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Portable oxygen concentrator
These oxygen providers operate by converting the air around them into breathable therapeutic oxygen, but are lightweight and can be worn either in a backpack or a shoulder strap to keep you active. They are powered by chargeable batteries, so you must keep an eye on your battery level or you may run out of oxygen. One major benefit to portable oxygen concentrator is that they are approximately 66% lighter than stationary oxygen concentrators. The trade-off is along with lighter weight and compact size comes a lower oxygen output. Some smaller oxygen concentrators produce less than 3 L per minute. If you require more oxygen per minute this may not be an option for you.
Stationary oxygen concentrator
Powered by AC power, these are used in the home and can even be moved from room to room. These are not limited by battery life since they are plugged into your home’s commercial power. Even though stationary oxygen concentrators are not as portable as some of the lighter, smaller portable options many do have wheels so they can be easily moved from room to room. Also, stationary oxygen concentrators have a higher oxygen output (5-10 L per minute).
POCs are permitted on flights only if they are approved by the FAA.
A portable oxygen concentrator typically lasts for 4-8 hours.
You’ll need a formal prescription from your doctor before you can buy a CPAP machine. Although CPAP therapy is relatively safe and one of the most effective ways to treat the symptoms of sleep apnea, you’ll need to make a trip to the doctor’s office first.