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UV Smartphone Sanitiser with Wireless Charger $79.99 @ ALDI

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Many people aren't aware how much bacteria is on their phones. we take them everywhere.

UV phone sanitiser kills bacteria and disinfects devices
10W wireless fast charging
Suitable for most phones up to 7"
Made from ABS material
Ultraviolet light
UV and LED life over 10,000 hours
Disinfection time of 3 minutes
Wireless charging
Built-in essential oil diffuser
LED indicator
Suitable for most phones to up 20cm in length

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  • +21

    https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200327-can-you-kill-cor...

    you're better off giving your phone a wipe with alcohol

    • +4

      I reported this and "covid" has been removed from the description now.

      • +15

        These do not even kill bacteria without UV-C, or much greater intensity. Even direct sunlight will not "sanitise in 3 minutes".
        ALDI and OzB should not be promoting unproven medical claims. That is for world leaders to do.

        • +1

          If I ingest the UV Smartphone Sanitiser will it clean myself from the inside out?

    • +1

      I would suggest against that, unless you're keen on wiping off the oleophobic coating from your screen.
      Apple says it's fine but reading further on their page says cleaning products will diminish the coating.
      I used to use normal Windex (ammonia) on my Pixel 3 XL and now the screen gets covered in minutes.
      But correct me if I'm wrong!

      • i have access to 70% ethanol at work but i also have a glass screen protector and case

      • According to WSJ's experiment found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ul-RjZ0uDdk

        After 1000+ wipes, the coating was fine. They even moved on to harsher chemicals and it was still fine. They eventually wore it out but going to lengths that no one should :)

        • I mean, mine wore out through a few uses of Windex, not 1000+ but mine is my actual experience with a phone that's actually used, has had my face sweat on it and my fingers slide up and down it for a while, but I mean, go ahead it's your phone, maybe I had a lemon with badly applied coating. haha.

    • +2

      I suppose you could look at it as an expensive wireless charger with a cleaning option. Then not really a bargain.

  • +1

    Does anyone else sanitise their phone with hand sanitiser haha

    • +1

      I do, but I use the liquid version. I imagine if you use the gel it would make your phone really greasy.

    • I did it yesterday coz the supermarket check out person decided to touch my phone to scan flybuys.

      • +2

        The EFTPOS machine has a little flybuys scanner so I don't see why she had to touch your phone in the first place?

      • +3

        To clarify, did the check-out assistant grab the phone from your hand, or did you give it to them?

    • Only in emergencies. Hand sanitiser makes it all sticky and 'moisturized'
      Plain alcohol is much better.

      • That is the glycerine they add. Plain alcohol (with water, as pure alcohol does not work well) will dry your skin out.

    • +1

      I use sanitizer wipes

  • +4
    • "Built-in essential oil diffuser" - wait.. what?!
  • +1

    Why not just wash your waterproof phones?

    • +2

      They are "water resistant" not waterproof. If you damage it that way it's not covered under warranty.

  • +2

    Worth noting that your phones LCD screen doesn't really like UV light.

    • Hi vash5, I tried to Google for more information about your post. Can you please tell us why bathing a phone's LCD screen in UV light is bad? Thanks.

      • +1

        Yeah sure now worries. heres a quick search results:

        https://abrisatechnologies.com/2009/03/protect-liquid-crysta...

        Another point users have made here..

        "These do not even kill bacteria without UV-C, or much greater intensity. Even direct sunlight will not "sanitise in 3 minutes".
        ALDI and OzB should not be promoting unproven medical claims. That is for world leaders to do."

        "Yep, They're using UV-A lighting, Which is only good for nightclubs. UV-C is the spectrum needed for disinfecting and currently this can only be archived with Halogen bulbs that give off a ghostly blue light"

        Basically.. Your phone is made of plastic and UV light and plastics don't play well normally.

        Taking that aside, anything that's cheap like this product probably wont work as advertise so youll be wasting your money. You are much better off going to Bunnings, getting 4L of Metho ($15) and wiping down your phone. It will be far cheaper, more economical, natural and actually effective.. unlike this product.

        Hope that helps :)

  • +8

    Germicidal UV can't be produced using LED. Using real UV will discolour the phone.

    • +3

      Yep, They're using UV-A lighting, Which is only good for nightclubs. UV-C is the spectrum needed for disinfecting and currently this can only be archived with Halogen bulbs that give off a ghostly blue light. If it looks purple, Its UV-A.

      • Not all purple light is UV-A (also known as black light). It can be just purple coloured light. My LED strip light generates a cool purple light but it doesn't cause security strip on dollar notes.

      • I'm pretty sure there are UV-C LEDs but UV-C rays are dangerous and shouldn't be in consumer products in the first place IMO. A proper UV-C device can cause skin cancer and damage to the eyes.

          • @trex: ok and? Your statement "Germicidal UV can't be produced using LED" is super easy to disprove because it's bold and broad. I only need one case of a UV-C LED to disprove your claim.

            more info:
            https://www.electronicsweekly.com/news/products/led/heat-lig...

            Basically they do exist but they are just highly inefficient in terms of power to UV-C output. 95% of the power is burnt off as heat.

            So "Germicidal UV can't be produced using LED" is false. They can, but it is not as efficient and the output is not as high. Which may explain the findings of the videos that you linked ASSUMING that the LEDs he tested were indeed UV-C LEDs. The tests he conducts are also obviously not scientific I'm sure I don't have to explain to you why a banana can't tell you whether UV-C is hitting it or not.

            • @Bacons: Generating UV-C is one thing but if it is too minuscule, it wont have any germicidal effect but ok, fair enough. Statement restated to:-

              Effective Germicidal UV can't be produced using LED

              There's another video where he used a detector. Since UV-C radiation burns, banana is just one way he did it and I think that's pretty cool. Doesn't need to be more scientific than that.

    • +1

      Are you sure about that statement?

      The Aldi device smells like snake oil but LEDs for this purpose do appear to exist.

      https://www.klaran.com/how-a-uvc-led-works

      • Yes, watch these videos by bigclivedotcom. I came across a research article that tested effectiveness of a germicidal UVC LED. It concluded that the UVC generated is too minuscule to be germicidal (even after something like continuous exposure of over 6 hours). Can't find the article now.

  • +9

    Landfill. Useless junk. Nobody needs this… we all got by just fine before these ridiculous devices became a ‘thing’

    • +3

      Medical experts were already advising against too much use of anti-bacterial products in homes before Covid-19. Their education job just got a whole lot harder. Humans need to build resistance while not aiding the naughty bacteria's chance to build its own resistance.

      https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtrea...

      Summary
      -Evidence suggests that the use of antibacterial and antimicrobial cleaning products – particularly in combination with the over-prescription of antibiotics – may produce strains of multi-resistant organisms.
      -Antibacterial and antimicrobial cleaning products are no better at eliminating bacteria than cheaper plain soaps, detergents and warm water.
      -Avoid using antibacterial and antimicrobial cleaning products unless you have a specific medical reason and have been advised to do so by your doctor.

      Note this was pre-Covid19, and different circumstances (and advice) now exist.

  • If I am the only person to touch / use my phone, I'm going to be ok aren't I?

    It's like self-quarantining; you build a little bubble in your surroundings and as long as you stay within your bubble your are ok.

    • +3

      Only if your hands, face and wherever your place your phone are always 100% clean.

      • RIP toilet cleaners.

    • +1

      Talking like you've never scrolled on the dump

      • Never. And obviously normal hygiene applies.

    • +1

      Open doors with your feet or use automatic doors only and basically be the only person to touch your groceries or use gloves and yeah you should be ok I would assume.

      Just take a shower daily and make sure to soap yourself as soap breaks up the cell membrane or something of the virus which makes it vulnerable and exposed and kills it (the corona virus).

      That is why they say to wash your hands with soap for more than 20 seconds as it takes that amount of time to break up the cell wall of the virus or something which completely removes it from your skin surface.

      • 'shower daily' I guess I could bump it up to weekly…? Will that do?

  • +2

    Just put your phone in the washing machine, then it will also smell good.

    • Do I need special cellphone tide pods, or will the normal ones suffice?

      • +2

        unfortunately the normal ones will install McAfee and AVG software so there isn't any other choice

  • +2

    I used to wash an old xperia screen with isopropyl, it eventually got in the gap and made the screen lift from dissolving the adhesive. I was spraying it on, i'd recommend using a tissues with the sanitiser on it to wipe the phone and not covering the phone in the sanitiser.

  • +1

    I lick my phone screen and then wipe with microfiber cloth.

    Good old spit shine.

    • If corona virus was in the same environment as HIV and AIDS who would win or do they work with each other like a combined joint force type acquisition.

  • +1

    This is the most Bandwagon catalog if I ever saw one.

  • Hand sanitiser wiped on my screen protector works just fine

  • The Aldi special made it into the news as well: https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/home/interiors/aldi-specia...

  • +1

    Crap, doesn't work, misleading claims.