New technology protects smartphones from water damage

Liquipel turns iPhone into dry phone

By Allison McGinley - News Director , Matt Austin - Anchor

ORLANDO, Fla. - Cell phones have become an integral part of daily life, so much so that people use them everywhere, including places they should not; in the car, in the movies, even in the bathroom.

It's the bathroom that has inspired a new product which is making a splash in the electronics world by water-proofing cell phones.

The product is called Liquipel.

It's not an extra case. It doesn't change the shape, size or function of your phone.

It simply keeps it safe from water.

"It's not something that we're marketing in a way that we want people swimming with their devices or needlessly exposing them to water," explained Kevin Bacon, co-founder of Liquipel.

But Bacon claims it will protect your phone if you're caught in a rain storm, spend the day at the beach, or accidently drop your phone in the toilet.

"I'm around water a lot with swimming and boating with little kids so that would be good for me," said Orlando mom, Stephanie.

So how does it work?

Owners can send their phone to Liquipel's headquarters in California.

The company then places the phone inside a vacuum chamber, sucks out the all of the air in the chamber and pumps in a specially formulated vapor.

Then the phone is heated to cure. The entire process takes about 30 minutes.

Liquipel hit the spotlight at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.

The company has since taken the product viral producing several YouTube videos where they submerge a new iPhone 4s.

The video shows the phone still working after being submerged.

The company says if your phone is ‘liqupeled, but happens to get wet, they suggest you remove the battery and cover, and let it dry before restarting your phone.

Liquipel charges 59 dollars to water proof your phone.

The only drawback is you have to send them your phone which means you'll be without it for a couple of days.

Click Here to see the product testing videos on YouTube.

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