Continuous and Pulse Flow Portable Oxygen Concentrators
- Internal Battery: No
- External Battery: Yes
- Carrying Option: Wheeled Travel Cart
- Maximum Operating Altitude: 10,000 ft.
Unlike oxygen tanks that don’t provide you with the freedom to travel, all the POCs listed on the previous page are approved by the FAA for in-flight use. Each airfare provider may have their own set of rules and regulations. So before you head for the airport, call your airfare provider in advanced and let them know you are a medical oxygen patient traveling with a POC.
Another thing to keep in mind while enjoying your newly restored traveling ability is that the FAA requires all supplemental oxygen patients to have 150% of flight time in battery life. For example, if your flight is 3 hours you would be required to have a minimum of 4.5 hours of battery life.
Something else to consider while assessing the different POC options available is the unit’s transportation options. Specifically, what options will you be provided with to carry your POC?
If you are prescribed strictly a pulse flow setting then you will be able to enjoy the lightest POCs. The majority will include a carrying case allows you to wear the unit as a shoulder bag, or simply carry it like a briefcase. Some pulse flow units also feature an optional wheeled travel cart and backpack attachment to provide hands-free operation.
If you are prescribed a pulse and continuous flow depending on what you are doing, the increased oxygen production capabilities result in a heavier weight than pulse only units. But that doesn’t mean you will be required to carry a 14+ pound concentrator day in and day out — instead, these units feature a wheeled travel cart that delivers seamless and strain free operation.
Now that you are aware of all the available POC options, start to weigh the pros and cons of each machine. The most important thing to ensure is that the POC that you do choose will meet your oxygen demand today and in the future as your disease progresses.