recharging cellphone without infecting it?(7 posts)
I imagine this would be a common, everyday task. How does one go about recharging a cellphone while keeping it protected from bugs? It at least seems like it would be difficult to keep the phone fully contained while allowing for the recharger cord to pass through. (If only I had a phone that recharged without contact.) Do you tape the bag closed around the charger cord?
What I've read on here is that the bugs don't like the heat when the phone is turned on and so they tend not to infect a phone unless it is near the bed. We'll let a pro answer.
Cilecto and others recommend inspecting and whiping down your phone. I do that with my smartphone. Phone also have a lot of germs. Some of the people will keep their cell phone or Kindle in a ziploc when not using since that is when there is no heat.
Sorry about no real answer, I always wondered that myself if they are in outlets, but it sounds like it isn't that common.
Choosing where you charge it should help. For example, an area of the home less likely to have bed bugs, like the kitchen counter or a place otherwise farther from beds, office chairs, and sofas -- places you nest for hours. Not the bedside table.
As others noted, choice of charging place should help. BB's alleged preference for porous surfaces work in your favor, as does BB tendency not to wander about for no reason (unless disturbed or in bad infestations). Before I got lax, I would pull a poly bag over the phone (with the charger inserted) and knot or twist-tie the bag shut, with cord going through the knot.
I've suggested inspect and wipe (damp napkin) as opposed to applying chemicals or insecticides (which could hurt the device and you and wouldn't penetrate anyway).
Be sure to "eyeball" the cord and plugs when disconnecting.
Seems like an easy thing to do. Off the top of my head... Invert a cup inside a bowl. Fill the bowl with water. Thus you have an island and a moat. Lay you phone on top of the inverted cup. As for the cord to recharge your phone, write a bit of doublesided tape on the cord. Check the tape periodically to make sure it's still sticky. If you are concerned about water and electricity. Coat the cup with talc so they can't climp up or wrap it in doublesided tape as well.
Phones, water or dust, gravity. Hmm.
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