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According to a study conducted by the NIH (National Institutes of Health), the average smartphone has 17,032 germs on its surface, some of which could carry disease. Combine that with research that says most people pick up their phone 58 times per day, and well… you’re exposing yourself to a lot of bacteria each time you check social media or send that text.
One of the easiest ways to clean your phone is by exposing them to UV (Ultraviolet) light. Columbia University published an article saying UV light can actually help reduce the passing of airborne viruses, which includes Covid-19.
That’s why we like this UV sanitizer from Invisible Shield. Regularly $59.99, Zagg.com’s Cyber Monday sale gets you an additional 40% off the original price, bringing it down to just $35. This is one of the cheapest prices we’ve seen for a top-rated UV sanitizing device online.
Invisible Shield is best known for making screen protectors, but the company also makes this portable UV sanitizer which can kill 99.9% of common surface bacteria on your phone in just five minutes. It’s great for disinfecting your keys, earbuds, wallet, sunglasses and other small accessories too.
Pop your keys and wallet into the device once you get in the door, to make sure you’re not bringing germs into the house. It’s also safe for jewelry and watches.
The sanitizer uses UV-C light, which the company says won’t damage your phone, and kills bacterial cells by damaging their DNA. The best UV sanitizers have been hard to find since March, as the coronavirus pandemic had people rushing to disinfect their devices, and similar models online run into the hundreds of dollars. This one, from Invisible Shield, is just $35.99 for Cyber Monday and available to ship right away.
The Invisible Shield UV Sanitizer is 9.45 inches long, 5.75 inches wide, and 1.57 inches deep, which is small enough that you easily pack it into a backpack or carry-onbag. You do need to connect it to an outlet for it to work though, so it isn’t totally wireless.
To use the device, put your phone into the sanitizer’s chamber, close the lid, and push start. Four LEDs will light up during the cycle to indicate when it’s 25%, 50%, 75%, and eventually 100% complete. One cycle will clean both the top and bottom of your phone, so there’s no need to flip it over and run another cycle.
Of course, blasting your phone with UV light may reduce your exposure to bacteria containing Covid-19, but you should still take other precautions to limit your exposure, including following the latest CDC guidelines. As for the deal, you can pick up the Invisible Shield UV Sanitizer for just $35.99 here.