Contact-free tool is cool. It prevents us from touching potentially germs and viruses covered objects like the door handles. But most – if not all – contact-free tools are only half as good. How so? These unseen enemies can get onto the contact-free tool which we may end up touching and that’s isn’t good, is it? Not with the UVict S1, though.
UVict S1 is the world’s first contact-free tool that has an internal and external UV to sanitizing the tool itself as well as other objects. Pretty snazzy, IMHO. Today, we will take a look at this handy tool. While we can’t test the effectiveness of the UV, the UV has been certified to have a wavelength of 275 which is enough for sanitizing purpose.
The Build + Design
Not going to lie. We were pleasantly surprised. The build is right up on the top. It is sturdy and solid. The case is of plastic and the hook is of stainless steel. The device is no larger than a credit card in length and width, and it touts an appropriate amount of beveled edges and textured surfaces for a reassuring grip. It feels good in the hand. It is not exaggeration to say it does make me want to keep holding it.
On one side, there’s an LED indicator to indicate when the interior UV is activated. The LED indicator also shows the charging status when charging. Speaking of charging, the onboard 500 mAh can be full recharged in 2 hours and will last up to 15 days.
There is also a lanyard loop built into it for those who wished to hook it up with the included wristlet, for example. On one of the edge, there are 3 UV-C light for sterilizing small areas like the keyboard or mouse.
There are two buttons. One for activating the exterior UV-C light – thoughtfully in purple to indicate its purpose and another for releasing the mechanism within, so you can flip out the contact-free tool.
The handy credit card size, along with the thickness affords a good secure grip when pulling or pushing doors. The generous curve on the hook enables it to fit virtually any kind of door handles.
The best part, however, is the automatic UV-C-based sterilization on the inside. When the hook is stowed back into UVict S1, it automatically triggers the 3 UV-C light within. The UV-C will stay on for around 30 seconds before turning off automatically.
It is worthy to note that the internal UV-C light will NOT turn on immediately when the hook is stowed. It will light up in about 20 seconds and for good reason.
This little guy turns out to be an addictive fidget tool too. I find myself flicking the hook in and out when one of my hands was free to do so. The delay is for this purpose. In this way, the UV-C light will not turn on when you are not actually stowing the hook.
Interestingly, if the internal UV-C light is on and you deploy the hook again, it will cut the UV-C light. Now, that’s attention to detail. If anyone’s who care for attention to details, you will appreciate this small but no less important implementation. Kudos to UVict for thinking this through.
The external UV-C light, on the other hand, works as intended. Pressing the purple button switches it on and pressing it again turns it off. It will also automatically turn off after a period of inactivity.
There are a number of contact-free tools out there, but UVict S1 would be the go-to choice of you want to be sure that the very tool you use is relatively germs and viruses free. Plus, it does really make for a fun fidgeting too.
The fact that it also has an external UV-C means it is good for traveling too. You can use it to sanitizing almost any small surfaces such as hotel room door handles, the kettle’s handle, or even your clothing, if you so desire.
However, we do have a few observations. While we find it work for most door handles, I think the inside of the hook could use a coat of grippy material for improve grip on odd-shape or polished handles.
Also, while I find the device is ambidextrous, it does kind of favor right-handed use. It is more fluid on the right hand. Of course, if you can still use the left hand, but I find it is less, you know, fluid.
All images by Mikeshouts.com.