KN95 Protective Breathing Mask

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Video Transcript Hey, everyone. Welcome back. We're testing every single mask in the world, specially masks that y'all send me. That's right. Busting out the second person plural for this one, folks. Very excited to get this note from Mr. Peter. Mr. Peter, let me read.

Hi, Lloyd. Never in a million years would I ever think, never would I ever, that I would become obsessed with masks. Wow. Strong word. As a flight attendant, I have to wear them all day and am tasked with enforcing the federal mask mandate at work. That does not sound ideal. I've had people yell at me for wearing a mask just walking down the street. Can't imagine what those people are like on an airplane. Since the start of the pandemic, I've been in search of the perfect mask and found them in Armbrust. Aw, thanks. It's very nice.

My review... Oh, he pasted the review. ...on your Facebook page, on the other side of this. I'm enclosing some masks that I've purchased along the way. I love your YouTube channel. Thank you. And I never thought watching masks being tested would be enjoyable. [inaudible 00:01:22] keeps me coming back. I really need a life. You said it Peter, not me. I need a life too. So we're in the same club. Hope you like the review I posted and I'm spreading the word on your great company. Aw, thanks, Peter. That's awesome. I appreciate it. And great review on there. That's really awesome.

By the way, fun fact, being on an airplane is actually one of the safest places you can be. Now, being in an airport, dicey, but being on an airplane, a 3037 has 15 air changes an hour. So every three minutes they're changing all of the air that you're breathing, which is like... We have a special set up here. We do six air changes an hour, which is kind of what the CDC recommends. But I mean, that's better than a clean room. And usually have MERV 15, MERV 16 filtration. So being in an airplane is one of the safest places that you can be, especially if everyone is wearing some sort of local source control. So just keep that in mind. I know that being close to all those people might freak you out, but it's actually really pretty good. Subway car is the same way in New York.

All right, let's take this out. He said, "I believe I purchased these from Plus TV.", which I've never heard of before. Celebrating 25 plus years in business. I'm not really sure, but they have this unlabeled KN95. So let's go ahead and open it up and see what's going on with the Plus TV masks from Mr. Peter. [inaudible 00:02:57]. Okay. So this one is a five-pack and I can tell you right away that this is not a real KN95.

We'll jump into that in just a second, but let's put it in the clamper first and get the test going while I'm yapping about masks. Peter, you're in an exclusive club. There's 19 of us. We love masks. We're here together. So thank you for this. I actually probably got about 20, 30 submissions at this point.
All right, this is a PFE machine, particle filtration efficiency machine. If you want to find out how that works, check out that link. Let's look at this Plus TV thing. So long-lasting antibacterial, doubt it. Effective filter material. We shall see, Plus TV. Bendable nose clip. That's an easy one. It's a medical device, prop 65, made in China. Ooh, distributed by WCI Incorporated. Try to see on their website if they're making any claims. Five layers of protection. Capacity with greater than 95% filtration of tiny microscopic particles. They're even FDA registered. No, they're not lady. That's not a thing. No masks are registered. So a dead giveaway if someone says they're FDA registered.

Industry standard for KN95 is 95%. These test at 97% or better. We'll see. That's what this machine tests. This is literally doing the KN95 test. But I could tell you that it's probably not going to do very well. Why? Well, because this is not a KN95. So you can tell right away if this is a legit KN95 by looking at the mask. So right on here, the GB 2626 standard, which is the Chinese executive standard, says that it has to say that on their GB 2626 and then it has to say if it's the 2019 standard. And then it has to have the brand name of the manufacturer and it has to have the model number, and it doesn't have any of those. So I can tell you right away, this is not a very good mask, because it's not a KN95. They're making claims.

Let's try this on. That's horrible. Anytime two come off at once, you know it's not very good. And then look, the nose wire just came right off like that. Okay. Interesting. The right side is a little bit better. I bet this is one of those scenarios where this is probably one of the worst [inaudible 00:05:29]. Oh, no. Look at that. Look at that. That's not good. I need to eat less. This one goes [inaudible 00:05:37]. Okay. Do you have that too? It's embarrassing. I'm 40, I can get away with it.

This smells like my mom's kitchen, which is like a very Dawn soapy smell, it's very clean, and someone's body odor. That's weird. This is horrible. Look at that. This thing is just coming right off. Not going to say this is the worst mask I've ever seen, but it's not great. But does any of that matter if it doesn't protect you?
What did I say? If it says KN95 and nothing else on it, it's probably total [inaudible 00:06:26]. 23.38%. 23.38%. Ooh. I don't know why it did so poorly, but it did, I wouldn't you these. But if you're getting your masks from or Plus TV, Pulse, no, Pulse, I said plus before. Plus TV. Plus TV. Plus TV. Plus TV. It's Pulse. If you're getting your masks from Pulse TV, maybe that's not the best place to get masks. I don't know. I've never heard of it, right? I would choose Amazon over that. All right. Thank you guys so much for watching. Peter, thanks for sending these masks. Thanks for repping us. Thanks for keeping our sky safe. I appreciate you. And I appreciate you, fair watcher, and I will catch you on the next test. Thanks so much. Give me a like and subscribe. Do it. All right. Catch you on the next test then.


The KN95 Protective Breathing Mask failed because it wildly missed the filtration requirement (95%). The KN95 standard also 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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