If there was ever a perfect portable oxygen concentrator for any type of travel, it would be the newest of the Eclipse models from SeQual, the Eclipse 5. It has all of the great features of the Eclipse 3, with improvements that have pushed it above and beyond most expectations for oxygen therapy on the go. If you are planning a trip and haven't yet decided on a portable oxygen concentrator to take with you on your journey, you will want to take this one into consideration.
Like all of our portable oxygen concentrators, the SeQual Eclipse 5 is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This means it has already been approved for use on most airlines, and he concentrator itself, or the accessory bag containing your batteries won't count as part of your carry on limit.
Even so, you will need to do some planning ahead for your trip. Call your airline no less than 2 weeks before your flight, to let them know you will be bringing your Eclipse 5 with you. They will also tell you how many extra batteries they require you to bring with you on board. You may also need to bring a statement from your doctor the day of your flight.
Traveling by car is also just as convenient now, with the improvements done on the Eclipse 5 from the previous model. On a DC power current, the Eclipse 3 could go no higher than the 2.0 LPM setting of continuous flow, or the pulse dose setting of 96 ml. With the Eclipse 5, however, you will be able to run it at the highest settings in the car, using it while charging the battery at the same time. This added convenience not only puts off battery depletion on road trips, but it makes road trips 100% possible for people who need higher flow rates than 2.0 LPM, or 96 ml.
Not only can you charge the battery while using it, while being plugged into a power source, but the AC and DC adapters are smaller, as well as more durable than the older Eclipse series adapters. This smaller size makes them easy to pack in your accessory bag for trips. You also won't have to worry about them overheating or breaking, in the event that they fall or have something fall on top of them as you travel. Besides traveling by car, the Eclipse 5 can go with you on any type of public or private transportation.
If you have a battery from an older Eclipse model that still works, keep it! Even though the outer side of the battery might be a different shade of gray, it will still be compatible with the Eclipse 5. This compatibility will save you money and reward you for being a loyal SeQual Eclipse customer. Having an extra battery on hand is always a good idea, not just for traveling. An external battery charger will also be something good to have if you're on the go. Just charge up your battery on the external charger, and slip it into your accessory bag when your battery in use is depleted.