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Video Transcript Hey, everyone. Welcome back to the place we're testing every single KN95 on Amazon. That's right at first, I shied away from it. I don't know why. I just didn't love the KN95s, but I found out that you people do. And I'm a whore for attention. So we are doing this today.

We are looking at the OPEC. Oh, OPEC, like the oil people. They made a mask. I'm going to put it in the clamper end. Let's get this thing started. Then I can make terrible jokes. If Eric isn't laughing, it's not a good joke. Because it doesn't take much. The bar is very low, chuckle up a storm that one.

All right, let's put this in here. So I can tell right away, this is not a KN95. How Lloyd? How can you tell that so quickly? There we go. This is a PFE machine, particulate filtration efficiency machine. If you want to find out what the heck this thing is doing, I'm going to put a link up there for you. And what it's doing, spoiler alert, is shooting thousands of tiny particles through and we're counting them to see what gets through the mask. We're doing the NIOSH test here, the N95 test. It turns out that it's the same as the KN95 test. So I can tell you if this mask would likely pass standards. Now I mentioned something, I said this is not a KN95 mask. This is your first time seeing my videos, buckle up. This is going to be so much fun.

You're going to tell all your friends about this. I can even look at this listing and tell you it's not a KN95. And that's because it just says KN95 on it. If something says KN95, just those letters. That's not... Those aren't magical. You can't just staple KN95 to a piece of paper that you found on the floor and hope it protects you. That's not how this works. KN95 is a Chinese standard. In fact, it is the GB 26, 26 standard. And I'm trying to see if they say which year they're using, but they don't even say that. In order for it to be a part of that standard, you need to have three things on the mask. You need to have KN95. You need to say GB 26, 26 on it, I know, thrilling. And the third thing is the manufacturer name.

Now a lot of times on Amazon, the manufacturer name is very long. This one is the Dongguan Sengtor Plastics Products Co. Yet when you go onto the listing, it's the OPEC. I don't know. It's like both brand names are terrible, but this manufacturer is probably making masks for more than one mask brand. And they can't do that if they had to put their actual name on all these masks. So there's really no penalty in China for not following the standard in America, if they're selling it in America. So they do it. But what I have found is oftentimes if it just says KN95, it doesn't end up passing the other test, which you should care about because you want something to actually protect you. Now the KN95 is telling you that it... Oh, I found it. Don't worry people.

I know you're worried. 26, 26, 2019, that's the new one. Oh, thank God. We found it. They are making a claim that it will protect you. Will block 95% of particles. It's what the 95 stands for. But does it? How could you know? Unless you had this like big fancy lab, unless you were stupid like me and invested in all this stuff. Well, you could watch my videos. It's much cheaper. 99.654, that's pretty good. What was the breathability? 135 Pascals on the breathability.

Anything below 150 is going to be pretty good. I've seen KN95s below a 100 Pascals, which is super breathable, but it's going to be a breathable mask, not bad. So good on the breathability. I'm going to do the quick mask smell. Smells like a paper box, which I've had worse and it looks like decent construction.
What's funny is that I didn't really love the packaging, no soft touch. I didn't love the font they used for KN95. I got a lot of judgements up in here. Trust me, you don't want to get in here. I didn't think it was going to do this well, but it did.

OPEC... Whatever. You guys made a decent mask. All right. Thank you guys so much for watching. I hope you've enjoyed this. If you have, we're not actually, I don't care if you enjoyed it to be honest, just give me a like and a subscribe. That's all I'm here for, here for the likes. Just kidding. I'll catch you on the next test.


The OPECTICID KN95 Mask failed because the KN95 standard requires that the mask have the manufacturer’s name and the appropriate technical standard, typically either "GB 2626-2019" or GB-2626-2006,” written across the front of the mask. This is similar to how official N95 masks display NIOSH approval numbers. This mask did not have the required identification on its front.

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Frances Schaefer May 26, 2022

Hello, would you please post an answer to the comments above? We all need to know what to do with the masks we’ve bought that appear to have passed the test but you say fail? Thank you so much for doing this testing!

Janet Stewart February 27, 2022

For anyone wondering why these are rated “fail,” they are not real KN95 masks, as explicitly stated in the review. Lack of accountability and traceability will garner a failing grade no matter the one-off test result.

Josh January 20, 2022

Also wondering about the change in status from pass to fail? The video says these did very well. Was the status changed because it’s a KN95?

James Melanson January 20, 2022

Similar question as Lisa. A few weeks ago (late December), these masks had a good grade on this site. Why did it change? (Sadly, I bought a ton based on the recommendation status at the time. Did I waste $60??)

Kat James January 16, 2022

Greetings Armbrust!

Thank you for doing the mask testing and database.

I am on this page (https://www.armbrustusa.com/blogs/mask-review/kn95-opecticid-flat-fold-adult-regular-white-561) looking up data for the OPECTICID mask and am confused. The page says that the mask FAILED/“Do not buy this mask”, despite good filtration and breathability numbers, but Lloyd’s video says it passed the test. Can you please explain why the discrepancy between what’s on the page and in the video?

My elderly mother was given an OPECTICID mask by a friend who said he did the research, but I wanted to help her by checking your database. I want to make sure I give my mother accurate information about whether this mask is good or not.

Tank you so much for any feedback you can provide.

Lisa Gerhold-Dirks
Elmhurst, IL

Lisa Gerhold January 14, 2022

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