Portable oxygen concentrators, also known as portable concentrators, are smaller in size than regular oxygen concentrators, and so are much easier to carry around. They fit easily in cars and some are even FAA-approved for use on airplanes. Portable concentrators help you maintain an independent, mobile lifestyle while simultaneously receiving the oxygen therapy you need.
How Does a Portable Concentrator Work?
They work just like regular oxygen concentrators, which essentially uses compression to both collect higher concentrations of oxygen and filter out nitrogen from the air around you. This higher concentration of oxygen is then delivered through a mask or nasal cannula.
What Are The Benefits of Using a Portable Concentrator?
For one, they are much smaller than regular concentrators and so help you maintain a more active lifestyle. Some patients are able to maintain regular exercise routines with their portable concentrator, and are able to exercise for longer than without the use of supplemental oxygen.
Additionally, concentrators (whether portable or not) are often more convenient than home oxygen tanks or compressed oxygen. Oxygen tanks and compressed oxygen must be refilled or replaced regularly, once the oxygen is used up. Because concentrators collect and use oxygen from the air around you, they do not have to be refilled or replaced, though the filter will need to be replaced regularly.