Best Portable Oxygen Concentrators

Portable Oxygen Concentrators

This post was updated from it’s original version on June 7, 2021.

What is the Best Portable Oxygen Concentrator in 2020?

When you need oxygen therapy on the go, it is important that you pick the most efficient and convenient machine to fit your needs. Thankfully, the old clunky, cumbersome, and heavy machines are now portable, small, and equally powerful devices.

How do Portable Oxygen Concentrators Work?

Portable oxygen concentrators work in a 5-step process. They start by taking air from the room and purifying it. Nitrogen is filtered out of the air and the remaining oxygen is compressed into a concentrate. The remaining nitrogen-free oxygen is delivered as supplemental air.

Pure Oxygen in 5 Steps 

1. Takes air from the room.

2. Compresses the oxygen.

3. Takes out nitrogen from the air.

4. Adjusts the way the air is delivered.

5. Delivers the purified air.

Tips for Buying a New Portable Oxygen Concentrator

  • Talk with your doctor to see if you need pulse or continuous flow performance, or if both options may be needed
  • Know the weight with the battery so you know how much you will be lugging around. The size of the unit is also important for packing when you travel.
  • Know what accessories are included. Carrying cases, adapters, mobile carts, and backup batteries are extra items you may need.

Our Recommendations for the Best Portable Oxygen Concentrator in 2020

Philips Respironics SimplyGo Portable Oxygen Concentrator

Known for its lightweight and compact battery, SimplyGo makes daily use simple with no external battery belts, connectors, or inaccessible internal batteries. Instead, the 10-lb device offers both continuous flow and pulse dose settings. The machine passed testing in various extreme conditions including impact, vibrations, and temperatures. The FAA approves this device for use in flight.

DeVilbiss iGo Portable Oxygen Concentrator with Wheeled Case

Weighing 20 lbs, this oxygen system delivers both continuous flow and pulse dose options. Use either a rechargeable battery or AC/DC power source. Plus, the device will automatically switch to battery if power is interrupted. Finally, a built-in oxygen sensing device guarantees that oxygen is delivered accurately. The FAA approves this device for use in-flight.

Overall Best POC: Philips Respironics SimplyGo Portable Oxygen Concentrator

Philips Respironics SimplyGo

Pros

  • Both continuous and pulse dose
  • Durable design
  • Great accessories for travel

Cons

  • Heavier unit than most POCs
  • Battery duration is low
  • Noisier unit

Editor Review

The continuous and pulse dose versatility set this portable oxygen concentrator apart. With a slightly heavier build, the unit is a compromise over lighter weight units. For those who most rely on continuous and pulse dose while on the go, this unit is a winner. 

9 out of 10 stars

Most Compact: Philips Respironics SimplyGo Mini Portable Oxygen Concentrator

Philips Respironics SimplyGo Mini Portable Oxygen Concentrator

Pros

  • Compact design
  • Intuitive tool bar
  • Helpful alarms for monitoring breathing

Cons

  • More expensive than many portable oxygen concentrators

Editor Review

The compact design make this unit ideal for air travel. FAA approved and very easy to pack, the SimplyGo Mini brings a lot of the great features of the SimplyGo to a smaller unit, but at a slightly higher price. 

8 out of 10 stars

Best Multi-System Delivery: DeVilbiss iGo Portable Oxygen Concentrator

DeVilbiss iGo Portable Oxygen Concentrator

Pros

  • Less than 20 pounds with battery
  • 5.4-hour battery life
  • Continuous and pulse flow versatility

Cons

  • Higher noise level

Editor Review

The flexible flow options combined with a long battery life and portability make this one of the preferred oxygen concentrators for extended travel. The DeVilbiss iGo offers the home oxygen concentrator flow capabilities in a portable model making it ideal for business trips, long vacations, and road trips.

8 out of 10 stars

Caire FreeStyle Comfort Oxygen Concentrator

Caire FreeStyle

Pros

  • Longest lasting battery
  • Lightweight
  • Intelligent delivery system

Cons

  • No continuous flow
  • No alarms

Editor Review

This scaled down portable oxygen concentrator delivers the longest battery life. The FreeStyle Comfort offers up to 16 hours of battery on the lowest pulse dose setting with an extended battery. If you are focused on pulse flow only and lasting performance, the Caire FreeStyle Comfort is the best machine without the frills. 

6 out of 10 stars

Highest Pulse Dose Level: Caire SeQual Eclipse 5 Portable Oxygen Concentrator

caire SeQual Eclipse 5 Portable Oxygen Concentrator

Pros

  • 90% oxygen purity
  • Highest pulse dose oxygen output setting (9 pulse dose settings)
  • Offers both continuous and pulse dose settings

Cons

  • Noisier 
  • Heavier, less compact unit

Editor Review

When high pulse dose matters most, this portable oxygen concentrator deliver high purity at the highest setting available. While heavier and noisier than competitive models, pulse dose performance is worth it for some users who depend on peak settings. 

7 out of 10 stars

Toughest POC: Invacare Platinum Mobile Portable Oxygen Concentrator

Invacare Platinum

Pros

  • Easy change batteries
  • Most durable design
  • Weighs less than 5 pounds

Cons

  • Longer battery charging time

Editor Review

The Invacare Platinum is especially useful for the active user. Durable engineering helps this oxygen concentrator take the knocks of hiking, biking, and camping. For a user who demands a lot of endurance from their oxygen concentrator, this is the best choice. 

8 out of 10 stars

Lightest POC: Inogen One G4 Portable Oxygen Concentrator

Inogen One G4 Portable Concentrator

Pros

  • Only 2.8 pounds
  • Extended battery configuration available
  • Easy to maintain

Cons

  • Not as durable as competitive models

Editor Review

The Inogen One G4 has one of the easiest user interfaces available today. There are no confusing electronic controls, just simple buttons in which you set your prescribed pulse dose setting up to 3. It even comes standard with an easy to read battery level indicator and an easy option to connect an external battery for twice the duration.

7 out of 10 stars

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