“Germ” may refer to not just a bacterium but to any type of microorganism, such as protists or fungi, or even non-living pathogens that can cause disease, such as viruses, prions, or viroids.
“germ – definition of germ in English from the Oxford dictionary”
UV-C. To kill the microscopic grotmonsters on things like a phone. Which have been there with mostly no effect for as long as phones have existed. After the initial kill-everything-with-fire panic about virus particles on surfaces, the eventual finding was “Eh, you won’t catch it from a grocery cart handle, but WEAR THE MASK, okay?” Phone sanitizing was ridiculed as being utterly useless in the Hitchhiker’s Guide. Douglas Adams would have looked at this device and just shook his head.
@EvilSmoo@Jonas4321 Yes but these sorts of devices/disinfectants tend to claim they’ll kill ~99.5% of harmful bacteria… The question is, what about that 0.05% which they can’t kill? You’ve replaced a complex biome of beneficial and harmful microbes with only those hardy enough to survive concerted efforts to kill them.
@EvilSmoo I am hardly anti-vax, but let’s kill what makes a difference, not be indiscriminate about this. This BS product is in the same category as UV mosquito zappers - the damage outweighs the benefit, so don’t do it.
RIGHT! I’ve been worrying that the next pandemic is going to be one of super-resistant bacteria, since everyone got into using anti-bac sprays and wipes on everything everywhere in 2020.
Hmm, wondering if this will cure UV resin. I have been doing small inlays with resin and curing with a UV flashlight to set and I thought about using this to do a final hard cure. For the price, I might try it out.
I bought them today for two reasons. I’m curious if these are really UVC which is invisible to humans so if you can see it, it’s not UV and definitely not UVC. I have a professional UV A/B/C meter so Ill get to the answer.
If these are “near UV” then they should be good enough to cure the glue and other things like UV cured solder mask. So I will use them for those if it turns out to not be real UVC.
@Kyeh Yes. I’ve been turning pens for a couple of years and my supply shop had the components to do these. All you have to do is put in your inlay material and build up the resin, and then sand and polish it.
Kyeh ask my questions, are you selling them and do you have a Etsy? IF and when you decide they’re perfect i’d definitely be there to buy! Actually i’d take one before perfection status, it’s really pretty, AND pretty neat! Do you make other things?
Don’t you need a guinea pig?
@tardis From the pictures and others I’ve seen in-person, these have a small UV “tube” which I believe is a UV emitter tube (or “bulb”) and NOT an LED. This is similar to what is in things like toothbrush sanitizers, but those are generally larger bulbs powered directly by AC power, and are replaceable. I believe these units have a power converter that goes from the 5V USB input to a high voltage for the “bulb” – it doesn’t need much current so the electronics can handle that. How effective and optimal – probably not that much. Also, the description (not that you can always trust it) says: “UV-C light produced by dual UV-C bulbs”
And in this “deal” you get a large and small unit, so maybe the large has 2 and the small l has 1 tube/bulb. But probably not an LED. I do think that as of the last year, there are no-name companies selling really cheap “sanitizers” with little more than blue-tinted LEDs.
The number of times I come to the comments thinking “this might be worth a go” only to be dissuaded by those of you with more knowledge or research time. Thanks for the savings. Now to convince myself it’s finally time let vmp go.
I’m always bemused at the all the concern about germs on certain things - cell phones, computer keyboards - they do news stories about this frequently. And yet most people don’t think twice about handling doorknobs, or keypads at the ATM, or sitting on benches or chairs in public settings. Menus at restaurants, etc.
At least be consistent in your germ phobia, I say.
Mine is still sitting in the box, unopened! I have a room filling up pretty quickly with a bunch of stuff/junk that i’ve been feeding my addiction with! Unfortunately my insurance doesn’t cover retail therapy! …
Not happy. It only cleans one side of phone surface at a time! Have to wait until it stops and turn phone over. Also cheap plastic casing. I bought Phone Soap last year and it is soooo much better! Can I return without paying for shipping?