The Eclipse 3 is the third in the Sequal Eclipse series, which means it still has the great features that people like about the Eclipse and the Eclipse 2, only with some improvements along the way. It can deliver both pulse dose and continuous flow. The pulse doses are measured in 16 mL increments, with a range of 16 to 192 mL. The continuous flow settings are in 0.5 LPM, and go from 0.5 to 3 LPM (Liters Per Minute). This is one of our most powerful and versatile portable models.
Understandably, many people still have questions about oxygen concentrators that they need answered before they commit to buy, even after reading product descriptions. Here is a collection of our most frequently answered questions, so maybe they will cover some of the things you might be wondering about the Sequal Eclipse 3.
Question: How does the Eclipse turn the air into pure oxygen, and just how pure is it?
Like any oxygen concentrator, it uses a filter to separate the oxygen from the nitrogen and everything else in the air. Air is made of about 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, and 1% “other”. The oxygen concentrator works hard to bring in plenty of air, since only 21% of it is actual oxygen. The nitrogen is eliminated, or released out of the vent of the oxygen concentrator. This is why it is so important to keep the vents on your oxygen concentrator free of anything blocking it. The Eclipse can bring you a purity of at least 90%, which is an average for most of our portable oxygen concentrators.
Question: How well does it work in high altitudes, where the air is thinner?
The Eclipse 3 can go higher than many other portable oxygen concentrators. It can still bring you a high oxygen purity and work like a champ until about 13,123 feet above sea level. You can go high altitude hiking with this concentrator, for the most part, with no problem. At heights like these, it's a good idea to bring along a pulse oximeter to make sure you aren't overexerting yourself and end up needing a higher setting of oxygen. You should never try to push an oxygen concentrator beyond it's operational ranges, or you risk the machine malfunctioning, or you getting sick because you aren't getting enough oxygen.
Question: How long does the battery last in contrast to some of your other portable models?
How long the battery lasts depends on which oxygen setting you have it on. On a low pulse dose setting, the battery will last longer than if you had it on the highest continuous flow setting. On the highest continuous flow setting, the Eclipse 3 battery will last 1.3 hours. The Invacare Solo's battery lasts about the same amount of time on the same setting. The DeVilbiss iGo lasts a little longer, at 1.6 hours on the continuous setting of 3 LPM.