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Liquipel's Hydrophobic Nanocoating Makes Gadgets Completely Waterproof!

by , 01/17/12

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At one point we’ve all done it – spilt a drink over a laptop, gotten our tablets soaked in the rain, or even dropped our phone in the toilet. Water has always been the bane of electronics, however American company Liquipel just announced that they have developed a way to completely waterproof our devices against the elements. Using a revolutionary process, Liquipel applies a hydrophobic nanocoating to your devices that completely waterproofs it and protects it against accidental exposure to liquids.

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The coating is completely invisible to the human eye and is virtually undetectable. In fact, Liquipel promise that their coating will in no way “compromise the look, feel, and performance of your electronics.” In fact, the coating is 1000x thinner than a human hair.

While their website does not go into detailed specifics, Liquipel’s method can reportedly coat an entire device to protect all of the vital components inside and out from accidental contact with liquids. The resulting gadgets can be used in the rain and are protected against clumsiness.

If you are interested in protecting your gadgets, then the only way (currently) to do so is to mail them directly to the Edison Award-nominated company. Hopefully it won’t be long before this technology is on the open market and every electronics manufacturer applies it as a standard feature.

Click here to see a range of devices being or waterproofed or watch the video below.

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12 Comments

  1. civetta February 1, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Is it safe if it gets into the foodchain? How fast does it degrade?

  2. BeardedOwl January 24, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    I agree with peterg, it is most likely parylene; probably parylene F which has a lower surface energy.

  3. Rabbit54 January 23, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    This great idea and will be so helpful to people. I also think it’s misleading to say – in the headline- that the nanocoating make devices “completely waterproof”. It’s awesome stuff, don’t get me wrong, but if you go to the websites, they are all really, really careful to point out that this is for protecting against accidental and occasional water exposure. That will work for most people, but if you looking for something to take in the swimming pool (not lounging, but actually swimming) there are several options. There are several companies that make good cases (try Lewis N. Clark) and there is even a company that waterproofs the apple iPod shuffle (www.underwateraudio.com) from the inside – it’s tested for submersion past 100 feet is designed for daily use.

  4. Hoobleh January 17, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Shut up and take my money!!

  5. peterg January 16, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    You might just ask if this is parylene, a well known technology with exactly the characteristics the company claims.

  6. flapdoodle January 16, 2012 at 2:08 am

    @Christmas
    If you go to their site they show you.
    It’s a vapour coating the permeates the whole device inside and out.

  7. blazer0x January 16, 2012 at 1:36 am

    They put your device in a vacuum chamber and then introduce an ionized plasma bearing the hydrophobic substance. The plasma gas penetrates inside the device (everywhere that air can go) and thus coats everything inside and out, including inside the headphone jack, dock connector,etc. The coating allows electrons to pass through it but water does not “touch” it, so even though your charge port is under water the pins do not short out, yet you can still charge your device like normal.

  8. fietsmeneertje January 16, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Great product when it works, I also have my doubts about all the holes in the devices (see Christmas’ comments).

    BTW really cheesy commercial, looks straight out of TellSell TV.

  9. freetrademan January 15, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Christmas- I spoke with the Liquipel founder at CES. He explained that Liquipel is applied as a vapor, and coats everything, inside and out. Amazing technology.

  10. Christmas January 13, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Hmmm?? What about holes in the device? HOW can it work when an iPhone (for example) has a headphone jack, speaker holes, mic hole, etc. I’m confused. Maybe the internals are soaked in the stuff too… like they immerse your device in a wet solution of nanostuff and it coats everything that water would normally be able to get to… donno?? any ideas?

  11. sarah at lazerwood January 13, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Amazing product! But I think I will let you guys try it first…..

    sarah at lazerwood

  12. Litoponderus January 13, 2012 at 7:10 am

    And, what are their instructions for Hospital Emergency Room Interns and first responders?

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