Have Your Questions Answered About Portable Oxygen Concentrators
People can struggle to breathe for any number of reasons. There are many respiratory issues which if left untreated, could result in fatal consequences. When these diseases cause the body to lose much of its ability to process the oxygen in air, there’s really only one option. If the body isn’t getting enough oxygen from the air, the air needs more oxygen in it!
For a long time, the only option was to use an oxygen tank and bring it around with you. These tanks (often on wheels) were ungainly and troublesome. However, the creation of the portable oxygen concentrator has made them less necessary. Many people can simply create their own high percentage oxygenized air through a portable oxygen concentrator. It’s possible you have many questions about them. Some of the most important and common are answered below.
The 5 Important Questions
Q: What is the Difference Between an Oxygen Tank and Oxygen Concentrator?
A: An oxygen tank functions as a semi-portable way to provide extra oxygen to people with respiratory problems. They breathe in the additional oxygen that comes from the tank. An oxygen concentrator instead refines the air around it to create an oxygen rich breathing experience. The portable oxygen concentrator removes the majority of the nitrogen in air until what’s being breathed in is about 90%-95% pure oxygen!
Q: Is It Better to Charge a Portable Battery or Refill an Oxygen Tank?
A: The answer to this depends on your mobility. For people who are mobility challenged, the benefits of a portable oxygen concentrator are less pronounced. People who have minimal mobility, or perhaps use a scooter with a stationary platform could find refilling oxygen tanks the way to go. For people on the move, charging a battery is easier. It can be done at any outlet, no matter where you find yourself. No need for specialty moments or equipment.
Q: Is a Portable Oxygen Concentrator More Expensive Than an Oxygen Tank?
A: The confusing answer to this question is both “yes and no”. When it comes to upfront costs, it’s more expensive to buy a quality portable oxygen concentrator than it is to get an oxygen tank. However, these up front costs aren’t the only costs when it comes to breathing clearly. An oxygen tank needs to be refilled. These refills cost money each time. That money will add up and usually eclipse the cost of the portable oxygen concentrator. The electricity used to charge the battery is the only extra costs associated with it.
Q: How Much Does a Portable Oxygen Concentrator Cost?
A: Unsurprisingly, this cost can vary depending on the company that makes it and the model that’s chosen. It also depends on the features of the portable oxygen concentrator. If it has variable release to match breathing instead of just a constant flow release, prices will increase. Typically, one can expect somewhere between $1500 and $4000 as a ballpark figure. For example, the "Inogen one g2 portable oxygen concentrator" comes in at around $2500 depending on the retailer. In many cases, health insurance will cover all or part of the costs. They may only cover a basic model, with increased model expenses having to come from out of pocket.
Q: Can a Portable Oxygen Concentrator Cause Fire?
A: This common question relates to the way that oxygen tanks can be fire hazards. If a leak is struck in an oxygen tank, it can release too much oxygen into the air. This oxygen rich environment can see a fire be caused. In the cases of a portable oxygen concentrator, it’s creating the oxygen as it’s needed, rather than a large container of it. This negates the chances of a fire starting.
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