Start by saying that the inclusion of \u201cCharger\u201d in the name of the PhoneSoap Charger doesn\u2019t do it credit: what we are looking at is a sanitizing device for cell phones that just so happens to include a charging component. As it does an amplification one. But make no mistake in that the PhoneSoap\u2019s main purpose is to take a cell phone and give it a good \u201cwash\u201d to remove detriment that the eye can\u2019t see. And it does it well.\r\n\r\nAnyone can relate to getting muck on their hands and wiping it off on their pants leg. But a cell phone is constantly being touched and then held against the face, with others using the phone and it being placed on surfaces ranging from home to office to coffee shop \u2014 \u201cGerm City\u201d could be another name for it (to paraphrase with apologies the Cars\u2019 \u201cHeartbeat City\u201d). Wiping the face of the phone with a cloth might keep the view clean but sanitize, no. And so that\u2019s where PhoneSoap comes in. You use it to clean the invisible muck in an efficient fashion.\r\n\r\nThe case opens like a clamshell, with both sides having a UV (ultraviolet) lamp encased within. The curved surfaces help to \u201cwrap\u201d the light around the phone that\u2019s inside \u2014 a sensible bit of engineering. PhoneSoap\u2019s size easily accommodates most cell phones, including \u201cPhablet\u201d sized (a template on the company's website lets you compare your phone against the workable dimensions). A choice can be made at this time: to sanitize the phone only, place it inside face up and close the lid. Providing the AC power pack has been plugged in, a blue LED glow at the edge indicates that the lamps are lit (they automatically cease when the case is opened to prevent the chance of someone staring into the UV light which is not good to do). The entire procedure runs about 4 minutes and then the lights turn off. You then open the case and take back your phone.\r\n\r\nSo what\u2019s the \u201cCharger\u201d in the name all about? Any phone can be charged while inside the case, once it has been connected to the built-in USB cable. Accessing the cable just requires pulling up and out a small section at one end of the PhoneSoap, which reveals the micro-USB cable. The cable gets power from the AC plug and so can transfer that to a phone while it lies in the case. Sensibly, this cable can be disconnected from the PhoneSoap and replaced with another should it be damaged or, more to the point, should it be an iPhone that\u2019s being treated \u2014 since in that case a dock connector or Lightning connector cable will need to be attached.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe PhoneSoap also purports to be an acoustic audio amplifier: by this it means that a phone placed inside, with the lid closed will have its audio enhanced through the PhoneSoap\u2019s shape as it exits out the included holes at the bottom. Realistically this does occur \u2014 it\u2019s a function of physics how the sound is affected \u2014 but for practical purposes the audio is not increased enough to really make a difference. Carrying around the PhoneSoap for its cleanliness aspects to use on a trip, in a hotel or at a parents house makes sense, but doing this for how it makes a phone sounds, no. In fact, if you are carrying around the white version (there\u2019s also the choice of black), you\u2019re more likely to need to clean the PhoneSoap Charger, so it\u2019s best to keep it at home and use it as part of a regular schedule, for example when it\u2019s going to be charged before you head out for the day.\r\n\r\nBottom line: PhoneSoap\u2019s company says that anything that will fit inside the case can be sanitized \u2014 that\u2019s true. But using it with a phone is why it was designed, and what it does well and makes the $49.95 retail valid to pay. You don\u2019t have to be paranoid about germs to play it safe. Before the PhoneSoap Charger, your phone\u2019s state of health was up for grabs. Not any more.