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Will you buy a UV phone cleaners?

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  • May 17th, 2020 11:10 am
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Sr. Member
Jun 5, 2016
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Just use a small amount of rubbing alcohol. Alcohol works. Some no name brand UV cleaner probably doesn't.
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Dec 17, 2019
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NO
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Jan 8, 2015
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Just keep the original plastic on the phone. Problem solved.
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Mar 12, 2006
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Save your money, the level of UV required to be effective is not available in a device for consumer purchase. Might work for other things, but not COVID-19.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british- ... -1.5531894

Go to your phone manufacturers website and follow their instructions, they are for the most part the same:
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207123
https://support.google.com/pixelphone/a ... 3987?hl=en
https://www.samsung.com/us/support/answer/ANS00086342/

Cleveland Clinic also has instructions.
https://health.clevelandclinic.org/sani ... pful-tips/
Newbie
May 8, 2020
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Quickman wrote: Just keep the original plastic on the phone. Problem solved.
How is it suppose to solve the problem? Even if you leave the original screen protector on, you have to clean it anyway.. Am I missing something?
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Jan 8, 2015
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Kamikaze18 wrote: How is it suppose to solve the problem? Even if you leave the original screen protector on, you have to clean it anyway.. Am I missing something?
Why is everyone always looking to me for answers? Do I look like google?





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Dec 15, 2001
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I want to get one.

But defiantly not one from a 3rd-party seller on Amazon. I'll only bite, if it comes from a well known and trusted brand, with testing data to prove it.

Last thing I want is to think my phone is clean, but it's not.
Penalty Box
Dec 9, 2008
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All you need is an alcohol swab to clean your phone.
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A decade ago, I bought a Phone Soap device on kickstarter. I never used it and finally opened the box recently, it didn't even fit an iPhone 6. Had to take out the dremel and rewire it. I don't know if it works haha.
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Dec 3, 2017
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Just wipe your phone at least daily or whenever you leave your house with isopropyl (70%) or Lysol (leave on the surface for 10 minutes) and a microfibre cloth. These UV cleaners do nothing to remove dirt or grease from your phone which houses bacteria. Plus I’m sure plenty of these devices don’t actually have UV LEDs
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Sep 19, 2002
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Our facility has a CleanSlate UV.

It's a 700W device. None of these handheld "cleaners" are even close to producing enough power.
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Mar 12, 2017
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Can you disinfect your phone with wipes if you have a glass/plastic screen protector without removing the screen protector? I think my screen protector is glass (though it could be plastic). I imported 3 screen protectors from China awhile back.

I'm also worried that wipes or rubbing alcohol is gonna **** up the special coating they put on these displays to read your fingerprints. Or **** up my phone's ability to read my finger print through the screen protector.

Being a respiratory virus, I have to imagine that it's difficult to become infected by touching surfaces with fomites. The scientists haven't even determined yet how likely it is to get infected by touching your phone and then later touching your face. Just because there's some viral RNA on a surface (fomites) doesn't mean that it's enough virus to actually infect you if you touch your face and then breathe in the viral particles. Lots of people are ending up in the hospital from poisoning going OCD wiping everything. And mass use of disinfectants is going to eventually lead to the evolution of antibiotic resistant superbugs that are more deadly than the coronavirus.
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Feb 7, 2017
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Apple put out a statement about a month ago...
That in light of the Coronavirus Pandemic
They were now saying it was / IS OK
To clean your phone with a Wipe (like Lysol / Clorox)
Just don’t get it sopping wet and leave it wet
Wipe it down ... then dry it off

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/09/apple-s ... lorox.html

Our phones have a tempered glass screen protector
And the phones are inside Otter Cases
We wipe it all down with a Lysol Wipe
Same with our iPads
And have had NO ISSUES
Lol, kind of nice to actually see less dirt & fingerprints
This is something we will continue to do in the future ... even AC (after Covid )
Deal Guru
Aug 14, 2007
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I think it you're stupid enough to fall for this obvious scam device then you deserve to be out the money for it.

Beyond stupid.
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Sep 24, 2007
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Leaving your phone in sunlight will disinfect it more than this silly "toy" will.
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I LOVE mine.

https://www.phonesoap.com/

It's one of the few that have actually proven themselves to be effective against viruses (Although not against COVID-19, but it should, also, be 99.9%> effective).
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JACKIE26 wrote: Save your money, the level of UV required to be effective is not available in a device for consumer purchase. Might work for other things, but not COVID-19.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british- ... -1.5531894
You're missing the point. UV light (UVC) is effective in killing viruses but those stupid wands are not.

UV-C loses its strength as a disinfectant VERY quickly once 'distance' between it and the thing you're trying to clean increases. So UV-C to sterile phones is great, because the lamp is right on the phone. If you're going to use one of these wand thingies for your groceries, it's pointless.
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