CAIRE SeQual Eclipse 5 Portable Concentrator Review
SeQual remains one of the top dogs in the manufacture of portable oxygen concentrators that satisfies both the lifestyle and oxygen therapy needs of deserving users. The Eclipse 5 is the newest addition to the popular Eclipse line of portable oxygen concentrators. The SeQual Eclipse was an early addition to the portable oxygen concentrator market, and it was the first concentrator to provide oxygen-dependent users with continuous flow in a portable machine. Eclipse was the chosen name when it was initially introduced, “because it outperforms all other battery-operated oxygen concentrators on the market today with its continuous flow feature,” according to Jim Bixby, Chairman and CEO of SeQual at the time.
Key Features of SeQual Eclipse 5 Portable Oxygen Concentrator
SeQual had special tricks up their sleeves during the manufacture of the Eclipse 5. Some new features (not found in other portable oxygen concentrators) were added to the previous design. They include:
- autoSAT technology: This proves particularly valuable in detecting changes and fluctuations in breathing. It automatically adjusts the volume of oxygen you receive, so no manual adjustments are required. In the pulse dose setting, if the Eclipse 5 does not detect a breath. The autoSAT technology will switch the device to continuous flow mode until a breath is detected. In addition, the Eclipse 5 oxygen concentrator gives an average oxygen purity of 90%.
- Adjustable rise time: This allows you to adjust the rate at which pulse oxygen is provided in order to better match your breathing cycle – Fast, Medium, and Slow.
- Adjustable Pulse Dose sensitivity settings.
Size and Weight
The Eclipse portable oxygen concentrator is sturdy but not overly large. It measures about 19.3 inches tall, 12.3 inches wide, and 7.1 inches deep with the battery in place.
Although the Eclipse 5 isn’t the lightest portable oxygen concentrator on the market (it weighs 15 pounds without the battery and cart, which add another 3.4 pounds), its size allows for the unit’s advanced technology and innovative features. Another advantage is that the moveable cart and telescoping handle make moving around much easier. The cart’s wheels are designed to tackle uneven terrain and turns. Its handle is strong, and it can simply slide into it when not in use making it more compact.
Continuous Flow Settings (measured in LPM): 0.5 to 3.0 LPM (0.5 liter increments). Pulse Dose Settings (measured in mL): 16-96mL, 128mL, 160mL, 192mL.
With this unit, a single battery would get you 2 hours on continuous flow at 2 LPM or about 5.1 hours at a setting of 2 on pulse dose mode.
With a noise level of 48 dBA at 3.0 LPM in continuous flow settings and 40 dBA at 3.0 pulse mode, the SeQual Eclipse 5 is a relatively quiet machine.
SeQual Eclipse 5 Design
The SeQual Eclipse 5 has a redesigned control panel that shows prescriptions in either LPM or mL for better accuracy. Use an AC power cord at home, a DC power chord on the road, and a battery pack when you don’t have access to a power source. If the external power source is lost, the internal battery will immediately take over.
Is this FAA Approved?
The SeQual Eclipse 5 is approved by the FAA, making it safe to be taken on flights. Its portability enables continuous traveling and adventures, even with a portable oxygen concentrator beside you.
What Accessories are Included in SeQual Eclipse 5 Portable Oxygen Concentrator?
The SeQual Eclipse 5 oxygen concentrator comes with the following:
- A Power cartridge (battery)
- AC and DC adapters
- An accessory bag
- A mobile carry cart with a telescoping handle
- 5 nasal cannulas
- User’s manual
Optional accessories may include:
- A desktop charger
- Protective weather cover
- A wheelchair holder
- A humidifier adapter kit
- A deluxe travel case
So, from the look of things, CAIRE really put a lot of thought and planning into not just the design of the new and improved unit, but also profound considerations for almost any situation.
The CAIRE SeQual Eclipse 5 includes the aforementioned new and improved internal components that have obviously given it much better durability in comparison to its competitors. Importantly, it has full utilization of DC power in a car, according to Caire, the new manufacturer of the SeQual Eclipse. Its predecessor, the Eclipse 3 only allowed for a continuous flow of 2 LPM and could not charge the battery. The Eclipse 5 on the other hand works with all flow settings in a car, which in turn will charge the Eclipse’s battery, as long as the car has leftover power to send to it.
The control panel of the SeQual Eclipse 5 features four buttons for its operations:
- An on/off button is lit up in green when the unit is connected.
- Two buttons to either increase or decrease the flow setting.
- A delivery mode button to select either the continuous flow or pulse dose mode.
For other specifics in terms of color, an alert indicator flashes yellow for a medium priority alert, while a steady yellow light would indicate a low priority issue. If an issue should be addressed immediately (like low power or a system malfunction), the unit prompts you with an alarm indicator that lights up in red.
This panel also shows the current flow setting, battery level, and whether or not it is connected to an external power source.
With your provider’s directions, replace your cannula and tubing on a regular basis. Clean the air inlet filter with ward soap and water at least once a week. Before replacing the filter, let it air dry fully.
Ease of Use
The Caire SeQual Eclipse 5 is simple to use thanks to features like autoSAT technology which I earlier spoke about. To put it another way, no modifications are required to maintain a constant and controlled oxygen level.
How Much Does the SeQual Eclipse 5 Portable O2 Concentrator Cost?
The CAIRE SeQual Eclipse 5 is currently available for $2,500. This however changes by the day.
The SeQual Eclipse 5 from CAIRE inc. is the most recent model in the Eclipse line, with improved dependability and the ability to charge the battery using DC power. You can receive oxygen from this portable oxygen concentrator whether it is powered by its battery or plugged into an external power source.
Overall, if the size and weight are not a concern, I would enthusiastically recommend the SeQual Eclipse 5 to people with higher oxygen requirements.
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