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Superhydrophobic Coatings And Liquipel Phone Waterproofing

Updated on March 12, 2012

Old Fashioned Waterproofing

photo from solidether via Flickr
photo from solidether via Flickr

Liquipel Phone Waterproofing Coating

Waterproofing electronics and the underlying components has been a hassle for quite a while now. All sorts of diy waterproofing methods exist, but they often fall short of providing a complete and robust protection for the valued electronics that make up our lives. Just ask hobbyists that build rc boats and you might find that they use aerosol sprays such as Corrosion X to waterproof boats and the radio receivers, servos, and electronic speed controls. Other applications have been done with waterproof membranes or even balloons in some situations. Some components can be coated with urethane waterproof coatings or even dielectric grease and vaseline in some redneck shadetree workshops. The problem with many of these solutions is that they are often temporary and certainly not as robust as a nanotechnology solution can be. Enter Liquipel and the nanoparticle waterpoof coating system. It is now cheap and easy to have your electronics coated with a long lasting solution that is impervious to liquids and gives new possibilities to that electronic gear, phones, and gadgets.

Imagine walking through the city talking on your smart phone when a sudden rain rolls in, the clouds darken, and the weather begins to turn everything damp. What would you do with your phone? It is likely that you would keep it deep in a pocket or purse in an attempt to keep the circuitry as dry as possible. Now, with superhydrophobic nanoparticle coatings like Liquipel, that rain is less of a threat and more of a minor nuisance, and there is no more need for those bulky waterproof cases. A Liquipelled phone can operate just as it would in the dryest of conditions and your calls need not be interrupted. This might be the difference between life and death in a crucial emergency situation. A short circuit on the side of the road could mean a long walk to the gas station at the least, or more threatening, an encounter with a less than friendly motorist with no means to call for help. Hydrophobicity is a physical property of surfaces that causes them to repel water and liquids. In physical terms, the contact angle between the solid surface and the water is extremely high. The polar opposite of hydrophobic coatings is hydrophilic coatings. The latter are similar to RainX which can be used as a treatment on a windshield to improve wetting properties. Read more about hydrophobic and hydrophilic nanoparticles and their incredible uses in surface technology and nanomedicine.

Water damaged phones can be difficult and sometimes costly to repair. The data may only be partially recovered or not recovered at all. Without a backup, that could mean a lot of lost business information, personal contact lists, media and more. At a price of $59, Liquipel is really one of the best deals in so far as the peace of mind that the protection will provide. The odds of water damage occurring through accidental spills, drops into pools or puddles, rain or humidity is quite high in regards to smart phones. The odds probably go up exponentially if you have kids with cell phones on a family plan. The superhydrophobic waterproof coating can be applied to a myriad of devices: iPod, iPhone (including the newer iphone4 and iphone4s), Droids, etc. Devices from manufacturers HTC, Samsung, Apple, and more are all compatible with nanoparticle coating. Other more exotic devices and gadgets can probably get the treatment as well. The Liquipel sites lists the available treatments and a contact option to get a custom quote.

Superhydrophobic coatings are also making their way into textiles and fabrics in ways not seen before. It is easy to imagine a future world where almost everything is waterproofed through the explosion of nanotechnology. I wonder how water is going to feel about that.

Waterproofing Liquipel Explained

You can read more about the Liquipel process and the technology behind superhydrophobic coatings HERE.


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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      This is very useful and interesting. Life saving gadgets are useless if they are exposed to dampness. It would be tragic if my cell phone which has all contact info does not work just because of rain. Voted up.