Should I Buy a Used Oxygen Concentrator?

Buying a used oxygen concentrator can save you a lot of money, but if you aren't careful, you could end up with something that wasn't even worth the lower price. There are several playing factors you need to take into consideration if you want to buy a used portable or used home oxygen concentrator, and these are very important.

The most critical factor is whether or not the concentrator will sufficiently meet your oxygen therapy needs. The second most important factor is how long the batteries will last. The longer a battery is used, the less likely it will be able to hold the charge as well as a new one.

How will I know if the used concentrator will meet my needs?

The first thing you should check out is the company website. America Medical Sales and Repair is an accredited retailer for oxygen concentrators, which means we are held at a very specific and high standard for all of the concentrators on our website. When buying a used oxygen concentrator from an accredited company such as ours, you will end up getting one of the best oxygen concentrators at a great deal.

What you should never do is buy from a private dealer or a very small company that does not appear to be accredited. This is one way to end up with a lousy oxygen concentrator – one that doesn't meet your needs, or one that is about to break down or need serious maintenance.

Another major playing factor, is how many hours the oxygen concentrator has been running, even before it was refurbished. In general, you should try to find one with the least amount of prior running hours as possible. You can trust that before we list a used concentrator for sale, that one of our highly trained technicians has looked it from top to bottom, inside and out to make sure it's in great shape.

Will it still be covered under warranty?

You will need to check the warranty for each used concentrator since some will be newer than others, and still, have 1 or 2 years on the manufacturer warranty. Others will be older and have 6 months or less.

Should I purchase a used battery?

Many of our used batteries haven't been used for very long, and are still capable of holding just as much charge as a new one. A new battery will maintain its maximum charge capacity for around 500 power cycles. A power cycle is defined as the time from being charged, to being depleted, and charged again. After 500 power cycles, the battery begins to have a duration of less time, before it needs to be charged or switched out with a fully-charged battery.

Our used batteries are being sold because they haven't been used for very long, and we can offer you these at a high sale price. It's worth it to buy a used battery as another backup battery, which you can use to replace the depleted ones when you are out and about. For some models, you can even buy a used external battery charger.

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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