Portable Oxygen Tanks
A Comparison of Various Types of Portable Oxygen Therapy
In this section, we provide an overview of the four options for providing oxygen therapy at home and how each of these options work. These include:
- Portable Oxygen Tanks – Compressed Oxygen Gas Cylinders
- Liquid Oxygen Tanks
- Home Oxygen Concentrators
- Portable Oxygen Concentrators
Compressed Gas (Portable Oxygen Tank)
This is a method that has been around for a while and is only for portable use. Large, medium or small portable oxygen tanks are regularly delivered to your home. All portable oxygen tanks for sale have a regulator to control the rate of flow. You connect to these portable oxygen tanks via your cannula (a breathing device that hooks over your ears and extends into your nose) and oxygen is delivered to your lungs each time you take a breath. There are also small portable oxygen tanks for mobile use.
The newer models of portable oxygen tanks are made out of aluminum and are lighter than older models. Users can put the portable oxygen tanks into a backpack for added convenience. One drawback to portable oxygen tanks is that you have to always have enough tanks on hand so you don’t run out, which means lots of visits from your oxygen provider and lots of tanks to store. Furthermore, you can’t take tanks on board airlines and should be very careful when driving with compressed gas in the car
This method stores very cold liquid oxygen in a thermos-type of container (almost -297 F). You transfer this to a smaller delivery device to use around the house and outside of the house. When the liquid is released, it changes back to a gas so that you can breathe it. You must be very careful using this equipment to avoid injury from the dangerously cold liquid oxygen. In addition, when the portable unit runs out of oxygen, you have to go home to refill. You only have one portable container.
Home Oxygen Concentrators
These electric devices work by separating the oxygen out of the air around you and storing it for you to breathe. Unlike a liquid oxygen or portable oxygen tank, with home oxygen concentrators you don’t have to worry about canisters or refills. Home oxygen concentrators are stationary oxygen only. Therefore, they are usually paired with a portable option such as portable oxygen tanks to provide the user stationary and portable oxygen.
Portable Oxygen Concentrators
Portable Oxygen Concentrators are small and allow the user much greater independence than other methods of oxygen therapy. Many portable oxygen concentrators are only suitable for travel only and have not been clinically evaluated for stationary or nocturnal use. However, the Inogen One is a true single solution. The Inogen One is one solution for stationary, portable, and travel use. It’s suitable for daytime and nighttime, for home and away. It’s even approved for use on all US airlines. The Inogen One is Oxygen. Anytime. Anywhere.
With the Inogen One you can say goodbye to all those tanks since the Inogen One makes its own oxygen, you have everything you need and never have to worry about running out of oxygen again.