Date: July 24th, 2007
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Q3 Innovations
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PRODUCT COMPOSITION & WALKTHROUGH (cont'd)
The unit is simple and easy to setup. The front consists of a UV/temperature sensor, a LCD display and the control buttons. The buttons are also very simple to use.
ON/OFF - Turns the unit on and off.
Meas./Adj. - With this button pressed for about 3 seconds it will allow the unit to take a temperature and UV reading. This button also allows for the changing of certain values as you will see in the upcoming display photos.
SPF/SKIN - This button allows for the toggling between the SPF and Skin TYPE settings so you can make adjustments whereas the Meas./Adj. button is used for the changing of certain values.
The UV/temperature sensor is housed in the top section of the unit's front. To take an accurate reading, you just have to hold the front pointing up towards the sun and press the Meas./Adj. button for 3 seconds for it to take the reading. The reading takes about 2-3 seconds and is VERY accurate.
After you have taken the reading, the UV index and the temperature is set. What you need to do is use the provided buttons to set your SPF of the sunblock you are using and then set the type of skin you have. The skin types vary from 1-4 where 1 is the fairest type of skin that easily burns and 4 being an established tan or your natural racial skin tone. the user's manual houses a chart that establishes which one you should choose.
For me, I am a 3. I tan easily and do no burn that often, especially when I have a set base tan. So with these parameters I set the SPF to 1 seeing I had no sunblock on currently and set my skin type to 3 and the unit calculated how long I could stay out in the direct sunlight without getting a burn. The unit will display a percentage of the safe time you have used and the time you have remaining. If the unit is kept on and the time expires, an alarm will go off letting you know it is time to cover up, or in my case, get some sunscreen on. This is a great feature because we all fall asleep at the beach from time to time and I personally have fallen asleep for two hours in the mid-day sun at the beach and had the most painful next 3 days of my life.
Recently I used this product at the beach. Seeing I like to tan, I only put on SPF 8 sunscreen seeing I do want some color and I am not a fan of being pasty white. With a UV index of 6 and a SPF 8 sunscreen applied, I had close to 9 hours worth of time to be in the sun without burning. So did I really need to keep the unit running? Well no, I just let it do the calculation and I found out that I have plenty of time to be in the sun and keeping it running would be a waste of batteries.
Parents can use this as well. They can go out and take a reading, plug in the sunblock they put on the child and the alarm will sound when they should be brought in. This is especially important if you are not planning on applying sunblock.