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 bit of noise — a hiss or hum here and there — in order to function, but that doesn’t mean that you should be left with a machine that makes as much noise as a jet plane taking off. If you need to use your oxygen concentrator while sleeping, that persistent noise may also keep you or your bed partner awake at night.
Depending on whether the portable oxygen concentrator, you can get the oxygen you need without all the noise by choosing from the quietest portable oxygen concentrators on the market
The Quietest Portable Oxygen Concentrators
When you’re out and about, a loud humming can make even the most inconspicuous-looking portable concentrator conspicuous, even if it is safely inside your carrying bag. Portable oxygen concentrators, as they are less powerful than stationary units and have a smaller footprint, are generally quieter than units for use at home only. The quieter the unit, the more comfortable oxygen users will be when visiting museums, movie theaters, libraries and other places where there is little to no general noise.
All of the portable oxygen concentrators available at the Oxygen Concentrator Store emit noise levels below 50 decibels, so they’ll always be quieter than at-home units. The quietest portable oxygen concentrator is the SeQual eQuinox, which registers at a barely-audible 37 decibels. The Inogen One series — G2, G3, and G4
— all make the list of the top five quietest portable oxygen concentrators at 38, 39 and 40 decibels, respectively.
Though the SeQual eQuinox is the quietest, it’s not quite the lightest: it weighs in at about 13 pounds, while the Inogen One G3, for comparison, is less than five. If weight is more important than a little bit of a louder hum, then the Inogen models may be more appropriate for your needs as a mobile oxygen user.
You don’t have to let a noisy oxygen concentrator stop you from venturing outside, inviting people to your home or sleeping peacefully. With modern technology and newer models of oxygen concentrators, you can find a unit that is as quiet as a mouse but powerful enough to supply you with as much oxygen as you need.
* Decibel levels are approximate, and vary depending on oxygen setting.