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Nano-Coating Material Protects Electronics From Moisture Damage

Your cell phone can get ruined by sweat, rain, or being dropped in a toilet, but if it's protected by P2i's coating material it can be saved.

Water and other moisture are perhaps the main way that modern electronics get ruined. Even a small amount of water can lead to corrosion damage. This is why Apple and other companies have put moisture detectors in their devices which, if they're triggered, void the warranty.

But electronics protected with a coating technology from P2i repel water. It just beads off, like a windshield with RainX on it (P2i's is a bit more sophisticated than RainX though). This process has been used on millions of new devices, including the new Motorola Droid RAZR.

In the demonstration below, Dr. Stephen Coulson of P2i shows how it works.

This isn't something that you can apply yourself. It needs to be applied late in the manufacturing process by the manufacturer. And you can't just toss your Droid RAZR in the pool and use it. The electronics might be protected, but there might still be water inside and you need to remove it. There are ways to do this, which we will discuss in a future article.

And it's not just electronics. On P2i's case studies page you'll see how it's been used to protect canvas shoes, hats, and pipettes.

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