Little Lives PPE LL95 Mini (Ages 2-12) Mask

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Hey, everyone. Welcome back to The Place. We are testing every single mask that we can get our hands on. Today, we are looking at the Little Lives PPE. Got to make my head smaller. This thing's advertised all over the place. I wanted to find out what all the rage was, so we bought some. Let's open it up and get it in the clamper.

So made in the USA. I don't know these guys, which is weird, because I know most of the American manufacturers. Actually, they're probably having someone else manufacture for them and it comes packaged. That's nice. So it's packaged there and then packaged here. And there's probably a good reason for that from a factory perspective. Made in the USA, made in the USA. Okay. Let's put it in the clamper and see how she blows. The machine actually, it sucks. It doesn't blow, just technically speaking.

Good, and let's let her rip. This is a PFE machine, particulate filtration efficiency machine. We are doing the N95 test here. Why, Lloyd, are you doing the N95 test for something that's not an N95? Well, they are making some weird claims on here. So if you look on here, it says the LL95, I guess Little Lives, KN95 equivalent for kids. Okay, so they're claiming that it has the KN95 standards.

So it says it's manufactured in the US from imported raw materials in an ISO-9001 certified facility. It's undergone rigorous third party testing via Nelson Labs. So I don't like this. I don't like the name LL95. Why don't I like that? Because it's making you think that it's an N95 and N95 requires going through all of this rigorous testing, not just passing a machine one time with this test, but so much more. I mean, so much more.

And you can see here, they're even comparing it. Can you see that on there? I don't know if you were reading that. LL95, made in USA, N95. Performance, 99.5%. So they're claiming 99% is exactly what this machine is made to test. N95 is only 95. So they're making a claim that it's better than N95, which is preposterous. And they're saying they're better than KN95 as well.

So I don't like that. I don't know, because I just feel like the uninformed consumer is going to see LL95 and assume that it's like an N95, and the way that their marketing is telling you, they're trying to make you think that it's better than an N95. But the thing about an N95 is not just the fact that it passes this test. It's also all of the rigorous background checks and process for throwing away bad material and process for the keeping good material together and how much auditing they do. That's what makes an N95 so good. And this has none of that, because it's some brand that just made it up.

So all right, let's try the ear loops. Wow. Wow. That's horrible. That's one of the worst ear loops. I've tested hundreds of KN95s. I'm just going to try putting this on. The smell is not bad. The smell's pretty good. And I'm just wondering if as a kid, because my kids will do this... Yeah, see, it's going to break right on their face.

I can't recommend it based on that. Yeah, look at that. That was just breaking. I could feel it as I was putting it on. Granted, my face is larger than most kids, but I mean, it shouldn't tear like that. That's a bad process. So here's a good example. An N95 would probably never tear this way because of the rigorous processes they have in their mandatory process, which clearly does not exist here.

Does any of that matter if it doesn't protect you? Now, we already talked about the airflow resistance was what? 191, very high, 191 Pascals. Within standard of a KN95. They say it's a KN95 equivalent. They're not making a claim that it is a KN95. But in the back of the page, they were saying it had to be under a certain breathability. It's there, but 195's really high for a kid's mask. I want it to be under 100, personally, for a kid's mask. Geez.

I don't know. I just don't love the stuff that they're doing here. So they're also saying doctor's choice, number one doctor's choice. That's just a piece of clip art that someone threw on there. Where's the doctor? Show me. If the doctor's there, hey doctor, come out wherever you are. Are you hiding?

All right, let's look at the PFE machine. Don't want to beat him up anymore. They are meeting the minimum standards for KN95 or N95, which is 95%. And they're hitting 97.904, but I will throw them under the bus one more time. Because why not? We're here. Look at this. I don't know if you can see this, they're claiming 99.5% on the bag.

First of all, it's just a ridiculously bold claim. That would be really hard to consistently get every single mask to, especially when their quality control process clearly is not in line where it needs to be, but they're also not meeting it here. So now, is this mask going to protect your child? Yeah, probably it is, but this number one doctor recommended and all these magazines promoting them, I just think that we could do better, especially if this is actually being made in the US, we could do better in this country, I think. That's just my personal thoughts on it.

It does protect you though. Now, whether or not it'll stay on their face is another story altogether. Thank you so much for joining us and I will catch you on the next test, which will be tomorrow at 10:00 AM. See you there. See you there.


The Little Lives PPE LL95 Mini kids mask passed our particulate filtration efficiency machine test with a score of 97.90%. All KN95-style masks (like this one) are flat fold and have ear loops instead of head straps or ties.

Mask breathability is determined by airflow resistance, which we measure in pascals. The target for adults should be around 150, and the target for children should be close to 100. The airflow resistance of this mask is 97.90%.

This mask has no detectable odor, but construction is not great. The ear loops are especially easy to snap. We further take issue with many of the unsubstantiated clams on the packaging. 

We bought this mask directly from the manufacturer. Its country of origin is the USA. Check out our video review for more details.

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