There is nothing more annoying than heading out to the golf course and feeling like your oxygen concentrator, or oxygen tank is too loud when someone is trying to tee off.
It can also be annoying when your oxygen concentrator is in your way during your swing.
Luckily there are a handful of portable oxygen concentrators that are quiet, and easy to bring with to the golf course.
These portable oxygen concentrators may not be the right fit for you, so it is important to speak with a specialist to find the machine that will fit your wants and needs.
The Inogen One G5 is the newest portable oxygen concentrator from Inogen and it is one of the best they have released yet.
With unmatched battery life and great pulse flow settings (1-6), the G5 is a great portable oxygen concentrator to bring out on the golf course with you.
The battery life can last up to 10 hours with a double battery on a setting of two or 5 hours with a single battery, giving you plenty of time to finish the course with either battery.
If you feel that you may not be able to finish a round of golf in that time, you can purchase an external battery charger or extra batteries to make sure you are able to play the full 18.
You can charge it at home with an AC power supply, or when you are headed to the golf course with a DC power supply.
It also only weights 4.7 lbs with the single battery and 5.7 lbs with a double battery, so it will be easy to carry around.
Its dimensions are 8.15” H x 7.19” L x 3.26” W, so it is small enough you won’t feel that it is in the way of your golf game.
Your friends won’t even notice the G5 when you bring it with on the course.
The G5 also comes with a custom carrying case, so you will be able to swing your clubs without worrying about your POC getting in your way.
Another great product from Inogen is their Inogen One G3 portable oxygen concentrator.
With nearly as great pulse flow settings (1-5) the G3 comes in as a close second behind the G5.
The G3 is only slightly larger than the G5, its dimensions are 8.25” H x 8.75” L x 3.0” W, which is still easy to carry around on the golf course with you.
Compared to the G5, the G3 weights 4.8 lbs with a single battery and 5.8 lbs with a double battery.
The battery life of the G3 is also pretty good, lasting up to 4 hours on a pulse flow setting of 2 (for a single battery), or lasting nearly 8.5 hours on a setting of 2 (with a double battery).
You also have multiple options when charging your G3 for the course, by plugging it in at home (AC power supply), plugging it in the car on the way to the course (DC power supply), purchasing additional batteries or purchasing an external battery charger.
Any of the above options should make it easy to fit in a full round of golf without worrying about your portable oxygen concentrator dying on you.
The Inogen One G3 is also a quiet portable oxygen concentrator, so you won’t feel like your disrupting everyone on the course.
It also comes with a custom carrying case, so the G3 won’t be in your way while you’re out golfing.
A slightly larger machine from Respironics is the SimplyGo.
Weighting 10 lbs and offering both pulse and continuous flow, the SimplyGo is a great choice for someone who may need more than just a pulse flow machine.
The SimplyGo is also compatible with a CPAP or BiPAP.
Though it weights a bit more than the Inogen machines, it has the option for a custom carrying case or a travel cart so you don't have to carrying it over your should.
The pulse flow settings on the SimplyGo ranges from 1-6, while the continuous flow setting is .5 - 2 LPM.
The SimplyGo dimensions are 10" H x 11.5" L x 6" D, which is still small enough to carry around while golfing.
The battery life for the SimplyGo is 3 hours on a setting of 2 (pulse flow) and .9 hours on a setting of 2 (continuous flow).
Like the Inogen portable oxygen concentrators, the SimplyGo has multiple options to keep your machine up and running.
You can plug the in the SimplyGo into the wall at home (AC power supply) before you head out to the golf course, plug it in the car (DC power supply) while you are headed to the golf course, you can purchase additional batteries, or you can purchase an external battery charger that will charge your POC while you are using it.
The SimplyGo is a great machines for those who need a bit more from their oxygen concentrator.
Tips for Golfing with a POC
Try and purchase longer cannula for golfing, as you can keep your POC out of your way.
When you go to swing, position your cannula over your shoulder and behind you, and set your POC behind your feet, making sure it is out of the way of your backswing.
If your POC offers a rolling cart, that can be put by your feet on the golf cart and then roll it out to wherever your golf ball is.
Any portable oxygen concentrator that is easy to carry and smaller in size is perfect to bring with to the golf course.
These Inogen and Respironics portable oxygen concentrators are some of the best portable oxygen concentrators out there, light in weight and offering some of the best pulse flow (and continuous flow) settings for their size.
No matter what POC you choose, none of these machines will let you down when you bring it with for a round of golf.