5 Best Portable Oxygen Concentators For Managing COPD
What is the best portable oxygen concentrator?
Let’s review the top rated portable oxygen concentrators systems available going into Summer 2019. The following models have various advantages and are the top systems on the market. Having worked for many of the manufacturers in the past, we have an experience and understanding of the products we carry that most others simply can't offer you. We strive to always help find the "best" portable oxygen concentrator for each individual. Please take a look at the top brands below and let us know if we can help with any side-by-side comparisons.
At roughly 9.5 pounds, the Respironics SimplyGo Portable Oxygen Concentrator by Philips is a single solution by providing both Continous Flow oxygen and Pulse dose oxygen. Pulse Dose settings are in whole increments from 1 to 6 while continuous flow is available from .5 up to two liters per minute. The SimplyGo Oxygen Concentrator is the smallest continuous flow portable machine available to oxygen users. The SimplyGo is put through a rigorous testing standard by Philips and is known to be very high quality, reliable, and a safe alternative to using bulky oxygen tanks. The SimplyGo is a perfect choice for those who require continuous flow oxygen and live busy lifestyles. Because the SimplyGo delivers continous flow settings, the unit can be used with CPAP and BiPAP machines. The System includes an AC wall power plug, DC vehicle power plug and will run on battery. The SimplyGo is FAA approved for airline travel.
The Inogen One G3 is an award winning portable oxygen concentrator that is small enough to be carried in one hand or worn over the shoulder or via optional back pack. The Inogen One G3 is a high flow system, weighs less than five pounds, and is roughly 8.5 inches tall. For point of reference, that's about the size of an IPAD. It is the lightest portable oxygen concentrator available that offers up to five pulse flow settings. The G3 oxygen concentrator offers two battery sizes; an eight-cell single battery that lasts up to four hours or a sixteen-cell double battery that will provide up to eight hours of run time. The G3 unit features user-replaceable sieve beds (columns) and an incredibly easy-to-view control panel which can indicate its alarm system, battery life, and five pulse settings. The G3 was the first pulse system on the market to be clinically proven to work 24/7, including sleep.
The G4 is one of Inogen's newest portable oxygen concentrator and at 2.8 pounds, its the lightest portable concentrator available on the market. For such a tiny device, the G4 is clinically robust. The G4 delivers pulse flow settings from 1 to 3. The G4 is roughly the equivalent in size to placing two cola cans side-by-side. It's that small! The battery connects to the bottom of the device, much like a cordless drill and is easy to access and can be quickly swapped out. Its user control panel is located at the top for easy viewing while on-the-go and has built in audible alerts telling you if battery is low or if the unit is in need of service. The G4 alert system notifies you if there is ever a no-breath detection, battery life gets low, and when the unit requires maintenance. This intuitive machine allows you to know exactly what is going on with the machine at all times. Finally, with noise level at just a mere 39 decibels of sound output, the G4 is an extremely quiet machine, making it favorite in areas where low noise is preferred. The G4 is the smallest portable oxygen concentrator recommended for 24/7 use including night time sleep.
Weighing in at an estimated 5.5 pounds, this is one of the most robust, lightest weight oxygen concentrators on the market. At roughly the equivalent in size to a binocular case, amazingly, the MOBI internal battery still will last up to 6 to 8 hours depending on the setting used and number of breaths per minute. This very powerful device offers pulse oxygen delivery equivalent to four liters per minute, which rivals much larger portable oxygen systems. The RESMED MOBI has exclusive Pulse Wave technology, which has an incredibly sensitive, quiet, and gentle pulse each time you take a breath. The Mobi system comes standard with a custom carrying case and a back pack option is available. Your AC and DC power cords are included with the package.
5) Philps Respironics SimplyGo MINI 5 Portable Oxygen Concentrator
At only 5 pounds, the SimplyGo MINI Portable Oxygen Concentrator is a lightweight, rugged, and durable system. The MINI is a perfect option for an active lifestyle. It can be carried via shoulder strap or optional backpack and provides pulse dose settings from one to five. The SimplyGO MINI oxygen concentrator has an easy-to-navigate LED panel that is simple to use using push buttons to operate. The MINI offers two size battery options; the standard 4.5 hour battery or the optional nine-hour battery which means you don't have to worry about plugging the machine in until the end of the day. The SimplyGo MINI has been vigorously test for ruggedness, reliability and requires very little maintenance. The device measures less than 9 inches tall, so it will stay comfortably near your body and not get in the way of physical activity. The battery will charge whether you are using AC or DC power. Best yet, the SimplyGo MINI is recommended for 24/7 use, including sleep.