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Old 11-05-2014, 10:05 PM   #1
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Going full time in 2017 in a 28' class C and looking for anyone who travels with copd.I'm on oxygen 24 hours a day and looking for some insight or tricks some one who care to share.

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Welcome to IRV2:
There are many oxygen concentrators available. Portable units work well but with 24/7 use- those that provide only "pulse" operation may not be suitable. Most with COPD require steady flow when sleeping as their breathing may not trigger the pulse system.
DW uses a Sequal Eclipse portable, operates on 115 volts, 12 volt DC or internal batteries. (Her Sequal is 10+ years old and I'm sure technology has come a long way in that time.)

A consideration if using a inverter to supply 115 volt power, some devices do not work on a modified sine wave, and require a true sine wave inverter.
Some of the medical device companies have info online showing most of the various concentrators and specifications. We have purchased equipment from "Oximedical" and they are very knowledgeable. Here's a link to them but also look around at the various equipment available. Size, power requirements and long term maintenance are important.
SeQual Eclipse 5 Portable Oxygen Concentrator | OxiMedical.net

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Old 11-06-2014, 01:05 PM   #7
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FWIW - I would consider the internal house batteries insufficient to dependably run an oxygen concentrator so I would get one that had it's own internal battery and a low battery alarm. I would run that off the house power whenever reasonable to minimize battery use. Just doing things like sitting outside or going into various places would exercise the batteries. Give a choice I would go with Lithium based batteries as they have many more charge discharge cycles in their chemistry.

I would also get a backup oxygen source for when the concentrator fails. What I got would depend on how long I expected to need to replace the working unit.

Note, I am not saying the house batteries do not have a lot of capacity. What I am saying is that they already have other loads to service. I would not want to wake up oxygen deprived because the furnace ran the batteries down on a cold night. I would also opt for a second house battery if it was available. YMMV
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Old 11-06-2014, 02:43 PM   #8
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Thanks for the good info,I'll get with my provider to see what we come up with

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