Thought Liquipel didn't work as advertised, turns out it does at the end (with surprised ending)





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Published on Feb 21, 2012

Edit 3-26-2013: Since February 18, 2013, one of Liquipel representative asked me to rename this video from "Liquipel didn't really work as advertised (unexpected surprise at the end)" to "Thought Liquipel didn't work as advertised, turns out it does at the end (with surprised ending) " in exchange for free Liquipel 2.0 treatment. Because of that, I've got my iPhone 5 treated with Liquipel at the Liquipel's headquarter and I've managed to record the videos. Let me know if you guys want to see it.

Edit 6-6-2012: Liquipel no longer advertise it as "Waterproof" on their website due to many complaint, but it was at the time when this video was uploaded. The title still stands as of Feb 21, 2012 until the time they revised it.

Video used in this video:
Official Liquipel's Playing Video Underwater: http://youtu.be/XtsSPZCGmuY
Macmixing's inteview in CES 2012: http://youtu.be/17ZdgGpAJWU
ThatSnazzyiPhoneGuy Torture test: http://youtu.be/COOKA1xFc-w
ThatSnazzyiPhoneGuy Follow-Up: http://youtu.be/N6MjN7ISc6A

Hi everyone! Ok, actually, I made this video expecting that my iPhone 4S didn't work properly at the end, but it managed to turn on by surprise.

However, the title still stands. Liquipel didn't really work as advertised because my warranty has been voided where they advertised it as it wouldn't void the warranty since that sticker is super hydrophobic.

Here's the script I used in making of this video. Anything beyond that is unscripted and unpredictable. Please keep in mind that this scripted speech was made before I found out that my iPhone was working again. Anyway, I hope you'll enjoy this video.

Hi everyone! If you're considering getting your smartphone treated with Liquipel or have already been treated, please watch this video. For those who doesn't know about Liquipel, Liquipel is a company that treats your device with nano-coating, which makes your phone super hydrophobic. In other word, it makes your device waterproof to prevent short circuit. If you haven't seen the Liquipel's video yet, they demonstrated that the smartphone coated with Liquipel can survive the submerge of underwater. As far as I know, they've tested submerging it into water for at least 30 minutes and it managed to survive with no problem. They also claimed that submerging it into water does not void your warranty since the water indicator sticker is treated with nano-coating and it shouldn't absorb water. Therefore, the sticker should remain white and it should not turn red.

I've seen couple of videos doing the submerging test, including the one by ThatSnazzyiPhoneGuy as shown in this video and he also has the follow-up video. If you saw his video and also his follow-up, you'll see that his iPhone has faced some temporary symptom problem, including some of the buttons that malfunctioned. He also stated in his follow up video that his sticker remained white, he deliberately drop water into that sticker and it remained white, meaning that it shouldn't void the warranty.

In my case, it didn't really work as advertised. I'm not sure if I'm unlucky one, but it didn't really protect my iPhone. First of all, I'm fully aware that Liquipel is made for preventative measure and it is not designed to intentionally go swimming with it. But, I have submerged my iPhone into glass of water for less than 30 seconds for testing purpose, which is equivalent to the accident like being pushed into the pool or dropping it into the toilet. It managed to remain functional at that time and some of the buttons were temporary malfunctioned due to the water clog as expected. However, after I've turned it off and about 30 minutes later, I wasn't able to turn it back on.

Then, I realized that this problem has gotten even worse than I expected. There are lots of internal devices aren't working, such as battery connector, wireless antenna, LED flash, and the speaker even after 8 days of drying time, which I had it treated on February 10th and tested it on the same day. My iPhone is still partially functional, however. The only way to turn it on is to plug in the charger, which I will show you later in this video. Because I live in southern California, I took my iPhone back to Liquipel headquarter to see if they can fix it, but they failed to do so. They also found that the water indicator sticker did, in fact, turned red, meaning that it has voided my warranty, which weren't supposed to. They suggested that I take it back to Apple for repair with the estimate cost of 150 dollars since my warranty has voided. Liquipel said that they will refund my 60 dollars for an apology and they will have it retreat it with no additional cost once I got my iPhone back from Apple. I have a feeling that Liquipel didn't treated my iPhone well enough, thus, got my sticker turned red. If it was treated well enough, it wouldn't turn my white sticker red.


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