uvcellphonesanitizer

One of the things I find myself doing on a somewhat regular basis is taking pictures of food just before I eat it. The difference between me and the 847 of your friends who also post food pictures is that mine are 99% food I have cooked and plated myself (well, and also that I don’t use Instagram, but that’s really secondary), but the thing we all have in common is that we are holding our phones to take a picture, then putting it away and going directly to eating. I can honestly say I have never stopped to wash my hands between those two things, and I would be willing to bet I am the rule rather than the exception.

Did you ever stop to think about how many germs your phone picks up? More people use their phones while also using the bathroom than don’t. And sure, you wash your hands afterward, but you don’t wash your phone since that would kill it. Then think about the number of places you end up setting your phone down, from random counters and tables to the floor wherever you are, to the seat next to you in the airport… none of those places are sanitary either, even if you can’t actually see anything on them. So you take a beautiful picture of that overstuffed sandwich, then set your phone down and pick up that sandwich with your bare hands and take a big bite. Probably some sauce or other condiments gets on your fingers, so you lick them off. Hadn’t really thought about it, had you?

And even if it’s not that you’ve gone directly from touching your phone to touching your food, what about the fact that your phone ends up touching your face any number of times per day? That’s an even bigger factor, because it affects even those who choose not to take pictures of food.

Now that you’re thoroughly disgusted, let me offer you some hope. This is the UV Cell Phone Sanitizer, and it’s a very simple but effective way to foil those nasty germs before they can get you sick. All you have to do is place your phone in the basket, drop the basket into the chamber and close it up, and in about four minutes the UV rays inside have cleansed your phone of all manner of microscopic nastiness. You’re not even limited to sanitizing your phone: Pretty much anything that will fit inside the chamber can be cleaned, from ear buds to Bluetooth headsets to flash drives.

It should be noted that with the new trend toward ever-larger phones (or phablets, or whatever they’re calling those monstrosities that make you look like you’re using a 1980s-era cell phone when you hold them up to your head), not all phones will be able to be sanitized. The chamber is only so large, after all. You can use it without the included basket which gives you a little more room, but if you’ve got a phone larger than, say, your hand, this won’t work for you.

The UV Cell Phone Sanitizer requires just three AA batteries to operate (not included), and is touted to kill 99.99% of all germs on the surface of your phone. You can pick one up for just $10.06 US (6.56), so it seems like something that would be well worth trying out.

Source: Red Ferret

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