Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POCs)
Since the early 2000s, the industry has come a long way in size and weight of portable oxygen concentrators (POCs). The first unit weighed more than 12 pounds and required a cart to transport.
Gradually, airlines joined in FAA approval so oxygen patients could travel more freely. They also realized POCs did not contain oxygen like tanks but produce oxygen.
Today, at Naples Oxygen and CPAP, we carry a POC as light as 2.4 pounds. A variety of sizes, weights, and functions are available to suit your prescription and lifestyle. Come visit our showroom at Piper’s Crossing Plaza in North Naples, or at Stock Plaza in Lely/Naples (opening late fall 2018).
Some Things to Consider When Making Your Selection
Continuous vs. On-Demand Flow
One of the most important differences in POCs is how it provides your oxygen.
Continuous flow provides oxygen as a constant flow of oxygen set to your prescribed liter flow. These units tend to be larger and heavier because the continuous operation requires a larger motor and a larger battery to run that motor.
On-demand flow provides oxygen every time you take a breath. This conserves the amount of oxygen the battery can provide in one charge and requires less power to produce, thus a smaller motor.
Another factor in size and weight is liter flow or LPM-Liter flow per minute. A POC that provides up to 3 lpm on demand will be smaller and lighter than one that can be set up to 6 lpm. Stop by our showroom to see the latest selection in POCs and test them. Our staff can help you choose the right machine that fits your needs.
On-Demand Flow POCs
The “Inogen One G4” by Inogen One, Inc.
Inogen One devices have been a part of Naples Oxygen’s inventory of POCs since their introduction. Reliable, lightweight and quiet, the G-4 is the lightest of our family of POCs, weighing only 2.4 pounds with a single battery and 3.2 pounds with a double battery. The G-4 provides liter flows of 1-3 1pm. A single battery provides up to four hours of battery life on 2 1pm, and a double battery provides up to eight hours of battery life at 2 1pm. The G-4 is one of our most popular devices.
The “Inogen One G3” by Inogen One, Inc.
The G3 is also one of the quietest POCs in its class of 1-5 lpm units. The G3 8 cell single battery unit weighs 4.8 pounds, providing up to 4.7 hours of battery life on a single charge. The G3 16 cell double battery unit weighs 5.7 pounds and provides up to 10 hours of battery life on a single charge. The G3 has many optional accessories available, including a convenient backpack.
The “SimplyGo Mini” by Philips Respironics
The SimplyGo Mini is a reliable, durable and powerful choice among POCs. Combined with a standard or single battery unit, the SimplyGo mini provides up to 4.5 hours of battery life at a pulse setting of 2 lpm and weighs just 5 pounds. The extended, or double battery, provides up to nine hours of use at a pulse setting of 2 lpm and weighs only 6 pounds. The mini is simple to use with an easy-to-read LCD touch screen and can provide up to 5 lpm.
The Zen-O Lite by GCE
The Zen-O Lite is a portable unit that delivers pulse dose oxygen with settings of 1-5. The Zen-O-Lite weighs only 5 pounds and is easy to operate and easy to maintain. The unit will run up to 8 hours on 2 liters per minute (1pm).
Continuous Flow/Pulse Combination POCs
The SimplyGo by Philips Respironics
The SimplyGo is one of the smallest portable oxygen concentrators that offers the benefits of both continuous and pulse flow settings. Weighing only 10 pounds, the SimplyGo is easy to maneuver wherever you need to be. The SimplyGo has three optional settings:
- Pulse Mode: Detects breath intake and delivers the necessary volume of oxygen from 1-6 lpm.
- Continuous Flow: Delivers 0.5-2 lpm.
- Sleep Mode: Has an increased trigger sensitivity during sleep and switches from pulse flow to continue if a breath is not detected.
The Sequel Eclipse 5 with Autostart by Caire Industries
The Sequel Eclipse was the first of its kind to offer both continuous and demand flow settings in one machine. The Sequel Eclipse is not a carry-on or over-the-shoulder type concentrator, weighing 18.4 pounds with its battery. However, the Eclipse can be used for both sleep and travel, whether to the grocery store or on a cruise. Like other POCs, it is FAA-approved for flying. New improvements make the Eclipse 5 capable of delivering up to 3 lpm continuous and pulse settings of 1-9, the highest of any POC. The battery will charge in the car while using at a setting of 2 lpm or less. The battery duration on 2 lpm continuous is two hours, and on a pulse setting of 2 lpm, it lasts 5.1 hours.
The Oxlife Independence by O2 Concepts
The Oxlife Independence is another powerful continuous/pulse combination POC with the ability to offer 24 hour-oxygen at a max continuous rate of 3 lpm and pulse settings up to 6 lpm. The Oxlife weighs 16.7 pounds on its own with the option of using one or two batteries, adding 1.35 pounds each. Each battery will last 2.5 hours at 2 lpm continuous and 5.75 hours each at 2 pulse. Battery recharge time is 1.5 hours for one battery and 2.5 hours for 2 batteries. As with other units, the Oxlife is FAA-approved and will fit under an airline seat.
The Zen-O by GCE
The Zen-O is simple to operate and weighs just 10.25 pounds, so it can be carried or rolled on a cart. The Zen-O provides up to 2 lpm continuous flow and up to 6 lpm on demand. At a setting of 2, the Zen-O can last up to eight hours with two batteries, so it is great for longer flights.