Virus Destroying 10 Minute Smartphone SanitizerMay 13, 2020
By David Conklin
Hammacher Schlemmer’s catalog arrived in the mail a few days ago. I always enjoy leafing through their catalog, and my attention was caught by the product featured on the cover: a UV cellphone sanitizer (“The Virus Destroying 10 Minute Smartphone Sanitizer”, UH-95371, $99.95, details on page 82). Unfortunately, I was unable to find any information about the UV dose that the product delivers. I looked in the catalog itself, and then I went on-line to hammacher.com. I couldn’t find any specs on-line either. I read every one of the 60 user comments and merchant responses. Even though a number of customers expressed uncertainty about whether the UV dose is effective, the merchant response was always something like: “The unit uses ultraviolet light to sanitize. This is a technology that is commonly used.”
I invite you to try your own luck at getting Hammacher Schlemmer to tell you what germicidal UV dose their product delivers. Here is their email and phone number: firstname.lastname@example.org, 1-800-233-4800. If you are able to find out, please let me know. Here’s my own email and phone number: email@example.com, 503-954-1826.
The UV dose is important. See: “How Much UV-C Does It take to Disinfect SARS-CoV-2?”.