Portable oxygen concentrator?

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  1. Teasy2007

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    Hi, Mike has to have one of these and after explaining that we are away for some time and need a portable, rather than a standard device, the hospital have prescribed a Sequal Eclipse. Having done a lot of research we were hoping it was going to be the much smaller Inagen. Does anyone have experience of either of these systems and can advise on which would be best.

    He has to be on 2 litres of oxygen for 15 hours a day.

    Ginny
     
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    They delivered the oxygen concentrator this afternoon, but apparently we cannot take it abroad as it is not supported outside UK.

    How do other funsters cope with this situation ?

    Ginny
     
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    A bit of Googling suggests there are companies which rent these things so it should be possible to get one which can be taken away - though I guess you would want to stay near civilisation. Not too far away from support.
     
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    I have found one so I will keep it bookmarked, we don't want to get to the oxygen bottle stage.
     
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    Trouble is we are leaving for Spain a week on Friday, the hospital knew this and prescribed the portable model, rather than the standard home model.

    Ginny
     
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    My sister has to have one, but as she's in Oz, not much use asking her ....
     
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    Phone the hospital and speak with the technician - see if she or he can come up with a solution. This can't be a new problem - they may even have a machine they could loan you.
     
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    That's a good idea, I will give it a try tomorrow.
     
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    The technical spec for the Inogen portable concentrator says it is battery operated (rechargeable) with a life of 2-4 hours dependant on the flow level and usage. It has to be charged from a 15 amp supply, so if you're out and about, may not last out.

    As you are in Yorkshire the likely contractor supplying the hospital/you is Baywater Healthcare. They have a helpline 0800 373580 and are they really are helpful. They say they can probably give you local contacts abroad for oxygen supplies.

    The hospital should have advised you that it is necessary to inform your home, car, motorhome insurers that you carry oxygen equipment. There is generally no extra premium to pay.

    Good luck.
     
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    and the local fire station for storing or using oxygen at home
     
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    Hi Ginny, am in same situation of needing 2litres over 16 hours how have you found it? Am new to m/homing and would be grateful for any help.
    Neil
     
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    Hi Mike has the standard machine for use all night and the Inogen with a spare battery for use in the motorhome or when he is out and about? It charges from 240 and 12 volt.

    We have 2 solar panels, and 2 leisure batteries so if the weather is good we don't have a problem, although it is easier with EHU. We have had 240 and 12 volt sockets fitted in the garage so it is out of the way when he uses it during the night.

    Hope this helps

    Ginny
     
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    This is all new to us and I always have problems grasping what it all looks like. But once au fait with it no problems, still trying to get head round all the extras needed in m/home
     
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    If your struggling on 12volt it might be generator time?
     
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    Haven't got round to trying anything as yet, trying to be proactive
     
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    Mike has been resisting a generator for the last 3 years, whilst we can cope with the solar and inverter we will carry on as we are.

    There might come a time when we need a generator we will see what happens.

    Ginny
     
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    I'd try asking round your local GPs surgeries. When my father in law died, we donated the machine to the surgery & apparently this kind of thing is quite common. The one he had was a low energy usage portable so presumably that type would be ideal for a Motorhome.
     
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    Mike's oxygen machines are prescribed on the NHS and include running costs. He has to have checkups at the hospital every 3 months to check how much flow he needs.

    Ginny[/QUOTE]
     
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    Bumping this up.

    How did folk get on in a van with concentrator?

    I've an InogenOne G3 4 and a bit hr battery life at 4 Litres/min. Currently fitting 240 amp hour (2*120) leisure battery, 200W of solar panel to make up the other power use and a 20 amp charger for the batteries.

    Not linking the leisure and vehicle batteries so that the latter is there as backup, won't wear the alternator out and can be used to get to a plug socket if needed

    We'll have portable cylinder and conserver as back up.

    cheers for any experience, planning to try the set up out at home for a few nights first
     
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    Hi, Mike copes well with the Inogen in the Motorhome, we have a spare battery and if we charge both batteries during daylight we can run for a few hours in the evening.

    We tend to use the concentrator more during the day and evening rather than using it all night which he does at home. We don't take the back up oxygen bottle, apart from the weight I wouldn't feel safe with it in the garage.

    It's just a case of working out what works best for you in the end.

    Ginny
     
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