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Where to buy N95, P2 and KN95 face masks online
What's the difference between these mask types and where can you buy them?
Where to buy P2, N95 and KN95 face masks online
Electronics retailer Dick Smith might not be the first place you’d think of to purchase an N95 mask, but you can purchase packs of 20, 25, 40 or 50 in the online store.
- Fast dispatch
- Small and bulk packs
eBay’s marketplace means that its stock selection is fluid. If you can’t see bulk packs of P2 masks in stock, check back in a few days’ time to see if more have been added to the site.
- Good option for buying in bulk
- Some sellers deliver to New Zealand
- Huge selection of items
At LifePac, you can purchase N95/P2 masks as well as survival kits for emergency situations.
- Free shipping
- Secure online payments
Primepac has all kinds of personal protective equipment including KN95 masks in packs of 20.
- Free nationwide delivery
- Same-day dispatch from Auckland or Christchurch
- 100% guarantee
You’ll find a complete range of PPE at Active Safety, including N95 masks and earloop medical masks.
- $7 standard delivery
- 14-day returns policy
- Secure online payments
Looking for where to buy cloth masks online instead?
Read our full guide on where you can buy cloth masks online today in New Zealand.
What's the difference between a P2, FFP2, KN95 and N95 face mask?Depending on your location, different face mask types are more widely used. For example, in the United States and Canada, N95 are common; in Australia and New Zealand you'll see P2 masks more often; in China, KN95 is the standard. Mask manufacturer 3M, which specialises in filtering facepiece respirators (FFR) masks, offers the following explanation of the main differences between each mask type.
|Filter performance||≥ 95%||≥ 95%||≥ 95%||≥ 94%||≥ 94%||≥ 95%|
|Test agent||NaCl||NaCl and paraffin oil||NaCl||NaCl||NaCl and paraffin oil||NaCl|
|Flow rate||85 L/min||95 L/min||85 L/min||95 L/min||95 L/min||85 L/min|
|Total inward leakage (TIL)||N/A||≤ 8% leakage||≤ 8% leakage||≤ 8% leakage||≤ 8% leakage||Inward Leakage measured and included in User Instructions|
|Inhalation resistance||≤ 343 Pa||≤ 70 Pa (at 30L/min)≤ 240 Pa (at 95 L/min)≤ 500 Pa (clogging)||≤ 350 Pa||≤ 70 Pa (at 30L/min)≤ 240 Pa (at 95L/min)||≤ 70 Pa (at 30L/min)≤ 240 Pa (at 95L/min)||≤ 70 Pa (w/valve)≤ 50 Pa (no valve)|
|Flow rate||85L/min||Varied – seeabove||85L/min||Varied – seeabove||Varied – seeabove||40L/min|
|Exhalation resistance||≤ 245 Pa||≤ 300 Pa||≤ 250 Pa||≤ 120 Pa||≤ 300 Pa||≤ 70 Pa (w/valve) ≤ 50 Pa (no valve)|
|Exhalation valve leakage requirement||Leak rate ≤ 30mL/min||N/A||Depressurization to 0 Pa ≥ 20 sec||Leak rate ≤ 30mL/min||Visual inspection after 300L /min for 30 sec||Depressurization to 0 Pa ≥ 15sec|
|Force applied||-245 Pa||N/A||-1180 Pa||-250 Pa||N/A||-1,470 Pa|
|CO2 clearance requirement||N/A||≤ 1%||≤ 1%||≤ 1%||≤ 1%||≤ 1%|
When should or shouldn’t I use a P2, N95 or KN95 face mask in New Zealand?
The advice about face mask use in New Zealand can change at any time depending on whether we have community spread of the virus. You can find the most up-to-date information on the Ministry of Health website.
Masks are most effective when used in combination with frequent hand washing or use of an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
You can find out more information on when and how to use masks here on the World Health Organization’s site.
Which of these retailers offer free delivery on P2, N95 or KN95 face masks?
- AliExpress: Free shipping
- DHgate: Free shipping
- Wiggle: Free delivery on orders over $199
- LifePac: Free shipping
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