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Inogen One G3 vs Inogen One G4 Portable Oxygen Concentrator Comparison

Inogen portable oxygen concentrators are the most popular models when it comes to portable oxygen therapy. Inogen is known for their small, lightweight, and reliable concentrators. Here we will compare the Inogen One G3 to the Inogen One G4. Oxygen Delivery The G3 and G4 both provide pulse flow oxygen delivery which dispenses a bolus (burst) of oxygen each time a breath is detected. This type of oxygen delivery uses smaller components than concentrator that provide continuous flow oxygen, which allows for a smaller, lighter unit. The G3 provides 1-5 pulse flow settings while the G4 provides 1-3 pulse flow settings. Both the G3 and G4 incorporate Inogen’s Intelligent Delivery Technology. This breath detection technology is fast and sensitive to ensure that the oxygen is delivered at the beginning of the breath cycle which is the most critical time. It also compensates for decreased breath rates by triggering a larger bolus size based on a fixed minute volume. Conversely, a faster breath rate will result in smaller bolus size which may lead to out-breathing the capacity of the machine. If you are consistently short of breath while using an Inogen, it may be due to a fast breath rate and Continue Reading…

New Product Announcement – CAIRE Comfort Portable Oxygen Concentrator

In mid-March 2018, CAIRE Medical will release the CAIRE Comfort, a 4.8-pound portable oxygen concentrator that will provide pulse flow oxygen up to setting 5. This unit will be very comparable to the Inogen One G3 with a small battery that lasts up to 5 hours and a large battery that lasts up to 9 hours on setting 1. Either battery can be charged in the unit while plugged into an electrical outlet at home or in an accessory outlet in your vehicle, allowing you the freedom to travel endless miles without worrying about your oxygen. The CAIRE Comfort has an easy-to-read patient-friendly multi-color display and field-replaceable sieve columns. The sieve columns are a feature that will set the CAIRE Comfort apart from the competitors’ models. Unlike the Inogen One G3 and the Philips SimplyGo Mini which provide only a 1-year warranty on the sieve columns and an expected life of roughly 18 months, the CAIRE Comfort will include a full 3-year warranty on the sieve columns and an even longer expected life. With the CAIRE Comfort, you will no longer have to hassle with replacement sieve columns every 15-18 months. Who is CAIRE Medical? CAIRE Medical is a division Continue Reading…

Why No Pricing?

We recently received an inquiry on our Facebook page asking why we do not show pricing for portable concentrators on our website. We thought it a great question and hope you’ll find our response helpful as well. Portable oxygen concentrators are medical equipment and should not be purchased as flippantly as one would buy a toaster or blender. Medical equipment is not a click-and-buy item. Oxygen users need to be aware they are buying a prescription item and shopping research should be more than looking for the best price or the smallest and lightest machine. Manufacturers and non-clinical resellers have a tendency to over-promise the amount of oxygen being delivered and do not take individual needs into account. We prefer to focus on assisting oxygen users in choosing the best portable concentrator that will meet their oxygen needs. Many companies offer a quick purchase, but oxygen users end up getting a unit that is not clinically suitable for their oxygen needs. For instance, many will purchase a pulse-only model because it is small and light (both are attractive features), but it may not meet their oxygen needs while sleeping when continuous flow is needed and is recommended by doctors. Since Continue Reading…

Invacare Platinum Portable Oxygen Concentrator – Coming Summer 2016!

A new portable oxygen concentrator will soon be available from Invacare – Invacare Platinum Portable Oxygen Concentrator. The Invacare Platinum is a small portable concentrator, weighing only 5 pounds with one battery, or 6 pounds with two batteries. The unit is the first portable oxygen concentrator to have top-loading battery slots that allow you to drop in your batteries like bread in a toaster, for very easy changing. Two battery slots are available for maximum battery durations and easy battery charging. Each battery will provide 4 to 4.5 hours on setting 2, which is comparable to the 8-Cell Single Battery offered with the Inogen One G3, or the Standard Battery offered with the Philips SimplyGo Mini. Two batteries will provide up to 9 hours on setting 2, providing as much battery time as the Inogen One G3 16-Cell Double battery or the Philips SimplyGo Mini Extended battery. The Invacare Platinum features pulse settings up to 4, with a generous 1,000 mL capacity. This high oxygen capacity makes is equal to the oxygen provided by both the Inogen One G3 and the Philips SimplyGo Mini. The Invacare Platinum Portable is replacing the current Invacare XPO2. Invacare anticipates receiving FAA approval for Continue Reading…

Will Medicare Pay for a Portable Oxygen Concentrator?

The question of whether Medicare will cover the cost of a portable oxygen concentrator is one we receive frequently. You may have been told by your homecare provider that Medicare does not cover portable oxygen concentrators or that they simply do not carry them. You’ll rarely be given a full explanation, in part because it’s complicated. The answer is Yes and No. The Yes and No of Medicare Coverage No, Medicare will not purchase a portable oxygen concentrator. They provide only a monthly rental benefit for oxygen equipment. No, Medicare will not cover a portable oxygen concentrator in addition to the oxygen tanks you most likely already receive. They don’t pay more money for more equipment. Yes, your Medicare oxygen benefit covers the cost of portable oxygen. However, the portable oxygen benefit can be satisfied with small liquid tanks, larger gaseous tanks, or a portable oxygen concentrator. Regardless of the equipment provided, Medicare pays the same amount of money each month to the homecare provider. It is up to your homecare provider to decide what you will receive. Yes, your homecare provider can choose to provide you with a portable oxygen concentrator under your Medicare benefit. No, most homecare providers Continue Reading…