We have been selling air purification products since the inception of the company in 1991 and it remains a core part of what we do. Technology and design have evolved throughout the years, ensuring aesthetically pleasing units in different materials (normally plastic or steel), numerous functions and high performing filter or incineration technology.
They are capable of capturing or incinerating ever smaller particles, including odours in some cases. The extent of this is not only important in an effort to reduce the triggers for a range of allergies/sensitivities but also in a bid to improve air quality. Indoor air is said to be more polluted than outside, so it is vital to make a difference to what we can control. Furthermore, recent headlines have highlighted the potential impact of air pollution on our general health and it continues to be a developing story on a global level.
Air purification is not only an important consideration at home and in the office, it is vital when going about our daily lives. Alongside the more traditional stationary units, up until quite recently, there have been fewer alternative wearable options. Masks remain a key aspect of our business because they offer a portable solution and often an immediate relief of symptoms; however the introduction of a new product at the beginning of the year has caused quite a stir....
The Airvida L1 is a stylish wearable air purifier, designed to be worn around the neck that employs ionisation technology to eliminate the airborne particles around your head ensuring cleaner air in the vicinity of your nose and mouth. The ions generated attach to particles in the air (2,000,000 ions per cubic cm) causing them to become heavier and fall to the ground - it will also decompose formaldehyde and effectively reduce airborne litter. The upshot is that it generates a protective space as you go about your day, tackling airborne litter efficiently, as long as the metal logo on the inside at the back is in contact with your skin.
In terms of what it can combat, this includes airborne chemicals and fumes (such as car fumes and cigarette smoke), PM2.5, dust mite faeces, mould spores, odours, pet dander, pollen, smoke particles, some viruses, bacteria and VOCs. This can help to minimise the triggers for hay fever, mould allergy, dust mite allergy, pet allergy, chemical sensitivity and asthma.
Good design is at the forefront of this product too; the composition is mainly natural rubber/silicone (with a metal logo at the back) enabling it to be very light weight at just 70g. The collar itself sits on the neck comfortably and it is unobtrusive.
All of this is achieved with near silent operation; no replacement filters and is rechargeable via USB with a battery life of up to 32 hours. Not to mention the fact that you can choose from three different colours; pearl white, space black or soft pink. We cannot pick a favourite!
So... how are people actually using it and experiencing the benefits?
We are pleased to be able to share the following user experiences to highlight how this product can make a difference in daily life. Pop it on at home or wear it out and about, even jogging and walking (as long as it is not too windy!). Alternatively it can be used as a table-top ionic purifier because it will balance perfectly on a flat surface, for example on a bedside table or placed on a desk at work.
~ Positive feedback has included noticing an improvement in the following scenarios:
~ Attending yoga classes (in dusty environments)
~ Going out for dinner (if certain atmospheric allergens made this impossible previously
~ On the underground
~ Air travel – numerous people in close proximity and there is also polluted cabin air to deal with
~ Travelling in general
~ Individuals with sensitivity to fragrances and perfumes have reported a reduction in symptoms (even though the smell itself may still be present)
What else do I need to know?
Please note that periodic cleaning is recommended to maintain optimal performance (see our website for details). It is currently only available in one size, suitable for older teenagers and adults (with a neck size up to 15.5", or less than 34.5cm). Please ensure that the bracket is not forced when placing it around the neck and that the Airvida L1 is protected when it is not in use or when it is being carried in transit.
If you have a pacemaker, please consult a doctor before use.
What is the main take away about this wearable?
The Airvida L1 is certainly an innovative and impressive air purification product that is designed with the end user in mind. We love the stylish appearance and the fact that regular replacement parts are not required to maintain performance.
Not only could it be a useful tool in combating the triggers for certain conditions and allergies, it can also minimise your exposure to airborne bacteria and some viruses.
We cannot state to what extent it will help in every case because each person has their own individual health status, however the technology is proven and the positive feedback suggests that it has made a real difference in multiple cases.
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Disclaimer: Information included in this blog post is intended for information purposes only and is not to be used as a substitute for consultation with a medical practitioner. Images not necessarily to scale.