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Carole
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Posted - Aug 24 2017 :  10:31:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am trying to figure out what poc to rent. Its not easy to compare the models.

At home I use Helios which works well for me on pulse 2 while out. It is light weight and lasts a long time. Resting pulse ox is 95-97. Around the house and short walks I don't use anything. Just for longer walks.. I am stage IV.

I have tried two different portables in the past and they did not work for me. I had to keep stopping. (Inogen G3 and Life Choice) We are flying to the Virgin Islands and I know I will be walking a lot. I don't have a clue what I need to rent. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Dave-OH
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Posted - Aug 24 2017 :  11:43:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Do you need continuous or pulse for flying? Do you want light to carry or wheeled?

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jmrommes
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Posted - Aug 25 2017 :  09:09:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If neither the Inogen 3 nor the Life Choice worked for you, I would recommend one of the models that produces up to 3 lpm continuous. They will also do pulse dose. You could try the Inogen One G2, if you can find one. It's the workhorse of the Inogens and produces the most O2 on the highest setting. It only does pulse, and it's pretty heavy; it can be carried but with the 24 volt batteries, which will give you the most time, it weighs 8 - 9 pounds and that's a load. There is a cart you can use with it.

To compare the various models, go to www.pulmonarypaper.org and read Ryan Diesem's comparison of most of the FAA approved POCs.

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Carole
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Posted - Aug 25 2017 :  2:17:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for all the speedy replies.

I am looking for a lightweight portable, pulse ok, that doesn't have to be in a cart. I have made other arrangements for continuous only for night time use. 9 pounds would never work for me. I have considered going without but I want to keep up with the rest of the family. Five hours would be more than enough.

I looked online trying to determine which small unit produces the most O2. Its not easy to figure it out. Do I want it all in one blast or amount in one min that decreases as you increase your breathing rate!!! They say to try it out before renting but that is not an option thru an online rental service.
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tsainta
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USA
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Posted - Aug 25 2017 :  6:43:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The most you're going to get from the small units is from the (7 pound) Inogen One G2: 1.26 LPM.

Tony-CA

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homegirl1966
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Posted - Aug 25 2017 :  7:24:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Carole I have a SimplyGo mini Portable oxygen concentrator it goes up to 5 pluse and it not very heavy at all 5 lbs hope this helps you

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tsainta
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USA
1665 Posts

Posted - Aug 25 2017 :  7:58:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The SimplyGo Mini may allow you to select the number 5 for a pulse setting, but the maximum oxygen it is capable of producing is 1 LPM.

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jmrommes
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Posted - Aug 26 2017 :  10:20:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Carole, you've already tried the lightweight pulse machines and they didn't meet your O2 needs. The Inogen G2 is the most powerful of the small machines and produces the most O2. If it won't work for you, none of them will. You may need on of the larger, heavier machines on a cart to meet your O2 needs.

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tsainta
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USA
1665 Posts

Posted - Aug 26 2017 :  1:29:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Your Helios on a setting of 2 is giving you about 2 LPM, depending on your breathing rate. None of the small POCs can match it.

Tony-CA

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Sokcap48
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USA
804 Posts

Posted - Aug 27 2017 :  7:00:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I used to use a regular Simply Go- granted it is not the lightest (10pds) it will put out 2 PLM continuous. I put mine in a backpack if you can't manage that it does come with a cart. For POCs that put out more you are looking at 16-20 pounds. Heavy but they put out more 02.

Paul-Ut
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Carole
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USA
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Posted - Aug 28 2017 :  1:52:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks everybody! Looks like there is going to be a cart in my future! I appreciate the responses.
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Sokcap48
Senior Member

USA
804 Posts

Posted - Aug 28 2017 :  2:26:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
And Carole don't just buy for the present. if you are going to buy one yourself, as expensive as POCs are buy one that will put out more than you need right now.chances are you will need more in the future if not that is even better.

Paul-Ut
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tsainta
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USA
1665 Posts

Posted - Aug 28 2017 :  2:31:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good advice, Paul.

Tony-CA

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