It's just a matter of time before these Portable Oxygen Concentrators replace oxygen cylinders, regulators and conserving devices.
These are the latest portable oxygen concentrators on the market. Smaller and lighter, you can take them anywhere. Portable Oxygen Concentrators are designed to be small, lightweight, easy to use, and more cosmetically acceptable. They are durable and can maintain patient oxygen saturation.
The compressor motors are so quiet that bystanders won't even know it's powered-up and running. These POC's use powerful batteries that last from 3-8 hours, see each model for specifications and battery life. If you are taking a long airline flight, simply carry extra batteries. These portables can also be plugged into any 110V AC outlet or just run on the batteries, some have 12V adapters that pug into the automobile lighter. Batteries automatically charge if you have the units plugged into an AC source.
Battery-operated POCs from Invacare, Inogen, Respironics, Oxus, and Devilbiss provide users mobility to travel without having to lug oxygen cylinders along the way. The Inogen One weighs in at near 10 pounds and is about 12 inches high (with handle) and 6 inches wide. Respironics' EverGo machine weighs 10 pounds and stands approximately 8 inches high and 6 inches wide. These POCs are relatively small and lightweight, and allow users to travel without the worry of running out of oxygen as long as an electrical outlet is near, the units can be recharged.
POCs offer active patients several advantages. When attached to a cart, the system resembles a small piece of roll-on luggage, when carried by it's tote strap the units resemble a camcorder case, and batteries give patients between 3 and 8 hours of use. The units have been approved for use on airplanes, and patients can even plug them into a car's accessory plug when driving. For many oxygen patients, the appeal of the portable concentrator is not having to worry about running out of oxygen while they are away from home.
Flying with O2
Information on taking your POC on an Airline. Consult with the Airline to make sure you can travel with your POC. Portable Oxygen Concentrators approved by the FAA for in-flight use:
Invacare XPO2 Portable Oxygen Concentrator
Invacare SOLO2 Portable Oxygen Concentrator
SeQual Eclipse Portable Oxygen Concentrator
Inogen One Portable Oxygen Concentrator
Respironics EverGo Portable Oxygen Concentrator
Respironics SimplyGo Portable Oxygen Concentrator
Devilbiss iGO Portable Oxygen Concentrator
Here are some tips to make your travel as smooth as possible: You should have a statement from your doctor stating:
Your name and date of birth.
Your need for oxygen during all stages of the flight.
Your understanding of the alarms, cautions and warning of the equipment.
Not all airlines allow permit Portable Oxygen Concentrators onboard during flight. Check with your Airlines when booking your flight. Most airlines require that you contact them at least 48 hours before your flight departs to inform them you will be traveling with a POC. The FAA requires you to carry a physician's Rx for the oxygen concentrator when traveling. Also, some airlines have a printable statement that should be signed by your physician stating that you understand the equipment functionality and can respond to any alarms given off by your equipment.
Here are some current airlines that allow POC's on aircraft: