Invacare Portable Oxygen Concentrators Review

4/5

New York Stock Exchange listed, Invacare Corporation, is a company with great history, being around since 1885. In that time, they have become leading providers of both manufacturing and distribution of innovative and long-term care medical products, for example dialysis chairs, transfer and transport equipment and oxygen concentrators to name just a few. At Invacare they provide both stationary oxygen concentrators and portable oxygen concentrators. Currently, Invacare employs over 4,000 associates and markets its products in 80 countries across the world, covering regions such as North America, Oceania and Europe.

The portable oxygen concentrators provided by Invacare are designed to allow users to continue to have mobility and a good quality of life as well as also treating conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia. The need for portable oxygen concentrators is evident as the statistic from The National Council on Aging states that COPD is the tenth most chronic condition among Medicare recipients that are aged over 65.

Background on Invacare

At Invacare, branding is important and this is displayed throughout how they market themselves. They have a vision to design, manufacture and deliver the best medical products. With a “Yes, you can.” slogan, they convey the promise of the quality of the Invacare brand and this is aimed at all who use it (associates, healthcare professionals, providers and consumers).

The name Invacare is another display of their branding and positive attitude to deliver, as can be seen below:

  • INnovation
  • VAlue
  • HealthCARE

Sensi-Pulse Technology

This technology customizes the size of the puff of oxygen, or each bolus. The reason for this is to match you and your breathing rate at any moment. This feature makes the portable oxygen concentrator a more realistic and yet less obtrusive product than ever before as it reacts according to your changing state and as you can imagine, your state of activity varies often, from sleeping, to exercising to even watching your favourite NFL team on the television. So, as a result, with this technology and the ability to adapt minute-by-minute, your portable oxygen concentrator is better placed than ever to react and change according to your activity.

Piccolo O2 mobile app

Designed to make life easier at the touch of a button. If you have any problems with your portable oxygen concentrator you can use the app for multiple solutions. Through the app you can try and find a quick fix for your issue, or connect to a technician who may remotely try to solve your problem while you are or on the phone or alternatively you can use it to call either your local Invacare dealer or Invacare’s Customer Service department.

As well as being able to see useful videos via the app, you can also see the remaining battery life of the portable oxygen concentrator.

Buying an Invacare portable oxygen concentrator

To purchase a portable oxygen concentrator from Invacare you must find a supplier courtesy of the “Where to Buy & Service Invacare Products” section on the homepage of their website. From there, you can click on the “Dealer Locator” link.

Alternatively, you can go to a service center to buy a product, but you are not able to buy directly from Invacare.

Portable oxygen concentrators to consider

All prices advertised are the manufacturer’s suggested retail price as clearly displayed on their website. See below the selection of portable oxygen concentrators on offer:

Invacare Platinum Mobile Oxygen Concentrator – $2,486.00 – $2,665.00

Described as easy-to-use, the Platinum Mobile has five flow settings and a “rugged” overall design. The portable oxygen concentrator includes a reinforced bumper in carry bag, foam encapsulated compressor and the product complies with IP22 water resistance standard by being able to be exposed for up to ten minutes.

Amongst the list of features with the product is what they call top loading batteries with “hot swap” capability. This means you can remove and replace batteries without your oxygen supply being affected or even having to remove the carry bag.

With this product you can use a convertible carrying case which changes style from backpack, to handbag or even messenger. A small and quiet (noise level less than or equal to 40 decibels in setting 2) portable object, measuring less than 10 inches in any direction and weighing just 5 pounds (though this is without the carrying case), you can receive strong levels of oxygen purity from 87% – 95.6%. Run time per battery is five hours and it takes two hours and twenty minutes to recharge a single battery.

Invacare XPO2 Portable Oxygen Concentrator – $3,148.00

With the ability to run on either battery, AC or DC adapters, you can purchase this device which perfectly fits the description of a portable oxygen concentrator by being both small (no more than ten inches in any direction) and lightweight (6.4 pounds).

The device can cater for the active citizen, with the battery lasting up to three hours and forty minutes (on setting 1) and to recharge it takes four hours. The simple to use device has an oxygen purity of the same quality as the Invacare Platinum Mobile Oxygen Concentrator delivering between 87% – 95.6%.

Accessories

There are plenty of accessories that are available to the user. To help find the selection of accessories all you need to do is search for the device itself on their website and as well as advertising the portable oxygen concentrators, they also list the accessories that are available and thankfully to avoid confusion they are named with simplicity in mind so that you can quickly work out what the accessory actually is, as well as the portable oxygen concentrator it is designed for.

What is great about Invacare

There is a lot to like about Invacare and having such a rich history is a great display of that. Below you will see a selection of reasons for why so many choose Invacare:

  • Invacare Sensi-Pulse Technology.
  • Multiple power options.
  • The portable oxygen concentrator is light and mobile.
  • The portable oxygen concentrators are FAA compliant.
  • Simple website.
  • Great mobile app.
  • Invacare is a manufacturer that distributes new equipment only.
  • If you are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization you may be able to receive equipment from Invacare via donation.
  • Invacare sponsor athletes and organizations around the world that embody their positive attitude, for example the Paralyzed Veterans Association.

What is not great about Invacare

Despite the great history with Invacare, they do not monopolise the market of portable oxygen concentrators. See below why others decide that getting a portable oxygen concentrator from Invacare is not for them:

  • Invacare will not buy back used equipment from you.
  • Although simple, the website is incredibly basic. For a company which appears to pride itself on strong marketing and branding, the website feels more like a throwback to Windows 98.

Charitable donations

Unfortunately, if you are in the position where you cannot afford the product and you do not have the insurance coverage necessary, Invacare is unable to help by donating equipment to you. However, you can benefit from donations by Invacare if you are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.

Buying back equipment

If you are looking to sell your equipment after use, Invacare are unable to buy it back from you. This is because they are a manufacturer who distribute only new equipment. Instead, on their recommendation, if you are looking to sell the used equipment, they suggest you do so by any means for which you would normally go about trying to sell an item. Alternatively, you can donate the portable oxygen concentrator to charity.

Better Business Bureau (BBB)

Despite not being accredited with the BBB, Invacare still has an ‘A+’ rating from them.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Invacare are an attractive supplier both as a company and the products they provide. With Invacare you know you are choosing a bold and successful multinational company with a fantastic history and strong contribution to the market. The portable oxygen concentrators they offer have all the capabilities you would expect as well as having an app for ease of use and Sensi-Pulse Technology.