In the wake of a global viral pandemic, people are looking for any sort of product that will cleanse the air.
So, of course people are looking for air purifiers. Viruses/bacteria do often travel in the air on particles of saliva when someone coughs or sneezes. However, not all air purifiers are the same.
Today we’ll take a look at the Filtron Indiegogo campaign and give you everything you need to know so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not to pledge.
The Crowdfunding Campaign
Filtron, by Filtron LLC, is funding now on Indiegogo. The link is at the button below.
Our Analysis and Review
One of the first things that I noticed about the Filtron is that it’s supposed to be solar-powered. On the surface, that seems really cool. But most things that are solar-powered have a tendency to provide less power than appliances powered through an electrical outlet, and they lose charge a lot faster.
The campaign page doesn’t say how long it will stay powered up or how long you have to leave it in the sun for it to charge, which is pretty problematic. Most people backing this are going to have nothing to go off of other than the campaign’s product descriptions, so they’re not going to know these things, either.
The Filtron is supposed to be able to do things such as utilize QI wireless charging in order to charge your cell phone, and use UV panels to sterilize the air.
Both of these features will pull a lot of power. Since the campaign’s creators recommend using the Filtron to charge your phone and purify the air while you’re asleep, what happens if it uses all of its stored energy to charge your cell phone and it dies before you wake up?
They say it sports a 6500mAh battery, so that means it can hold a charge for somewhere between 6-12 hours.
But that’s tricky. How long it stays charged is dependent on how much power is being used per hour. If it only uses 10mAh an hour, that could stay charged for 600 hours.
But since it typically takes around 3.5 hours to charge a 3500mA battery wirelessly, and the Filtron would be also purifying the air, it’s pretty likely that it wouldn’t last nearly that long. I’m more inclined to think that it would last somewhere closer to the 6 hour estimate, and you’ll have to charge it when you wake up.
The Potential Shortcomings
I have a problem with the way the effectiveness of the air purification is advertised, as well. Of course it advertised 3-stage filtration that features HEPA filtration.
Most good filters (air or water) do. But this particular air filter is making outrageous claims such as that it will “help you live a healthier life” by giving you fresh air and “recharging you with full energy”.
They don’t provide any statistics or medical studies to indicate how that could possibly be true.
They also claim that the Filtron will filter the air up to 98.2%. That’s a pretty specific number, but they don’t go on to provide the studies that back that claim.
They also don’t say whether air filtered through it meets the EPA’s air quality standards, which is a pretty important qualification for air purifiers.
They go on to claim that the Filtron cleans air up to 40 meters. Again, that’s a pretty specific number, but no real data or test results are provided. It’s pretty irresponsible to make medical claims on a crowdfunding campaign without following them up with testing from the proper agencies, and providing evidence to back those claims up.
Otherwise, people are going to expect your products to do what you say they can do, and be massively disappointed when they don’t. Even worse, they could get sick and that’s a whole legal snafu.
So, does the Filtron live up to the hype? Less likely. There are too many questions about how it works to make it a safe bet. Therefore, my recommendation is to go for something that’s already proven and reviewed by many, click the button of “Best Alternatives on Amazon” to see my recommended best purifier.