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Will a POC meet your daily oxygen needs?
Your mobile concentrator needs to be able to provide you with the oxygen dosage you need at all times, no matter where you are or what you're doing. Your oxygen needs will be different when you're physically active when you're sleeping and or sitting and watching television. The POC needs to be able to detect the changes in your breath rate and compensate accordingly.
Is a portable oxygen concentrator truly portable?
By definition, a portable unit needs to be light enough so that you don't feel burdened while carrying it around anywhere you need to go. You have to take into consideration the weight of the unit, including the weight of the battery and accessories you will be carrying around along with it. You might also need to bring along extra batteries and power supplies. You should always expect to add a few extra pounds for the additional batteries if you are out and about all day.
Can you fly with a portable concentrator?
Yes. The Federal Aviation Administration or FAA, requires airlines based in the United States and foreign airlines flying into the U. S. permit passengers to operate portable oxygen concentrators approved by FAA during all phases of a flight if the unit displays a manufacturer’s sticker. The sticker indicates it meets FAA requirements for portable medical devices. The FAA has approved over 20 oxygen concentrators for air travel on all U.S. aircraft with more than 19 seats, and every portable unit we offer is approved for flights.
Do I need a prescription to buy a portable oxygen concentrator?
Yes. Because the FDA classifies medical grade oxygen as a drug, and by Federal law, a prescription is required to purchase oxygen-related medical devices, such as portable oxy concentrators. Your doctor or health care provider can assist in obtaining a prescription.
Is there a warranty on my unit?
Most manufacturers include a 3-year warranty on new portable concentrators, and each battery usually has a warranty for 1 year. Accessories warranties usually vary from 30 to 90 days and up to 1-year in some cases.
How long does a portable oxygen concentrator last?
The lifespan of a portable oxygen concentrator can vary due to a multitude of factors including hours of usage, environment, humidity and elevation. The best way to elongate your portable's life is to take proper care of it. Refer to your owners manual...
Are there any portable oxygen concentrators that are continuous flow?
Although many portable oxygen concentrators (POCs) provide only pulse dose oxygen delivery, some units also deliver continuous flow. Pulse Dose vs. Continuous Flow Pulse dose and continuous flow oxygen concentrators both deliver...
Can you use an portable oxygen concentrator at night?
Yes, in fact many patients only require oxygen therapy at night. Not all concentrators are suitable for use at night, if you have questions as to whether your concentrator will work for sleep use please call us at
How do you select a portable oxygen concentrator?
With all the options available, we're often asked how to pick the right POC. First, you need to make sure a particular oxygen concentrator will meet your oxygen dosage needs. Then, you can decide between portable oxygen concentrators based on size and...
How much does a portable oxygen concentrator cost?
New portable oxygen concentrators vary in pricing and usually cost between $1495 and $3495 depending on batteries and other accessories. Customers...
What portable oxygen concentrators are the quietest?
Portable Oxygen concentrators, since they're working hard to draw in air from around you and convert it to pure, breathable oxygen, are never completely silent. They need to make a little noise — a hiss or hum here and there — to function, but that doesn...