No thanks to COVID-19, we’re all wearing masks these days. While cloth masks are great, sometimes you need a little bit more. That’s where the LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier comes in. This high-tech LG mask works like your own portable air purifier, delivering cool air directly to you, thanks to its built-in HEPA filters.
- H13 Grade HEPA Filter
- 820mAh battery
- Size:156 x 110 x 63mm
The build quality of the mask is pretty solid, and the plastic feels premium. On the sides of the mask are two fan vents that you attach the HEPA filters to. The medical grade silicone air seal around your face is magnetically attached to the mask. A replaceable inner cover sits between to help trap exhalation moisture from your mouth from circulating into the fan vents. It’s pretty comfortable and soft on your skin. Weighing at just 126g, the PuriCare isn’t very heavy. But it does weigh a bit on your face when you put it on. Of course, this is compared to a cloth mask, which weighs a mere 13g. After a while though, I got used to it.
Fit-wise, it’s comfortable, and also comes with a hook band if you want to keep the weight off your ears. The area around your mouth may get sweaty after prolonged use, but that’s normal. It seals your mouth and nose quite well. The sensor detects you inhaling and circulates air in and out. The mask has three settings, one for sitting down, one if you’re standing up, and one for walking. I liked how it was easy to breathe in cool air. Battery is rated at eight hours for the lowest setting, and two hours for the highest. I’ve used it for around four hours without needing a recharge with a mix of the various modes.
Medically speaking, LG doesn’t say if its mask will prevent COVID-19. But its own tests say it will block up to 99.7% of viruses, 99% of bacteria, and 99.1% of pollen. I don’t have a lab to test this with, so we’ll have to take LG at its word. To keep your mask clean after use, you can also buy an optional PuriCare case, which uses UVC light to kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses. It also dries out the interior by turning on the fans while charging. The case also connects to the ThinQ app and can send you notifications on when to change the filter — LG says it’s best to do so every month. A pair costs S$30.
I really liked using the LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier. It made me feel like Darth Vader, and people will stare at your cool-looking mask while you’re out. Retailing at S$229, it isn’t cheap. But you’re getting a mask that is more comfortable to breathe in. You may also want to consider getting the optional S$199 case, to charge and sanitise your new mask. Note though, you can charge it without the case, too. The inner covers are S$20 each. Buy it from Shopee or Lazada.
Note: Review unit provided by LG.