By Eric Kuznar
Fisher residents and business partners Reuben Zielinski and Joel Trusty have joined together to invent a machine that uses a patent-pending process for removing liquid from and reviving water-damaged cell phones back to life.
“There is no limit on the type of phone,” Zielinski said. “The best thing to do, though, if you get it wet, is to pull the battery out … and whatever you do, don’t charge it.”
The pair came up with the idea for their Redux device when Trusty’s wife lost her cell phone to a washing machine. She challenged her husband to come up with a way to fix it.
“Joel put it through vacuuming and heat for an entire day and the phone came back to life,” Zielinski said. “He told me about it a few days later, and probably less than two weeks later we had our own proof of principle and started creating our own retail machine.”
Redux has been commercialized for 18 months and is in 600 TCC stores nationwide. Redux and TCC share the same parent company, Round Room.
Customers can buy a Redux membership at any TCC store for $29.99, which is valid for two years and two dries. Zielinski said customers can use a Redux machine without a membership, but it will cost more.
Zielinski said that the feedback has been good in the time the device has been commercialized.
“We have had great feedback,” he said. “We have had 320,000 subscriptions and 13,000 dry tests. … In a year and a half we have only had one complaint.”
Zielinski said Redux is working on a device that will dry tablets and a moister-detection system to trip the battery of a phone, keeping it from destroying the phone itself.
For more, visit Redux.com.