1. Wi-Fi and Blueair Friend App
With the new Wi-Fi capabilities of the Blueair 280i SmokeStop air purifier, you are now able to pair your Blueair air purifier to your smartphone via your home internet network. To do this, you will have to download the ‘Blueair Friend App’ from the App Store or Google Play to your iOS or Android smartphone. With the Blueair Friend App installed, you will be able to adjust airflow, change LED intensity, child lock the unit and activate or deactivate the night mode. In addition, you are also able to check the units Wi-Fi status, monitor PM2.5 and VOC levels, check the filter life indicator and set the auto mode. The 'set LED intensity' feature in the app lets you change the LED intensity of the lamps that are visible on the unit.
The Blueair 280i SmokeStop sensor is the same sensor that is used in the ‘Blueair Aware’ air monitor. The sensor differs from that used in the 270E model due to the fact that it is designed to detect changes in temperature and humidity levels as well as PM2.5 and VOC’s. Blueair have stated within the ‘Blueair Friend App’ the sensor is able to measure over ‘900 different gases ’, including Formaldehyde and Toluene which is then summarised into a single figure. The sensor also allows you to use the auto mode feature whereby the fan in the Blueair 280i SmokeStop air purifier automatically adjusts based on the level of contamination detected by the unit. For more information regarding the sensor, please check the ‘sensor’ description under the ‘features’ section.
The Blueair 280i SmokeStop has a higher airflow rate of approximately 20% on the highest speed setting when compared to the 270E model. Blueair gives the airflow rate for the Blueair 280i SmokeStop as 117 m3/h on speed setting one, 218 m3/h on speed setting two and 344 m3/h on speed setting three. This is compared to 270 which has airflow rates of 100 m3/h on speed setting one, 200 m3/h on speed setting two and 288 m3/h on speed setting three. The Blueair 280i SmokeStop also offers 5 air changes per hour based on (26m2) and a ceiling height of 2.4 metres.
4. Touch buttons
The Blueair 280i SmokeStop offers touch buttons which are hidden under a flip-up lid on top of the unit. The display touch buttons allow you to check and change various settings of the Blueair 280i SmokeStop. The Wi-Fi status button, A), turns blue when it is connected to a Wi-Fi network and is grey when it is not connected. Button B), allows you to power the unit on/off and cycle through the three different speed settings of the fans. Button C), is the filter life indicator, this will turn orange when it is time to replace the filter. The next button on the touch display is the auto button, D), once the auto mode has been enabled, this will turn blue. The VOC’s, E), and PM2.5, F) buttons, will remain blue if the levels of contamination are at a low level and may change to orange if the levels become elevated.
5. Design and durability
The Blueair 280i SmokeStop has the same design as the previous model with its slim profile. The unit features a slim (21 x 17 x 8" / 53 x 43 x 20cm) and lightweight (10kg) design which makes it easy to move around. As such, it can easily be deployed next to walls and in narrow spaces. The unit has a metal body construction, a white/grey gloss finish and has the same style Blueair units are known for.
Below is a comparison table which shows what the differences are between the Blueair 200 series range of air purifiers.