Oxygen concentrators offer several advantages over oxygen systems that rely on cylinders and tanks.
These advantages include:
- Reliability - Whereas oxygen tanks can run out of oxygen, an oxygen concentrator will never run out of oxygen as long as it has air available and a supply of power. An oxygen concentrator extracts oxygen from the air itself; a tank must be monitored and oxygen must be re-ordered whenever it runs low.
- Safety - An oxygen tank could begin to leak, creating an atmosphere that is oxygen enriched. Air saturated with oxygen increases the risk of a fire. If a fire ignites under these circumstances, it is harder to extinguish because oxygen induced fires burn hotter than many other kinds of fires. Pulse dose oxygen concentrators simply create oxygen as needed, eliminating the concern of leaks.
- Size - An oxygen concentrator is designed for convenience. Oxygen tanks are generally both bulky and heavy while a portable oxygen concentrator can weigh less than 5 pounds. This makes a concentrator the perfect choice for those who want portability.
Purchasing oxygen for an oxygen tank is not only expensive, but also a hassle. Oxygen concentrators are hassle-free, as there is no need to purchase oxygen.
While an oxygen concentrator is clearly the best choice for most, it is important for individuals to have a backup supply of oxygen in a tank available for use and/or additional fully charged batteries, should there be a power outage.