Affordable Portable Oxygen Concentrators for Users on a Budget

Portable oxygen concentrators are sophisticated electronic machines and medical equipment, which filter the air around you into highly concentrated oxygen that you can breathe. Because of this reason, most oxygen concentrators in general aren't cheap. Portable oxygen concentrators cost even more, because they need to be able to house and run off of a battery while going mobile.

There are certain models that are less expensive than others – not because they are inferior or because they don't have the best features or the high settings. Here are three of the best of the least expensive portable oxygen concentrator models on the market today.

Airsep Focus

The AirSep Focus has been succeeded by the AirSep Freestyle and Freestyle 3, but it's still the ideal portable model for those who need no more than a pulse dose setting of 2, who want to stay as active as possible. The Focus is one of the smallest portable oxygen concentrators on the market, weighing only 1.75 lbs! This tiny concentrator might be best for you, especially if you want to maintain an active lifestyle and exercise while using your oxygen.

It comes with 2 micro batteries that you can charge up while it's plugged in, but you can add more battery duration time with the AirSep Airbelt and supplemental battery pack, which you can wear around your waist and plug into the Focus. Many people need pulse dose settings higher than what the Focus can put out, which is why this is one of the cheaper models.

SeQual 5

The SeQual 5 is currently on sale, but it's still actually one of the lower prices models compared to some of the others that are currently on the market. It's amazing, because the Eclipse 5 is full-featured, has both pulse dose and continuous flow settings, and is an improvement from the earlier Eclipse model, the SeQual Eclipse 3. You can charge it with both AC and DC power on any setting, which you couldn't do with the Eclipse 3.

There are some really great accessories that are compatible with the Eclipse 5, such as the desktop charger (charge batteries outside of the concentrator with AC power), the protective covering, and the humidifier kit. With setting of 3 LPM especially (the highest continuous flow setting on the Eclipse 5) you might need the humidifier.

Lifechoice Activox

This small wonder weighs less than 5 lbs, and can deliver up to an equivalent of 3 LPM of pulse dose oxygen. This is another perfect example of the advances in medical technology when it comes to portable oxygen concentrators. Just like most of our other concentrators, American Medical offers this concentrator at a lower price than what you'll find anywhere else.

One of the features that makes the Activox stand out, is its pulse wave feature that makes sure you always get oxygen when you need it, and the sensitivity to your breath, which allows it to seamlessly adjust to your breathing patterns, so you always receive the exact amount of oxygen you need.

About Scott Ridl: Scott joined American Medical Sales and Rentals in 2008 as a Web Manager and Content Writer. He is a writer and designer. He is extensively trained on oxygen therapy products from leading manufacturers such as Inogen, Respironics, Chart, Invacare, ResMed and more. Scott works closely with respiratory therapists and oxygen specialists to educate the community about oxygen therapy products, COPD, asthma and lung diseases. He writes weekly columns and is passionate about educating the community on oxygen therapy and respiratory issues.

22 thoughts on “Affordable Portable Oxygen Concentrators for Users on a Budget”

  • gary murphy

    I need a portable oxygen concentrator paid by Medicare-I can't afford to buy it.

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    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your comment, Gary. Have you inquired with your Medicare provider if they will pay for a portable oxygen concentrator? This is the first step you will need to take if eligible.

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  • james guzman

    yes I am on ssi n I need to have me a portable machine tom get around n do things but I noticed there way to expensive to have eacj week
    I am lloking for a cheap one I can pay off till it own it from u is it possible to get one, and I do have medice to as well but I aint to sure idf they will pay for it or not but ,if not I am willing to pay on it each month to have on me at all times if so pleae contact me asap and ill leave u my home number to tal to my mo sene I have a full trachectomy no voice box cant speak heres the home phone number ok its
    219 654 4030 my moms name is judy u can give her information on what I need to d o to have one personally for my self n leave me messages on my site I given u to contacyt me on things s well n thank you again james guzman

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    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your comment, James. For the most up-to-date product and pricing information please contact one of our Oxygen Specialists at 877-774-927 or you can communicate solely via email at [email protected]

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  • Jody Metko

    I'm looking for portable oxygen for my dad to take on trips but he is on a fixed income. Is there any way you can help!
    Thanks
    Jody Metko

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    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your comment, Jody. We certainly have a few financing options available that may work for your father's situation. If you'd like you can reach out to one of our Oxygen Specialists at 877-774-9271 for more information.

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  • John

    Wife needs. Portable continuous air flow concentrator..Medicare wont pay with the Supplement I have. Cant use care credit...claimed them in a bank ruptsy. Need a plan that can take monthly pymnts from bank accnt..also battery lufe needs tto be at least 8 hr to 12 hrs..thanks

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    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your comment, John. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request.

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  • Roberta Bristow

    I have been fighting for disability since 2015 and I cannot work I was told I need to get me a portable air due to my COPD I have no money and was wondering if you could help me by giving me one when I contacted the company that makes my inhalers the help me and supply me every and supply me with my Lyrica I pray you can help as well

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  • Lorie Eckel

    Like to make payments low income for carry oxygen

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    • Danielle Jason

      Wonderful, Lorie. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. Have you already acquired your prescription for oxygen?

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  • Roy

    I'm looking for a light weight portable oxygen concentrator with a 2 hour or longer lasting battery

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman March 19, 2018 at 4:41 am

      Thank you for your inquiry, Roy. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]

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  • Dianne Mcmillen
    Dianne Mcmillen April 20, 2018 at 5:20 am

    On oxygen 24 hours daily, have heavy portable tanks which are quite heavy. Insurance will not pay for non heavy tanks. Need affordable budget plan so I can get out more and or attempt to part time job. Quite restricted at home. Help

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman April 23, 2018 at 5:35 am

      Thank you for your inquiry. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]

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  • Tiffany Timmerman
    Tiffany Timmerman June 16, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    Like I was saying. I've been on oxygen for a while and the "portable" tanks are heavy and bulky. I've been on disability for a year so I don't qualify for Medicare as of yet. And medicaid won't cover these better options. I would love to be able to be active again, and am willing to pay for my own portable machine. What I need to know is what my financing options are. I am on a very fixed income. Thanks in advance.

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman June 18, 2018 at 6:20 am

      Thank you for your inquiry. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]

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  • Sharon Laxton
    Sharon Laxton June 22, 2018 at 8:17 am

    If my insurance pays 80% of the cost will I be able to finance the final 20?

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman June 25, 2018 at 8:01 am

      Thank you for your inquiry. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]

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  • Rosemary Bland

    My supplier won't allow me portable tanks as I owe them money and I don't quite qualify for MASS funding MASS supply my home concentrator but I would like a cheap portable for getting to my appointments and I do have to travel from Rockhampton to Brisbane to see my specialist who regularly reviews my needs (I have LAM disease) so what are some cheap hire/purchase options I can use to make life a bit easier?

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman November 12, 2018 at 3:34 am

      Rosemary - we have a selection of gently used units as well as financing options available. I have passed your information along to one of our oxygen specialist who will reach out shortly. In the meantime feel free to give us a call at 888-360-9879 or if you prefer email [email protected]

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