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Inogen One G5 Unboxing & Review

Posted by Lisa Burkhart on Jul 21, 2021 8:40:17 AM

 

 

The Inogen One G5 Portable Oxygen Concentrator is one of the most popular supplemental oxygen machines on the market today. It has offered freedom, independence, dignity, and ease to tens of thousands of lung and heart patients.

InogenOne G5

The Ultimate in Portability and Function

The G5 is one of the smallest and lightest portable oxygen concentrators available. 

There are two battery options available. With the smaller 8 cell battery the machine weighs just 4.7 pounds. The slightly larger 16 cell battery brings the weight up to just 5.7 pounds.

The G5 also offers mobility and portability. It’s about the size of your average hardback novel. Its a slender 3.26 inches deep, and just 7.19 inches wide. With the 8 cell battery the machine is just 8.15 inches tall. The 16 cell battery adds just an inch bringing it to 9.15 inches high.

Despite its modest size, it can accommodate a large proportion of respiratory patients because it offers pulse settings from 1 - 6.

 

No Need to Worry About Running out of Oxygen

Battery life varies depending upon the setting a patient has been prescribed and how many breaths per minute a patient takes. The manufacturer estimates that on a setting of 2 the 8 cell battery could provide up to 6.5 hours of oxygen. The 16 cell battery will provide an estimated 13 hours of life on a setting of 2.

The G5 can also be plugged into a wall outlet. The A/C power supply will both power the machine for use as well as charge the battery. 

You can literally drive coast to coast without worrying about running out of oxygen. The concentrator will plug into any D/C outlet or cigarette lighter in any car, truck, RV, or boat. While plugged into the D/C outlet it will operate the concentrator and depending upon the electrical output of your vehicle, may also charge the battery.

 

Ease of Operation

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The controls and indicator screen are easy to see and operate. 

The screen allows the patient to see what setting they are on and how much battery life they have left, at a glance. If there is an alarm issue it will also indicate the problem on this easy to read screen.

Two large + and - buttons allow the user to change settings quickly and easily.

 

24/7 Oxygen Solution

As you drift off to sleep, your breathing naturally becomes slower and more shallow. The G5 is equipped with an intelligent delivery system, sometimes known as sleep mode. As the patient’s breathing changes throughout the night, the G5 automatically senses this and adjusts its flow accordingly to keep them properly saturated.

If you’re prescribed nighttime oxygen the Inogen One G5 is a good choice for you. However, if you use a CPAP or BiPAP device, you will need a concentrator that offers continuous flow. Consider the Respironics SimplyGo or Sequal Eclipse 5.

Low Maintenance and Easy Care

The G5 requires very little maintenance. Once a week you should clean the air vents to make sure that air flow pathways remain clear. Do this more often if you live with pets.

Some patients prefer to use their portable units for travel only. While this is perfectly acceptable, be sure to run the unit at least an hour every few weeks. Concentrators use what is called medical sieve to deliver medical grade oxygen. The motor draws ambient air into the sieve which is like a very fine sand. Oxygen molecules are smaller than nitrogen and other gases. Therefore the oxygen passes through the sieve and gets delivered via cannula to the patient, Nitrogen and the other gasses are filtered out in the sieve. 

You’ve probably seen what happens when sand gets damp. It clumps up. The same thing happens to sieve making it less effective at filtering out gas molecules. Always store your concentrator in a temperature controlled area to keep extreme temperatures or humidity from damaging your machine and affecting the sieve. Be sure to run your machine at least a couple of times a month to dry out the sieve in the tanks and keep the battery up. 

 

Keeping Your Battery Healthy

In addition to keeping your battery out of extreme temperatures be sure to never let it sit for long periods of time, fully depleted. If you don’t use your concentrator everyday, charge the battery fully and let the machine run until it’s almost fully used. Then charge the battery agian fully before storing. Repeat the process every couple of weeks. 

If you didn’t start your car for several months, the battery would likely be dead and depending on how long it sat, it may be unable to hold a charge any longer. The same principle applies to your concentrator battery.

 

Customer Self-Service Sieve Beds

One of the most common service events for any concentrator is having the sieve beds changed. Depending on the hours of use and the amount of  humidity where the patient lives, sieve beds will need to be changed around once every year or so.

The G5 will alert the patient that it's time to change the sieve beds by giving them a low purity error. Once this error appears on the indicator screen the patient can go on using the machine as normal, as it's still providing acceptable levels of oxygen. The warning just means that the sieve chambers will need to be changed in the next 30 days.

Just call our customer service team and they can get some cylinders out to you right away. You'll have them in plenty of time.

The process of changing the beds is incredibly easy. You can do it in less than five minutes and there are no tools necessary. The kit comes with clear written instructions on how to do it or if you prefer you can watch this step by step video.

 

Why Buy From Us?

  • We are one of the only manufacturer approved service centers in the country.
  • We are one of the only oxygen distributors that can work with Medicare.
  • We have easy approval financing available with payments as low as $45.
  • Your concentrator comes with a lifetime of free phone tech support.
  • With the purchase of any concentrator you will receive a lifetime from Thrive eLearning to empower you with all the skills you need to manage your respiratory condition.
  • As a preferred provider we have priority access to inventory as well as advantage pricing which saves you money as well.

What Comes With It?

Several packages are available depending on your need and budget but the travel package comes with the following:

  • Inogen One G5 Concentrator
  • Custom Carrying Case
  • 2 Batteries
  • A/C Power Supply
  • D/C Power Supply
  • Tubing and Cannula
  • 3 Year Warranty

Give Us a Call Today!

If you have any questions about whether the Inogen One G5 would be best for your medical needs give us a call at 1-800-520-5726!

 

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