A few months ago we learned about Liquipel, the waterproof nanocoating that protects your smartphone from water and other liquids. With Liquipel 2.0, users could mail in their mobile devices to the company, and for $59.99, they would receive a waterproofing treatment that supposedly lasts forever. Not only is the coating nearly impossible to see with the naked eye, it offers an impressive protection rating of IPX7, allowing your smartphone to be immersed in liquids at depths of over 1 meter for 30 minutes at a time.
Although the “watersafe” coating is a nifty innovation, it offers little to no protection on a physical level. To address this concern, Liquipel has launched Skins, a new high-impact film that safeguards the device against both scratches and heavy blows.
To achieve this level of protection, Liquipel has opted for a four-layer system that reportedly serves as a system of “literal shock absorbers”. According to the official press release, the film can be installed in three easy steps and the silicon adhesive formula allows for a completely dry installation process, thus eliminating the need for annoying spray bottles and squeegees.
The Liquipel Skins are currently being offered for under $15 for the iPhone 4, 4S and 5. Skins for the Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4 should also be available at this time, but are currently listed as “out of stock”. Liquipel intends to diversify its list of compatible smartphone models over the next few months.
Those interested can check out the company’s webpage for more details about Liquipel Skins, as well as ordering information.
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