Samsung has announced a new 10W wireless charger that charges your phone’s battery while sterilizing the device using UV-C light. The company says ultraviolet light can kill 99% of bacteria and germs, although marketing materials don’t mention if they destroy the new coronavirus responsible for the current global pandemic.
News of the charger first appeared last week from Samsung in Thailand, but the company has now announced the product globally. Right now we have seen product pages in Samsung, German, Romanian, Singaporean and Hong Kong stores. In Germany, it is sold € 58.38 (around $ 65).
The announcement comes at a time when people are particularly concerned about the spread of COVID-19, and the products that claim to clean your phone and stop the virus are on the increase. But, from a scientific point of view, these products cannot guarantee safety and do not replace hand washing, wearing a mask and observing social distancing.
According to the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, UV light can “probably” kill the new coronavirus because it can destroy other coronaviruses. But like CNET note, there is a lack of peer-reviewed studies on the effect of UV light on the specific virus that causes COVID-19.
Samsung says its dual UV lamps take 10 minutes to sterilize your items from top to bottom, after which they turn off automatically to avoid damaging your device. However, even after the UV lamps are turned off, the wireless charger will continue to provide 10 W of power. Samsung says the internal sterilizer compartment can accommodate any device up to 196 x 96 x 33 mm, which includes most phones with a screen size of up to seven inches.
It is not the first time that a company has combined a wireless charger with a UV sterilizer. Last month, Mophie and Invisible Shield launched their own similar products costing $ 80 and $ 60 respectively, TechCrunch reports.
If you are not into the idea of paying money to clean your phone, then SamMobile reports that Samsung also offers free disinfection through its service centers and experience stores in some countries around the world, which also depend on the use of UV light to clean your device.