Concentrator Battery Buying Guide - How to Select and Buy Concentrator BatteriesYou'll need the correct battery to experience the freedom your portable oxygen concentrator (POC) offers, and it's always a good idea to keep a spare, fully-charged battery ready to go. Doing so will ensure you keep your unit running while traveling if you become stranded without a power source or find yourself in a power outage. Also, most airlines require you to fly with an extra, fully-charged battery.
Each model has a specific battery, so pay careful attention when purchasing replacement or additional batteries.
When choosing a battery, price and battery life are two major considerations. Having enough battery life ensures you won't be tethered to an external power source. Make sure your battery has enough life for you to go about your day running errands, exercising, shopping, or whatever you'll be doing. In addition to battery life, also compare costs. Try to get the best battery life for the best price.
Tips For Choosing a Concentrator Battery
- Look at the battery life and determine if it's the right amount of time for what you'll be doing.
- If you take long trips between charges, buy a model with longer battery life. Even if the cost is higher, the longer battery life will be worth it.
- If you travel outside the country, get an adapter compatible with outlets in the country you're visiting.
- A car charger is good to have with you, especially if you take road trips.
Traveling with Oxygen Concentrator BatteriesThe FAA does not permit oxygen tanks on airplanes but does allow POCs, as long as you follow specific guidelines. The FAA allows most concentrators but always check specific airline requirements before flying. When flying with your POC, you'll want to ensure you have enough battery power to keep it running. Although most airlines offer an AC power source in each seat, it's best not to rely only on one power source. Follow these tips for easy traveling.
- Each airline has its own POC battery requirements, so always check with the airline before traveling.
- Bring enough battery power for at least 150 percent of the flight. For example, bring enough battery power for three hours if it's a two-hour flight.
- Airlines do not allow lithium batteries in checked baggage, so store them in your carry-on bags.
- Spare batteries must be protected in the original packaging, in separate pouches or plastic bags, or insulated with protective tape.
- Always fully recharge your batteries for your return flight.
- When shopping for your POC, ensure it's FAA-approved for airline travel.
Concentrator Battery GlossaryWhen shopping for a battery, it's essential to know these terms:
- Internal Battery: Located inside the POC and can be charged within the unit while plugged into a power source.
- External Battery: A battery that can be charged outside the concentrator on a charger or while attached to the concentrator and plugged into a power source.
Concentrator Batteries by Brand
- Caire, AirSep and SeQual Batteries
- Inogen Concentrator Batteries
- Philips Respironics Batteries
- Invacare Batteries
- ResMed Batteries
Updated: June 10, 2022