SeQual Eclipse 3 Portable Oxygen Concentrator

In: SeQual Eclpse

10 Feb 2012

The SeQual Eclipse 3 Portable Oxygen Concentrator is the latest installment in the the SeQual Eclipse Portable Oxygen Concentrator series.

First introduced simply as the SeQual Eclipse, this portable oxygen concentrator was a unique entry to the oxygen therapy marketplace, let alone the portable oxygen concentrator marketplace. With military use in mind, SeQual developed a small portable oxygen concentrator that could run of standard AC power, DC power from a car, or even a battery.

With no other product to copy, SeQual’s efforts were in many respects, pioneering. As product development gave way to marketing and patient feedback, SeQual, as any good company would, improved upon their product.

As the SeQual Eclipse Portable Oxygen Concentrator worked a few years in the field SeQual identified some areas for improvement.

  • Software designed to switch the portable concentrator from pulse mode to continuous mode was re-evaluated.  The idea was sound enough, if the SeQual Eclipse Portable Oxygen Concentrator did not detect a patient breath during pulse mode, switch the patient to continuous mode. The only problem was, if the patient did not notice the switch, and manually change back to pulse, the unit might quickly exhaust the battery on continuous mode. Changes in subsequent versions of the SeQual Eclipse Portable Oxygen Concentrator allow the unit to check for a patient’s breath after it automatically switched to continuous mode, and change back to pulse.
  • The AC Power cord plug was located on the lower side of the SeQual Eclipse Portable Oxygen Concentrator, with a twist off plug. Many of the SeQual Eclipse Portable Oxygen Concentrators were sent back for repair of the power cord after patients accidentally broke them. The SeQual Eclipse 2 Portable Oxygen Concentrators had the AC input moved higher on the unit solving the problem.
  • The small wheels on the first generation SeQual Eclipse portable oxygen concentrators were convenient for sliding under the airplane seat, but needed to be removed to swap out a battery. Large wheel carts became standard for the The SeQual Eclipse 2 Portable Oxygen Concentrator.
  • The first generation SeQual Eclipse battery or power cartridge as SeQual likes to call it, had a blue tab that had to be pushed up as the battery was pulled out of the SeQual Eclipse Portable Oxygen Concentrator.  To make things easier on the end user the second generation SeQual Eclipse battery has a tab that you pull down on and out on for removal.  The new SeQual Eclipse battery is much easier to change, and the battery is easy to identify as well, as the battery tab is now black.

Most of the differences between the first generation SeQual Eclipse portable oxygen concentrator, now known as the SeQual Eclipse 1 or E1 and the SeQual Eclipse 2, or E2 is hardware related, cart design, ac power input, compressor version for example.  There were some software adjustments and firmware adjustments, but not nearly as many as between the SeQual Eclipse 2 and the SeQual Eclipse 3.

The difference between the SeQual Eclipse 2 portable oxygen concentrator and the SeQual Eclipse 3 portable oxygen concentrator, you can read more about that here, was 95% software, and only about 5% software.

To say the SeQual Eclipse 3 Portable Oxygen Concentrator has evolved is I think an understatement, today the SeQual Eclipse 3 Portable Oxygen Concentrator stands as the epitome of portable oxygen concentrator evolution.

Ever working to improve functionality and reliability for our friends on the battlefield or traveling accross the country in an RV the good folks at Sequal keep pushing limits. Future versions and upgrades to the SeQual Eclipse 3 Portable Oxygen Concentrator look promising.

Longer battery life, even better reliability, and a dramatic size and weight reduction are just some of the things we should look forward to in the next generation of the SeQual Eclipse 3 Portable Oxygen Concentrator.

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