October 30, 2018
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It has a battery inside that powers fans that suck in air through a HEPA filter which the company claims can keep out “95 per cent particles 0.3 microns or larger. Yes, it is pretty much like tying an air purifier to your face.
The Prana Air mask, being smart and carrying a fan and battery, is heavier than most other masks. It weighs 78 grams and you do start feeling it on your nose after a while. But the strap is comfortable and can be adjusted to reduce the irritation levels. The front of the mask can be removed to change the filter, or to just see how much dust it is keeping out. Inside you see a mirror-like surface which I don’t think serves any purpose. The fans are under this and placed at the right spot for you to breathe in the purfied air. There is a silicone strip around the mask that keeps the bad air out and also reduces friction with the face.
When you hold the mask in your hand you can feel the fan working. But it is not at all loud and you don’t feel the fan when you wear it. There is a light that switches on for a second to indicate that the mask has been powered on. Breathing through the mask is like keeping your face right next to the vent of an air purifier. The air is soothing and certainly better, or even sharper, than what is outside. I got the feeling that filter is scented as my olfactory senses sprung to action as soon as I wore the mask.