Masks have become a part of our daily lives – I don’t remember the last time I went out without wearing a mask. I’ve even made it a point to wear a mask when I go for a walk (you can never be too careful with the Delta variant going around, right?). As soon as I leave my home, my mask is on until I come home. So when I got the chance to try out the LG PuriCare™ Wearable Air Purifier for review, I was looking forward to trying it.
#TAPReviews: LG PuriCare™ Wearable Air Purifier
Priced from RM749 (available for pre-order at leading electronic appliance stores), this is the most high-tech “mask” available in the market. At first glance, you might be wondering if it is heavy. That was my very first thought. But as I took it out of the box, I was surprised at just how light it is. In fact, it only weighs 94 grams, making it about double the weight of my glasses.
I made sure to read the manual cover to cover to set up the LG PuriCare™ Wearable Air Purifier properly.
It was really easy to “configure” and the settings are very straightforward. To turn the device on, all you have to do is long press the power button.
Then, because there is a built-in microphone in the mask so people can hear you easily when you speak, all you have to do is press the power button once to activate or deactivate it.
To power off, just long press the power button again. That’s all there is to it.
Setting up the LG PuriCare™ Wearable Air Purifier
There are three easy parts to the LG PuriCare™ Wearable Air Purifier, the actual “mask”, the face guard and inner covers. The inner cover is very similar to our reusable mask PM2.5 filters.
You just need to put an inner cover, then layer the faceguard on top of it, which will clip on magnetically so you don’t have to figure it out. It’s all very straightforward and user-friendly.
Then wear it and adjust the straps according to your fit.
What I like about it is that it’s a very intuitive product and the “learning curve” to use the product is very basic, so anyone can figure out how to use it with just one use.
After I put it on and turned it on, I felt a gush of circulating wind and that was the air purifier fan kickstarting. I enjoyed this very much considering our tropical heat here in Malaysia.
I tried using the product both indoors and outdoors. The great thing about this product is that it tracks your breathing patterns so that air circulation can meet your needs.
Ultimately, my verdict is that I would rather use this product indoors than outdoors. Firstly, if I ever need to sit in an office or go to the mall for many hours, this mask is far more comfortable than the usual cloth or disposable masks. It offers more air circulation and it is very easy to breathe in it for long periods of time.
Each charge can last for about 8 hours, making it convenient for long usage.
Why I would prefer not to use it while outdoors is because I sweat rather excessively and while the sweat on my forehead is not able to seep into the mask itself, the sweat that generates on my upper lip tends to make me feel uncomfortable because there is nowhere for the moisture to escape.
This would be perfect for the outdoors if we lived in a more temperate climate.
Maintaining the product
Cleaning and maintaining the product is also really easy to do. I wore make-up while wearing the mask for the first few wears, leaving the face guard quite dirty after each use.
I just took the magnetic, silicone face guard off the mask and rinsed it with water, dried it with a towel and it was ready for use instantly.
For every charge, it only takes about 1-2 hours for the mask to be fully charged.
One of my favourite things about this mask, aside from the cooling “fan” circulating air inside, is the microphone, of course. The VoiceON™ function makes it very easy for people to hear me when I speak. Though a few have commented when I forget to turn off my mic, I sound like Darth Vader.
(Considering I named my son Jedi, I don’t mind being Darth Vader at all.)
Jokes aside, why this is convenient is also because I am also able to easily pick up calls and speak into my phone with the microphone function. Interestingly, the LG PuriCare™ Wearable Air Purifier is also built with bluetooth functionality, which will ultimately allow for the wearer to pair it with their smartphones using an app. Bluetooth connectivity lets you track your breathing and also reminds you if your product requires maintenance.
However, the app is still in progress and has yet to be released so I am not able to give any comment on it so far. The app is due to be released in Q4 of 2021.
Overall, my thoughts on the product are that it is definitely a cool wearable air purifier and certainly very relevant for use in times like these. Breathing is made much easier with it on and when I walk past “smelly” areas, the smell does not seep in as much as with other masks.
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