So, recently LG has launched the 2nd generation of the LG PuriCare™ Wearable Air Purifier in Malaysia and many were curious of the product itself. As LG Malaysia offered me to review the LG PuriCare™ Wearable Air Purifier, it is time to see whether this device works as it claimed. The short answer: “Yes, it does” but let’s learn more in depth about the Wearable Air Purifier.
There is a review video for the LG PuriCare™ Wearable Air Purifier if you preferred in video format which you can watch above. Once you are done watching, let’s get back to the article.
Design – Lightweight with minimalistic
The LG PuriCare™ Wearable Air Purifier is really light on hand as it is weighed at 94g. This means you can easily bring it out and wear it for most of the days. As for the design of the device, it is very minimalistic and simple to use. The front cover plate (for the review unit) is decked out in white colour and with LG PuriCare™ logo flushed to the right.
Meanwhile at the rear of the device, you will be greeted with the L-sized Face Guard (standard out of the box in Malaysia) which attached and detached easily via magnets. For those have a smaller face feature, you have the option to purchase the M-sized Face Guard in Malaysia. Once you have detached the Face Guard, there is an inner cover which is very easy to install and remove as well. As you move along to the sides, there is two doors housing the PuriCare™ Filters (H13 Grade HEPA filters), which once again, simple to install and doing your maintenance.
At the bottom, you can see the exhaust vent, power button, LED notification and a USB Type-C charging port. For the side of the device, you will find the stretchable straps. Overall for the design department, the LG PuriCare™ Wearable Air Purifier strikes a balance of minimalistic yet functional as well.
Performance – Welcome to the new era of breathing cleaner air
For this article (and also the video) review, I will share the reports by LG on the filter system but I will not be making any remarks or comments on the filter performance as it will required a lot of time and expensive machines to do so. So here is what LG has shared the report details on the filters:
Product micro dust removal performance 94%
Product bacteria removal performance 94.9%
Product virus removal performance 97.1%
Inner cover droplet removal performance 97.2%
* Performance was verified through an internal test conducted under the observation of TUV Rheinland Korea (June, 2021)
However, do take note that the Inner Cover will only last one day while the PuriCare™ Filters (H13 Grade HEPA filters) can only last a month. You have to do some basic cleaning and maintenance for the device so it can work excellent all the time!
While I couldn’t comment on the filter performance, I can give my take on the performance of the Dual Inverter Fan and VoiceON™ system. The Dual Inverter Fan on the LG PuriCare™ Wearable Air Purifier works like a magic. It will operate when the user need to inhale fresh oxygen and stops when the users is exhaling. This is a good thing as it helps to reduce the battery consumption. I have tried using it for an outdoor light walk workout, the device just constantly delivering fresh air and it gives the confidence thanks to the filters on the device.
As for the VoiceON™ system, it works well if you need to chat with someone at outdoor. If you do not turn on VoiceON™ system, your voice will be muffled and you need to talk louder. Do take note that, you need to press the power button one more time to turn on VoiceON™ system after activating the device.
There is supposed to be a bluetooth app to go along with this device, but LG has confirmed on its website that it will be available on Q4 2021. I will try to test it out if the time permits and when its ready for public use.
Wearability – Fits well but the strap might need to be stronger
The LG PuriCare™ Wearable Air Purifier actually fits well with the L-sized Face Guard and strap. If you have a smaller face feature then I would advised you to grab the optional M-sized Face Guard to secure properly on your nose and mouth.
As for the strap, it is stretchable and sufficient for normal use. But, there are times I feel the strap is a bit loose for my liking as I feel the device will move a bit from my desired position of wearing it. Also, if you’re doing intensive workout with it, then you need to use the strap extender (included in the box) to secured it tightly. I think LG might need to upgrade to a stronger and better design strap.
Overall, I’m glad to say wearing the LG PuriCare™ Wearable Air Purifier for a long period is not an issue.
Speaker – Talk with confident and protected!
TThere is a speaker function called, VoiceON™, which help users to amplify their voice when wearing the device. It works good as you can get protected and breath well while able to converse with someone. One downside though is you can’t control the volume or anything. Also, the beeping notification for activation of VoiceON™ is too low when used at outdoor.
Battery – Pretty good but would love to see it last slightly longer than 8 hours
On the LG PuriCare™ Wearable Air Purifier, it has a 1,000 mAh built in battery which LG claimed that it could last around 8 hours. However, I don’t really go out too frequent (at the moment), I did manage to use around 2-3 hours and the device still turned on.
You also don’t have to be worried when the device is nearing 0% battery level as it uses USB Type-C charging port and takes around 2 hours to fully charged from 0%. Alternatively, you can bring a powerbank along if you’re really going out for the whole day.
Final Verdict – You should grab one if you’re constantly at outdoor in the new normal
In Malaysia, the LG PuriCare™ Wearable Air Purifier is priced at RM749 (MSRP is: RM849), which I think is a pretty much great device to invest on if you’re always at outdoor in the new normal. You’re getting a lot of good benefits from the device such as breathing cleaner air, get protected at outdoor, ability to talk with someone while protected and so on.
Although, I have to nitpicked on the device such as the strap needs to be a little stronger, lack of volume adjustment for VoiceON™ and app for the device is yet to be ready (available in Q4 2021). However, I feel my nitpicked wouldn’t affect my confidence on using the device for a long time. I do look forward for the next iteration for LG PuriCare™ Wearable Air Purifier.
I would highly recommend it for those who need to be at outdoor in the new normal. You can get it today in Malaysia at by heading to : https://www.lg.com/my/air-purifiers/lg-ap551awfa
*Special thanks to LG Malaysia for providing the review unit. However, this is not a paid content therefore, there is no creative input nor final approval is needed on LG side. LG and the readers are seeing it for the first time at the same time. Also, do take note that the review is based on 2 weeks of usage.