One of the earliest entries in Oxygen Concentrator industry; Airsep NewLife Elite has been a consistent performer known for its reliability.
The machine is quite bulky with dimensions of 28.5" H x 15.7" W x 14.5" D and weight of 24.5kg (54lbs) as compared to any of the new oxygen concentrators by Philips, Invacare, DeVilbiss and some new models of AirSep itself.
Standard purity like any other concentrator of 90% (-3% / +5.5%) in operating range.
With 350W, Elite is definitely not the most power efficient machine in market. Uses about 10-15% more power than DeVilbiss and Invacare.
Provides continuous flow starting from 1 LPM to 5 LPM in increments of 0.5 LPM. Uses a floating ball type flowmeter.
The humidifier is screwed directly on the Oxygen outlet of the machine. Some people have reported difficulty in fixing the humidifier. Very easy to clean once fixed.
Newlife Elite comes with a separate connector which has to be fixed in place of the humidifier bottle to connect Oxygen Tubing directly to the machine.
With sound level of +48 dB, Elite has new competitors who have sound level of 40dB.
The external cabinet filter adds an extra layer of protection in dusty environment and is easy to remove and clean. The machine has an internal filter too.
up to 10,000 ft. (3,048m) above sea level
Battery Test, Power Failure, High and Low Pressure, Low Concentration alarms coded in different audio and visual combinations which are not very easy for a patient or caretaker to understand. Amber light illuminates if the concentration of Oxygen falls below therapeutic level.
The power panel contains hour-meter, circuit breaker and on/off switch
Very strong base just above the castors. Protects the machine from hard surfaces.
One of the most dependable oxygen concentrators in market with lot of happy customers across the world; but the concentrator lags behind in terms of weight, size, power consumption & sound level.
May be AirSep is still selling this machine due to the confidence that distributors have on the reliability of the machine.
Also it seems that AirSep took all the currently listed negative aspects of this machine into consideration for the design of their new concentrators like VisionAire and Companion [Caire].
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