Anyone who needs to use oxygen therapy on a regular basis will tell you what they want in a portable oxygen concentrator. It has to be durable, last for many years without needing any major repairs, and be able to handle going with them wherever they might want to roam. The oxygen flow shouldn't be too overwhelming and feel more natural, and it should be light enough to bear carrying around on foot if they need to. One of the best portable oxygen concentrators on the market that feature these things and more are the iGo by DeVilbiss.
DeVilbiss also makes a home oxygen concentrator, which is only 37 pounds, but of course you wouldn't be able to travel and do all the things you can do outside of the home with the iGo. The iGo is only 19 pounds, and that's with the battery in it. You won't feel as if you are weighed down as you are walking about.
The DeVilbiss brand is known for making oxygen concentrators that are exceptionally quiet and energy efficient. The portable iGo's maximum decibel level is 40, which is only as loud as a whisper, so you don't need to worry about the hum of your oxygen concentrator bothering you or anyone around you. Many people even enjoy the gentle hum of their oxygen concentrator, as they provide white noise that helps lull them off to sleep if they need to use it while they slumber.
The dimensions of this portable oxygen concentrator is 12.3 inches wide (from right to left), 7.1 inches thick (from front to back) and 19.3 inches tall. At this size, this machine should be able to fit under most tables and chairs, including airplane seats. If you will be traveling by plane, contact the airline to be sure the dimensions of the unit are small enough to fit under the seat, and you would be able to store your travel cart in the overhead compartment. The iGo is able to work perfectly up to an altitude of 13,123 feet.
The control panel at the top of the machine is large and easy to operate, with buttons that feature pictures of each function. The nozzle where you would attach the rubber tubing is located right next to the control panel for easy access.
The longest amount of time for battery life of the iGo is 5.4 hours, if the machine is at a pulse dose setting of 1.0, with the battery life being shorter at higher settings. Before travel where there are no electrical outlets, it's recommended that you charge the battery for at least 4.5 hours. You will be able to run the battery from an electrical outlet and charge it if you will be sitting stationary for a while. The machine will alert you with an alarm for a low battery, as well as for other warnings, such as low oxygen input, power failure, and other problems that might arise.
Taking your iGo with you will be easy with the hand cart and protective carrying bag that comes with it. The handle of the cart is able to be pushed down behind the bag when you are done pulling it along, so that it can be discreetly stored on your chair.