If you’ve been aching to drive coast to coast in an RV or visit those relatives on the opposite side of the country, a portable oxygen concentrator can help make it happen. A standard at-home oxygen concentrator is often too bulky or doesn’t have the power capabilities to run in a car; with oxygen tanks, your car may not have the storage space to pack as many tanks as you need.
Portable oxygen concentrators are made to be used on the go, including in cars and RVs. With portable oxygen concentrators, your main concern is ensuring that the unit can stay powered for long stretches of time. There are two options for powering an oxygen concentrator: using power from the vehicle itself or using batteries.
Using DC Power With Portable Oxygen Concentrators
When on the move portable oxygen concentrators run on battery power, however unlike a stationary home concentrator most portables are capable of running on DC power as well. Depending on what settings you require, the specific model of the unit and the power output of your car, the unit may or may not also charge the battery while you use the machine. On the rare occasion the battery may need to be removed from the unit to prevent an alarm when using in a car that does not provide enough electricity. If you encounter problems with use of your portable concentrator in your car don’t hesitate to call our friendly customer service staff to resolve any issues you may be having.
You should make sure that the car is running before you plug in the portable oxygen concentrator, and the engine should always be running while the unit is attached. If the unit is connected to DC power while the car is on but not running, the portable oxygen concentrator can drain the car’s battery.
Some POCs may not be able to operate at their highest settings when connected to DC power, this is usually in continuous flow modes. The amount of power available to the unit depends on the vehicles electrical system, which in turn determines how much oxygen the unit can concentrate. Make sure that the unit you have can operate at the settings you need when connected to DC power. If it doesn’t, you may need to carry extra batteries and only charge it when AC power is available.
With an RV, it depends on what kind of power it has. DC power will often be available, but you may have AC power available as well. You can most likely use either, but make sure that you refer to your portable oxygen concentrator’s manual before plugging it in.
Prior to your Trip
Before you set out on your trip you should make sure that everything is working properly. A month or two prior to your trip you should run the unit both in and outside of your car. Doing so this far in advance ensures that there is sufficient time to resolve any problems ahead of your trip. It is a good idea to test your batteries as well – ensure they are all running as long as you expect them to. Nothing will ruin a trip like finding out half way there that you need a new battery. Should any issues arise, or you need additional batteries or equipment for the trip give us a call so we can help make sure your trip is a success!
Renting the Right POC
You may not already have a portable oxygen concentrator at home; perhaps you own or rent a stationary oxygen concentrator for use around the house. Luckily, you can rent a portable oxygen concentrator for a road trip in an RV or car that’s perfect for your needs.
Oxygen concentrator rentals are often per week, so you can rent one for the exact amount of time you’ll need it. With a rental contract, you may get a travel package that features a bunch of perks: additional batteries or an extra-roomy carrying case, for example.
It’s time to make that road trip dream a reality. With a portable oxygen concentrator, you can explore the open road as long as you’d like.