Review of Ecoquest Air Purifier Models

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Ecoquest Purifier Summaries

Ecoquest Fresh Air
Model: Fresh Air
- Excellent Rating
Up to 3000 sqft
MSRP $747
Conclusion: My #1 pick for
whole house air cleaning.
Detailed Review Below Ecoquest Breeze AT



Model: Ecoquest Air Purifier Breeze AT
- Excellent Rating
Up to 2500 sqft
MSRP $549
Conclusion: A less expensive
alternative vs. the Fresh Air.
Detailed Review Below Ecoquest Ecobox



Model: Ecoquest Air Purifier Ecobox
- Excellent Rating
Up to 1500 sqft
MSRP $349
Conclusion: A versatile and
cost effective air purifier.
Detailed Review Below Ecoquest Ductworx



Model: Ecoquest Air Purifier Ductworx
- Excellent Rating
Up to 2000 sqft w/ HVAC
MSRP $695
Conclusion: A good companion
to any particle removing air purifier.
Detailed Review Below Ecoquest Fresh Air To Go



Model: Ecoquest Air Purifier Fresh Air To Go
- Excellent Rating
Vehicle or Travel
MSRP $299
Conclusion: A great travel companion.
Detailed Review Below

Ecoquest Fresh Air Buddy




Model: Ecoquest Air Purfier Fresh Air Buddy
- Excellent Rating
Personal Zone
MSRP $119 ($149 w/ charger pack)
Conclusion: Valuable for certain
applications like airplane travel.
Detailed Review Below Ecoquest Fresh Air Focus


Model: Ecoquest Air Purifier Fresh Air Focus
- Very Good Rating
Up to 50 sqft
MSRP $49
Conclusion: A good purifier for small spaces;
best with gases and odors.
Detailed Review Below



Ecoquest Air Purifier Detailed Reviews FAsmall



Model: Fresh Air
Last Reviewed: 11-20-2007
Rating Score: 87/100 points


Summary: The Fresh Air is advanced air cleaning technology, quality workmanship, and cost effective cleaning all build into one purifier. The Fresh Air comes to us from a 21 year old company that has been an "outsider" in the air industry since they first started. They have approached air cleaning from a different direction. In order to appreciate this purifier, you must understand the basics of the technology and learn how to use it. Just like any "new" technology it takes time to be fully accepted. This technology is unmatched and unlike virtually every other mainstream purifier. Make sure to review the technology sections on this website to get a better understanding of active vs. passive technologies. This Ecoquest air purifier is worth a try.

Basic Specifications: The Fresh Air is designed for use in a space up to 3000 sqft. Actual effectiveness will depend on location, settings, and space to be cleaned. The Fresh Air purifier is "active technology" as the purifier extends the cleaning out into the home or business. The five cleaning processes include: ActivePure oxidizing cell (like ozone, but mostly other cleaning oxidizers), needlepoint ionization, RF Pulse Ionization(+/-), UV light, and a cleanable pre filter. 5-speed fan, 3-year warranty on main unit, remote, ActivePure UV Cell lasts 2-3 years and costs $98 to replace.

Pictures:

Ecoquest Fresh Air Box

Ecoquest Fresh Air Technology Ecoquest Fresh Air Contents



Rating Factors:

1) Value: 24/24 points - The MSRP is $747. The square footage cleaned is up to 3000 sqft. The Value equation is as follows: 100 * (1 - ((($747 initial + $100.95/year)/3000 sqft)/15 removal points)) = 98.12. 98.12 = 24 points - excellent value.

2) What is Removed: 15/16 points - Removal of Larger Particles >0.3 microns - Very Good Removal, 3-points. Removal of Smaller Particles <0.3 microns - Very Good Removal, 3-points. Removal of Odors and Gases - Very Good Removal, 3-points, Removal of VOCs - Fair Removal, 1-point, Removal of Basic Microorganisms - Very Good Removal, 3-points, Removal of Advanced Microorganisms - Good Removal, 2-points.

3) Yearly Operating Costs: 9/15 points - The RCI Cell with UV light lasts about 3 years and is the only consumable. Everything else will last 5-10+ years if cleaned and cared for. Calculating electricity usage: 90 watts/1000 X $.0886/kwh x 24 hours/day X 365 days/year = $68.28/year. Total cost $100.95/year. Average to operate.

4) Quality: 11/12 points - The cabinet is a solid fit. The fasteners are stainless steel. Everything comes apart and goes back together solidly. Overall this purifier grades high in quality and gives Made in USA a good name. Getting the UV cell out is 6 screws; good, but no screws would be nice. Fit, Finish, and Workmanship - Excellent Quality, 5-points. Cleaning Technologies - Very Good Quality, 4-points. Support Material - Excellent Quality, 2-points.

5) Warranty: 6/8 points - The Fresh Air has a 3-year warranty on most of the purifier, however the RCI cell (UV Bulb area) has a 1-year warranty, the remote 180 days, and the ceramic plate 90 days. Very Good Warranty.

6) Maintenance and Cleaning: 5/6 points - The only routine maintenance is replacing the RCI Cell every 3 years. This task should only take 10-15 minutes. Easy Maintenance, 3-points. Wiping down the machine and/or doing routine cleaning (rinse and light scrub) of the ceramic plate should be done every 30-60 days. Not counting drying time, it took me about 15 minutes the first time and 7-10 minutes after that. Average Cleaning 2-points.

7) Look and Feel: 6/6 points - I found the Fresh Air stylish, compact and easy to use. Looks Great, 3-points. The remote works great. All basic controls are understood quickly. You may need to spend 5 minutes with the manual to fully understand setting square footage and using Away Mode. Feels Great, 3-points.

8) Years in Business: 5/5 points - Ecoquest has been Ecoquest for about 8 years, before then they were Alpine. Everything but the company founder came with the name change and the company has improved their product line dramatically since then. All told in business 22 years. They are located in Greeneville, TN.

9) Noise Level: 3/5 points - Quiet on low. Fan and air flow are needed for best performance. High is reasonable especially if located as recommended. Average Noise Level.

10) Set-Up: 3/3 points - Easy Set-up.

total = 87/100 points

Conclusion: My #1 pick for whole house air cleaning.
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Model: Ecoquest Air Purifier Breeze AT
Last Reviewed: 11-20-2007
Rating Score: 88/100 points

Summary: The Breeze AT is a slightly older generation Ecoquest air purifier that was the number one seller for several years. It is advanced air cleaning technology, good workmanship, and cost effective cleaning all build into one purifier. One of the main cleaning components is O3 ozone. There is some negative press out there on ozone, so do make sure to understand fact from fiction. Review the technology sections on this website to get a better understanding of ozone and active vs. passive technologies. For those interested in Ecoquest air purifier technology, but on a budget, this purifier may fit.

Basic Specifications: The Breeze AT is designed for use in a space up to 2500 sqft. Actual effectiveness will depend on location, settings, and space to be cleaned. The Breeze AT purifier is "active technology" as the purifier extends the cleaning out into the home or business. The four cleaning processes include: O3 oxygen/ozone oxidizers, DC negative ion generator, pulsating negative/positive ion field generator, and a cleanable pre filter. 5-speed fan, 3-year warranty on main unit, remote, With regular care, there are no consumables with this purifier.

Pictures:

Ecoquest Breeze AT

Ecoquest Breeze AT Glass Plate Ecoquest Breeze AT Technology


Rating Factors:

1) Value: 24/24 points - The MSRP is $549. The square footage cleaned is up to 2500 sqft. The Value equation is as follows: 100 * (1 - ((($549 initial + $23.28/year)/2500 sqft)/14 removal points)) = 98.36. 98.36 = 24 points - excellent value.

2) What is Removed: 14/16 points - Removal of Larger Particles >0.3 microns - Very Good Removal, 3-points. Removal of Smaller Particles <0.3 microns - Very Good Removal, 3-points. Removal of Odors and Gases - Very Good Removal, 3-points, Removal of VOCs - Fair Removal, 1-point, Removal of Basic Microorganisms - Very Good Removal, 3-points, Removal of Advanced Microorganisms - Fair Removal, 1-point.

3) Yearly Operating Costs: 15/15 points - With regular care, there are no consumables with this purifier. If using the purifier in a smoky environment, the rear reusable filter may need replacing after a few years. Calculating electricity usage: 30 watts/1000 X $.0886/kwh x 24 hours/day X 365 days/year = $23.28/year. Total cost $23.28/year. Very inexpensive to operate.

4) Quality: 9/12 points - This Purifier has been out for 5 or so years. Several quality upgrades were made as well as some design changes for noise levels. Overall this purifier grades high in quality and gives "Made in USA" a good name. Fit, Finish, and Workmanship - Very Good Quality, 4-points. Cleaning Technologies - Very Good Quality, 4-points. Support Material - Good Quality, 1-point.

5) Warranty: 6/8 points - The Breeze AT has a 3-year warranty on most of the purifier, however the remote 180 days, and the ceramic plate 90 days. Very Good Warranty.

6) Maintenance and Cleaning: 5/6 points - The is no routine maintenance. Easy Maintenance, 3-points. Wiping down the machine and/or doing routine cleaning (rinse and light scrub) of the ceramic plate and back filter should be done every 30-60 days. Not counting drying time, it took me about 20 minutes the first time and 15 minutes after that. Follow instructions for quick learning. The inside can get a bit dirty from small particles drawn through the purifier. It does take a little longer to clean then some of the newer Ecoquest units. Average Cleaning 2-points.

7) Look and Feel: 4/6 points - I found the Breeze AT a bit dated, but compact and easy to use. Looks Good, 3-points. The remote works good, but the scale for the square footage settings takes a little study to understand fully. You may need to spend 10 minutes with the manual to fully understand setting square footage and using SanAir Mode. Feels Good, 2-points.

8) Years in Business: 5/5 points - Ecoquest has been Ecoquest for about 8 years, before then they were Alpine. Everything but the company founder came with the name change and the company has improved their product line dramatically since then. All told in business 22 years. They are located in Greeneville, TN.

9) Noise Level: 3/5 points - Quiet on low. Fan and air flow are needed for best performance. High is reasonable especially if located as recommended. Average Noise Level.

10) Set-Up: 3/3 points - Easy Set-up.

total = 88/100 points

Conclusion: A less expensive alternative vs. the Fresh Air.
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Model: Ecoquest Air Purifier Ecobox
Last Reviewed: 11-20-2007
Rating Score: 84/100 points

Summary: At two pounds, the Ecobox is a versatile air purifier. It could be used for one room or more residential/ commercial cleaning or be used for travel (pesky hotel rooms). Add a vehicle adapter and it would work here as well. Not as powerful as the Fresh Air, but just as effective. There is information getting out to news stations on this product and we will be seeing more advertising and university studies published soon. I am impressed with this Ecoquest air purifier.

Basic Specifications: The Ecobox is designed for use in a space up to 1500 sqft. Actual effectiveness will depend on location, settings, and space to be cleaned. The Ecobox purifier is "active technology" as the purifier extends the cleaning out into the home or business. The Ecobox has multiple active technologies: proprietary ActivePure oxidizing technology, needlepoint ionization, RF Pulse Ionization(+/-), UV light, and a cleanable pre filter. 3-speed fan, 1-year warranty on main unit, remote, ActivePure UV Cell lasts 1 year and costs $78 to replace. Purifier plate should be replaced every 3 years at a cost of $15.

Pictures:

Ecoquest Ecobox

Ecoquest Ecobox Box Ecoquest Ecobox Contents


Rating Factors:

1) Value: 24/24 points - The MSRP is $349. The square footage cleaned is up to 1500 sqft. The Value equation is as follows: 100 * (1 - ((($349 initial + $106.28/year)/1500 sqft)/15 removal points)) = 97.98. 97.98 = 24 points - excellent value.

2) What is Removed: 15/16 points - Removal of Larger Particles >0.3 microns - Very Good Removal, 3-points. Removal of Smaller Particles <0.3 microns - Very Good Removal, 3-points. Removal of Odors and Gases - Very Good Removal, 3-points, Removal of VOCs - Fair Removal, 1-point, Removal of Basic Microorganisms - Very Good Removal, 3-points, Removal of Advanced Microorganisms - Good Removal, 2-points.

3) Yearly Operating Costs: 9/15 points - Ecoquest recommends replacing The Activepure Cell at 1 year and purifier plate at 3 years. Everything else will last 5+ years if cleaned and cared for. RCI cell cost per year = $78. Average purifier plate cost per year = $5.00. Calculating electricity usage: 30 watts/1000 X $.0886/kwh x 24 hours/day X 365 days/year = $23.28/year. Total cost $106.28/year. Average to operate.

4) Quality: 12/12 points - The construction is simple and innovative. Fasteners are durable. Everything comes apart and goes back together solidly. Overall this purifier grades high in quality and gives "Made in USA" a good name. Getting the UV cell is easy; finally, no screws. Fit, Finish, and Workmanship - Excellent Quality, 5-points. Cleaning Technologies - Excellent Quality, 4-points. Support Material - Excellent Quality, 2-points.

5) Warranty: 2/8 points - The EcoBox has a 1-year warranty on most of the purifier, however the RCI cell has a 90 day warranty. Fair Warranty.

6) Maintenance and Cleaning: 5/6 points - The only routine maintenance is replacing the RCI Cell every year. This task should only take 10-15 minutes. Easy Maintenance, 3-points. Wiping down the machine and/or doing routine cleaning (rinse and light scrub) of the ceramic plate should be done every 30-60 days. Not counting drying time, it took me about 15 minutes the first time and 7-10 minutes after that. Average Cleaning 2-points.

7) Look and Feel: 6/6 points - I found the Ecobox stylish, extremely compact and easy to use. Looks Great, 3-points. The remote works great. The remote works great. All basic controls are understood quickly. You may need to spend 5 minutes with the manual to fully understand using the Away Mode. Feels Great, 3-points.

8) Years in Business: 5/5 points - Ecoquest has been Ecoquest for about 8 years, before then they were Alpine. Everything but the company founder came with the name change and the company has improved their product line dramatically since then. All told in business 22 years. They are located in Greeneville, TN.

9) Noise Level: 3/5 points - Quiet on low. Fan and air flow are needed for best performance. High is reasonable especially if located as recommended. Average Noise Level.

10) Set-Up: 3/3 points - Easy Set-up.

total = 84/100 points

Conclusion: A versatile and cost effective air purifier.
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Model: Ecoquest Air Purifier Ductworx
Last Reviewed: 04-24-2008
Rating Score: 77/100 points

Summary: The Ductworx is a great idea with a few challenges. The challenges occur when using the HVAC. Challenge #1 is that no particle removal is done by Ductworx. Because the HVAC ducts are metal, ionization does not work. Challenge #2 is that most HVAC systems run only part of the time. To combat these challenges, it is recommended that the Ductworx be used in conjunction with another particle removing purifier and that a slow speed control be added to the HVAC that runs the HVAC fan at a low speed conserving energy, but distributing the cleaning power regularly. Many schools and daycares have started to use this Ecoquest air purifier. Some installation is required.

Price increase early in 2008 ... these have gained popularity and exposure

Basic Specifications: The Ductworx is designed for use in a space up to 2000 sqft. The Ductworx purifier is "active technology" as the purifier extends the cleaning out into the home or business by using the air flow of the HVAC system. This purifier will not work in homes without HVAC. The Ductworx uses proprietary ActivePure oxidizing technology. The purifier comes with a 1-year warranty, ActivePure UV Cell lasts about 3 years and costs $178 to replace.

Pictures:

Ecoquest Ductworx Contents

Ecoquest Ductworx


Rating Factors:

1) Value: 20/24 points - The MSRP is $695. The square footage cleaned is up to 2000 sqft. The Value equation is as follows: 100 * (1 - ((($695 initial + $70.64/year)/2000 sqft)/9 removal points)) = 95.74. 95.74 = 20 points - very good value.

2) What is Removed: 9/16 points - Removal of Larger Particles >0.3 microns - Poor Removal, 0-points. Removal of Smaller Particles <0.3 microns - Poor Removal, 0-points. Removal of Odors and Gases - Very Good Removal, 3-points, Removal of VOCs - Fair Removal, 1-point, Removal of Basic Microorganisms - Very Good Removal, 3-points, Removal of Advanced Microorganisms - Good Removal, 2-points.

3) Yearly Operating Costs: 12/15 points - Ecoquest recommends replacing The RCI Cell every 3 years. RCI cell cost per year = $178 MSRP/3 = $59/year. Calculating electricity usage: 15 watts/1000 X $.0886/kwh x 24 hours/day X 365 days/year = $11.64/year. Total cost $70.64/year. Inexpensive to operate.

4) Quality: 11/12 points - The construction is simple and innovative. Some installation is required. Overall this purifier grades high in quality and gives "Made in USA" a good name. Getting the UV cell out is fairly easy. Fit, Finish, and Workmanship - Excellent Quality, 5-points. Cleaning Technologies - Excellent Quality, 5-points. Support Material - Good Quality, 1-point.

5) Warranty: 2/8 points - The Ductworx has a 1-year warranty. Fair Warranty.

6) Maintenance and Cleaning: 6/6 points - The only routine maintenance is replacing the RCI Cell every 3 years. This task should only take 10-15 minutes. Easy Maintenance, 3-points. Little or no cleaning. East Cleaning 3-points.

7) Look and Feel: 6/6 points - The Ductworx is generally hidden from view near your furnace. Looks Great, 3-points. Install and run. Feels Great, 3-points.

8) Years in Business: 5/5 points - Ecoquest has been Ecoquest for about 8 years, before then they were Alpine. Everything but the company founder came with the name change and the company has improved their product line dramatically since then. All told in business 22 years. They are located in Greeneville, TN.

9) Noise Level: 5/5 points - Runs with standard HVAC. If using optional always-on slow fan control, noise level would be less then when HVAC runs on normal speed. Very Quiet Noise Level.

10) Set-Up: 1/3 points - Installation could take from 1 to 6 hours and may require a licensed electrician. Adding optional always-on slow fan control could take additional time. Involved Set-up.

total = 77/100 points

Conclusion: A good companion to any particle removing air purifier.
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Model: Ecoquest Air Purifier Fresh Air To Go
Last Reviewed: 11-21-2007
Rating Score: 78/100 points

Summary: The Fresh Air to Go is a versatile purifier. It packs well for airline travel. It plugs into virtually every type of outlet whether vehicle, foreign, or domestic. It also has multiple ways to mount so it does not slide around in your vehicle. I tested this purifier on a cruise ship and it took the "new" smell out of the cruise ship stateroom. I don't like the new smell, so that was great. Small buttons make it tougher to adjust while driving and cleaning requires taking apart some small parts. The upside definitely outweighs the minimal downside.

Basic Specifications: The Fresh Air to Go is designed for use in a space up to 500 sqft. Actual effectiveness will depend on location, settings, and space to be cleaned. The Fresh Air to Go purifier is "active technology" as the purifier extends the cleaning out from the purifier. The Fresh Air To Go uses two active technologies: proprietary ActivePure oxidizing technology and needlepoint ionization. 3-speed fan, 1-year warranty on main unit, Ecoquest recommends replacing The RCI target, UV bulb, and plate every year. This yearly kit costs $39.

Pictures:

Ecoquest Fresh Air To Go

Ecoquest Fresh Air To Go Box Ecoquest Fresh Air To Go Contents


Rating Factors:

1) Value: 20/24 points - The MSRP is $299. The square footage cleaned is up to 500 sqft. The Value equation is as follows: 100 * (1 - ((($299 initial + $46.75/year)/500 sqft)/10 removal points)) = 93.09. 93.09 = 20 points - very good value.

2) What is Removed: 10/16 points - Removal of Larger Particles >0.3 microns - Good Removal, 2-points. Removal of Smaller Particles <0.3 microns - Good Removal, 2-points. Removal of Odors and Gases - Good Removal, 2-points, Removal of VOCs - Fair Removal, 1-point, Removal of Basic Microorganisms - Good Removal, 2-points, Removal of Advanced Microorganisms - Fair Removal, 1-point.

3) Yearly Operating Costs: 15/15 points - Ecoquest recommends replacing The RCI target, UV bulb, and plate every 1 year. This yearly kit costs per year = $39. Calculating electricity usage: 10 watts/1000 X $.0886/kwh x 24 hours/day X 365 days/year = $7.75/year. Total cost $46.75/year. Very Inexpensive to operate.

4) Quality: 9/12 points - The construction is simple and innovative. It is my opinion that this purifier is best for traveling and vehicle use as opposed to regular everyday use. It is durable, but very small. Overall this purifier grades high in quality and gives "Made in USA" a good name. Getting the UV cell out is fairly easy. Fit, Finish, and Workmanship - Very Good Quality, 4-points. Cleaning Technologies - Very Good Quality, 4-points. Support Material - Good Quality, 1-point.

5) Warranty: 2/8 points - The Fresh Air To Go has a 1-year warranty. Fair Warranty.

6) Maintenance and Cleaning: 5/6 points - The only routine maintenance is replacing the yearly kit. This task should only take 20-30 minutes. Small parts may be difficult to work with. Average Maintenance, 2-points. Cleaning is done every 1 to 3 months. Takes about 15 minutes. Easy Cleaning 3-points.

7) Look and Feel: 5/6 points - A Sharp little unit with many mounting and electrical options. Looks Great, 3-points. Controls are easy to use, but may be a bit on the small side. Feels Good, 2-points.

8) Years in Business: 5/5 points - Ecoquest has been Ecoquest for about 8 years, before then they were Alpine. Everything but the company founder came with the name change and the company has improved their product line dramatically since then. All told in business 22 years. They are located in Greeneville, TN.

9) Noise Level: 4/5 points - Quiet on low. Fan and air flow are needed for best performance. High is a little above quiet. Quiet Noise Level.

10) Set-Up: 3/3 points - Easy to use. If using in a different country or on a cruise ship, it may take a few minutes to understand which adapter to use for which type of electricity. Easy Set-up.

total = 78/100 points

Conclusion: A great travel companion.
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Model: Ecoquest Air Purifier Fresh Air Buddy
Last Reviewed: 01-22-08
Rating Score: 82/100 points

Summary: The Fresh Air Buddy is a unit that I was ultra skeptical of. I ran into something that looked like a Buddy years ago. It turned out to be a piece of junk that lasted a few weeks. The Buddy is better. This unit is worn around the neck and actually creates a "force field" for air pollution around your face. Amazing as this sounds, it works great. I travel by plane from time to time and used one for myself and my son. I will never travel by plane without one again. Great work Buddy! It is also nice to use at smoky restaurants and the mall. It is small enough and can be color coded to fit your attire.

Basic Specifications: The Buddy is designed for your personal space. It is worn around the neck and is only effective standing or sitting. The Fresh Air Buddy is "active technology" as the purifier extends the cleaning out from the purifier. The Fresh Air Buddy uses two active technologies: proprietary ozone oxidizing technology and ionization. This unit is virtually silent, 1-year warranty, and has no maintenance. Can be purchased with or without rechargeable batteries and charger.

Pictures:

Ecoquest Fresh Air Buddy Package

Ecoquest Fresh Air Buddy on Child Ecoquest Fresh Air Buddy Contents


Rating Factors:

1) Value: 20/24 points - The MSRP is $149. The square footage Includes only around personal breathing area. The Value equation is as follows: 100 * (1 - ((($149 initial + very low/year)/personal zone)/11 removal points)) = 90. 90 = 20 points - very good value. - note: this purifier does not fit the equation because of its unique nature; I estimated a value number based on all available data.

2) What is Removed: 11/16 points - Removal of Larger Particles >0.3 microns - Good Removal, 2-points. Removal of Smaller Particles <0.3 microns - Very Good Removal, 3-points. Removal of Odors and Gases - Good Removal, 2-points, Removal of VOCs - Fair Removal, 1-point, Removal of Basic Microorganisms - Good Removal, 2-points, Removal of Advanced Microorganisms - Fair Removal, 1-point.

3) Yearly Operating Costs: 15/15 points - Assuming you purchase the rechargeable battery option, the ongoing costs will be very low. If you use this purifier occasionally, the two batteries they give you will last for years. If you use it more often you may need a new rechargeable battery from time to time. Very Inexpensive to operate.

4) Quality: 9/12 points - The construction is simple and innovative. It is my opinion that this purifier is best for traveling, going out to smoky places, and for use on airplanes as opposed to regular everyday use. It is fairly durable, but very small. The battery area has a small plastic hinge that may break if not careful. Overall this purifier grades good for quality and gives "Made in USA" a good name. Getting the battery in and out is easy. Fit, Finish, and Workmanship - Very Good Quality, 4-points. Cleaning Technologies - Very Good Quality, 4-points. Support Material - Good Quality, 1-point.

5) Warranty: 2/8 points - The Fresh Air Buddy has a 1-year warranty. Fair Warranty.

6) Maintenance and Cleaning: 6/6 points - Maintenance free. Easy Maintenance, 3-points. Cleaning free. Easy Cleaning 3-points.

7) Look and Feel: 6/6 points - Small and light personal air purifier. Looks Great, 3-points. The remote works great. Easy to turn on and off and had an easy clasp to secure with. Feels Great, 3-points.

8) Years in Business: 5/5 points - Ecoquest has been Ecoquest for about 8 years, before then they were Alpine. Everything but the company founder came with the name change and the company has improved their product line dramatically since then. All told in business 22 years. They are located in Greeneville, TN.

9) Noise Level: 5/5 points - One speed, virtually silent. Very Quiet Noise Level.

10) Set-Up: 3/3 points - Easy Set-up.

total = 82/100 points

Conclusion: Valuable for certain applications like airplane travel.
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Model: Ecoquest Air Purifier Fresh Air Focus
Last Reviewed: 01-23-08
Rating Score: 68/100

Summary: The Fresh Air Focus is a cute little purifier that plugs in anywhere an outlet is, sort of like the plug in chemical air fresheners. The Focus does not use any chemicals, but uses a proprietary process called RCI that produces small amounts of ozone and other oxidizizers. The slogan is "No sprays, no perfumes - just nature." A good little unit for those extra small areas like the bathroom, garage, or laundry rooms.

Basic Specifications: The Fresh Air Focus is designed for use in spaces up to 50 sqft. Actual effectiveness will depend on the location and the space to be cleaned. The Focus is active technology as the purifier extends the cleaning out from the purifier. It uses a proprietary ActivePure oxidizing technology - called an RCI cell. There are three cleaning modes: nightlight only, normal, and away mode. Away mode is for extra cleaning power and should be used in an unoccupied room. The nightlight has a sensor that turns it on and off depending on day or night. A 1-year warranty is standard. Available in Pearl or Graphite colors.

Rating Factors:

1) Value: 12/24 points - The MSRP is $49. The square footage cleaned is up to 50 sqft. The Value equation is as follows: 100 * (1 - ((($49 initial + $3.49/year)/50 sqft)/5 removal points)) = 79.00. 79.00 = 12 points - fair value.

2) What is Removed: 5/16 points - Removal of Larger Particles >0.3 microns - Poor Removal, 0-points. Removal of Smaller Particles <0.3 microns - Poor Removal, 0-points. Removal of Odors and Gases - Good Removal, 2-points, Removal of VOCs - Poor Removal, 0-points, Removal of Basic Microorganisms - Good Removal, 2-points, Removal of Advanced Microorganisms - Fair Removal, 1-point.

3) Yearly Operating Costs: 15/15 points - There are no replaceable parts for this air purifier. Calculating electricity usage: 4.5 watts/1000 X $.0886/kwh x 24 hours/day X 365 days/year = $3.49/year. Total cost $3.49/year. Very Inexpensive to operate.

4) Quality: 9/12 points - The construction is simple and innovative. Overall this purifier earns a grade of very good for quality and gives "Made in USA" a good name. Fit, Finish, and Workmanship - Very Good Quality, 4-points. Cleaning Technologies - Very Good Quality, 4-points. Support Material - Good Quality, 1-point.

5) Warranty: 2/8 points - The Fresh Air Focus has a 1-year warranty. Fair Warranty.

6) Maintenance and Cleaning: 6/6 points - Virtually maintenance free. Easy Maintenance, 3-points. It would be best to wipe down the front side and make sure no debris is covering the air intake in the back as needed. Easy Cleaning 3-points.

7) Look and Feel: 6/6 points - A cute little plug in that is easy to use. Looks Great, 3-points. Feels Great, 3-points.

8) Years in Business: 5/5 points - Ecoquest has been Ecoquest for about 8 years, before then they were Alpine. Everything but the company founder came with the name change and the company has improved their product line dramatically since then. All told in business 22 years. They are located in Greeneville, TN.

9) Noise Level: 5/5 points - Two cleaning modes, virtually silent. Very Quiet Noise Level.

10) Set-Up: 3/3 points - Plug and play. Easy Set-up.

total = 68/100 points

Conclusion: A good purifier for small spaces; best with gases and odors.
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