REVIEWED BY CAPT. MIKE SCHOONVELD
If you climb into my tow vehicle on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day or most other days between you’d be subjected to an odor reminiscent of the closet in my college dorm room mixed with not-so-faint fish fumes. Hold your nose.
I may leave for the lake clean, shiny and smelling like Downy Fabric Softener and Old Spice. I drive home smelling like I just finished running a mile on a 90 degree day carrying a dead fish. My personal “scent,” coupled with smells from clammy clothes coupled with damp wipe down towels, coupled with…. Let’s just say, the essence inside the vehicle by the time I’ve driven home tends to linger and it gets worse on day two, three or longer. Now I plug in my Scentlok OZ20 Active Odor Destroyer into the vehicle’s cigarette lighter when I get home and let it run through it’s cycle. The smell disappears!
Odors don’t last forever. Otherwise we’d still be smelling dinosaur poop, exhaust from Henry Ford’s first car, the stench of the skunk he ran over with it and fumes from my dorm room closet. Smells are complex molecules floating around the atmosphere which sooner or later break down into less complex, odorless molecules. I’m sure there are numerous chemicals which can work odor magic on smelly molecules; few of them do it quicker or better than oxygen – or are as abundant.
But atmospheric oxygen is a very stable molecule. Without getting deep in the chemical weeds, over 99% of the oxygen molecules floating around in the air are O-2, basically two oxygen atoms stuck together. Individual, non-partnered, oxygen atoms are never found but occasionally, three oxygen atoms stick together and are called ozone.
In the world of oxygen, three’s a crowd and once ozone is created, the ozone molecule spends it’s fleeting existence looking for someplace to discard one of the three Os. When an ozone molecule bumps into an odor molecule, bam! The third O quickly jumps away from the other two Os and becomes a part of the odor molecule transforming it into something else – and if our nose is lucky, that something else doesn’t stink.
What the ScentLok OZ20 does is electro-chemically transform atmospheric oxygen into ozone and send it out in search of places (such as the stinky seat in my Suburban) to lose its spare oxygen molecule. The OZ20 is for use in unoccupied vehicles only. It cycles on an off every 15 minutes and shuts off completely after 8 hours.