Liquipel Coating Will Make Your iPhone Waterproof Without A Case

Liquipel Coating Will Make Your iPhone Waterproof Without A Case

No one enjoys slapping a case on their iPhone. They add weight, extra bulk, and almost always ruin the beautiful look of your device. If you want to protect it, however, there’s no other way.

Or is there? A company called Liquipel claims to make your iPhone waterproof without a case. It uses a special water resistant “nano” coating which repels water, allowing you to actually submerge you device into a bucket of juice — naked — without killing it.

That’s right — this doesn’t just protect your device from the odd splash, but from a whole bucket of water, as seen in the image above snapped by TUAW. If you look closely, you’ll notice an iPhone (without a case) within a cylinder of water, displaying a photo without any problems.

If the image isn’t enough, check out Liquipel’s demonstration video below, which shows an iPhone 4S submerged in water, functioning normally.

The downside to Liquipel is that this isn’t just a coating you can purchase and apply yourself. You have to send your device off the Liquipel and have them apply it for you. It takes 1-2 days and it’ll cost you $59.

However, the company is hoping that in future, it can work directly with manufacturers to have Liquipel applied to mobile devices during the manufacturing process, so that it’s already on your device when you purchase it.

Liquipel looks very impressive, and though it may seem a little pricey, it could potentially save you hundreds in water damage repairs.

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  • Bobby Carbon

    I am wondering if repeated insertion of headphones, charging cable would remove the coating from those connectors.  Other then that concern this looks to be 100% WIN!

  • FriarNurgle

    Neat. I have one of those LifeProof cases and even though I’m too chicken to actually submerge my phone it is nice to have the piece of mind knowing it would likely be protected in case of such a circumstance. I will pull the phone out and use it if it’s raining which is nice. 

  • esizzle

    very impressive!

  • taylerz

    Does the coating allow heat to escape?

  • matphillips

    um… if it does not wear off the coating, then how will the dock connector or heaphones make electrical contact with the device?
    For that matter, how will it affect cooling, or the ability of the speaker to make sound, or… just so many reasons why this product is kinda… you know…. snake oil.

  • Jim Ritzheimer

    What if he puts it in the water when the 3.5 jack is unoccupied?

  • joewaylo

    Maybe the coating didn’t work on the 3.5 jack and dock connector. Though we’d have seen a red light on the dock connector if they showed it.

  • SevanGrim

    …watch the end of the video. he took it out and put the device back in. Im also fairly certain they did another demonstration without anything in the jack at somepoint.

  • Seth Taylor

    If the device is put into the water with the headphone jack unoccupied, the iPhone ‘thinks’ that headphones are plugged in and does not emit sound out of the built in speaker. You have to wait for the jack to dry out before sound emits again from the built in speaker.
    I’ve used Liquipel for a while. I was the photographer for the product (stotia.com) I can assure you, it’s legitimate and amazing.
    Like he mentions in the video, they don’t recommend submersing in water. I avoid it too because all day long water leaks out of the device and into your pocket and gets your pants wet.

  • Seth Taylor

    Yes. The coating is so thin that it doesn’t interfere with cooling.

  • Seth Taylor

    If the device is put into the water with the headphone jack unoccupied, the iPhone ‘thinks’ that headphones are plugged in and does not emit sound out of the built in speaker. You have to wait for the jack to dry out before sound emits again from the built in speaker.
    I’ve used Liquipel for a while. I was the photographer for the product (stotia.com) I can assure you, it’s legitimate and amazing.
    Like he mentions in the video, they don’t recommend submersing in water. I avoid it too because all day long water leaks out of the device and into your pocket and gets your pants wet.

  • Seth Taylor

    If the device is put into the water with the headphone jack unoccupied, the iPhone ‘thinks’ that headphones are plugged in and does not emit sound out of the built in speaker. You have to wait for the jack to dry out before sound emits again from the built in speaker.
    I’ve used Liquipel for a while. I was the photographer for the product (stotia dot com) I can assure you, it’s legitimate and amazing.
    Like he mentions in the video, they don’t recommend submersing in water. I avoid it too because all day long water leaks out of the device and into your pocket and gets your pants wet.

  • Seth Taylor

    I haven’t noticed any wear and tear or lack of water repellency after using mine for 3 months with constant charging and plugging/unplugging headphones. 

    Some people don’t realize how small the nano coating is. If you scaled the hair of your head up to be an 80 foot building, this coating would only be an inch tall. It’s hard to scrape off something that thin and permanently bonded to the surface.

  • cadsii

    wow you are really promoting this product now aren’t you

  • JonathanRWegner

    Submerge it! It works as advertised, I take it into the shower, swimming, running in the rain, the beach… it work. 

  • Danny Doublebanker

    Liquipel is overwhelmed with orders…

    http://www.underwateriphone.co

  • DamienLavizzo

    He’s promoting the product likely for the same reason I promote Apple products – the sad truth is that these days when you find something that a. works exactly as advertised and b. is easily accessible to anyone, it’s kindof a head-scratcher why  people WOULDN’T evangelize it. So much junk out there is over-marketed and under-delivers. 

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