Portable Oxygen: A User's Perspective


Your unbiased neutral resource for detailed and in-depth analysis and information on oxygen therapy, home oxygen concentrators, portable oxygen concentrators and all types of portable oxygen equipment - to help you understand your oxygen needs and available portable oxygen systems, so that you can get their full benefit.

A portable oxygen system provides you with the freedom to leave your home and move about untethered, leading to a full and active lifestyle.


Motoring with Oxygen 
This presentation, titled "Motoring with Oxygen, is viewable online. It was created and moderated by Pete Wilson in 2005, and describes how you can have a good time traveling without worrying about your oxygen. His advice and guidance remains timeless - a testimonial to his knowledge and vision.

Portable Oxygen Concentrators
(aka Personal Oxygen Concentrator)

Factors to consider in selecting a
portable oxygen concentrator

Should You Rent or Buy
a Portable Oxygen Concentrator?

The charts below compare
the FAA approved portable oxygen concentrators
and their features. (5/13)

Single Page
Portable Oxygen Concentrator chart
This version is best for online viewing

2 Page PDF version of the
Personal Oxygen Concentrator chart
for printing on letter size paper.

NOTE: If you do not plan on flying, you may not need a portable oxygen concentrator.
Please check out the information on liquid and compressed
portable oxygen systems. They may be better suited to most needs.

FAA Approved Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POCs)

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has established the requirement that passengers needing medical oxygen now have the option of using any of the twenty one approved portable oxygen concentrators while traveling on aircraft.

  • AirSep Focus
  • AirSep FreeStyle 5
  • AirSep FreeStyle
  • AirSep Lifestyle (must have a sticker stating RTCA/DO compliance)
  • Delphi RS-00400 - (now manufactured by Oxus, Inc)
  • DeVilbiss Healthcare iGo
  • Inogen One
  • Inogen One G2
  • InogenOne G3
  • Inova Labs LifeChoice
  • Inova Labs LifeChoice Activox
  • International Biophysics Corp.- LifeChoice - (now manufactured by Inova Labs,Inc.)
  • Invacare SOLO2
  • Invacare XPO2
  • Inova Labs Inc LifeChoice - (formerly manufactured by International Biophysics Corp.)
  • Oxlife’s Independence Oxygen Concentrator
  • Oxus, Inc. RS-00400 - (formerly manufactured by Delphi)
  • Respironics Inc. EverGo
  • Respironics SimplyGo
  • Precision Medical EasyPulse
  • SeQual Eclipse Models 1, 2 &3
  • SeQual eQuinox / Oxywell (model 4000) - Caire
  • SeQual SAROS
    • NOTE:  Certain SeQual models may not fit under the seats of some airlines. 
                   Check with the airline well in advance.
  • VBox Trooper


July 6, 2010 - Medicare Update

Beginning Jan 2011, competitive bidding will replace the current "standard fee" system in selected areas. This was briefly implemented in 2008, then stopped by congress with the passing of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act. This marks the beginning of implementing Medicare's competitive bidding program, which will be used to determine the price Medicare pays for certain durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies

The cuts will go into effect at the beginning of 2011 in the following cities: Charlotte, N.C.; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Dallas; Kansas City, Mo.; Miami; Orlando; Pittsburgh; and Riverside, Calif.

It is anticipated that it will result in a 31-32% reduction in the rates for the DME suppliers.

The American Association for Homecare, which opposes competitive bidding, said the new bidding program relies on "suicide bids" that will drive DME suppliers out of business.

Medicare also claims that the new competitive bidding program, which will eventually expand to 91 regions in mid-2012, will help lower costs of the system by32 percent. Since patients pay on a percentage basis (up to 20 percent of the costs) , if Medicare sets lower prices than the consumer also pays less.

Guidelines for Flying with Oxygen:
Starting May 13, 2009 - there are some new rules - 3 most important ones:

1) You will need a doctors authorization form.  Some airline require their form be used - Most require the authorization on the doctor's letterhead.

  • your doctor's name and contact information
  • the lung condition that makes oxygen necessary
  • approval for air travel
  • verification of the need for oxygen in flight
  • the required oxygen flow rate in liters per minute for takeoff, in flight, and landing

2) You should carry your O2 prescriptions (some airlines require it to be written within 10 days of your 1st leg of your trip - not all airlines require the script).  Note: You do not need new prescriptions for the balance of a trip.

3) You will be required to carry enough POC batteries to last 150% of predicted length of your flight.

Be sure to check with your airline well in advance

Make extra copies of your paperwork
Keep one copy packed in your luggage
Keep copies (plus your meds) in your carryon luggage

Featured Article:

New Oxygen Guidelines from Medicare

As a result the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008, there were several changes effecting services on or after January 1, 2009. The changes are being made to comply with the Act's requirements, but also take into account the patients needs for life-sustaining oxygen.

New Oxygen Guidelines

This website was created by Dr. Peter Wilson, a COPD patient receiving Long Term Oxygen Therapy (LTOT). Though retired, he had a Ph.D. and a background in instructional development. He created this website to help patients and health care professionals deal with the many complex issues of oxygen therapy. His detailed and in-depth analysis and information on oxygen therapy qualified Dr. Wilson to be considered an authority in this field. The value of this website as a resource both for patients and for health care providers will continue, not simply in a historical nature keeping the original format and information, but as an active source of current information, focusing primarily on the practical aspects of oxygen therapy.

Best Web Site!

The American Thoracic Society (ATS) selected this web site as "Best Web Site" in its Pulmonary Rehabilitation category with a four-star rating.

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  According to ATS, a 4-star site, "is an excellent site with much useful information. It should be worthy of being 'book-marked.' Most of the subcategory ratings are good to excellent. It may be the best in its field. All of the material is reliable, authoritative, current and useful."

Using this Web Site

Select the topic you want by using

  • the buttons (above).
  • the index (below), or
  • use the Google search engine.


Oxygen Therapy
NEW What is Oxygen Therapy?

Oximeters: Part 1 of 2

Oximeters: Part 2 of 2 
Transtrachael Oxygen (TTO2) "Scoop"

  Oxygen Without "Nose Hoses"
LifeStyle Issues
NEW New Medicare Guidelines for Oxygen
  Information on Flying When You Have Lung Disease

Why Product Prices Not Shown Here?

Understanding Your Breathing

The Good, Bad, and Ugly About Oxygen Therapy

Replacing Cannulas, Tubing & Other Disposables

Mobility for the Oxygen User
Options for the Active High-Flow User

Flying with Oxygen

Motoring with Oxygen (for Download)
Motoring with Oxygen (View this presentation online)

Portable Oxygen: Weights and Durations
Featuring portables weigh less than 5 pounds and last longer than 5 hours.
Safety Issues

Rosemarie's Story by Rosemarie Leatham (Whitedove)

Safe Handling of Portables

Packing for Safety

Smoking & Oxygen: A Terrible Mixture  

Smoker Denied Access to Oxygen

Smoker's Home Destroyed and Neighbor Injured 

Smoker Dies in House Fire 

Smoking Shortens Oxygen Patient's Life 

Oxygen Is Not Flammable

Oxygen Stops, Patient Dies

Preparing for Power Outage

Oxygen Shortens Patient's Life

User Obligation & Liability
Oxygen Suppliers

About Oxygen Providers

Selecting a Provider

Is Your Provider Accredited?

What Other Users Say About Oxygen While Traveling
Oxygen Concentrators


Concentrators: Portable & Transportable
  Contains review of portable oxygen concentrators

Home Use: Compressed, Liquid, or Concentrator?
Making O2 at Home: The Homefill Concentrator
Making O2 at Home: The Total O2 Concentrator
Oxygen Portables

Portable Use: Compressed, Liquid, or Concentrator?

Liquid Portables

Compressed Portables--Pick Your Conserver

Compressed Oxygen--Pick Your Size Cylinder

Tomorrow's Cylinders, Today

What Do the Numbered Settings Really Mean?
Motoring with Oxygen
What Users REALLY Want 

About Pete Wilson
Results: Oxygen Therapy Survey

Survey of Educational Resources Available to Oxygen Users  
The Voices of Others

Bill Horden

Mark Mangus

Bob McCoy & Peter Bliss

Tom Petty, M.D.

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Last Modified: December 26, 2013

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