New arrivals: Sharp Air Purifier cum Mosquito Catcher

Sharp has launched in Singapore what it claims to be the world’s first air purifier with built-in mosquito catcher. The FP-FM40E-B is now available at all Gain City outlets at S$459.

The FP-FM40E-B air purifier cum mosquito catcher uses Sharp’s Plasmacluster Ion technology and is designed for family protection.

The FP-FM40E-B air purifier cum mosquito catcher uses Sharp’s Plasmacluster Ion technology and is designed for family protection.

The device is suitable for all households and is developed with the intention of providing families peace of mind and added protection against mosquitoes throughout the year.

The device’s built-in mosquito catcher utilises a multi-step process (see below) that eliminates mosquitoes without the use of harsh chemicals.

  • The FP-FM40E-B is currently only available in black, as research has shown that mosquitoes are attracted to dark colours.
  • An LED UV light then lures mosquitoes towards its narrow air inlet.
  • Powerful suction technology draws the mosquitoes in.
  • When the mosquito flies away from the suction, it is trapped onto an adhesive sheet which eventually kills them.

The adhesive sheet comes in packs of 3 sheets at S$19 per pack.

Each sheet is disposable and lasts for about a month, at the end of which it is peeled off to reveal the next fresh sheet beneath.

“Singapore in recent years has been affected by haze from forest fires in neighbouring countries, along with a jump in dengue related cases, making the release of this ground-breaking product especially timely,” said Ikuo Kani, Managing Director, Sharp-Roxy Sales (Singapore) Pte Ltd.

The initial purchase of the FP-FM40E-B includes two pack (or 6 sheets) of adhesive sheets.

The FP-FM40E-B is also able to reduce the prevalence of viruses, allergens and microbes as it is designed to remove particulates as small as 2.5 microns (PM2.5).

This launch comes at a time when Singapore has been affected by haze from forest fires in Sumatra, with pollution standards indexes in the unhealthy range.

Of particular relevance to users in the region is the FP-FM40E-B’s “haze mode” function, designed to effectively filter air by emitting a high dose of Plasmacluster ions for the first 10 minutes at the strongest airflow setting for maximum efficacy.

Plasmacluster ion technology is an original Sharp sanitising technology that purifies the air by emitting positive and negative ions.

“SHARP has always been dedicated to providing a healthy and comfortable environment for all, and this product addresses two serious problems in Southeast Asia – haze caused by forest fires as well as dengue. With the FP-FM40E-B, we are able to provide an additional layer of protection to ensure a high level of health and comfort,” said Kani.

Haze particles are predominately made up of fine particles that are PM2.5 or smaller, which affect the respiratory tract causing health concerns, including eye, nose and throat irritations and shortness of breath.

The FP-FM40E-B’s mosquito catcher was developed after an extensive study on mosquito behaviour, conducted in collaboration with the Institute for Medical Research in Malaysia, which is also the WHO Collaborating Centre for Vector.

Up to 15 lab tests were held where 200 female mosquitoes were released into a room simulating a typical living space.

The results saw a dramatic reduction of Culex (house mosquitoes) by up to 91% and dengue-causing Aedes mosquitoes by up to 73%. The device also trapped and killed up to 73% of houseflies.

Main technical specifications of the Sharp FP-FM40E-B is tabulated below.

Product summary for the Sharp FP-FM40E-B air purifier cum mosquito catcher.

Product summary for the Sharp FP-FM40E-B air purifier cum mosquito catcher.

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