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Updated on September 30, 2020: We’ve updated the article below with additional products and purchase options. We’ll continue to update this story while inventory is available.
When we originally wrote about PhoneSoap, we thought it was the perfect product for germaphobes ahead of cold and flu season. Little did we know that just a few months later, we would all be germaphobes.
Now, sanitizing your phone, keys and face mask is just part of our normal routines. Because even in the best of times, your phone is disgusting. No, we’re not spying on you and checking out your browsing history. We’re saying your phone is, literally, filthy. Like petri-dish filthy. Like 18 times dirtier than a public bathroom filthy. Who knew that when you take your phone out in a public bathroom (don’t lie, we’ve all done it), it would actually be the grossest thing in the room?
OK, enough shaming. It’s not just you. Everyone’s phone is disgusting. Everyone, that is, except for people who’ve already bought the PhoneSoap UV-C cell phone sanitizer (there are tablet-sized versions, too). PhoneSoap users can sanitize all of their devices, jewelry, masks and personal items in minutes. Even better, some PhoneSoap models will wirelessly charge your phone while it sanitizes them.
No, there’s no soap involved with PhoneSoap. It’s an ingenious device, which in one 10-minute cycle kills 99.9% of all kinds of harmful germs: E.Coli, Salmonella, Staph, MRSA, H1N1 (Flu), and even Rhinovirus (the common cold). (Want to read the hard results? Check them out here.) And, since we know what you’re thinking, that includes the coronavirus, too.
Unfortunately, PhoneSoap has been increasingly hard to find in stock in the era of COVID-19. While there are now other quality UV phone sanitizers for sale on sites like Amazon, we still think PhoneSoap is the best option.
Below, you’ll find all the info you need on ordering PhoneSoap and keeping your mobile devices bacteria and virus free.
What Are the Best PhoneSoap Products?
Right now, the best place to find these UV devices is directly on the PhoneSoap website or Amazon. Occasionally, these popular products are back-ordered and it becomes necessary to pre-order your device for a future shipment. However, as of September 30, most PhoneSoap products were in stock and available on both Amazon and the brand’s online store.
You can buy PhoneSoap products starting at $80, although we recommend spending a little more to get PhoneSoap Pro, which features stylish colors, wireless charging and more UV lightbulbs, thus sanitizing your devices even faster. See our top picks below.
Buy Phone Soap Pro
PhoneSoap Pro is the best UV sanitizer for sale in 2020, full stop. It’s one of our top tech gifts of 2020, and it’s one of the most practical products you can purchase in the age of COVID-19. PhoneSoap Pro packs in twice as many UV lightbulbs as other PhoneSoap products to sanitize your device extra fast. While it does, the built-in wireless charger will give your phone a battery boost. PhoneSoap Pro is available in a variety of stylish colors and is large enough to fit even oversized smartphones. Capable of killing 99.99% of bacteria in five minutes, it’s clear why this is one of the most popular gadgets of the year.
Buy Phone Soap 3
The ever-popular PhoneSoap 3 has all of the features you expect and then some. It comes in a variety of attractive colors, although the white model is available for shipment right away. PhoneSoap 3 works with any cell phone that fits inside, and with a generous 6.8″ by 3.74″ interior space, even large smartphones will fit inside. In fact, lots of things fit inside the PhoneSoap: earbuds, credit cards, Apple Watches, keys, jewelry. They’re all gross (sorry, not sorry, because it’s true), and the PhoneSoap can clean them all. The UV light is most effective on hard, non-porous surfaces. The $80 device uses long-lasting UV lightbulbs that will last for 24,000 uses, according to the brand’s website. Pre-order yours now before the inventory disappears again.
Buy PhoneSoap Wireless
Like PhoneSoap 3, this model sanitizers your smartphone and other electronics using UV lights. However, PhoneSoap Wireless also wirelessly charges your phone, which is a nice added perk. This UV phone sanitizer will wipe out 99.99% of germs, and it can also be used to sanitize face masks, jewelry, keys and other small items. This model is slightly cheaper than the more popular PhoneSoap Pro model, and it takes slightly longer to sanitize your phone.
Buy HomeSoap UV Sanitizers
Parents and tablet users know that these devices can accumulate all kinds of gunk. Fortunately, PhoneSoap also makes a tablet-sized version of its popular sanitizers. HomeSoap is the brand’s largest UV sanitizer, capable of cleaning tablets, e-readers and other large devices. However, you aren’t limited to tech devices like headphones and tablets. The large inner chamber bathes children’s toys, pacifiers and other common household objects with 360-degrees of germ-killing UV light.
How Does PhoneSoap Work?
Using PhoneSoap couldn’t be easier. Just plug in the device, put in your phone inside and close the lid. The blue indicator light comes on, which means your phone is in the process of being sanitized. Ten minutes later, the light goes off, and your phone is ready to go, minus all of those disgusting germs.
The key is the UV-C light, which effectively destroys nucleic acids and breaks apart bacteria DNA. With their DNA broken, bacteria can’t function or reproduce, and the organisms die. In nature, the UV-C light that causes this germicidal effect is harmful to our eyes but is blocked by Earth’s atmosphere. In the PhoneSoap’s controlled environment, UV-C light effectively and safely sanitizes your cell phone.
But it is called PhoneSoap, and among the reasons is that it’s also a universal charging device. It has two charging ports, and no matter what kind of phone you have, it can charge while it’s being freed of all of those illness-inducing germs. The Phone Soap fits all Apple, Samsung, and Google devices, such as the iPhone 10 XS, Galaxy A9s, and Pixel 3, as well as other large phones.
Models range from the PhoneSoap 3 ($79.95), which comes in eight colors, to the rechargeable and portable PhoneSoap Go and Qi-enabled PhoneSoap Wireless ($99.95), to the PhoneSoap Pro ($119.95), which cleans your items in half the time and also has a larger sanitizing chamber. All of the company’s products are available on the official PhoneSoap website.
With the coronavirus in the air, it’s important to stay safe and keep your hands and devices clean. With a smartphone, not only are you carrying a whole lab of foul germs in your pocket, you’re also holding it against your face. Protect yourself from harmful germs, and be less grossed out by your own phone at the same time.