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Lamp claims to sanitise surfaces while traveling28th of February 2012
A new pocket sanitiser developed in the US is claimed to be able to kill 99.9 per cent of the germs that cause colds, flu, e-coli and salmonella.
The Pocket Purifier can be used on a range of surfaces such as nappy-changing stations, hotel remote control units and chopping boards. Other applications include aeroplane washroom surfaces, children's toys and restaurant doorknobs.
Made by US-based Purely Products, the sanitiser penetrates the membranes of viruses, bacteria, mould and dust mites using a four-watt germicidal ultraviolet light. This deactivates the DNA of the pathogens and destroys their ability to multiply, claims the company.
The Pocket Purifier uses the same UV-C technology that is commonly used in hospitals, food processing facilities, water treatment and HVAC systems to eliminate biological contaminants and germs. Surfaces need to be scanned for 15-30 seconds from a distance of around one inch away to be effective.
The germicidal ultraviolet bulb in the Pocket Purifier is said to last 9,000 hours and replacement bulbs are available.
The product, which is also claimed to be effective against MRSA, is not safe to use on the hands. For this reason the Pocket Purifier features a lid that blocks UV exposure to the eyes and skin.