Respironics SimplyGo Portable Oxygen Concentrator – Pros and Cons

The Philips Respironics SimplyGo is a feature-laden workhouse of an oxygen concentrator designed with travel in mind. It comes with a ton of accessories and has versatile oxygen-delivery capability. Here is a list of the Pros and Cons of the Respironics SimplyGo portable oxygen concentrator.

Pros of the Respironics SimplyGo

  • Durability: For a piece of medical equipment, the SimplyGo is surprisingly durable. The tough exterior can take some punishment, making it a good choice for travel, where some bumps and bruises are inevitable. This is true for the included cart as well, which features oversized wheels for rougher terrain.
  • Lots of Accessories: The SimplyGo comes with a plethora of accessories. It not only includes a battery, but also a carrying case, shoulder strap, outlet charger, an adjustable and foldable wheeled cart, cannula, and accessory bag. Since all these are included with the base unit, users will end up saving a lot of money on accessories.
  • Two Modes: The SimplyGo is a dual mode oxygen concentrator, offering both pulse mode and continuous flow oxygen delivery. This means that patients can use the pulse mode, an energy and oxygen efficient setting, during the day, while switching to continuous flow while sleeping. Furthermore, the continuous flow mode is compatible with CPAP and BiPAP machines.
  • Size: At under a foot in every dimension, the SimplyGo lives up to its name. Its compactness makes for easy storage, both at home and while traveling. Additionally, the SimplyGo is FAA approved and should be able to easily fit under a commercial airline seat for in-flight use.
  • Warranty: Philips Respironics apparently believes in the workmanship and construction of this model, as they provide a 3 year manufacturer’s warranty on the unit itself and separate 90 day warranty for accessories.
  • Bacterial Filter: An internal bacterial filter is included in this oxygen concentrator, which is good news for patients with decreased immune systems or otherwise subject to respiratory infections.
  • Alarms: Several alarms are included on the SimplyGo. These include malfunction, battery, and oxygen flow alarms for safety. Also, the alarms provide the specific problem needing attention.

Cons of the Respironics SimplyGo

  • Weight: While it does not weigh a ton, the SimplyGo is still 10 pounds. This might make it difficult for some patients to easily carry, especially long distances. Although, as stated above, a mobile cart is included.
  • Battery Life: Users should not expect a fully charged battery to last more than 3 hours on pulse dose mode and only an hour on the continuous flow setting. Charging a spent battery to full power will take at least 2 hours with the AC/DC power adapter. This can be limiting, particularly during travel.
  • Noise: At 43 decibels, the SimplyGo should not be that noisy – about the same volume as a refrigerator humming. However, some owners have reported that it produces significant noise. This means it may not be the best choice for quiet environments, like ceremonies and other formal situations.
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.

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