Traveling by car on oxygen therapy – Part 3

In: Oxygen Traveling by RV / Automobile|Traveling with Oxygen

26 May 2010

Part 2 – Traveling with oxygen in your car – portable oxygen concentrators.

In our first two posts on traveling while on oxygen therapy we looked various methods of travel and the types of oxygen therapies available.  Our first post, Choosing the best Portable Oxygen Therapy when traveling by car looked at applicable  oxygen therapy systems available to those people planning long trips while traveling by RV or motor home.    In our second post, Traveling by car on oxygen therapy we looked at one or two day trips when traveling by automobile.  The second post primarily dealt with the use of compressed gas cylinders and a solution for a multiple day trip without even bringing a portable oxygen concentrator.

In our third post on oxygen therapy dependent automobile travel we are going to look at portable oxygen concentrators.  There are two main type of portable oxygen concentrators we’ll define as follows:

  1. Portable Oxygen Concentrators capable of supplying continuous oxygen therapy greater than 2 LPM and pulse dose oxygen therapy settings of at least 5 LPM
  2. Portable Oxygen Concentrators capable of supplying only pulse dose oxygen therapy settings of at least 5 LPM

Portable oxygen concentrators capable of 3 LPM continuous as well as pulse dose settings include the SeQual Eclipse line of portable concentrators including the new Eclipse E3 – the third and latest version of their industry leading product line. The Invacare Solo is Invacare’s second product in the portable oxygen line and matches the Eclipse 3’s 3 LPM continuous oxygen capabilities.  Fairly new to the marketplace the Solo has some innovative design features and approach to patient controls.  Also in this marketplace is the DeVilbiss  iGo portable oxygen system, a lightweight, 3-liter, portable oxygen system provides two modes of operation – continuous flow or Pulse Dose delivery.   Each of these offerings, the SeQual Eclipse 3, the Invacare Solo, and the DeVilbiss iGo could be  the only portable concentrator you need to take in your car.  All three systems run of AC power, DC power, and rechargeable batteries.  Each of these concentrators could in fact be the only concentrator you need period.  The only consideration is the weight of the unit, all of them under 20 lbs – and all of them with wheeled carts.   If weight is your primary consideration and 20lbs seems heavy, keep in mind, if you were to use an Invacare XPO2, Inogen One, or Respironics EverGo you would probably also be taking along extra batteries which would necessitate a cart.  After all, even lugging around 14 lbs on your shoulder, about the weight of an E cylinder and cart would be a drain on your energy.  For the size and the money I don’t think you can go wrong with a continuous portable oxygen system like the Eclipse, Solo, or iGo.

If you did opt for an ultra-portable oxygen concentrator in pulse dose mode like the Invacare XPO2, Respironics iGo, Inogen One, AirSep FreeStyle or AirSep LifeStyle travel in your car would be simple.  Since each of these portable concentrators provide oxygen therapy on AC power, DC power and rechargeable batteries, you can bring them with you anywhere. With up to 8 hours of  battery time, a trip to the mall, doctors office, or even a day at Disneyland is not out of reach. The ultra light weight portable concentrators are a perfect solution for the day trips, just remember, your nocturnal oxygen therapy needs vary too much to rely on a pulse dose oxygen concentrator.

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