Breathe Clean Air in Your Car with 3M Vehicle Air Purifier

As the boys and myself had sensitive airways and Singapore being prone to seasonal haze, we have two air purifiers at home to clean our indoor air daily. But having clean air at home is not good enough for us. I find that we always sneeze easily in our car. The situation is worse for Little Brother, he usually starts coughing as soon as we starts our car engine. Do you have anyone with such sensitive airways at home too? 

I had been looking for a car air purifier for the longest time. However the car purifiers on the market are usually ionizers without filters, which is not what I want to have. One Christmas, we were gifted a Maier car air purifier which works by generating large quantities of negative ions to neutralize unpleasant odor and sterilizing the air. It works to stop the spreading of germs inside the car, however our car interior is still as dusty as we do not wash and clean our car regularly. 

Two weeks ago, I attended "3M Health Talk: Indoor Air Quality vs Outdoor Air Quality in cars" by Dr Philip Eng. Professor Philip Eng is a Senior Consultant of Respiratory at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre who specialises in Respiratory & Critical Care Management and he has published more than 120 peer reviewed articles and books! At the event, Professor Eng shared an overview of indoor air quality against outdoor air, and highlighted pollutants and materials that cause discomfort, which include bad odour, germs, PM2.5 dust particles, formaldehyde, and pet dander. Significantly, there were observable impacts of indoor air pollution on individuals across different age groups, and correlations to respiratory ailments such as asthma and the like. Preventive measures one can take to increase comfort and well-being for themselves and their loved ones were shared.


There were two articles that Professor Eng has shared and are deeply etched in my mind. In 2014, WHO has released a report that estimated that in 2012, around 7 million people died - one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk! 
Also, a top scientist Prof Sir David King, wrote on the Guardian and warns that the air pollution is more harmful to children in cars than outside. In fact, the indoor air quality in cars in can be nine to 12 times more polluted than outside air on the same stretch of road! 


What does this mean for children or adults with sensitive respiratory systems? Now that's explains why we always sneeze or cough only when we are inside our car! 

A box of 3M™ Vehicle Air Purifier Plus, launched in late 2017

I am glad that we had the chance to test and review the 3M™ Vehicle Air Purifier Plus. We have been using it for half a month now, and we can feel the immediate difference in our breathing from the first time we turned it on! The boys were intrigued by the indicator lights and had fun informing me of our car's air quality as I drive! We also sneeze or cough lesser when we are in the car! 

Built on 3M’s leadership in non-woven technology, this device removes up to 99% of PM2.5 particles and up to 93% of harmful gases in cars. Its has a good clean air delivery rate (CADR) of dust at 11m3/H and of Formaldehyde at 10m3/H. Which means it can effectively clean all car sizes, from sedan to MPV within minutes!  

The 3M™ Vehicle Air Purifier Plus can removes 99% of dust, pet dander & PM2.5 particles, as well as 93% of harmful gases found in cars. It can also help to remove odor caused by food, sweat or other sources. 

Inside the box: The 3M™ Vehicle Air Purifier Plus in Black Color, an anti-slip pad, in-car power cable, and an attachment belt 

To replace filter, you just need to press gently on the 3M logo on the device to remove the top cover and you will have access to the filter

This device is truly plug and play! It works as soon as you plug the power cable in, it detects and monitors the air quality and auto adjust its purification rate accordingly! There's no need for any maintenance. You will only need to replace a new filter when the Filter Replacement Indicator light comes on to remind you to replace one! Each filter can lasts between 9 to 18 months depending on your car's indoor air quality.

Replacing a filter is so easy! A replacement filter is retailing at only SGD30 each

The purifier measures at 20.6cm x 17.6cm x 7.3cm, it is slightly bigger than my palm. I was looking for space to place it in our car and being quite an OCD neat freak with nothing on my dashboard, I found the most perfect spot for it is behind the passenger's headrest! I hung it there securely and neatly using the attachment belt that was provided in the box. 

Space saving by putting the purifier at the back of the passenger's head rest with the attachment belt. 

Other locations that you can place your 3M™ Vehicle Air Purifier Plus recommended by 3M

The 3M™ Vehicle Air Purifier Plus is also equipped with a smart sensor panel that automatically adjusts the purification rate based on the air quality within the car. For optimal use, the filter replacement indicator provides a reminder when it is time to change the filter cartridge.

The multi-colored LED indicator shows the level of chemical pollutants within our car (Blue is detection state, orange means poor quality)

Other features of the 3M™ Vehicle Air Purifier Plus

We are really happy users of the 3M™ Vehicle Air Purifier Plus. I feel glad that now I managed to keep the air clean within our car too. For one, it's distracting to hear Little Brother coughing non-stop while driving last time, but the situation has improved greatly! 

More About the 3M™ Vehicle Air Purifier Plus

An advanced four-layer filtration system that purifies the air in your car in minutes, the 3M™ Vehicle Air Purifier Plus is small enough to be installed virtually anywhere in cars. A small companion measuring 20.6cm x 17.6cm x 7.3cm, the purifier combines multiple proprietary filtration technologies from 3M and is able to remove up to 99% of pollutants and airborne particles such as dirt, pollen, and smoke, which can be detrimental to the health of you and your loved ones. 

Made of permanently charged polymer fibers, the first layer of the filter attracts and captures hair and larger particles, while the second layer traps unwanted micro-particles like PM2.5 particles. Odors from food and sweat, and harmful compounds are also removed from the air as they pass through the latter layers. 

The device is able to remove, in a matter of minutes: 

● Up to 99% of dust, pet dander and PM2.5 particles 

● Up to 93% of harmful gases in your car 

● Bad odor caused by food, sweat and other sources 

The 3M™ Vehicle Air Purifier Plus is also equipped with a smart sensor panel that automatically adjusts the purification rate based on the air quality within the car. For optimal use, the filter replacement indicator provides a reminder when it is time to change the filter cartridge. 

Pricing and availability:

3M™ Vehicle Air Purifier Plus (PN38816) is available online on Lazada and Qoo10 via Aveon Living (an authorized 3M distributor), and from Autobacs stores in Singapore. It retails for $299 (including GST).

Replacement filter cartridges for the 3M™ Vehicle Air Purifier Plus (PN38716) are also available via the same channels and retail for $30 (including GST).

About 3M 

3M Singapore, www.3M.com.sg 
At 3M, we believe the right science applied the right way touches people worldwide, generating breakthroughs that make lives better, easier and more complete. Across the globe, 3M is inspiring innovation and igniting progress, all while contributing to global sustainable development through environmental protection, corporate and social responsibility and economic progress. You’ll find us enabling the delivery of electricity to the world's urban centers, facilitating connectivity for society’s critical data centers, helping prevent infections, protect wounds and restore healthy smiles, and boosting the brightness of the screens in your connected life. With $32 billion in sales, our 91,000 employees are applying our science and innovation to make a real impact in every person’s life around the world. 

Disclaimer: We were gifted a unit of 3M™ Vehicle Air Purifier Plus (PN38716) for review purposes. No other form of compensation is involved and all opinions and photos are my own, unless otherwise stated. No part is to be copied or reproduced without permission.

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