The PowerCap Active IP is NOT NIOSH APPROVED but does meet European EN12941+A2+TH1P standards for protection for particulate contaminants at 94% efficiency down to .003 microns.
All respiratory equipment, regardless of approval should not be used without medical sign-off by a certified physician or without the approval of a qualified safety manager.
The PowerCap Active IP is not flame resistant and should not be used around heat, flame, sparks, or in potentially flammable or explosive environments.
Powercap Active IP FAQs
What is a positive pressure or positive airflow respirator?
The Powercap Active is a positive airflow respirator in that they push air across the face at the rate of between 140 and 160 liters per minute. Because of this, the unit is “one-size-fits-all” and does not require a tight face seal to protect the user from atmospheric contaminants, meaning that those with beards and mustaches can wear the unit without having to shave and that a “fit test” is not required.
What filtration standard is the Powercap Active rated to?
The Powercap Active is rated to EN12941+A2 TH1P or the equivalent of an EN-P2 standard, meaning that it will filter out contaminants at 94% efficiency down to .003 microns at an assigned protection factor of 10 and a nominal protection factor of 12. For a domestic reference, this standard is roughly equivalent to the widely known N95 standard for half masks. The Powercap is suited for the filtration of fine non-toxic fibers, fumes, dusts, and spores. The Powercap will not filter out organic gasses and vapors, as that type of air purification requires a heavier duty filter that would overload the motor that the Powercap uses.
Why is the Powercap Active not suitable for use in OSHA regulated environments?
OSHA regulations require that only NIOSH approved respirators be used in industrial environments. These respirators have been rated to ANSI / European testing standards that actually exceeds the requirements of NIOSH for particulate protection, apart from an 8-hour continuous silica dust loading test.
What eye impact standards is Powercap Active IP rated to?
The European standard EN166-1B requires that goggles and eyewear be resistant to particles delivering a medium energy impact. Practically, this makes the visor suitable for all types of sanding, grinding, and pointing work. The visor provides no UV or other associate protection and should not be used for activities such as welding. The visor also meets US ANSI impact testing standards.
What is the easiest way to prevent the face shield from scratching?
We offer a 10-pack of peel-off visor protectors through our website.
Is it necessary to wear eye protection behind the face shield while wearing the Powercap Active?
Yes. While the Powercap Active will protect against small bits of flying debris, OSHA in the US recommend that additional eye protection is worn under the visor. The Powercap Active can be worn with the range of safety eyewear.
Do you have a recommendation for hearing protection to use with the Powercap Active?
Yes. We recommend that in-ear foam ear plugs be used with a Powercap Active should ambient noise levels necessitate such protection. Using a traditional set of over-the-head ear defenders will transfer motor vibrations into the ear cups, which some users find distracting.
Will Powercap Active protect against organic or industrial chemicals?
No. It is a particulate protection device only. However, we do offer a range of Malina and Airboss belt mounted powered respirators that are NIOSH approved and will filter out organic and industrial gas. We also sell a Force8 rubberized half mask with cartridges suitable for these kinds of applications.
What is the life of the battery in the Powercap Active?
The battery on Powercap active will normally provide eight (8) hours of continuous usage on a full charge.
What is the average filter life for the Powercap Active?
Filter life depends on the level of contamination present in the work environment. Most customers have reported to us that they need to change their filters twice a year (every 6 months). Replacement filters are available through Peke Safety directly. Use the Airflow indicator provided with the product to test the Airflow prior to use. If it is not showing green, then check that the battery is fully charged or that the filter is not clogged. Remember a clogged filter puts stress on the motor and may shorten its life and the battery will not run for 8 hours as it will have to work harder
Can the lifetime of Powercap Active filters be extended?
The outside of the filter cartridges can be vacuumed off at the end of each period of use (in the opposite direction of intended airflow) to extend their usage period and maintain adequate flow rate.
Is it possible to wash the Powercap Active hat?
The unit can be disassembled, and the hat can be washed. Instructions are included in the Powercap Active manual. Replacement caps are also available.
Can I charge the Powercap Active in my truck or van?
Peke Safety offers a car charger as an accessory that is compatible with the battery cradle that ships with the unit.
What is the best way to store the Powercap Active when not in use?
It is recommended that the Powercap Active be stored in the provided carrying case when not in use. It provides a secure and clean environment for your Powercap Active and is the best solution for day-to-day storage.