Totallee UV Phone Sanitizer kills germs, and recharges your iPhone

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Totallee UV Phone Sanitizer and iPhone charger
An iPhone placed in the Totallee UV Phone Sanitizer will be bathed in UVB and UVC rays.
Photo: Totallee

Drop your iPhone into the Totallee UV Phone Sanitizer and a pair of ultraviolet lights will kill the germs and bacteria that handsets tend to get coated in. And, as a bonus, this accessory also works as a wireless phone charger.

Totallee makes no promises this product works against the novel coronavirus that’s causing the current pandemic. But earlier studies have shown that the UVC light this accessory emits is effective against other viruses.

Totallee UV Phone Sanitizer to the rescue

“Our UV sanitizer is powered by dual, ultraviolet lights that kill harmful germs and bacteria on your cell phone, keys, wallet, AirPods and more,” promises Totallee.

This accessory is a 7.1 inch by 3.9 in. by 0.9 in. box with a pair of UV lights inside. Place the item to be sterilized inside and UVB and UVC rays go to work.

It’s undoubtedly effective against germs and bacteria. But the situation is less clear-cut with the virus that causes COVID-19 – which has the official designation SARS-CoV-2. Totallee says “Our sanitizer kills germs and bacteria, but we do not currently have a way to test its effectiveness against COVID-19.”

However, studies demonstrate that UVC damages the RNA and DNA of earlier coronaviruses, preventing them from reproducing. The same holds true for the types of viruses that cause the flu.

Some might be wondering why we’re not already flooding homes and businesses with UVC rays to kill the coronavirus. Notice that Totallee’s accessory puts the iPhone in a closed box — that’s because both UVB and UVC also damage the DNA in human skin cells, potentially causing cancer.

Totallee UV Phone Sanitizer with iPhone.
The UV Phone Sanitizer with iPhone is a closed box to protect the user from UVB and UVC.

But wait, there’s more

Beyond killing germs, the Totallee UV Phone Sanitizer also acts as a wireless charger for iPhone and other handsets that support this feature. However, the accessory can’t charge and disinfect simultaneously. Place the iOS or Android device on top of the product for wireless charging.

Totallee is taking pre-orders now. The cost is $99, and shipments are scheduled to begin April 15.

Of course, this isn’t the first product of this type. Cult of Mac even has a deal on a Cell Phone UV Sanitizer.