Portable Ultraviolet Sanitizers

Portable Ultraviolet Sanitizers

Kill a wide range of disease-causing bacteria and viruses — in just seconds! Protect against E.Coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Listeria, the H1N1 flu virus and much more! Sanitize telephones and cell phones, toilet seats and flush handles, sinks, faucets, countertops, computer mouse devices and keyboards, plastic toys, doorknobs and many other commonly contaminated surfaces. Also safely purify drinking water.


DeGERM-inator™ portable ultraviolet sanitizers use the short-wave UV (germicidal) method of deactivating and killing microbes, which has been recommended for over 50 years by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. They are absolutely safe when used as directed. For added safety, DeGERM-inator lamps feature a unique child safety switch to prevent accidental UV exposure.


To kill most microorganisms, simply turn on the DeGERM-inator and shine the short-wave UV (254nm) light on any nonporous surface for 6 to 8 seconds*.


Made of a rugged engineering polymer that is shock-proof and impact-resistant.


Pocket-sized. Lamps are 8 7/8 inches (22.3 cm) long and weigh only 10 1/4 oz (290 g). They can be conveniently carried in a purse, briefcase or auto glove compartment!

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Why should I use the DeGERM-inator?

According to medical experts, antibacterial chemicals, soaps, detergents, lotions and creams can lose their sanitizing properties when overused.
This increases the danger of developing super-bacteria that are resistant to conventional antibiotics. You can avoid this health risk by using the DeGERM-inator.

Are there any risks in using the DeGERM-inator?

Unlike personal hygiene products, the DeGERM-inator is used only on the objects you touch — not your body. It is completely safe when used as directed.

How effective is the DeGERM-inator?

Extremely effective! Antibacterial agents found in personal hygiene products may not kill all the bacteria. Many bacteria merely mutate into tougher, drug-resistant strains.
On the other hand, the germicidal ultraviolet light emitted by the DeGERM-inator damages the DNA in bacteria and viruses, killing over 90% of them outright!

Two Models to Choose From

The UV-5D UV sanitizer features a powerful germicidal, short-wave UV (254nm) tube.

The UV-5ND dual-wavelength UV sanitizer is an all-in-one unit that features a long-wave/short-wave (365/254nm) multi-band UV tube with a glass filter and sliding dual-wavelength selector cover. The long-wave UV (365nm) light is perfect for sanitary inspection and countless quality control applications, while the germicidal, short-wave UV (254nm) light quickly kills or renders harmless a wide range of bacteria and viruses!

Both models work on four AA alkaline batteries (not included) or AC power. They come complete with a nylon travel pouch, carrying strap and AC adapter.

UV-5D Short-Wave Lamp

UV-5D Short-Wave Lamp

UV-5ND Dual-Wavelength Lamp

UV-5ND Dual-Wavelength Lamp

The information presented here is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to replace medical advice. None of the sources cited assume liability for any use or misuse of the product or of the information cited here. Every effort has been made to present accurate information about the DeGerm-inator and its proper use. The DeGerm-inator is not a toy and should be used in a responsible manner. Instructions for use must be followed precisely or injury may occur.

For optimal use, operate at 77°F (25°C) at a maximum distance of 0.5 inch (1.3cm) with fresh batteries (less than 3 hours of use).

* Tests conducted and verified under Anastasia Gregoriades, Ph.D., at Queens College (New York) established the kill ratio by the DeGERM-inator™ on the organisms cited.

  • The lethal exposure time of the organism is determined by the wavelength of radiation, density of radiant flux (µW/cm²) and time.
  • The time required to kill or inactivate greater than 90% is proportionate to the ratio of the required killing energy and the irradiance of the light source, i.e., Time = Energy Required (µW.sec/cm²)/ Irradiance (µW/cm²).
  • The ultraviolet output can vary considerably with temperature, distance and battery charge.
  • Safe exposure limits for ultraviolet germicidal radiation have been set by the American Conference of Governmental and Industrial Hygienists, as noted below.


Exposure Per DayIrradiance at constant level in µW/cm²
8 hours0.2
4 hours0.4
1 hour1.6
10 minutes10
1 minute
(60 seconds)
6 seconds1,000




Abshire, R.L., Dunton, H., "Resistance of Selected Strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa to Low-Intensity Ultraviolet Radiation," Applied and Environmental Microbiology, June 1981, p. 1419-1423.

Pennsylvania State University Graduate School of Architectural Engineering and Biology Departments, "Germicidal and Short Wave Radiation." Phillips, "Germicidal Lamps and Applications,"

Phillips Light Application Directory, 1985.

Qualls, R.G., Johnson, J.D., "Bioassay and Dose Measurement in UV Disinfection," Applied Environmental Microbiology, March 1983, 45(3):872-7.

Sylvania, "Ultraviolet Germicidal Radiation," Sylvania Engineering Bulletin, 0.342.

Various resource materials published on the Worldwide Web.

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