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These are the best air purifiers we can find, either the tiny silent
wearable units which create a bubble of pure air about your head and
face as a defence against perfume, dust, pollen, bacteria and viruses,
mould and smoke. Or the silent room Ionic Air Purifier that beats all competitors.
These Wein air purifiers are your first line of defence against harmful airborne particles down to the virus size of 0.04 microns.
Three models are available.
Technical specifications and references are below. Here are brief reports from Australian and New Zealand users.
You can see the full personal feedback reports, both positive and negative.
Wein Personal Air Supply AS180i (battery model, 60hrs continuous use)
'The best thing I have done about my perfume sensitivity ever' – Sue Dengate
UPDATE AFTER 6 MONTHS: 'I bought my Wein Air Supply AS180i about six months ago when I was recovering from extreme perfume and chemical sensitivity that had been triggered by an overdose of perfumey body lotion from the passenger in front of me on a small plane. I love my Wein Air Supply and never leave home without it - it is always in my bag, with my wallet... – Sue Dengate
'I decided to give my new Wein Air Supply AS180i a try at the Dusk shop ("Australia's premium retailer of Candles, Home Decor, Home Fragrance ...") as if it will work there it will work just about anywhere! I switched it on upon entering and within about a minute the smell began to recede. I walked around the store for about 10 minutes and could only smell a faint smell...Great product. Would recommend it to anyone having problems with smells' - Barbara
'I have used my new Wein Air Supply AS180i on a couple of occasions now & find it very effective & am so pleased I bought it - Sharyn
'I've used the Wein AS180i quite successfully in 'smelly' shops that would normally affect me and it's also good in crowds of people where there's lots of perfume odours - Brenda
'I have debilitating reactions to fragrances (breathing difficulties, brain fog, migraines) and I had been looking for something like the Wein for some time...The Wein AS180i is not bullet-proof, but I have found it to be a good, non-intrusive first defence... So is the Wein worth it? I don’t want to be without it, so for me it’s a yes...- Mel
UPDATE AFTER 6 MONTHS: 'The Wein was great on an international flight last week and to be honest, I am not sure if I would have attempted the trip without it...Thank you again for advertising and selling this product' - Mel
'I already own one Wein Air Supply AS180i and don't leave home without it. To be honest I would not be able to work as I now have an allergic reaction to fragrances...The little machine means that I have a barrier to some of the reaction... – Dee
 Wein personal air supply helps with MCS, fibromyalgia, migraines - feedback after 1 year "It’s been a brilliant addition to my life" – Lesley
'Unfortunately the Wein Air Supply AS180i was ineffective against my severe level of fragrance and chemical intolerances...- Suzie
Wein Personal Air Supply AS300R (USB rechargeable, 30hrs continuous use)
‘I was a little sceptical when I first turned the Wein Personal Air Supply (rechargeable model AS300R) on because the force of air coming from it didn't seem powerful enough to make a difference. But I was surprised. It has helped a lot... – Jen
‘I'm finding the Wein AS300R very helpful. It has definitely helped lift a lot of my brain fog (I've been diagnosed with MCS which has a huge impact on my diet and food tolerance)...My husband is thrilled with my improvement so far. Thanks for making this great tool available. I can see I'll be using it a lot and I plan to buy a second one as back up’ - Frances
‘I’ve used the original Wein Air purifier model AS-1500B for many years and it still works perfectly fine. The latest new model AS-300R that I purchased recently is about 1.5 times smaller than the AS-1500B, has rechargeable battery, silent (AS-1500B produced some noise), seems to provide stronger output that I can feel at 18-20 cm (7-8 inches) distance from the nose and looks so cute... excellent support, quick delivery and competitive price! Thank you for your care and cooperation and for selling it in Australia’ – Boris
‘Unfortunately I have not been able to use the Wein Personal Air Supply AS300R since I am sensitive to using it and it creates symptoms. I am extremely sensitive to everything so it’s not that unusual for me to get symptoms from things that I shouldn’t, however, I wasn't even aware that people could be sensitive to air purifiers...– Amanda
‘The WEIN air supply AS300R arrived today and I tried it at home before going out for about 45 minutes and then also when I went to pick my children up from preschool and school. Unfortunately, I found that it was causing a burning sensation in my nose, as well as an irritated feeling in my airways (even at home where I have no perfumes or chemicals)...- RR
Both the above people tried the battery AS180i version which has a far lower ion output - 1.5 versus 50 million ions/cc - to see if that helps. Feedback:
The battery powered Wein air supply AS180i has been working really well for me and I am not reacting to it like I did the rechargeable AS300R - which is really, really wonderful! - RR
Wein Room Ionic Air Purifier VI3500
We have been running our Vortex air purifier ever since it
arrived and have been surprised - we thought the air inside our house wasn't
too bad, but we can feel the difference and see for ourselves the ash and soot
precipitated by the negative ions, as you can see here in a sealed room after
Two days later there was no more "soot", showing
that the air had been cleared - Sue Dengate
I am impressed with it. I have it stationed downstairs (approx 15 square metres) and I notice it is working upstairs as well which is approx 15 square metres too. We had a damp smell downstairs and the vortex complete eliminated that smell. The amount of stuff I am wiping surround the unit is black! The recent smoky days we had, it worked so effectively - Teresa
(new product, we look forward to your feedback)
How does it work?
The personal air supplies AS180i and AS300R use a coronal discharge ring, battery-powered, silent and with no moving parts, which adds a positive ionic charge to airborne particles as they are drawn into the air purifier. These charged particles then repel each other out of the breathing zone. A bubble of purified air envelops your face and head. There is a slight sense of air moving upwards over your face without any smell. Perfume molecules not bonded to dust or other particles will still be smelt occasionally but any particulate material or perfume droplets will be attracted to other surfaces in an inactive form and adhere there.
The room ionic air purifier Vortex VI3500 uses pulsed ionisation to generate not just a powerful stream of 3.4 trillion negative ions per second into the air but swirls them spirally at 150 ft/sec to sweep the room clean and precipitate pollen, mould spores, animal dander, dust and dust mites, viruses, toxic chemical fumes, bacteria, odours and smoke.
Where’s the science?
These units have been scientifically tested, peer-reviewed and published in respected scientific journals. A detailed list of references is given below. There is sound science about removal of dust particles, aeroallergens and airborne micro-organisms, including bactericidal effects.
These Wein models generate less than 0.028 parts per million of ozone, well within established health limits.
The battery-powered AS180i generates 1.5 million positive ions per cubic centimetre at up to 1 metre from the unit in still conditions.
The AS300R rechargeable model produces 50 million positive ions per cubic centimetre - some people have found this too strong.
The room air purifier VI3500 generates 3.4 trillion negative ions per second and comparison testing with similar precipitation-type ionic air cleaners show that it is 10 times more effective than competitors.Read Vortex manual specifications
What is it good for?
The Wein units provide a first line of defence against harmful airborne particles down to the virus size of 0.04 microns and is thus effective against perfume, dust, pollen, bacteria and viruses, mould and smoke. The ultra-light miniature wearable Personal Air Purifiers are a "must have" for air travel, movie theatres, waiting rooms, or any confined areas where people congregate. It is very unobtrusive when worn in public.
The silent and efficient Room Ionic Air Purifier cheaply and continually sweeps your room clean, depositing particles that can be easily removed by routine household vacuuming and cleaning.
How do I use it?
For the Personal Air Supplies, slip the unit over your neck and turn it on for several minutes before entering an area of potential impurities. You will feel the very gentle bubble of pure air forming around your face and head. There is an almost imperceptible upward air flow.
If you are walking slowly in gentle wind then air mixing actually increases the effectiveness of the Wein, but if wind or walking speeds increase then the unit becomes less effective as the bubble is pushed away from your face.
It can be used on your nightstand so the air around your pillow is clean and free of pollutants.We recommend turning your Wein Air Supply on and wearing it at home for half an hour to get used to it, before your first real trial. Adjust the lanyard before you use the unit the first time (particularly the AS300R which is too long): open the safety release on the lanyard, pull out one end and re-knot to the desired length, then cut it off and reassemble. The unit should sit just on the top part of your sternum.For the Room Ionic Air Purifier, place on a surface away from the wall, stand up the wand and turn on. It will remove 95% of PM 2.5 particles within 30-120 minutes. The cleanliness of the air has to be experienced to be believed. Don't forget to remove the white plastic cover from the wand when you first unpack it!
The Wein Air Supply AS180i uses one CR123 lithium ion battery*. This lasts for about a week with heavy use or longer with intermittent use (about 60hrs) ONE BATTERY IS PROVIDED - YOU WILL NEED TO BUY MORE AT ANY SUPERMARKETThe Wein Air Supply AS300R contains a USB rechargeable lithium battery. This lasts about 30hrs before USB recharge.There is a pulsing light inside the unit that slows as the battery weakens. When the time between flashes is more than 2 seconds the battery is nearly exhausted and needs replacement (AS180i) or recharging (AS300R).The Wein Room Ionic Air Purifier VI3500 uses a standard 240v plug. The unit draws only 4 watts so can be run all day for a few cents.
*The manufacturer recommends that you use single-use quality batteries like Duracell, Panasonic and Energiser. Quality rechargeable batteries can be used but have half the life (650 mAh) of single-use batteries (1400-1500 mAh).
You can buy such batteries in bulk (eg https://www.batterydeals.com.au/panasonic-cr123a-l... ) or buy a recharger and rechargeable batteries (eg https://www.jaycar.com.au/lithium-ion-cr123a-batte... ).Note that CR123A and CR123 batteries are identical.
The Personal Air Supplies are about 7 x 4 x 2 cm, with a 60cm breakaway strap plus a clip on the back that can be used to attach the Wein to clothing. The weight of both models is 60g.
The Wein Room Ionic Air Purifier VI3500 is 20 x 19 x 4 cm and weighs 505g.
How long is the guarantee?
We give the standard Australian consumer guarantee of 12 months. If there is a failure of the Wein Air Supply in that time please return it to PO Box 718, Woolgoolga NSW 2456 and the unit will be replaced at our expense or a refund made, your choice.
If you break a lanyard or lose the battery cover or something like that, email firstname.lastname@example.org as I have some spare parts from returns that I can post to you....
Can I return it if I am unhappy?
Yes, of course. You can return the Wein Air Supply in working order at any time in the first 30 days for a full refund including postage. Return it to PO Box 718, Woolgoolga NSW 2456. Any feedback on the reasons for returning the Wein would be welcome.
Can I use the Wein Air Supply on aircraft and other forms of travel?
Yes. For many this is the most important use of the Wein since it reduces the risk of catching disease and reduces the perfumes from personal products that can make travel in restricted places so difficult for those with chemical sensitivity.
It is highly recommended that you keep the plastic blister pack in which the Wein Air Supply is sold to show to airline and security personnel.
Any more questions?
If your Wein Personal Air Supply makes a noise, like static or whining, then it may have a hair or some fluff stuck in it. There are no moving parts, so try tapping it not too hard on a firm surface like a table, to see whether something can be dislodged from the gold emitter. Blow in it too to see if something is stuck, even a low temperature hair dryer (DON'T MELT THE PLASTIC!). This is a rare fault but easily fixed.
There is much more information at https://weinproducts.com/minimate.htm
How do you know that your Vortex Wein Room Ionic Air Purifier VI3500 is really working (since it is silent and requires little maintenance)? Check that there is a flashing red light - this means that the pulses of ionisation are coming from the wand. Turn it on in a room and after 24hrs wipe the unit and foam pad with a damp clean tissue. You will see black soot from precipitated dust and smoke particles on the tissue. If you repeat this after another 24hrs you will find that there is probably no more soot because the air has been cleaned. See video here https://www.fedup.com.au/images/stories/Vortex.mp4
Wein Personal Air Supply AS180i (battery)
Wein Personal Air Supply AS300R (USB rechargeable)
Wein Room Ionic Air Purifier VI3500
Key scientific references
from http://weinproducts.com/Scientific_Research.html Read reference 3 if you only want to read one scientific paper. Note that the AS150MM referred to is an earlier less effective model of the Wein air purifier AS180i.
1. Lee, B.U., Yermakov, M., and Grinshpun, S.A. (2004) Removal of Fine and Ultrafine Particles from Indoor Air Environments by the Unipolar Ion Emission, Atmospheric Environment, 38:4815-4823.
Wein AS150MM (FAB) and VI-2500 Ionic Air Purifiers were found efficient in removing fine and ultra fine particles from indoor air of a typical room.
2. Lee, B.U., Yermakov, M., and Grinshpun, S.A. (2004) Unipolar Ion Emission Enhances Respiratory Protection Against Fine and Ultrafine Particles, Journal of Aerosol Science, 35(11):1359-1368.
Respiratory protection of N95 and Surgical Masks enhanced significantly by use of Wein VI-2500 Vortex Ionic Air Purifier.
3. Grinshpun, S.A., Mainelis, G., Trunov, Adhikari, A., Reponen, T., and Willeke, K. (2005) Evaluation of Ionic Air Purifiers for Reducing Aerosol Exposure in Confined Indoor Spaces, Indoor Air, 2005
The AS150MM (FAB), VI-2500 Automate and Sanimate were shown to significantly reduce the aerosol concentration (down to virus size) in the breathing zone. Any air condition or air mixing enhanced the air cleaning effect.
4. Lee, B.U., Yermakov, M., and Grinshpun, S.A. (2005) Filtering Efficiency of N95- and R95-Type Facepiece Respirators, Dust-Mist Facepiece Respirators, and Surgical Masks Operating in Unipolarly Ionized Indoor Air Environments, International Journal for Aerosol and Air Quality Research, 5(3):27-40.
AS150MM (FAB) Minimate and VI-2500 Vortex Ionic roon cleaners were shown to significantly reduce the penetration efficiency of even the smallest viral particles by about 3000 fold for N95, R95, dust-mist respirators and surgical masks, with zero additional breathing restrictions.
5. Grinshpun, S.A., Mainelis, G., Reponen, T., Willeke, K., Trunov M.A., and Adhikari, A. (2001) Effect of Wearable Ionizers on the Concentration of Respirable Airborne Particles and Microorganisms, Proceedings of the European Aerosol Conference (Leipzig, Germany, September 3-7, 2001), Journal of Aerosol Science, 32 (Suppl.1):335-336.
The particle removal efficiency of the AS150MM Minimate (FAB) reached almost 100% in a walk in chamber.
6. Grinshpun, S.A., Adhikari, A., Lee, B.U., Trunov, M., Mainelis, G., Yermakov, M., and Reponen, T. (2004) Indoor Air Pollution Control Through Ionization, IN: Air Pollution:Modeling, Monitoring and Management of Air Pollution (Ed: C.A. Brebbia), WIT Press, Southampton, U.K.:689-704.
The data for the AS150MM Minimate (FAB) on the physical and bactericidal efficiencies of the ion emission suggest that the reduction in the indoor aerosol concentration combined with the germ inactivation can significantly reduce human exposure to indoor air pollutants. This reduces the risk of adverse health effects.
7. Grinshpun, S.A., Lee, B.U., Yermakov, M., and McKay, R. (2004) How to Increase the Protection Factor Provided by Existing Facepiece Respirators Against Airborne Viruses: A Novel Approach, Proceedings of the European Aerosol Conference (Budapest, Hungary September 5-10, 2004), Journal of Aerosol Science, EAC issue, 2:1263-1264.
VI-2500 Vortex Ion generator significantly enhances respiratory mask protection against virus-size aerosol particles.
8. Lee, B.U., Yermakov, M., and Grinshpun, S.A. (2003) Evaluation of the Ionic Air Purification Efficiency by the Electrical Low Pressure Impactor (ELPI), Program Addendum to the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Aerosol Research – Late Breakings (Anaheim, California, U.S.A., October 20-24, 2003), LB20.
AS150MM Minimate (FAB) and VI-2500 Vortex Ion Generators demonstrate significant air purifying efficiency and removed about 97% of even virus sized particles in a room sized indoor test chamber.
9. Grinshpun, S.A., Lee, B.U., and Yermakov, M. (2004) Indoor Air Purification by Ionic Emission, Abstracts of the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A., May 8-13, 2004), #71, 18.
Operation of Wein AS150MM Minimate (FAB) VI-2500, Automate, Sanimate in a room sized test chamber reduced even virus sized airborne particles by a factor of almost 30.
10. Grinshpun, S.A. and Reponen, T. (2004) Respiratory Protection Against Airborne Biological Agents: A Novel Approach to Enhance the Efficiency of Facepiece Respirators, Abstracts of the Special Symposium “Perspectives on Biodefense: Science, Politics and Practice” (Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A., October 29-30, 2004), A13.
Wein AS150MM Minimate (FAB) should make a crucial difference with respect to exposure and health risk against air borne biological agents.
11. Grinshpun, S.A. (2004) Respirator Performance with Infectious Agents, Abstracts of the CDC Workshop on Respiratory Protection for Airborne Infectious Agents (Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A., November 30 – December 1, 2004), 3.1.
The AS150MM Minimate (FAB) can enhance the performance of existing medical masks against infections agents.
12. Dr. Donald P. Dennis M.D. FACS Ent (2003) Treatment of Allergy Fungal Sinusitis by Decreasing the Environmental Fungal Load. Archives of Environmental Health July 2003 (vol58 (no7) pages 433 to 441
Wein AS150MM (FAB) and VI-2500 were found to be 800% better in reducing mold colonies than that required to achieve sinus health.
More at https://weinproducts.com/news
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