The iforce Hybrid Hand Dryer – The Best Of Blade And High Speed Hand Dryers?
We have all witnessed the new age of blade hand dryers such as the Dyson airblade, Mitsubishi Jet towel, Mediclinics Dualflow and the ultra-high speed, low energy compact hand dryers such as the Airforce, G-Force and Stealthforce hand dryer. Well now it’s time to introduce the all new iforce hand dryer, a hybrid product that that overcomes the weaknesses inherent with ‘blade’ hand dryers and with low energy high speed hand dryers.
What are the problems associated with ‘blade’ hand dryers?
The first blade hand dryer developed was the Mitsubishi Jet Towel, this was designed to collect excess water in a serviceable tray rather than leaving floors wet. The Dyson airblade followed suit, but had problems with the drainage system and therefore removed the drainage system.
If a blade hand dryer doesn’t have a drainage system them it rather defeats the object of the original design and the reality is that the u-bend collects skin, hair and dirty water which ends up dripping down the side of the hand dryer. Dyson have obviously realised this and therefore brought out the Airblade-V and looked at the Dyson Airblade tap as an alternative method.
On the flip side, hand dryers with drainage systems are prone to vandalism as mindless individuals decide to block them up or soap builds and causes obstruction. The other potential negative is that blade hand dryers with drainage need to be emptied and if this isn’t done the machine will begin to overflow, albeit a tiny amount.
Both the Airblade and the Mitsubishi blade hand dryers are physically large hand dryers and therefore are far more difficult for electricians to install than compact, high speed hand dryers. In some instances re-wires are required to accommodate the different fitting.
4. Uncomfortable hand drying position?
Blade hand dryers require the user to place their hands in a slightly unnatural position and are not always easy for children and disabled to use. They also require taller people to stoop and smaller people can difficulty using in the optimum position.
5. Cross contamination points
Most blade hand dryers have restricted space to insert the hands. Although they have anti-microbial plastics this does not stop skin, dirt and hair being exchanged between users and microbial plastics will not destroy the bacteria present on this debris.
How does the iforce hand dryer overcome these issues?
The iforce hand dryer does not have a conventional drainage system, instead it has a ceramic pad that absorbs the moisture and allows it to naturally evaporate. In rare cases where the pad becomes saturated there is a collection system. This patented feature prevents blockages or vandalism of the hand dryer.
The iforce hand dryer is more compact than a blade hand dryer and although it still remains larger than a high speed hand dryer like the Airforce or T-Force it is relatively easy to install and is unlikely to require any rewiring.
The iforce hand dryer has a far more comfortable drying position and there are less cross contamination points as the space allowed for hand drying is relatively large and requires no major body adjustment.
That’s all very well but how does the iforce hand dryer perform?
It’s not as fast as the Dyson Airblade with a dry time of around 15 seconds on the turbo setting. However the iforce hand dryer is up to 40% more energy efficient than the airblade. It is also a relatively quiet hand dryer at 65db, which is 4 times quieter than the airblade.
The other great thing about the iforce is that it satisfies that desire for something innovative and interesting in your washroom, one of the main reasons why the airblade was so successful.