This post on the Coway Mighty Review AP1512HH highlights the qualities which set it apart. For starters, it may look like a giant iPod at first sight to some! Coway Mighty is already a well-known model in Korea and the US. Coway has a number of air purifier models catering to varied needs. Many newer models are already available. But, Mighty AP1512HH has a few qualities which make it to stand out.
Coway Mighty Review AP1512HH
PRICE – Coway Mighty AP1512HH
Price-wise there is nothing peculiar about it. The Air Purifier market is a very competitive business. Air purifiers with the coverage area of Coway Mighty are similarly priced.
Coway Mighty is ideal for small rooms as its CADR is low. It’s compact design makes it easy to handle and move around. This Coway Air Purifier can clean the air of rooms sized 360 sq.ft. effectively. Indoor pollution is considerably reduced especially dust. However, it loses its sheen when used in larger rooms. The air purifier is capable of achieving 4 air changes per hour. This figure is called ACH in technical terms and is good for an air purifier of this size. This means that Coway Mighty AP1512HH can pass all the air in the room through its filters 4X times. The Air Quality Indicator light at the top is useful to know the pollution level.
Coway Mighty does not have a sleep mode. The fan is noisy at its top speed. So, you may think that it may disturb your sleep. This is not the case as you can set it to AUTO mode. In this mode, the air purifiers switches its gears (fan speed) in accordance with the air quality. The air purifier has 3 fan speed levels. The decibel value at lowest fan speed is as low as a whisper. During night the sound of the fan is not disturbing. In fact, the fan produces a humming sound which promotes sleep as it is Continuous White Gaussian Noise (CWGN). There are a few inbuilt soothing sounds which help in mental relaxation.
COWAY MIGHTY PERFORMANCE
Performance from the word go is what Coway Mighty stands for. This air purifier has a CADR of 250 CFM which means it can cleanse 250 ft³ air per minute. Different air purifiers take different times in achieving low particle count in the room air. Air purifiers meant for larger rooms like the Coway Airmega 400 would bring down the count very quickly.
Coway Mighty, if you happen to buy it would not disappoint you with its air cleaning prowess. The only area where it lacks in is odor control. With costlier air purifiers for this coverage you may not get better air filtration. Going for dearer models may fetch you more convenience features like an APP etc.
Volume Of Air Cleaned
As mentioned above, Mighty’s airflow is 250 CFM. In comparison, Coway Airmega has this value at 430 CFM. This rating of Coway Mighty makes it suitable for over 300 sq.ft rooms. But, to do full justice and lower the particle count, you have to run it in full throttle. Actually, for any air purifier especially the ones for large rooms, the fan speeds have to be set judiciously. Unless you are setting up your air purifier to use some AUTO mode, obviously.
To bring down particulate pollution, an air purifier must start off in full fan speed. Let it take its own sweet time and work to bring the safe levels. Afterwards, sealing off the windows and doors, set the air purifier to run in Middle fan speeds. This would keep the pollutants atleast maintained to what the high fan speed left them at.
At fan speed ‘2’, the air movement is around 120 CFM and at speed ‘1’ its 70 CFM. Hence, running the air purifier in a quieter mode is akin to lowering its performance too. Its best to run the unit in highest setting before going to bed. You may switch it to some Sleep Mode or similar afterwards. Timer feature comes handy here.
COWAY MIGHTY FILTERS
Coway Mighty employs 4-stage air filtration stages.
The first one is the pre-filter which is a plus if your air purifier has it. It stops the larger particles of dust and hair etc. from choking the HEPA and carbon filters. A pre-filter can be washed when you find it has turned dirty. It will enhance the efficiency of the air purifier.
Next stage is a dense carbon filter to remove odor and gases from the air. Coway Mighty has a not very high grade carbon filter in which activated carbon is only coated on the surface of a fibrous material. In this regard if any air purifier employs pellet-carbon filters, they are the best type. Such filters use actual carbon masses that remove VOCs and obnoxious gases. Winix 5500-2 is one such air purifier using a better carbon filter.
Now, the third stage is the True-HEPA filter. You know how small bacteria and virus can be. Even some very fine dust particles easily evade filtering media, so specialized HEPA filters are needed. True HEPA filters are capable of arresting particles as small as 0.3 microns in size. Basically, germs, allergens and ultra-fine particles are removed in this stage.
A dedicated ODOR mode is very effective in removing unwanted smells from the air.
An extra layer of protection against bacteria and virus is provided. The ionizer can be independently operated which is a good thing. You should avoid running the air purifier with ionizer ON for a prolonged duration. An ionizer can generate ozone gas in small quantity. Ozone is a killer for bacteria and virus. It also degenerates harmful substances in air and makes them harmless. As a best practice run it before sleeping for sometime only.
A filter replacement indicator alerts you when its time to replace the carbon or HEPA filters. Do read the power consumption part just a little down in this Coway Mighty review.
Coway Mighty AP1512HH has its control panel on its top face. The buttons are easy-touch with well thought of spacing in between. Every button except the Power button has an indicator LED/s above it.
- SPEED – This button is used to set the fan speed to one of five settings (1, 2 , 3, Auto, Eco).
- IONIZER – This is for activating the optional Ionizer functionality. You can turn it off at will.
- TIMER – Pre-set timers for 1, 4 or 8 hours after which the air purifier would shut down.
- FILTER REPLACEMENT – After making a filter change you need to press this button for resetting.
- AIR QUALITY LIGHT – This button is used to set the fan speed to one of five settings (1, 2 , 3, Auto, Eco).
COWAY MIGHTY REVIEW
An air purifier needs to work non-stop to deliver pure air. In times when power bills pinch us bad, its important to know how much power a device eats. The Coway Mighty scores high marks in this regard. In its ECO Mode function, the air purifier barely consumes any power. Just 5 Watts! You can also set timers for 1, 4 or 8 hours. Setting timers can further save you power.
Coway Mighty is of the most power efficient air purifiers specially at fan speeds ‘2’ and ‘1’. On speed ‘2’ it draws 8.0 W of power. This is further reduced to just 3.1 W at speed ‘1’. Naturally, with this decrease in power spend, the air purifier becomes less and less ineffective. By ineffective I mean at lower fan speeds, the unit’s air volume output is diminished.
The sleep mode in your laptops puts it in a low power state. ECO mode is also similar to it. When the air quality becomes good then instead of running uselessly, the air purifier goes into standby mode. The particle sensors sense the improvement or deterioration in air quality and operate the air purifier. When the air quality degrades the air purifier is turned ON back. The power consumption at highest fan speed is 70 W. So, if you run it for 14 hours on top fan speed then it would consume 1 unit. That’s a little more than its peers.
A Positive Word About The Ionizer
When you run an ionizer, millions of negatively charged particles are spread in the air. These ions disintegrate the harmful gases or pollutants present in the air. The result is that pollutants are converted into something harmless. The suspended dust particles in the air also get oppositely charged when they come in contact with these anions.
Moreover, anions double up as mood enhancers. Negative ions help patients of depression or anxiety.
You must have observed how any charged particle gets drawn towards nearby surfaces? Same happens with charged dust particles and they either stick to curtains or settle on surfaces. So, it may seem to you that how come so much dust has accumulated on your tables or floor. Don’t worry, your ionizer just saved you from breathing dusty air!
Some people complain of strong vibrations at the top fan speed. I suggest you place the air purifier on some mat or rug instead of floor. But, yes some design flay is there with the base. Others report of plastic shards coming out the air purifier. This is a rarest of rare incidents and we cannot be too sure about an individual’s rough handling. A few say that the air quality indicator light is pretty intense and disturbing as it can’t be put off. Well, stick a translucent tape on it then to tame it down. You see, every problem has a solution. This if you notice it within the returnable period. Lol! A glimpse at the ratings on Amazon will clear your qualms. I hope this Coway Mighty Review was useful for you.
Recently, a newer model Coway AP-1512HHS which is a Smart version of the Coway Mighty has been introduced.