Liquipel is a manufacturer of nanotechnology products that claims to provide super-hydrophobic protection and corrosion resistance to a variety of products, including smartphones, ear buds and headphones, tablets and other mobile electronics.
The company was established in 2009 as Gadget Evolutions by Kevin Bacon and Daniel “Danny” McPhail. It was launched as Liquipel at the 2012 International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, Nev. In 2013, the company was reformed as a limited liability corporation (LLC).
The company is headquartered in Santa Ana, California, and has affiliated, licensed operations in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
Devices are placed in a machine that creates a vacuum and then injects super-hydrophobic particles onto the outside and inside of the devices. Plasma then binds the formulation onto the devices’ surfaces and circuits, creating a microscopic gap of air between the object and liquid. The entire process, from start to finish, takes approximately 30 minutes.
Since its debut at CES in 2012, Liquipel has won several awards. In April 2012, it was awarded a Silver Edison Award in the Material Science category for Enhanced Functionality. In May 2012, Liquipel was included in Entrepreneur Magazine’s yearly 100 Brilliant Companies list, described as a “look at the brightest ideas, the hottest industries and the most insightful innovators”, in the Inventions category. In November 2012, Popular Science Magazine named Liquipel its Grand Award Winner in the Gadgets category in its 25th annual Best of What's New Issue.