Can a JVC air purifier make the air more breathable without our cars on the vacation route?

Crossings, big departures, traffic jams, tunnels, heat waves and … pollution. There’s no doubt that the traditional infernal cocktail will be drunk without moderation on the way to summer vacation in our cars. To guard against this, JVC is launching its KS-AP320, a Bedouin air purifier intended for the living spaces of our cars. What are you worth? 20 Minutes turned on the ignition to test it.

Portable Speaker Size

Make no mistake buying the KS-AP320 from JVC. Despite its appearance, it is not a Bluetooth headset, but a Bedouin air purifier! It’s not the first of its kind, there are different types on the market, but apart from LG for the home, this is the first time a consumer electronics manufacturer has entered the unusual market for a portable purifier. No wonder JVC specializes in on-board products (such as car radios, car amplifiers, etc.).

The KS-AP320 monitor displays the indoor temperature and humidity level. -JVC

The KS-AP320 is a modest-sized piece of equipment (6.6 cm in diameter, 18 cm in height and 360 grams). In particular, it is designed to be placed in a cup holder like many vehicles. Its aluminum cylinder is perforated with six air-absorbing cells to reject it, once filtered, at the top of the device. There is a touch control panel to set the filtration speed at two levels, but also to know the ambient temperature and humidity level thanks to the dual LCD display. The KS-AP320 plugs into the cigarette lighter socket, and an adapter is provided.

Three indicators of air quality

Its use is childishly simple. When turned on, the purifier constantly sucks in and expels air. The bright LED ring around the grille provides an accurate indication of the air quality level. Green, healthy air. blue, it is of average quality; Red, it is clearly contaminated. A simple test by blowing cigarette smoke on the device shows its response: the luminous ring instantly turns red!

The filtration process used by JVC is photocatalysis. The particulate filter will first neutralize dust and pollen. It has to be replaced about every six months (it’s sold for less than 20 euros). The catalyst then neutralizes bacteria, odors, and fine particles. By disassembling the device, we found that the JCV used 6 small size UV-A lamps for this.

Efficiency with perfect link

How do we judge the effectiveness of this purifier that we tested during several car trips? hard to say. First, because the car already has its own filter for the interior ventilation system. This prevents exhaust gas particles in the air from invading the passenger compartment (remember to change it every 20,000 km!).

JVC KS-AP320 purification filtration system.
JVC KS-AP320 purification filtration system. -JVC

Then, because we can only rely on the bright LED indicator of the KS-AP320 to know the quality of the surrounding air. And if it’s green on the driver’s side (as it was most of the time during our tests), does that mean the kids in the back seat also have the same air quality? It is a pity that JVC does not communicate how much air a purifier can handle, nor how long … and do not forget that the best way to purify the air in a car, as in homes with windows, is to open the windows regularly …

There is still a device to use, of course, with the windows closed. No doubt one can imagine convenient use during long night journeys in the car, but also under a tunnel with heavy traffic jams, or even in a car where a passenger is ill, or with a child one would like to protect. Also a good point: the KS-AP320 eliminates unpleasant odors from the cabin. Which can also be practical when traveling with a pet.

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