Today’s portable oxygen concentrators (POC) are compact and lightweight, and they make it easier to cope with respiratory issues without giving up much of your independence so you can pursue an active lifestyle, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With the help of a POC, not only do you increase your survival rate, but supplemental oxygen has shown to improve your ability to exercise, increase your mental acuity, give you a better night’s sleep, heighten your mood, and ease your ability to perform everyday functions such as getting dressed, cleaning, cooking and taking the dog for a walk.
Two of our most popular POCs, the SimplyGo and the SimplyGo Mini, designed by Philips Respironics, a leader in sleep and oxygen innovations, are both user-friendly, highly mobile, very compact and weigh less than 10 pounds. Let’s compare the two devices to help you figure out which is best for your health needs and lifestyle.
SimplyGo vs. SimplyGo Mini Oxygen Flow Settings
One of the most important distinctions between the two is the Oxygen Flow. SimplyGo offers both pulse dose and continuous oxygen flow, but the Mini only offers pulse dose.
If your doctor has prescribed you a high LPM (liters per minute) of oxygen, a continuous flow oxygen concentrator is usually your best option, so check with your doctor to see if a pulse-dose concentrator will work for your specific needs.
However, if pulse-dose oxygen flow does work for you, the Mini out-performs the SimplyGo, delivering up to 1,000 mL of pulse flow oxygen, compared to the 72 mL of the SimplyGo. The Mini also has a higher maximum outlet pressure of 20 psig compared to 5 psig for the SimplyGo.
Both models share similar oxygen concentration level ranges: 86 to 97% for the SimplyGo, and 87 to 96% for the SimplyGo Mini and both operate up to10,000 feet above sea level.
Weight and Size
One of the smallest machines on the market, the Mini, measuring at only 305 cubic inches, weighs only 3.9 pounds and is less than half the size of the SimplyGo, which is 690 cubic inches and weighs 9.8 pounds, making the Mini easier and lighter to carry.
POCs draw in the surrounding air and convert it to pure, breathable oxygen, so they are never completely silent. They are generally quieter, however than stationary units, so you will feel comfortable using them when visiting museums, theaters, libraries, and other quiet spaces. The quietest models register at a barely-audible 37 decibels, and both the Mini and SimplyGo are still considered some of the quietest machines on the market, both with the same noise level of 43 dBA.
The Mini wins out over the SimplyGo when it comes to the battery power, as it can last on a standard battery for 4.5 hours or 9 hours with an extended battery, versus the SimplyGo which can operate for only 3 hours.
Side-by-Side Unit Comparison
Pulse Dose: 1 to 6 setting
Pulse Dose: 1 to 5 setting
Pulse Dose: 3 hours, on setting of 2
The Final Choice: Respironics Simply Go vs. Simply Go Mini
If your prescription allows for pulse-dose oxygen, the SimplyGo Mini is smaller and more lightweight, lasts longer on its battery and offers better performance. The Respironics SimplyGo Mini Starter Package includes a new SimplyGo Mini portable oxygen concentrator, battery, AC and DC adapters, a custom carrying case, shoulder strap, accessory bag, cannula and manual. Every new SimplyGo Mini comes standard with a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty on the concentrator and a 1-year warranty on the sieve beds. Additional accessories include an airline cable for cabin operation, an external battery charger, and a warranty upgrade.