Re: EMERGENCY O2 Tank Info
- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "turkishangoraathumanesociety"
"What exactly IS a concentrator, and how does it work?"
The simplified answer is an electrical device that you plug into the
wall, push the button and it makes oxygen. So as long as you have
electricity, you can make O2 and don't have to remember to get tanks
filled. Here's some links to learn more.
How long do they last?
There aren't many moving parts, so with proper care they should last
many years. You do need to clean the filters and wipe them down,
but other than that maintenance is pretty minor. They do need to be
sent in for service after a certain amount of hours use. This
depends on the brand/model and some can go 50,000 hours before
service is needed. I have the DeVilbiss 3 Liter and its pretty
"And where do you find "hobby use only" o2?"
The only time I've seen hobby use is on Ebay. This means you don't
need a prescription to buy. If you do a search for Oxygen
Concentrators, you'll see what I mean. The best/cheapest way to
find a concentrator is through someone who bought one but doesn't
need it anymore (trying to be tactful here). Some may call this
ambulance chasing, but most families will be grateful to get rid of
it. I know when my Dad died after a lengthy illness, I had lots of
medical supplies that I had to find homes for or throw away. I was
thrilled to find people without insurance to were so thankful for
his meds. If he had oxygen equipment and someone asked me for it to
save their kitties life...I would have gladly given it to them. The
problem is you have to know the right connections or be in the right
place at the right time. That's why I bought mine on Ebay. It's
If you want tanks, I would go to a welding supply house. These are
usually listed in the yellow pages under welding or gases-
Does that answer all your questions?
Good Luck with Lillie.