- Easy to use
- Cleans phone better than screen wipes
- Isn't compatible with wireless charging
Clean your phone anytime – anywhere.
In the past few years, I’ve become increasingly aware of how much or how little I wash my hands. I’m also aware of how incredibly filthy my digital devices — like my iPhone and iPad — get on a regular basis. I find that usually, a good cleaning wipe like Well-Kept is a good place to start, but it doesn’t always get the job completely done. That’s why there’s PhoneSoap. I was first introduced to PhoneSoap in 2016 when we had the opportunity to review the original PhoneSoap device. Since then, they have developed several other products that work well for customers’ growing needs. One such product is the PhoneSoap Go.
The PhoneSoap Go is one of the newest products to come from PhoneSoap and it allows you to clean and charge your phone on the go. You can travel with the peace of mind that your phone is sanitized even when you are on a train, plane, or anywhere. It comes in the color indigo, which is a nice distinction from the standard PhoneSoap units that are black.
Phone Soap uses UV-C lights to kill 99.99% of germs including cold and flu viruses. With the lightbulbs on both the top and bottom of the device, PhoneSoap achieves 360-disinfection, which reaches into tiny crevices that cleaning cloths cannot get to. It takes approximately 10 minutes for a cleaning cycle to finish and afterward, the PhoneSoap will automatically shut off.
- Dimensions: 8.5 L x 5 W x 1.76 H
- UV sanitizer kills 99.99% of germs
- Fits all phone and case sizes
- Built-in 7000mAh rechargeable battery; takes approximately 4.5 hours to charge
- Two charging ports — USB-A and USB-C
- Up to 4 full phone charges or 45 sanitizing cycles
- Carrying case included
The PhoneSoap comes in a pretty basic cardboard box and is packaged with a carrying case, charging cable, and a quick start guide. Using the PhoneSoap is very easy and even if I hadn’t used one before, it wouldn’t take long to learn how to do it. The first thing you should do is to plug the case into power. You can use it as it is tethered to a power source or wait for it to charge up full. When you are ready to start sanitizing, you close the lid to the PhoneSoap and tap the lightning bolt on the top of the lid. Just below the lightning bolt, you will see four LED indicator lights. These will tell you how much power is charged onto the internal rechargeable battery.
One of the unique features about the PhoneSoap Go is that you also have the option of charging your phone directly from the device. PhoneSoap does not supply the charging cables for devices. To utilize this process, you plug the cable you need into one of the two USB (A or C) ports on the back of the PhoneSoap. Then you route the other end of the cable into the PhoneSoap through the notch on the side of the device. This notch is only large enough for a cable so it stands to reason that you shouldn’t run into a contamination problem from the outside air.
I, unfortunately, did not have a Petrie dish or laboratory to analyze germs before and after sanitizing the phone, but we have completed that experiment before here on MacSources when one of our writers reviewed the PhoneSoap 3.0. You can read about the results of that testing here. I did end up testing how long it took for the PhoneSoap to charge to see if the estimate from PhoneSoap was correct. The PhoneSoap Go was at 0% and it took approximately 5 hours to charge to full. I had it connected to a USB port on a charging station that will only push out approximately 1A per USB port. So, I’m not surprised that it took just a little longer than normal to charge it completely.
I found that the cleaning cycle was approximately 10 minutes as quoted by the product’s specs. I do have a word of warning. Even though the PhoneSoap can accommodate many sizes of cases, I would recommend removing leather cases before cleaning. UV light can damage leather when it comes directly from the sun. I actually had a leather case on my phone when I cleaned it. Fortunately, the case didn’t show any discoloration after one cleaning, but the leather did have an odd smell after the cleaning session.
In this day and age, I think every smartphone user should invest in a PhoneSoap unit. I would recommend the PhoneSoap Go because you can use it anytime – anywhere. It’s a great product and I can highly recommend it for any user.