Frequently Asked Questions

How does UV sterilization work?

UV disinfection utilizes strong short-wavelength (250–280 nm) radiation to inactivate microorganisms by destroying the nucleic acids and disrupting their DNA, leaving them unable to perform vital cellular functions.

What are the differences between UVA, UVB and UVC when it comes to disinfection?

UV covers the wavelength range 100-400 nm and is divided into three bands: UVA (315–400 nm), UVB (280–315 nm), UVC (100–280 nm).

UVA and UVB wavelengths can kill some bacteria and viruses with prolonged exposure but are found to be mostly ineffective against viruses like SARS-CoV-2.

Short-wavelength UVC radiation is the highest energy range of the UV radiation spectrum which makes it the most effective for surface sterilization.

What kind of UV does the Acuva™ Solarix use to disinfect surfaces?

The Acuva™ Solarix uses UV-LEDs that emit UVC energy at 260–280 nm to inactivate microorganisms. This ensures the best possible UV disinfection performance, while leveraging the compact size and power efficiency of LEDs.

How is UV-LED different from conventional UV Lamps?

Unlike conventional UV lamps, UV-LEDs are more compact and require less power making them ideal for portable battery-powered applications like the Acuva™ Solarix. The extended lifetime of UV-LEDs also mean that the device will not need any replacements until 1,000 hours of active use.

Other than the size and power requirements, one major difference is that UV lamps contain mercury which is a hazardous heavy metal. UV-LEDs do not contain mercury and are environmentally friendly alternative of traditional UV lamps.

How long will the Acuva™ Solarix’ UV-LEDs last before it needs replacement?

The Acuva™ Solarix’ UV-LEDs will last 1,000 hours of active use. Most microbial contaminants are inactivated after 10 seconds of exposure. If you use your Solarix for a total of 15 minutes a day, you may enjoy 10+ years of disinfection performance from your Solaris.

What kind of viruses or bacteria will the Solarix disinfect?

The Acuva™ Solarix uses the principle of Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) to inactivate microbiological surface contaminants. UVGI inactivates microorganisms by destroying the nucleic acids and disrupting their DNA, leaving them unable to perform vital cellular functions. UVC energy. Is effective against all microorganisms.  This means the Acuva™ Solarix can disinfect all viruses and bacteria. Most microbes are inactivated after 10 seconds of exposure.

Can UV-LED disinfection penetrate surfaces?
No, UVC light will only sterilize exposed surfaces.
What safety precautions should be taken when using the Acuva™ Solarix?

Direct and prolonged exposure to UVC radiation is not recommended as it can cause skin burn and other short/long term health issues, including skin cancer.

UVC exposure can cause severe acute damage to the eyes. Never look directly into the UV diodes when activated and use eye protection when possible. Acuva™ Solarix is equipped safety features such as child lock and double-click-on to avoid accidental and unintended operation. Please keep the device away from children.

What effect would prolonged exposure to UV-LED light have on various surfaces?

Don’t use your Acuva™ Solarix more than you need to. Only 10 seconds is all it takes to achieve reasonable surface disinfection.

The molecular makeup of some materials can become damaged if they are not resistant to UV. With too much exposure, natural and synthetic polymers experience UV degradation which cause materials to lose strength, fade in colour, loose flexibility, crack or disintegrate.

How long will the Acuva™ Solarix battery last?

Once fully charged, the Acuva™ Solarix holds a 1-hour charge. Typical daily use of 15-minutes means you won’t need to charge your Solarix for a few days.

What is the Warranty for the Acuva™ Solarix?

We believe in providing our customers best-in-class disinfection products, but we also believe in best-in-class customer service. We offer one-year warranty on all our products. Please register your Solarix at https://acuvatech.com/support/ to claim the warranty.

Is Acuva registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)?

Yes, Acuva’s establishment number with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is 98339-CAN-1.