The LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier Mask has arrived in Malaysia, and we think it couldn’t have arrived at a better time. Face masks have become a daily necessity at this point, as it should, and the LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier Mask just brings it to a whole new level. I’ve been pretty okay with the face masks I’m currently using, but ever since I’ve tried on the LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier Mask , it’s quite hard to go back. Well, most of the time.
Face masks we use on the daily can be hard to breathe through. It gets damp over time, and it doesn’t really provide a secure fit over our mouth and nose. These two zones are the areas we need protection the most, so it’s crucial we have a face mask that can cover them well. Not to mention that face masks are being used and disposed of on a daily basis, thus increasing the amount of trash at the landfills. If it gets into the sea, it would also pose as a threat to sea creatures.
So, what’s the solution here? To make it reusable. In order to do that, these face masks would need to be made with more sustainable, durable, and washable material. The best example would be cotton. Apart from being able to wash and reuse them, cotton masks don’t really provide the best type of protection, and they still have almost the same problems that common face masks have.
Now, this is where the LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier Mask comes in. The company took the common everyday face mask and infused it with technology in a meaningful and practical way. Adding features and making it more robust is only the tip of the iceberg, as it also has environmental benefits too.
What is it?
The LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier Mask is not the first of its kind. It is actually the successor to the original, having a sleeker design and a lighter body. It is essentially an air purifier you can wear on your face, with a couple of added capabilities too. The mask uses two HEPA filters on the left and right side to filter the air you breathe in, and channels the air you breathe out via the air duct on the bottom of the mask.
To make it easier to breathe, LG also packed in two sensor powered inverter fans on each side of the mask. As you start to draw breath, the sensors would pick that up and the fans would start spinning, allowing constant air flow to come in, as you would, breathing without a mask. There is also a VoiceOn microphone built in that amplifies your voice when you speak through the mask. The mask is powered by a built-in 1,000mAh battery, which LG claims can provide 8 hours of usage before needing a recharge.
How’s The Build Quality?
The LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier Mask we got for review comes in white, with grey trims and accents, and is made almost entirely out of plastic. There’s already a limited edition Black version that’s launching this coming 12.12. From far, the white version looks like an undecorated Gundam mouthpiece, and it’s giving off a really cool, clean, techy vibe. The front has a curve towards the center and the polycarbonate plate has the LG Puricare logo etched on the left side of the mask. There are also two cutouts for the VoiceOn microphone off-center to amplify your voice.
On the back, the mask has four eye holes to hold the ear loops, which are elastic and fully adjustable. The company also included a silicone mask extender to allow individuals with larger heads to fit the LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier Mask. In the central area where the mouth and nose would be positioned, there are also magnet pieces that would allow for a silicone face guard to be attached magnetically. That is also placed on top of the groove that would hold the filter.
On the left and right sides of the mask, you will find the compartments that hold the HEPA filters, and below it, the inverter fans mentioned earlier. These HEPA filters have been rated to filter out 99.95% of particles in the air, and yes, they last about a month so you do need to replace them from time to time.
Taking a look at the bottom of the LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier Mask, you will find a single button that toggles the power, as well as the VoiceOn microphone system. Right beside it, is the USB Type-C port for charging.
In terms of replacements and pricing, here’s the pricing for the HEPA filters and inner covers. HEPA filters last about one month, while the inner covers could last about two months each.
- HEPA Filters – RM106
- Inner Covers (60) – RM106
- Inner Covers (30) – RM53
Overall, the LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier Mask feels really well built, with no loose parts and a solid body. Each modular piece from the mask itself to the filters, face guard, and earloops, they are all carefully designed to last, and not interfere with one another.
How Does It Perform?
The LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier Mask comes in an eco-friendly box that has a layer of bio-degradable plastic that doubles as the mask holder for when you’re charging it. Load up the HEPA filter, inner filter, attach the silicone face guard, adjust the earloops, make sure the mask is fully charged, and you’re good to go.
The attached earloops offer a good fit, but because of the weight of the mask, I had to use the silicone extender to make it a little tighter, just in case. It doesn’t fall off at all, just my sense of security kicking in. To turn the mask on, simply press and hold the power button on the bottom of the mask, to amplify your voice, press it once and hear your voice get amped up so the person you’re talking to can hear you. This is particularly useful when you’re at the counter talking to a cashier, or when talking with your friends. This has to be one of my favourite feature of the LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier Mask.
For the fans, I think it works well in detecting when I draw my breaths and it has always made sure that enough airflow was coming in, not to mention clean air. The air I breathe does feel cleaner, and also, cooler. While that does sound like it would cool your mouth and not have it damp up, the silicone face guard does retain a bit of heat, and the area outside of the mask would still accumulate sweat, at least for me.
As mentioned above, the mask is of course heavier than your everyday mask, but if you adjust it properly and have a good fit, it can feel weightless.
In terms of battery life, the LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier Mask lasts for about 6 and a half hours on a single charge, and it takes about 2 hours to charge it back to full. Charging can be done via the USB Type-C port, and it does have automatic turn off for when you’re not using it, or when you’ve forgot to turn it off.
Should I Buy It?
The LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier Mask, to me, is a great solution to some of the problems we face with common KF94 masks. You get a solid body reusable mask that has a dual-fan system to help you breathe easier, a voice amplifying system, and ultimately, HEPA filters for cleaner air. Price wise, it’s tagged at RM849 and can be purchased from here, if you’re interested in getting yourself one.