Do not be surprised if you notice an increase in the number of gadgets that use ultraviolet light to kill bacteria. Although this is not quite a way to kill the coronavirus, such gadgets promise peace of mind to their owners, killing other harmful organisms that weaken the immune system, which has yet to battle a dangerous virus. ZAGG has recently launched such “UV sanitizers” for smartphones, and it is not surprising that Samsung is also entering the market with its own.
Not all ultraviolet rays are created equal, and some wavelengths are actually harmful to the skin, as well as to electronic devices. For example, for smartphones. UV-C is a spectrum that is touted as a “safe” range for humans and electronics, but pulses of this light can be fatal to microorganisms.
The same principle is used with ultraviolet sterilizers. And the Samsung sterilizers that are manufactured in Thailand will work on the same principle.
The sterilizer box is large enough to accommodate the largest Samsung phones – currently, it is the Galaxy S20 Ultra, as well as other items: sunglasses or Samsung Galaxy Buds + TWS headphones. Samsung notes that the Galaxy Fold is also safe in this UV sterilizer.
Samsung claims that the device “attacks” the phone with ultraviolet radiation for ten minutes, which is enough to kill 99% of the bacteria. The new device has a special trick for Samsung phones – to charge the phone wirelessly, even when the UV light goes out. Allegedly, it will also charge Galaxy Buds + or any Qi-compatible device.
Samsung sells its UV sterilizer in Thailand under its own brand for 1,590 baht, which is approximately $ 50. It is still unknown whether the company plans to release an accessory outside of Thailand.