Road Trip Advice for Bringing Your Portable Oxygen Concentrator

Taking a road trip across the United States can be found on many a bucket list, and if this is a dream of yours, you can easily do this with one of our portable oxygen concentrators. There are a few things you will need to keep in mind, and methods for making your journey as smooth as possible while still getting the oxygen therapy you need.

Portable oxygen concentrators are made to give you the freedom you've always had, and to go wherever it is you want to go. If you only want your oxygen concentrator for the duration of your trip, it might be best for you to rent a portable oxygen concentrator from us, depending on the length of your trip. If you plan on taking a very lengthy road trip, purchasing a portable oxygen concentrator for later use might be a better option.

Charging Batteries on Your Trip

Your portable oxygen concentrator comes with a DC power cord, which will run or charge your battery using an outlet in your vehicle, depending on the model. For example, you will need to remove the battery from the Sequal Eclipse 3 to plug it into your car's accessory outlet, or it will drain your car's battery. Talk to one of our knowledgeable sales representatives to learn about the specifics. They will also help you decide which portable model will best fit your oxygen therapy and travel needs.

The cord is 6 feet long, so you don't necessarily have to sit in the driver or passenger seat in a car while using your oxygen concentrator. When the internal battery in your concentrator is fully charged, it's a good idea to charge up your spare or external battery pack, which you will be able to use when you leave your camper or car to explore. Most of our portable concentrators come with a spare battery, and all of our rental concentrators do, since having an extra battery with you on a trip is essential.

Travel Packages

We also offer travel packages for some models, with deals on even more back-up batteries. One of our best oxygen concentrator packages, is the Sequal Eclipse Travel Package, which gives you an external battery charger, three rechargeable batteries, and an upgraded accessory bag. Packages like this allow you even more mobile time to move about your camper with ease, see the whacky roadside attractions and explore the cities and towns you stop in along your way.

Oxygen Travel Safety Tips

Your oxygen concentrator should never get wet. If water droplets enter the vents of your machine, it can cause it to malfunction. Since vehicles can get very hot inside, you should not leave your oxygen concentrator in the car while it is parked for any amount of time, especially not during the warm months of your year. You should also pay close attention to the maximum operational temperature on the model you want.

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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