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Post Posted: Jan 19, 2020 2:26 pm 
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I had no idea there were so many options! Steve already has a prescription for one from his doctor. I would like some real life input, though.

We were lucky enough to find a second-hand Inogen 4 with pulse oxygen up to 5. It’s not enough, anymore, he needs to go to 6. Ideally, it needs to be a continuous flow, equivalent to 6 on a home concentrator, good for 9,000’+ altitude, and small and light enough to carry all day in a backpack, probably less than 10 pounds.

Does this even exist?

I’ve been studying comparison charts and reviews, but :eye crazy:

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Just a caveat...the Inogen 4 "does not work well when temp below 40 degrees"...per the customer service agent AFTER our purchase. Called them when it quit. A factoid the sales rep failed to mention in several conversations prior to purchase.

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Nothing I’ve seen said anything about temperature. Good to know. I was surprised to see that some could work at 9,000’, and a couple were good to 13,000’. That seems strange since it’s so rare that the average user would ever be at that altitude. Most people I know fly in pressurized cabins, not open air, so why would that even be a consideration?

In all the reviews I saw, Inogen was mentioned only once. Their ads worked on me, though. I thought they were the only company that had portable concentrators because they had created the technology.

We were lucky enough to find the one we have second-hand for about 1/3 price, the only way we could ever even consider one. In one ad, it said that Medicare does cover them. Steve was told that they are considered a luxury item by Medicare and not covered.

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My mother-in-law lived with us in Bailey. She used the Humana plan as a Medicare Advantage. She had a SimplyGo Mini from Preferred Home Health Care in addition to her home unit. It was covered under her plan, partly because she needed to go back and forth between Bailey and Denver for her chemo, etc.

The SimplyGo is rated up to 5 liters per minute. It runs on battery, and recharges at home or from the car. Running at 4 or 5 will drain more battery than what the car outlet provides, but it’s still good for trips to town and back as long as the battery is fully charged before you leave home, and the car outlet will extend the battery life on the higher settings.

As far as altitude, there are many highway mountain passes that would be 9000 or higher, in addition to sites like Trail Ridge Road or driving up Mt. Evans that would require the 13,000 Foot calibration.

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Walking up to the end of our road takes us well above 9,000 feet....

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If someone purchases the POC:
- are there warrantes
- for how long are the warranties
- has anyone had issues when a POC needed repaired under warranty

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If we had to pay out of pocket, we'd have to get a used one which would have no warranty.

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My husband uses the OxyGoNext Portable Concentrator as well as a home unit. The flow controls are 1-6, for use in temperature range of 41 to 104 degrees F, altitude 0 to 10,000 ft. It looks exactly like the Inogen One G5 that you had previously been asking about. It came with a single battery and carry case but we purchased a double battery so my husband can work his regular day without constant recharging, though he is now on light duty. We also got him the backpack for convenience as needed. It charges in the car and at his desk. Like your husband, mine is also a HVAC Engineer, working with the Colorado Rockies. We got it through our insurance, Cigna, and the provider we use is AeroCare. Our doctor is a pulmonologist with National Jewish at Swedish Hospital and she said it is much easier to get the portable unit when getting the home concentrator unit and that was the case for us. We meet our deductible then we pay a monthly fee to AeroCare for the units. We are medicare age but with my husband still working we are covered by employer insurance. This is durable medical equipment with Medicare, not a luxury, so I would ask Medicare directly about coverage and not rely on 'he said, she said'. I hope this helps you.


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Oxygo and Inogen are actually the same company, selling the exact same product under two names. Took quite a bit of research to prove this, as the people at either company will do anything they can to distract you from this. That said, if you look up the corporate organization of both firms, they have the same CEO.


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I'm looking for one to just enhance the room level of oxygen without having to wear tubes and such. The headaches are getting old.

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I hadn’t thought of Medicare B. I’ll tell Steve to call that division and see how to proceed. I have a couple things through B, but completely forgot it for this.

Copadrino, I just read that a humidifier increases the oxygen in a room.

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I just read what B will cover in oxygen supplies, and they don’t mention portable specifically. We’ll make a call.

I talk to him all the time about retiring, but he insists on working. He’s the type who would go crazy if he tried to just sit and relax.

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