Water-resistant nanocoating is something that has been around for quite some time but the Santa Ana-based company, Liquipel, recently debuted an improved version of its material, Liquipel 2.0. The company is boasting saying that the new version is up to 100 times more effective than the watersafe nanocoating that the company originally introduced during CES 2012. The product is designed to protect electronic devices from water damage, adding a vapor-applied water resistant coating that does not compromise the performance of the device.
According to Sam Winkler, Liquipel’s Managing Director, a device that is treated with the new version of Liquipel is able to achieve a water resistance rating of IPX7, which means the device can be submerged in a meter of water for 30 minutes. Although the company didn’t previously offer a warranty for treated electronics along with some users experiencing issues with devices treated with the original Liquipel formula not surviving liquid exposure, the company has changed stances this time around at CES 2013 by announcing its Liquipel Performance Guarantee.
The new warranty, which as of right now only covers U.S. customers (but should be extended to other countries in the future), offers protection from damage due to accidental liquid exposure on Liquipel-treated devices. According to the company:
"The coverage excludes intentional submerging of devices in liquid. However, everyday life events that can cause liquid damage will be covered, such as: rain, splashing, sweat, dropping in the sink or toilet and spilled drinks. "
The whole nanocoating idea has also gone portable with the company’s new “Liquipods,” which are 4x4 foot boxes that can be leased by shops who want to offer the Liquipel treatment. According to TechCrunch, Liquipel is also opening its own retail locations beginning with an inaugural store at the West Edmonton Mall in Canada this February. As of right now, Liquipel currently offers an online service, where customers can ship devices to be professionally coated by Liquipel itself at a starting price of $59.