Oxlife Independence Oxygen Concentrator Review
Oxlife Independence Portable Oxygen Concentrator Review
After months or years of using stationary oxygen concentrators, portable oxygen concentrators would be easier to live with, especially if you are the outdoorsy type. A portable oxygen concentrator basically works like a home oxygen concentrator to provide oxygen therapy at concentrations that are prescribed for you by your physician. Before going further, let’s look at the steps.
How Portable Oxygen Concentrators Work – The Steps
- It cleanses the ambient air in its environment.
- Air comprising 80% nitrogen and 20% oxygen is drawn into the oxygen concentrator.
- After that, the air is converted to 90 to 95% of oxygen, leaving 5 to 10% of nitrogen behind. However, this differs per unit.
- After separation, the concentrated oxygen is delivered to the patient.
This is a review of the Oxlife Independence portable oxygen concentrator. This Oxlife portable oxygen concentrator is not only known for its continuous flow oxygen and pulse flow settings, but also its ‘smart’ technology, in this case, known as the Dynamic Network Analysis (DNA) technology.
Features and Benefits of the Oxlife Independence Portable Oxygen Concentrator
DNA technology: Dynamic Network Analysis is a type of ‘smart’ technology which keeps patients connected to their healthcare providers. I am personally impressed with this feature because it gives an added layer of security and assurance that in cases of an emergency, your healthcare provider would not be too far from the needed information to make a decision about your care. This also helps with compliance with treatment.
Size, Weight, and Design
The Oxlife Independence has a black matte glossy and smooth finish which gives it an attractive look. Although this makes cleaning slightly more frequent than other portable oxygen concentrators. It has a large wheel on both sides of the device and an extendable handle which makes moving from one place to another easy for oxygen patients.
It measures 20.2 inches high, 10.9 inches wide, and 8 inches deep. It also weighs 16.7 pounds, excluding its two batteries (it has no internal battery). Each battery weighs 1.35 pounds.
This Oxlife Independence unit, as earlier mentioned, offers both continuous and pulse flow settings. Its continuous flow rate is from 0.5 to 3 liters per minute, while the pulse dose settings range from 0.5 to 6 liters per minute (LMP) in increments of 0.5 LPM.
The portable oxygen concentrator comes with two rechargeable batteries. Each battery has a battery life of 5.75 hours on a pulse setting of 2 LPM and 1.15 hours on a continuous flow setting of 2 LPM. These would still give you some independence to do anything you want to do.
Asides from the use of these batteries, the portable concentrator can be powered via an AC power supply at the standard wall outlet or a DC power adapter while using your unit in a vehicle.
The Oxlife Independence is an excellent choice for your oxygen needs. Its oxygen purity levels are slightly higher than its competitors, ranging between 90% to 96%. I would say this is oxygen delivery at its finest.
The simple-to-understand control panel of this portable oxygen concentrator includes just four buttons:
- One button turns the power on or off.
- Another toggle between continuous and pulse flow oxygen modes.
- A third button changes the flow rate.
You won’t need to spend hours reading the user manual to understand the basic features of this device.
The Oxlife Independence portable oxygen concentrator consumes about 90 watts of electricity at setting 2.
This concentrator has never been known to be loud. On the contrary, it is one of the quiet ones, with a sound level of 40 decibels are a pulse setting of 2. This is equivalent to the hum of a refrigerator or a normal conversation between two people.
Other Safety features
Smart technology was a brilliant move to ensure the safety of its users, but another useful feature to keep patients safe is the alarm system. An audible alarm would go off if any of the following occurs:
- Low oxygen purity
- Low battery
- Power failure (No external power)
- High temperature
- System malfunction
- No breath detected
- Blocked oxygen flow
Accessories that can be used with the Oxlife Independence Oxygen Concentrator
- External batteries
- AC power supply and cord
- DC power supply
- Oxygen tubing
- Nasal cannula
- Integrated cart
- User manual
- Accessory bag.
The Oxlife Independence has been given a go-ahead by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for in-flight usage. Traveling long distances while on supplemental oxygen was a change, but approvals like this encourage international flight trips across different countries in the world.
Prior to boarding, be sure to get in touch with your airline to learn about any additional requirements.
As opposed to most portable oxygen concentrators with a 3-year warranty, this unit comes with a 5-year warranty.
The Oxlife Independence continues to be praised for its durability and reliability over other portable oxygen concentrators. As its name goes, you’ll have plenty of independence and control to modify your oxygen delivery based on your level of activity thanks to the continuous flow settings that can be delivered at up to 3.0 LPM and the six pulse dose settings that are available. The Independence was built to ensure comfortability and simplicity to use while you’re away from home, so you won’t have to continuously stop what you’re doing to refer to the user manual or replace an oxygen tank/cylinder.
Making choices like this are difficult and could be frustrating, but the Oxlife Independence is a fine piece you would not regret having.
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