Coral UV 2 is a new all-purpose UV sanitizer currently on sale via Kickstarter. The COVID-19 pandemic is still raging and one good thing to come out of it is the importance of frequent hand washing. But what about all the things that we touch and interact with all the time? This is where the new Coral UV 2 sanitizer comes into play.
This new all-purpose UV sanitizer can sanitize and dry items at the same time. It also uses filtered HEPA air for drying and keeping the items ready for use via a sanitize and store mode.
As we all start getting vaccines and slowly emerge from the shadow of the pandemic I hope that people still practice good hygiene habits. The Coral UV 2 should help do that without any liquids or chemicals. I do believe that UV sanitizers of various shapes and sizes to become more mainstream in the coming future.
Let’s dive into the full review of the Coral UV 2 sanitizer to see how it performs in daily use.
Coral UV 2 Design and Hardware Impressions
Upon removing the Coral UV 2 from the generic box there are a few interesting things to note. First is the size of the unit, which is similar to a Japanese rice cooker. The second thing is the attention to detail in terms of the overall construction of the unit.
The entire unit is white except the top which is a nice matte black surface. The top of the unit has a clear window to allow visibility and acts as a vent when using the drying cycle. In addition to this, the four buttons to control the unit are also in the top panel.
On the front face is a circular button that pops the top of the unit open. To close it you just need to push it down. There is a Coral UV logo in the top left corner. The two sides are devoid of any markings or controls.
And the back of the unit has a grille with a HEPA filter that allows the moisture to escape when the unit is used for drying along with sanitizing. There is a small button or filter lock that allows the release of the grille to replace the HEPA filter.
The inside chamber is fairly large – 10.5 in x 8.25 in x 7 in deep and should be able to accommodate some fairly decent size objects. Alternatively, you can sanitize quite a few small size items simultaneously in one cycle as well.
Another small but important feature is the inclusive wire basket that rests on the top rail where you can put in smaller size items. These can be keys, face masks, sunglasses, or even your smartphone. The other larger objects can go underneath the wire basket in the main chamber.
The bottom of the unit has really nice tacky C-shape bumpers to help stabilize the Coral UV 2. And in a customary fashion, the regulatory and unit information is on the bottom of the unit.
Once the lid is open you can see the six UV-C lamps and also six sets of grille slits to allow for venting. The entire inside of the unit has a nice stainless steel finish. The chamber bottom has a ridge surface to allow propping up the item being sanitized and also to easily grip it for removal once the cycle is complete.
One thing to keep in mind is that since this is a fairly large size UV sanitizing device, it weighs about 8 pounds. So this is something to keep in mind if you decide to take it along on a road trip if you plan to sterilize items (feeding bottles, toys, etc.) for really young children.
In summary, this is a device that is built pretty well and uses good quality materials for construction. Along with the good build quality what impressed me is the amount of attention Coral paid to the little details. All of this hard work definitely paid off as the Coral UV 2 recently received the prestigious 2021 Red Dot Award.
Using the Coral UV 2 on a daily basis
One of the perks of being a reviewer for a tech website is that I get to keep trying out new gadgets. But then arises the issue of figuring out how to test the new gadgets in everyday life. Since there are no young children in the house this was going to be a bit tricky with this device. I am talking about testing the drying cycle which is quite long and predominantly for feeding bottles for young infants. This is confirmed by the user manual, which shows pictures of feeding bottles for this particular aspect of the Coral UV 2.
Operating the unit is quite easy. Once the cable is plugged into the power outlet, pressing the power button allows the operation of the unit. There is a confirmatory audible chime along with flashing LEDs on the three function buttons. The power button LED stays solid.
The first button adjacent to the power button is Sanitize+Dry. Pressing this button results in a 10-minute sanitizing cycle with a drying cycle for a fixed amount of time. You can choose drying time in increments of 10 minutes starting with 30 minutes. So there are four possible cycles – 40, 50, 60, and 70 minutes total. Each of these 4 cycles has a 10 minute UV sanitizing time.
Next is using the Sanitize only button for items that can’t be washed. You can choose from 10, 15, and 20-minute sanitizing cycles. The last option is the 24-hour storage cycle. This setting has a 50-minute sanitize+dry cycle followed by a 2-minute sanitize-only cycle every 2 hours for the next 24 hours. This is primarily to store and keep feeding bottles sanitized and ready to use.
You do need to keep pressing the desired function button until you see the cycle time flashing on the top control panel. Once the timer stops blinking the cycle will start for the specified duration. When the cycle is complete the control panel lights go off. So you need to press the power button to use the unit again.
Just like any other sanitizer you need to ensure that parts are spaced apart well to allow UV light to penetrate or touch the entire surface of the object(s). Ideally, you want to drain excess water from the items for efficient drying. And you want the openings to be facing towards the top where the UV-C lamps are located. Last but not least for really big items, flip them and run the sanitizing cycle again for best results.
Coral UV 2 has 12 mW per LED light and these lamps can last up to 30,000 cycles. This means that you should be able to get quite a few years of use from the unit.
Likes and Dislikes after using the UV sanitizer
Let’s discuss the positives first. I like the controls which are quite easy and intuitive to use. The fact that they are backlit is also quite nice. You do get audible beeps when you press the various function buttons which is a feature lacking in a lot of devices that solely rely on visual cues. So full points in terms of an interactive and intuitive user interface.
One other feature that is quite nice with this device is that you can sanitize everyday items without using any harsh chemicals. This enables you to reduce waste in terms of empty wipes/spray containers making the Coral UV 2 earth-friendly.
As far as dislikes go there are a couple. First is that I wish that the top lid would open a bit more. The opening angle is around 60 degrees but 90 degrees or full vertical would be nice. This would allow easy access in terms of putting in and taking out larger items. Second thing is that this is a heavy device so if you are looking to use it while traveling it is going to be cumbersome to transport. And the last item is that there are no UV-C lamps on the sides or on the bottom surface so you do need to flip over larger items for complete sanitization.
Is the Coral UV 2 sanitizer something you should buy?
If you have young infants in the household Coral UV 2 is definitely something you should consider in terms of sanitizing and drying various items. It is extremely easy to set up and use and there are many different sanitizing + drying cycles available. Moreover, it allows you to sanitize items without using any harsh chemicals or wet wipes. The small wire basket allows easy separation of large and small items.
A few other items make this item attractive as well such as mercury-free UV-C LEDs along with rigorous third-party verification. So you have assurance when it comes to the quality of the sanitization. And currently, it is available at a great introductory price of $129 on Kickstarter until May 12. This price isn’t too much more than what some manufacturers charge for just a single smartphone UV sanitizer.