Inogen One G3 Portable Concentrator Review
Inogen has been one of the pioneers in the portable oxygen concentrator market, having developed one of the first portable oxygen concentrators ever in 2004. The company makes high-quality portable oxygen concentrators that may be used on the move or at home for oxygen therapy. The brand is also known for physician-recommended items that help its users remain independent and healthy. These customers are never slow to rave about Inogen’s products and services. Its proprietary Intelligent Delivery Technology distributes oxygen to the lungs within the first 400 milliseconds of inhalation, during which it has the greatest impact on lung gas exchange.
The company has upgraded its design five times since the initial Inogen One concentrator and currently offers the Inogen One G2, G3, G4, and G5. I’ll be diving into the Inogen One G3 portable oxygen concentrator in this article. Let’s take a look under the hood.
What are the Features of the Inogen One G3?
Some questions and concerns potential users have about portable oxygen concentrators:
- How big is it?
- How light is it?
- Do the flow settings suit my needs? Do I need higher flow settings?
- Is it portable and convenient?
- Can I take it on a trip with me? Even on a plane?
- Would it look good on me when I go out?
- What’s the battery life like? How often do I need to recharge it?
Fortunately, this portable inogen series has managed to combine all of these appealing characteristics into a single product that is simple, small, and transportable.
APPEARANCE AND DESIGN
The Inogen G3 has been regarded by some as one of the smallest and lightest portable concentrators. For those with an eye for fashion and good looks, this unit is packaged in a sleek matte white plastic casing with metallic blue accents that is unobtrusive at home and when you’re away from home.
SIZE AND WEIGHT
This portable concentrator is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and comes with a carry bag. It is wearable and is comparable in size to other POCs that deliver similar flow and is 45% smaller than the Inogen One G2 system that preceded it. This unit is powered by a rechargeable battery – the 8-cell and 16-cell.
The Inogen G3 weighs about 4.8 pounds with an 8-cell single battery and 5.7 pounds with the optional 16-cell double battery. And it measures 7.25 inches high, 8.75 inches wide, and 3 inches deep.
ITS BATTERY LIFE?
Inogen offers two battery options – a small one that keeps the weight low, and/or a larger one that lasts twice as long, but adds a little weight.
The unit could last for about 4.5 hours on a fully charged 8-cell battery, and twice as long (9 hours) on a fully charged 16-cell battery. The single battery takes 2-4 hours to charge, while the double battery takes 4-8 hours to charge.
The G3 is a mobile oxygen concentrator with a pulse flow setting system that delivers oxygen with each breath. It has pulse dose settings of 1 through 5 and can give up to 1,050 ml of oxygen per minute when set to setting 5. It gives oxygen concentrations of 87 percent – 95.6 percent on all levels. Also worthy of note is that the Inogen G3 portable oxygen concentrator has no continuous flow setting. Consumers in need of this function may not be satisfied with this drawback.
PORTABILITY AND MOBILITY
This sizeable and lightweight unit is a perfect portable oxygen concentrator for travel as well as regular outings. Trips to the food market, parks, and restaurants with supplemental oxygen are made easier with the supplied carry bag. The Inogen One G3 has also been authorized for air travel by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA approved).
CONTROLS AND LCD SCREEN
The machine is controlled by five large, easy-to-read buttons on the Inogen One G3 control panel. The G3 is turned on and off with ease thanks to a large power button. Pushing two triangular plus and minus buttons on the G3 changes the pulse dosage settings. With an audible alarm button on the panel, you may turn the audible breath detection alarm on and off. The built-in safety systems on the Inogen One G3 control panel include a breath detection light and an alarm light that could respond when breathing patterns change.
An additional perk to the Inogen G3 is an interactive LCD display screen, which displays important parameters like the power status, flow settings, alarm settings, and battery life. The alarms are displayed in plain simple text, along with a solution to the problem.
Inogen Freedom Bundle
The Inogen One G3 offers Freedom Packages that include extra batteries and a lifetime warranty for a reduced price. For around $4,600, the Inogen Freedom Bundle combines an Inogen At Home with an Inogen One G3 with both single- and double-cell batteries and a lifetime warranty. You get a three-year guarantee if you don’t buy a bundle or package.
What Accessories would you get with the Inogen One G3?
Inogen offers a whole lineup of accessories that gives a more convenient use of the unit. These may include:
- Inogen One G3 portable oxygen concentrator itself
- Single battery
- Double battery
- External battery charger (Car charger)
- AC power supply
- DC power cord
- Nasal cannula
- Particle filters
- Attractive carry bag
- Others could be additional batteries, sieve beds, etc.
Weekly cleaning of the display screen and particle filters with a mild detergent and water is recommended. Not just that! The metal columns holding the sieve beds should be replaced every 18-24 months.
The Inogen G3 is a reliable option for even the most oxygen-dependent patients, thanks to its sturdy characteristics. Its tiny size gives you more freedom and portability than a home oxygen concentrator, and the elegant style blends nicely with your decor. With the bundled 8-cell battery, you can travel for up to 5 hours without worrying about running out of oxygen.
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