For years, oxygen concentrators have been providing oxygen therapy for people with breathing difficulties by providing adequate oxygen in continuous flow or pulse flows. By the turn of the 21st Century, companies have developed portable oxygen concentrators, thus providing more mobility and comfort for its users. One of the companies that provide these is Inogen.
Inogen is a company that was founded back in 2001, and has been providing high quality portable oxygen concentrator units across the globe. One of their products is Oxygo, which is a lightweight POC that is designed for peak mobility and maximum comfortability. In this article, we will assess the different OxyGo portable oxygen concentrator reviews, as well as the product’s different specifications that made it better than other brands.
Size and Weight
The dimensions of the Oxygo portable oxygen concentrator are 9” W x 9” H x 3.5” D, which is already small compared to other products by Inogen. To better visualize it, this machine is just as big as a textbook, so you can easily carry it in a bag when you go outside. Moreover, this portable oxygen concentrator weighs only 4.8 pounds with an 8-cell battery, and slightly heavier at 5.8 pounds with a 16-cell battery. In comparison, the smallest POC is the AirSep Focus, with dimensions of 6.4” H x 4.8” W x 2.5” D, and weighs around 1.75 pounds, so we can say that this device is also one of the smallest available in the market.
When buying the machine, the OxyGo portable oxygen concentrator also comes with a carry bag with an adjustable strap, so you can adjust the way you carry it to make it more comfortable. This is why the customers say that they do not experience difficulty when lifting this machine.
The OxyGo portable oxygen concentrator delivers oxygen in pulse flows, with 5 different settings to choose from, and it has a maximum oxygen flow of 1050 mL/min. The best portable oxygen concentrator in terms of maximum pulse oxygen flow is Inogen One G5, which can provide 1260 mL/min at its maximum setting. Comparing that with OxyGo’s capacity, we can tell that this POC is already above average in terms of oxygen flow.
While there are other products that provide continuous and pulse flow settings, the OxyGo portable oxygen concentrator only provides pulse oxygen flow. The motors needed for continuous oxygen flow are usually big and bulky, and since OxyGo focuses on providing small and lightweight POCs, it does not include the continuous flow setting. Moreover, having a continuous flow option in your portable oxygen concentrator when you don’t really need it is a waste of money, and the machine would be too heavy to carry around all day.
OxyGo comes with two different battery options. The first one is an 8-cell battery, which is capable of operating at up to 4.5 hours with a pulse setting of 2. Meanwhile, an optional 16-cell battery can also be purchased, which can operate at up to 9 hours straight without charging, and this is also at pulse setting 2.
However, the 16-cell battery will make the entire POC heavier, weighing at around 5.8 pounds. In comparison, the Mobi portable oxygen concentrator has the longest standard battery life, which can last 6 hours at most. Meanwhile, the SimplyGo Mini and Inogen One G3 have the longest double battery life, both lasting up to 13.5 when the pulse is set to 2.
Just like most POCs, the OxyGo portable oxygen concentrator has three different options for charging. The first is the battery, which was mentioned above. This machine can also be charged using a DC source like cars, or an AC source, which are the wall outlets. That way, you have multiple ways of charging our POC, and you don’t have to worry too much when the battery runs out.
If you love to travel via plane, then the maximum altitude is probably something that you inquire about when buying a POC. The OxyGo portable oxygen concentrator can fully operate at altitudes of up to 10,000 feet, making it excellent for mountain climbing or riding planes.
The portable oxygen concentrator with the highest maximum altitude is the Oxlife Freedom, which can operate at 13,123 feet. However, the OxyGo already falls within the typical range of maximum altitudes for POCs, which is 8,000 feet to 12,000 feet.
The changes in altitude usually affect the performance of portable oxygen concentrators, since they rely on air pressure to properly deliver oxygen. You might notice this when you climb mountains or travel to higher areas, where the air feels thinner when you breathe, and this can be dangerous for people with breathing problems. OxyGo can operate at high altitudes, and it is also approved by the FAA for airline travel.
The OxyGo portable oxygen concentrator boasts in simplicity in terms of operation and control functions, making it easy for first-time users to use. It also comes with an easy-to-ready LCD, which will display all the basic information that you need to know, such as the battery life, pulse setting, and alarm indicators. The buttons near the LCD are used to control the different functions and to turn the machine on and off.
Most POCs only provide a 3-year warranty on the machine, and a 1-year warranty on the other accessories. However, with OxyGo portable oxygen concentrator, you can enjoy a warranty of 5 years for you machine, thus having a longer guarantee when you experience any defaults or damage with your machine. The individual accessories can also be purchased separately, which is cheaper than buying a new set whenever one component breaks.
The OxyGo portable oxygen concentrator is one of the most recent products by Inogen, and it is able to provide large amounts of oxygen to the user while also have a small and lightweight machine.
It has multiple pulse settings, and a battery life that is longer than the average battery life of other POCs. Plus, the device also comes with a simple-to-use LCD and a 5-year warranty for your machine, so you can rest assured that every dollar you spent on this POC is worth it.