Liquipel Will Make your iPhone Waterproof Without a Case

The company Liquipel claims it has the ability to fully waterproof your iPhone–without a case. How? The process works when you send off your device to Liquipel and they spray your device with a nano coating–making it waterproof and allowing it to be fully submerged in water.

Liquipel is a revolutionary process that applies a waterproof coating to your electronic device to protect them in the event of accidental exposure to liquids. It is not visible to the human eye, virtually undetectable and Liquipel will not compromise the look, feel, and performance of your electronics.

Liquipel penetrates the entire device as a whole, including all of the vital components inside and out to provide optimal protection against accidental contact with liquids.

How will Liquipel affect your speakers, mic, and dock connector? According to their FAQ, not much:

Does the coating cover up my headphone jack and charging port?

The Liquipel process does go into the headphone jacks and charging ports but does not hinder your device in any way. Liquipel is a non conductive coating that allows currents to transfer back and forth when there is a direct connection. What this means is you are able to charge, use headphones and access micro usb or sim cards just as you did before with no problem.

What about mics and speakers?

The liquipel coating is not “heavy” enough to distort your sound quality from your speakers or damage the mic. It does however keep the soft materials most speakers are made of from breaking down when exposed to moisture. Some models (such as iPhone 4) have channels that the speakers play through. It will be hard to hear the music until the water dries from this channel. Liquipel is about preserving your device and all of its functionality.

The price will range from $59-$79 for Liquipel to protect your device. You ship it to them, and they’ll return it. Check out the following demo video of a Liquipel-protected iPhone 4 getting submerged in water and tell me what you think:

So with Liquipel, you will be able to take your phone with you into the shower and never feel disconnected ever again, right? ;)

[via TUAW]

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  • Anonymous

    I wonder if the. Coating degrades after a while? It would suck if you dropped it a year later only to find out the coating only lasts 10 months!

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Yup, that is THE question. Who’s brave enough to test one of their precious iPhones covered via Liquipel? It would really suck if it failed on the first water test. I’d probably cry myself to sleep.

  • http://twitter.com/Chrome262 Chrome262

    Test it before you upgrade, that way if it works you can make that a selling point when you sell you old phone.

  • Tyler W

    so that would be the best for vacations!! taking an iPhone 4S with you say scuba diving and still take amazing video and pictures!!

    Great Idea

    Would love to try it!

  • Anonymous

    Saw this not too long ago on YouTube, looks promising. Would be kinda cool if they made a deal with OEM’s to have it pre-installed on new devices.

  • Kosmo

    Looks like they are using snake oil to cover the phone: “Liquipel is a non conductive coating that allows currents to transfer back and forth when there is a direct connection.” — it is non-conductive, but allows currents to transfer “back and forth”?!?, i.e. it is both an insulator and allows electric currents to pass through?!?

  • Anonymous

    Now that’s a useful upgrade!

  • Anonymous

    And if it fails it may be worth considerably less.

  • K3

    Maybe Apple will be offering to buy this company before the next iPhone goes into production.

  • AdamK

    I saw a video of an iPhone 3G (or 3GS, not sure which) on youtube – the phone was in the water for almost a minute before the effects of being underwater first became visible.  The video above only shows the phone submerged for less than 30 seconds.  I am not saying that the coating doesn’t work, rather that I would have been more impressed if I could see a coated iPhone 4 side-by-side a non-coated iPhone 4.  That to me would be a the BEST demonstration.  Further, I agree with some of the other comments regarding how long does the coating last – for example the headphone jack or the apple 30-pin connector – how long before the coating wears off at these locations?  Also, how long can the phone be submerged before the coating fails?  Will I have to send my phone in to get it annually to get it re-coated?  Finally, how will this affect our apple warranties?  I know that if you take a phone into Apple and one of the internal water sensors shows it came into contact with water, it can void your warranty (some people have had issues with bringing their phone into the bathroom and this has “tripped” the sensors).  How will this coating affect those sensors/indicators or the Apple warranty in general?

  • AdamK

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_yU9IO9mbXE
    Here is a link to the video I mentioned above…

  • Anonymous

    0:27 sec in video ; Liquipel does not recommend that your device comes in contact with water.

    then what is this technology for ?

  • Guest

    No where in the video did it say that the iphone was submerged in *water*.  It just says “…we are going to go ahead and submerge this iPhone 4…” Could be alcohol or something else that doesn’t conduct electricity well or at all.

  • 12345678a

    Wonder whetheit there are any screen protection properties inherent in the product. The front glass appeared super reflective in the video. Not sure if that was a function of lighting or of the liquipel.

  • Frostedbuzz

    What about salt water

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    I want to know how it stands up against acid.

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  • Everlast

    Poor chosen words, but they’re saying that the coating prevent conductivity between points on the board. Normally, the air around the points on a board, or pins on a chip, will not conduct, but water will partially short these circuits, causing the phone to fail.

    A nano-polymer coating wouldn’t do a thing to prevent water from entering the phone. The coating doesn’t appear to try to prevent water from entering the phone, but rather prevent it from damaging the phone once wet.

    Thick epoxy coatings have been used for years to protect circuits from water and physical shock damage.

  • Sergeanttim

    They offer an additional coating that protects the screen from scratching.