How Qube it™ Works
How Qube it™ Kills Germs and Pathogens So Effectively
Qube it™ is an ultraviolet (UVC) radiation chamber intended for surface disinfection of hard surface equipment by dose-controlled UV irradiation. It is designed to achieve a minimum Log 4 (99.99%) disinfection on non-porous items and equipment, and contains 4 CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) bulbs, a quartz glass shelf and a reflective interior to achieve 360 degree full surface disinfection in just 2 minutes.
How To Use Qube it™
Qube it™ is simple to operate with minimal training required.
- Place Qube it™ on solid level surface and plug in the power adapter into any standard power source.
- Place items to be disinfected into Qube it™, ensuring there is no overlap or shadowing of items.
- Close the door and push the power button to start the 2-minute disinfection cycle.
- Indicator Green LED light will flash when the time is complete.
- Open the door with clean hands and remove your disinfected items!
About UVC Technology
Ultraviolet light (UVC) is electromagnetic waves that have germicidal properties. The wavelengths in the ultraviolet range are from 100-280 nm. The most used and studied UVC lamp is at 254 nm. UVC at this wavelength is destructive to both RNA and DNA of yeasts, molds, viruses and bacteria.
254 nm bulbs also have a small amount of the 280 nm wavelength which produces ozone when used in air. Ozone has germicidal properties but is problematic in terms of handling the gas for health protection so is not desirable except in specific applications. The ozone production is eliminated when the bulb is manufactured with a coating to block the 280 nm wavelength.
Qube it™ bulbs use the 254 nm frequency and block the 280 nm wavelength, so you can be sure no ozone is produced when you disinfect with Qube it™. And because they are CFL as opposed to LED, the bulbs are more cost effective without sacrificing germ killing power.
Not All UV Disinfection Units are Created Equally
What You’ll Find In An Effective Disinfection Chamber
- Qube it™ is lined with polished aluminum which is one of the few UVC reflective surfaces. As a result, you get direct light from the UVC bulbs AND reflected light from the polished aluminum interior.
- The interior surface helps us make the most use of the UVC and gets reflected 3 more times before losing potency.
- The reflection of light helps ensure that UVC light is scattered in multiple directions to expose the object on all sides, not just on the top and bottom.
- 4 CFL UVC light bulbs.
- High UVC light intensity.
- Quartz glass shelf which allows UVC light to pass through.
Problem Areas To Watch Out For in Other Devices
- Many lights have very little UVC light despite their claims. Not all UVC lights are created equal.
- UVB is only moderately effective and UVA almost
completely ineffective in being germicidal compared to UVC.
- UVC devices like wands and lamps are damaging due to their UVC light exposure.
- Products that create ozone, which is harmful to humans.
- Enclosures using basic aluminum or stainless steel do not reflect UVC well.
- UV reflective paints are not as effective as polished aluminum.
- Cheaper, handheld UV disinfectant devices that are made from lower quality materials and aren’t built to last.