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Initial post: Nov 11, 2011 8:40:02 AM PST
Looking for portable Oxygen Concentrator that works on full flow not pulse.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2011 10:38:23 PM PST
OldAmazonian says:

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2011 7:12:50 AM PST
Sequal also makes one;

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2012 12:54:55 PM PST
Check out Invacare's Solo 2. - It does continuous flow up to 3 LPM.

Posted on Apr 28, 2012 12:31:42 PM PDT
B. R. Blood says:
I need a constant flow of 4-6 and now have to use liquid oxygen which doesn't last long. any idead??

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Posted on May 2, 2012 4:52:36 PM PDT
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Ron Thorne says:
To the best of my knowledge, the highest continuous flow available from a portable oxygen concentrator is 3LPM, from several sources. Each unit has pros and cons, of course, but I'm quite satisfied with my SeQual Eclipse 2, which I've used for over 3 years. It hasn't been a perfect experience, but I've been well-supported by my local medical supply company. I've also used a SeQual Eclipse 3 for a brief period, but am not happy with their re-design of the front panel display, and no longer being able to charge your battery via the DC charger cable on the newer machine.

I volunteer in the Pulmonary Rehab Center of a large hospital, after graduating from their intensive pulmonary rehabilitation program in 2009. I also lecture on Traveling With Supplemental Oxygen, so try to keep up-to-date on POCs and related medical hardware. I've flown over 60,000 miles with my wife since being placed on supplemental oxygen in February, 2009, thanks to my trusty Eclipse 2, which I've nicknamed "R2O2".

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2012 1:14:44 PM PDT
I'm new to concentrators and oxygen well do the pulse settings work for you? Is a pulse of 6 really anything like 6 liters?

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2012 4:54:33 PM PDT
Ron Thorne says:
The pulse flow method of oxygen delivery can work fine for some people, but not everyone. Only you and your doctor can determine your oxygen needs, which will vary depending upon what you're doing ... sitting, walking, exercising, flying at high altitude, etc.

To answer your 2nd question, NO, a setting of 6 on pulse flow is not the same as a setting of 6 on continuous flow. It is NOT indicating a flow of 6 liters per minute, but rather an arbitrary number assigned as a reference point. Some POCs provide only pulse dose, while others provide both continuous and pulse dose flow. I use both delivery methods, depending upon my needs at the moment. I check my oxygen saturation with a finger pulse/oximeter and adjust my POC settings accordingly.

The following link is to a website which has lots of useful information concerning POCs and the difference between pulse and continuous flow oxygen delivery. Perhaps you should print out some of the most pertinent information from this site and discuss it with your doctor.

Note: I have absolutely no connection or association with American Medical Sales & Repair.

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2012 11:07:45 AM PDT
B. R. Blood says:
Actually i should be using 6 liters constant. That's what I have my home concentrator set at. The problem is the only portable device that will go that high needs to be refilled with liquid oxygen and only lasts about two hours. Can't go too far in two hours. I am now renting a second unit (my nickel, no insurance for a second unit) so that I can be gone a lettle longer. I had purchase an Air-sep Lifestyle
portable a year ago, that only goes as high as 3 and that is pulse. I am going to take it with me for backup (Guess something is better than nothing) this weekend as I want to go to my grandson's college
graduation, it's an hours drive each way, supposed to be seated an hour before the ceremony starts, and who knows how long that will take. Maybe I should just stay home. I will try turning the liter flow down to conserve, I won't be driving and I have a transport chair so I
should be able to get by on a lesser amount.

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2012 4:35:51 PM PDT
Ron Thorne says:
Airsep Lifestyle should have pulse flow settings from 1-5, to the best of my knowledge. Yes, that's better than no backup at all. I hope that you have a cellular phone with you and someone to help you, should you need it. I assume you'll also have an finger pulse/oximeter with you to monitor you oxygen saturation.

Best of luck, and I hope that you're able to enjoy your grandson's college graduation. That's a big moment for both of you.

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Posted on Jun 8, 2012 8:40:27 AM PDT
I am presently on O2 Concentrator @ 3L/min at home. I use O2 tanks to travel and find it to be confining, restrictive and would like to purchase a portable oxygen concentrator to travel with. I have CHF, and COPD and know I will probably be increasing my concentration in the future. Can you suggest a light weight portable concentrator with both continuous and pulse delivery.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2012 12:21:08 PM PDT
Ron Thorne says:
Please see my comments posted on May 2, 2012 above.

Currently, there are 7 models of portable oxygen concentrators which deliver both continuous and pulse flow. None of them provide more than 3LPM. Pulse doses vary with different manufacturers, too. So, do your homework and read carefully. Here's a link to a website which sells all of the available POCs that I'm aware of. I have absolutely no connection with this company and am providing this link for educational purposes only.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2012 2:54:50 PM PDT
ginge says:
I bought the Respironics Ever Go and just loved the way it looked. It is only pulse dose... My oxygen levels are chronically low and I use my home oxygen which is continuous, my sats stay in the upper 80's low 90's which is very good for me... I thought purchasing the Ever Go which goes up to 6 liters pulse would do the trick... Log story short, my levels stay in the mid 70's and that's at rest! I would suggest that you try the unit out on a trial basis before you purchase one.... I paid 2400.00 and it sits by the chair.... Good luck to you....

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2012 7:41:25 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 8, 2012 7:43:25 PM PDT
Ron Thorne says:
ginge, sorry that you purchased the Respironics Ever Go since you need continuous flow oxygen delivery. I've tried and tried to inform people as to the difference between pulse and continuous oxygen flow, but I don't always succeed ... obviously. If you look at every single post I've made here, you'll see what I mean. This machine ONLY provides PULSE flow. It can provide pulse flow on settings of 1 to 6, but those numbers are NOT liters ... just "numbers".

You don't need to, and most won't let you, try out a machine before buying. What you must do, however, is know your personal needs and buy a POC which will meet and/or exceed those needs. That requires reading, studying, comparing and asking questions.

If your oxygen needs are for *more* than 3LPM continuous flow, there is NO POC (as of today) that I'm aware of which can provide that amount. PERIOD!

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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012 10:52:43 AM PDT
I am also. Why can't they make portable for full flow. I am tired of pulling around the metal tanks that rattle and call attention to myself. I have teenagers that don't want that attention called to themselves. Debbie Labodin

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012 12:13:57 PM PDT
Ron Thorne says:
Deborah, there *are* portable oxygen concentrators which provide continuous flow, as I've stated numerous times. Please go back and read some earlier posts of mine, beginning with my 1st post dated May 2, 2012. I use one every day on continuous flow.

Please read carefully.
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