We can’t help touching dirty things - handrails, money, gym equipment, and the list goes on. The problem is when we touch our phones we then pass the bacteria from our hands to our devices. It’s easy to wash our hands, but we don’t wash our phones, which is why the average smartphone shows 18x more bacteria than a public restroom. The bacteria on our devices thrive and can make us sick. This image of the Petri dishes shows the results of a smartphone tested before and after using Clara UV.
The average phone is crawling with 18 times more bacteria than a public restroom. That means you’re just as likely to get sick from your phone as from the handles in the bathroom. Your phone breeds more bacteria, too. Your phone’s battery keeps it warm, and when it’s stored in warm, dark places like your pocket or purse, the bacteria multiply.
Simply place your cell phone in your Clara UV and close the lid. During a 6-minute cycle, a powerful UV-C light kills 99.99%† of household germs*. When the external red indicator turns still, your cell phone is completely clean.
This UV-C light effectively destroys nucleic acids and breaks apart bacteria DNA. With their DNA broken, bacteria can’t function or reproduce, and the organisms die.
In nature, the UV-C light that causes this germicidal effect is harmful to our eyes but is blocked by Earth’s atmosphere. In the Clara UV controlled environment, UV-C light effectively and safely sanitizes your cell phone, as well as anything else that fits inside your Clara UV like remotes, keys, tablets, and more.
*Testing was conducted in a laboratory setting on actual phones, Apple watch, headphones, credit cards and keys with the pathogens listed above. Real world results may vary depending on size, shape, and material of phone or phone case.
UV light has three wavelength categories: UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C. UV-C light is a short-wavelength, ultraviolet light that breaks apart germ DNA, leaving it unable to function or reproduce. In other words, UV-C light is germicidal (UV-A and UV-B light are not). UV-C can even neutralize “superbugs” that have developed a resistance to antibiotics.
UV-C that causes this germicidal effect is rare on Earth as our atmosphere blocks it. This light is harmful to our eyes, hence why it must be done within Clara UV's controlled environment. You will never see the UV light that is killing all those germs, but an external red indicator on the device will let you know when your device is being sanitized. With powerful UV-C light inside, Clara UV has a deadly effect on microorganisms such as pathogens, viruses, bacteria, and others.
Your phone's warm battery allows bacteria to thrive and reproduce. UV-C light penetrates the cell and disrupts the DNA, killing the pathogen. Our UV-C light is not hot, so while it effectively kills bacteria, it will not hurt your phone.
History of UV and Sanitization
Sanitizing with UV-C light has been a normal practice since the mid-20th century. In fact, the 1903 Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to Niels Finsen for using UV light to fight tuberculosis. Today, hospitals and laboratories use UV light to keep their facilities sterile, which means it's perfect for sanitizing mobile devices, which are especially good at harboring and growing bacteria.
Yes! In fact, we encourage you to keep your phone case on your phone while you use any of the Clara UV units. Most of the bacteria on our hands is passed to our phone cases. Each Clara UV unit was designed to fit your phone with the case on. If you have a thick case with additional accessories like a socket or stand, please refer to the dimensions on the product pageto make sure it will meet your needs.
Yes, Clara UV products are completely safe for your phone! Clara UV doesn't use water or chemicals - it uses UV-C light. UV light kills germs but doesn't harm you or your device. This light is completely safe for anything you place inside - except germs.
UV light can potentially cause discoloration with continuous, prolonged exposure to lightly pigmented plastics. However, it would take many continuous hours of exposure to have this effect, similar to leaving your phone exposed to the sun over a consistently prolonged duration. Our products were designed with this in mind. When you close the lid of your unit, the UV lights will turn on for pre-programmed amount of time and automatically shut off when done. This is more than enough time to completely sanitize your devices and kill all the germ, but it is never enough time to damage your gadgets. You can feel confident your phone and tablets are safe inside, but the germs are not!
Yes, all Clara UV units were designed and built with special acoustic outlets thatallowyou to hear notifications and alarms while your phone or tablet is being sanitized. Let your phone charge overnight or in the office – you’ll hear its sounds loud and clear.
Yes! Hospitals and healthcare locations all over the country use Clara UV to stop the spread of illness-causing bacteria carried by smartphones and tablets. The UV-C light technology inside Clara UV was first used to disinfect environments like hospitals. Clara UV is used in nursing stations, waiting rooms, NICUs, and many other types of medical facilities.