Can You Use a Home Oxygen Concentrator in a Car?

by Justin LaClair June 16, 2023 2 min read

Using a home oxygen concentrator in a car may be possible, but it requires careful consideration and appropriate equipment to ensure safe and effective operation. Here are a few points to consider:

  • Power Source: Home oxygen concentrators typically require a standard electrical outlet to power them. However, cars operate on a different power system (DC) provided by the vehicle's battery. To use a home oxygen concentrator in a car, you would need a power inverter capable of converting the car's DC power to AC power that the concentrator requires. The power inverter should have sufficient wattage to handle the concentrator's power needs.
  • Compatibility: Verify that your home oxygen concentrator is compatible with the power inverter and can operate effectively using the converted power. Some concentrators may have specific voltage requirements or limitations that need to be considered.
  • Power Consumption: Oxygen concentrators can have higher power consumption. It's crucial to assess the power consumption of your concentrator and ensure it is within the capabilities of your car's electrical system. Running the car's engine or using a separate battery or power source may be necessary to provide sufficient power. You will need to use a Power Inverter that is wired directly to the cars battery. The cigarette lighter will not work. You will need an Inverter with a Modified Sine Wave, and the power output of the inverter must be at least 2.5-3 times the running consumption of your oxygen concentrator.
  • Portability and Safety: Home oxygen concentrators are not typically designed for mobile use. They are bulkier and heavier compared to portable oxygen concentrators specifically designed for travel and mobile use. Consider the size and weight of your concentrator, as well as how you would secure it safely in the car during transportation.
It's essential to consult with your healthcare provider and the manufacturer of your home oxygen concentrator before attempting to use it in a car. They can provide guidance on the compatibility, safety considerations, and any specific recommendations for using the concentrator in a mobile setting. Additionally, familiarize yourself with any legal requirements or regulations related to using medical equipment in vehicles in your area.
Justin LaClair
Justin LaClair

Justin has been working with OxygenPlus since their storefront start in 1993. In 2002 he earned the title of CEO and has been operating OxygenPlus ever since. Most of the time if you call, Justin will answer the phone. He tries to be extremely hands on with most every transaction that takes place. Raised with a very high quality standard, any work must meet his satisfaction before it is approved. He is a classic car enthusiast, loves traveling either for work or pleasure, and is a renewable energy advocate. As of 2015, he saw to it that his personal home, and OxygenPlus Medical run 100% off of solar power.

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