IKEA $50 VINDSTYRKA vs. $290 Dylos air quality monitor

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2023-09-16 23:30:03

This is a brief article in which I compare the IKEA VINDSTYRKA $50 air quality monitor (PM2.5) with a $290 air quality monitor made by Dylos to see if it's any good.

Of particular interest are very fine particles, in the "PM2.5" category. Those particles are 2.5 micrometers or smaller in diameter can embed themselves deep inside the lungs and cause health issues.

Both air quality monitoring devices are specifically measuring PM2.5 particulate matter, so that's what we will focus on in this test.

I bought a Dylos DC1100 Pro in 2014 as I was quite interesting in the topic of air quality at that time. As I had to import the device, I believe I had to pay around 400 Euros for it but it's now for sale in the US for around $290.

I specifically chose this model because it has a serial port, which allows me to log data and maybe spot some trends. I was thinking about using this data to control my air circulation system in my home, but I never got around to building this.

This device (without serial port) is also explored in-depth by Matthias Wandel, who many of you probably know from his 1.7M subscribers Youtube channel. Tip: he shows the inside of the device.

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