One of the best things about the Inogen One G5 Concentrator is its portability. Weighing in at just 4.7 pounds, the Inogen One G5 is an excellent choice for travelers. Whether you’re on an airplane, a cruise, or a road trip, with the right preparation, the Inogen One G5 is easy to take wherever you go.
Flying with the Inogen One G5
The FAA allows in-air use of the Inogen One G5 for all U.S. aircraft, and many international airlines will also allow it onboard. To make your trip seamless, follow these tips:
- Get a note physician stating your ability to fly with oxygen. Use the physician’s statement template for an idea of what your letter should include, but check with the airline in case they have any special requirements.
- Never rely on an airplane’s electrical power to charge your device. The FAA requires you to bring enough batteries to power your device for at least 150% of the maximum flight duration. For example, if your flight is 4 hours long, you should have enough batteries to last 6 hours.
- Airport security may take some extra time to inspect your Inogen One G5. Make sure you arrive at the airport early, so you don’t miss your flight.
- Save battery power by powering your Inogen One G5 from an electrical outlet in the airport terminal.
- Brush up on our guide to flying with an oxygen concentrator.
Cruising with the Inogen One G5
Every cruise line has different requirements, so find out what policies and procedures they have in place for using oxygen on board. Make sure to ask what medical documents you’ll need from your doctor or what forms you’ll need to complete before your cruise departs.
The great thing about cruising with oxygen is that you can plug your Inogen One G5 into any electrical outlet to charge the batteries. Since it’s so portable, it’s easy to take the device with you during on-shore excursions and when you’re exploring the ship. If you’re taking an international cruise, make sure you bring a prong adapter so you can plug it into the wall. You won’t need a converter because the Inogen One G5 converts between 110 and 240 volts.
Road Tripping with the Inogen One G5
The Inogen One G5 can be powered, charged, and used by connecting the device to your vehicle’s cigarette lighter. By using this DC power source, you can enjoy an endless supply of oxygen while charging your machine’s batteries, so you can hop out to enjoy the sights whenever you please.
Before going on a long trip, run multiple tests to ensure the car can maintain power while properly charging your Inogen One G5 - the last thing you want is to drain your car’s battery because of a machine. Even after running these tests, it’s a good idea to pack at least a battery or two, just in case.
Whether you’re flying, cruising, or driving, don’t forget to pack the Inogen One G5’s other portable accessories, like the carry bag, backpack, and extra cannulas. While traveling with oxygen may take some more preparation, the Inogen One G5 makes it easy for you to focus on your trip, not your oxygen concentrator. So book that ticket, plan ahead, and make some lifelong memories!