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  • Make Your iPhone Waterproof With Liquipel Coating


    A company named Liquipel is claiming that it can make our smartphone water resistant by bonding it inside and out with a “nano” coating which repels water. It sounds too good to be true but it seems like this company is the real deal. While not meant for deep sea diving, it’s the perfect solution for those who are clumsy or prone to partying too hard.

    Some of you are probably already sold on the idea and are probably wondering how to get your iPhone coated. For now, you’ll have to send your device off to Liquipel for a few days for them to coat it. The good news here is that the company is seeking to work directly with manufacturers to integrate their coating before you buy a phone in which case, you’d buy a water resistant phone automatically. We wouldn’t be surprised to see Apple licensing or acquiring this technology and implementing it as soon as possible though. I am curious to see how this would pan out though for the general public interested in signing a contract with a carrier for their iPhone. Buying a waterproof iPhone from AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon sounds like it could be a very successful idea.

    Although the coating won’t help those of you who drop your iPhones onto hard surfaces, it’ll definitely prevent spills and splashes from causing harm to your device. As of right now, the Liquipel coating will set you back $59 and a 1-2 day turnaround for the coating to be applied. For those of you who don’t own an iPhone and are also interested in getting your device coated, it might be good to know that the iPhone isn’t the only smartphone supported.

    Last but not least, for those of you who are skeptical about the effectiveness of the coating, check out the video below:



    If you still aren’t a believer, you can check out a whole slew of videos on Liquipel’s YouTube channel.

    Are any of you going to be sending in your iPhone to get coated? Share any thoughts and opinions below!

    Source: Liquipel, YouTube
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Make Your iPhone Waterproof With Liquipel Coating started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 43 Comments
    1. harmycl's Avatar
      harmycl -
      So, the $60 coating prevents the water going magically through the plastic cover?
      It's the little gaps, connector holes, mic and speakers that make a electronic devices prone to water damage! Not the fabric of the cover!
    1. TooSlo's Avatar
      TooSlo -
      Water resistant != Waterproof
    1. spintek's Avatar
      spintek -
      Impressive. How long is the guarantee for it? Office looks sick too.
    1. Dainelli's Avatar
      Dainelli -
      Quote Originally Posted by rokindeez View Post
      Would this void my warranty?
      Wouldn't be surprised if it did
    1. baRRy boRRis's Avatar
      baRRy boRRis -
      Looks incredibly similar to NeverWet. An iPhone was in a bowl of water for over 30 minutes and completely unaffected.
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Very cool! Looks like the same thing over at KickStarter... Electronic Waterproof Polymer Coating by JimBoto — Kickstarter
      Seems like everyone had the same idea at the same time?
    1. x_IMMORTAL_x's Avatar
      x_IMMORTAL_x -
      I knew it was to good to be true. F.A.Q from the site. I went and looked for some sort of replacement guaranty but they do not provide one.

      What is Liquipel?
      Liquipel is a Nano coating that protects your device from accidental water damage.
      My device has been Liquipelled;
      can I take it swimming or surfing?
      NO! Just because your device has been further protected does not mean it can be used in this way. It is similar to buying a case for your device and asking to throw it at the ground. It is just common sense to try and take care of your device. If you want to do this you need a specialty bulky case. Liquipel is a preventative coating to help protect from accidental water exposure.

      What do you mean when you say “accidental water exposure”?
      Accidental water exposure refers to the situations that cause most electronics to become water damaged. Liquipel was designed as a preventative coating to help guard against rain, spills, baby drool and short term submersion such as the sink or toilet (though we hope you never find out). These scenarios comprise most of the water damage that happens to electronics.
      If my electronic is accidentally exposed to water after being Liquipelled what do I do?
      Do not panic! Please follow the aftercare instructions such as drying the device as much as possible, powering down the unit (if it is not an emergency and you do not need to make a call), removing the battery and battery cover if possible and not restarting until it has dried. Please note not to charge your device for 24 hours until it has dried out.
    1. newskin's Avatar
      newskin -
      Seems something most portable electronics should have when we buy them in the near future. Also reminded me of this water repellant video Ross Nanotechnology's NeverWet superhydrophobic spray-on coating - YouTube
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Greatbiguns View Post
      I LOVE This Item, and will gladly pay $60 to waterproof my i4S. But aren't they worried Apple will buy them and then sideline the business? Why would apple want to lose all of the business they get from water damaged iPhones. That is HUGE business for Apple.... I hope that doesn't happen but I can see it now...
      I wouldn't exactly consider it a HUGE business. Of all the people I know with iPhones, I can only think of one off the top of my head who had to replace a phone due to water damage. I would imagine that the increased sales by offering a waterproof smart phone would be greater than the business lost from replaced phones.
    1. IGnome's Avatar
      IGnome -
      I wonder what it does to your warranty? Could Apple use the fact that you have 'modified' the device to wriggle out of replacing a defective phone? As to whether they would ever adopt it.... Water ingression is the single biggest factor in phone deaths so all companies are having to balance customer sattisfaction with re sales- the old build in obsolescence design flaw issue. Having said that iphones are much better than most at surviving water damage, I have first hand anecdotes of iphones dropped in lakes and going through the washing machine and still working to some extent
    1. ensigma's Avatar
      ensigma -
      wish i had liquipelled my phone over the summer before i jumped into my pool with it. would have saved me a lot of anger and frustration
    1. RobertZama's Avatar
      RobertZama -
      I wouldn't mind apple buying the company and perfect the technology and sell water repellant iphones making the owner of the company rich and the customers happy
    1. sewercyde's Avatar
      sewercyde -
      The electronics technician in me wonders how they maintain a useable electrical connection in the connection port without allowing the water to short the pins........
      Yeah everything else, go ahead, plastic coat it in whatever 'nano' product you like and its still useable.
    1. 1shuttle1's Avatar
      1shuttle1 -
      I saw this at a convention. They have national contracts with a few of the big hearing aid companies. The number one problem with hearing aids the guy told me was that people get out of the shower in the morning and put them in their ears before they are dry enough. This causes damage to the electronics.

      The demo the guy used was two Kleenex's. The one was not treated and the other was. First the untreated one went in and came out just as you would expect. Then he handed you a treated one and asked you to put your hand in the water with it. It came out exactly as it went in(DRY). The cool thing was that you could not tell them apart by look or touch. Anyway the guy said someday they wanted to put them in malls so you could get anything coated.
    1. a.t.'s Avatar
      a.t. -
      i havent read any other comments but if someone hasnt already mentioned...

      I can see Apple and other companies taking Liquipel to court over some "patent infringement" BS. You know how much money these smart people make due to our carelessness?! Alot!!
    1. alcala315's Avatar
      alcala315 -
      Did you notice they need the headphone jack plugged with a headset? They cant seal the headphone jack which means if it falls in a puddle without a headset plugged in youre screwed.
    1. a.t.'s Avatar
      a.t. -
      Quote Originally Posted by alcala315 View Post
      Did you notice they need the headphone jack plugged with a headset? They cant seal the headphone jack which means if it falls in a puddle without a headset plugged in youre screwed.
      i noticed that too but the last few seconds they unplug and play again in water. I guess we can assume since there is also a sensor at the bottom where the device charges, that this device kept playing under water....I will be surprised if this company succeeds. especially with apple suing everyone these days...
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Would really like to get this done to my iPhone.
    1. xclusiveiphone's Avatar
      xclusiveiphone -
      Is there anyone daring enough to try this and test it yet? Does it really work?

      Quote Originally Posted by alcala315 View Post
      Did you notice they need the headphone jack plugged with a headset? They cant seal the headphone jack which means if it falls in a puddle without a headset plugged in youre screwed.
      I'm pretty sure water can go through the port even with the headset is plugged in. So what your saying makes absolutely no sense at all. Have you seen the video of them testing the iPhone 4 without the headset plugged in?

      Quote Originally Posted by x_IMMORTAL_x View Post
      I knew it was to good to be true. F.A.Q from the site. I went and looked for some sort of replacement guaranty but they do not provide one.

      What is Liquipel?
      Liquipel is a Nano coating that protects your device from accidental water damage.
      My device has been Liquipelled;
      can I take it swimming or surfing?
      NO! Just because your device has been further protected does not mean it can be used in this way. It is similar to buying a case for your device and asking to throw it at the ground. It is just common sense to try and take care of your device. If you want to do this you need a specialty bulky case. Liquipel is a preventative coating to help protect from accidental water exposure.

      What do you mean when you say “accidental water exposure”?
      Accidental water exposure refers to the situations that cause most electronics to become water damaged. Liquipel was designed as a preventative coating to help guard against rain, spills, baby drool and short term submersion such as the sink or toilet (though we hope you never find out). These scenarios comprise most of the water damage that happens to electronics.
      If my electronic is accidentally exposed to water after being Liquipelled what do I do?
      Do not panic! Please follow the aftercare instructions such as drying the device as much as possible, powering down the unit (if it is not an emergency and you do not need to make a call), removing the battery and battery cover if possible and not restarting until it has dried. Please note not to charge your device for 24 hours until it has dried out.
      Yeah the FAQ on the website makes me think the product isn't very promising.
    1. DaMan05's Avatar
      DaMan05 -
      i dont understand how it can stop water from going into the headphone jack...? pretty sweet