB ports, but it’s possible to use your own charging cable and fast-charging converters with.
The brainchild of Dan Barnes and Wesley LaPorte from Salt Lake City has been on the market for two years. To raise attention and capital for their product, the cousin entrepreneurs even shouldered the repeated the scrutiny of CNBC’s Shark Tank.
Barnes and LaPorte had selled 60% of their company for $800 000 to a local investor months before their recent appearance in the business-themed reality series, but they defended their decision that it was a necesarry step for a further expansion.