SeQual eQuinox - Product Review

Last year when SeQual launched Eclipse 5, it seemed like there could never be a better continuous flow POC but recently SeQual itself introduced a remarkable model eQuinox which is smaller and lighter version of Eclipse 5 with added features like Multi Language voice interface.

SeQual eQuinox Oxygen Concentrator

What you would like about SeQual eQuinox:

  • 9 pulse settings with bolus upto 192 mL
  • 2 modes: Continuous & Pulse (On demand) flow
  • Multi language voice interface - machine announces key events like battery remaining, service needed,etc.
  • Adjustable Rise Time
  • Sensitivity adjustment
  • Can be used with CPAP/ Bi Level Devices
  • FAA approved – Approved for airplane use
  • LCD Screen displays estimated time left on the battery
  • Car charger does not have a brick like bulky transformer - It is just a wire
  • AutoSat technology - machine changes the dose delivered according to patient’s needs

What you won’t:

  • Low battery duration with default 12-cell battery when compared with competition

Size

Compact machine with the dimensions of 13.6" H x 10.6" W x 7" D.

About 30% smaller than SeQual Eclipse.

SeQual eQuinox Size

Weight

Sequal eQuinox weighs 6.4 kg (14 lbs) with the 12 cell battery placed inside it.

The POC is:

  • 2.2 kg lighter than DeVilbissiGo
  • 2.6 kg lighter than Invacare Solo 2
  • 1.9 kg lighter than SeQual Eclipse
  • 2.0 kg heavier than Philips Respironics SimplyGo

SeQual has done an incredible job in retaining the features of Eclipse 5 in a much more compact body.

Flow

2 modes:

  • Continuous flow
  • Pulse (On demand) Flow

Continuous Flow

Provides Continuous flow from 0.5 LPM to 3 LPM with increments of 0.5.

Pulse Flow

SeQual eQuinox is the only POC in market which provides such a massive oxygen bolus. Its Pulse dose mode with 192 mL bolus is almost equivalent to the continuous flow of 7-8 LPM.

Bolus for Pulse Settings:

Setting 1 - 16 mL
Setting 2 - 32 mL
Setting 3 - 48 mL
Setting 4 - 64 mL
Setting 5 - 80 mL
Setting 6 - 96 mL
Setting 7 - 128 mL
Setting 8 - 160 mL
Setting 9 - 192 mL

Sensitivity

A remarkable feature that eQuinox has retained from Eclipse 5 is the adjustable pulse trigger sensitivity.

The SeQual eQuinox provides 3 sensitivity settings ranging from 1-3 where patients making more efforts to breath can choose high sensitivity settings.

SeQual eQuinox User

Oxygen Purity

90% (+5.5% / -3%) in operating range @ sea level.

Power Sources

The SeQual eQuinox POC works on 3 sources:

  • Rechargeable battery
  • AC Mains
  • DC Source (like car charger)

Battery

Sequal eQuinox, comes with a removable standard 12 cell battery. There is an option of buying a 24 cell battery to almost double the battery duration.

SeQual eQuinox Battery Duration Chart
Continuous Mode
Continuous Flow 12-Cell Battery 24-Cell Battery
0.5 2.48 hours 5.28 hours
1 2.16 hours 4.84 hours
2 1.21 hours 2.75 hours
3 0.80 hours 1.84 hours
SeQual eQuinox Battery Duration Chart
Pulse Mode
Setting 12-Cell Battery 24-Cell Battery
16mL (1 setting) 2.82 hours 6.03 hours
32mL (2 setting) 2.78 hours 5.94 hours
48mL (3 setting) 2.38 hours 5.39 hours
64mL (4 setting) 2.31 hours 4.94 hours
80mL (5 setting) 2.22 hours 4.75 hours
96mL (6 setting) 1.70 hours 3.85 hours
128mL (7 setting) 1.56 hours 3.33 hours
160mL (8 setting) 1.28 hours 2.72 hours
192mL (9 setting) 1 hour 2.15 hours

Recharge time from fully depleted state

  • 1.5 hours to 3.5 hours to reach 80% charge depending on the flow setting being used.

LCD Screen

LCD Screen displays the following:

  • Mode of Operation- Continuous ‘C’ or Pulse ‘P
  • The flow setting
  • Estimated time left on the battery – a very useful feature.
SeQual eQuinox LCD Screen

autoSAT Technology

One of the best features by SeQual, autoSAT technology helps maintain a consistent FiO2 by servo-controlling the device to meet the changing respiratory rates of the patient.

Usually, a person needs more Oxygen while walking than at rest; this feature enables SeQual eQuinox to give more Oxygen per minute to the patient to maintain his SpO2 levels.

Rise Time

The machine has this advanced feature of adjusting the Rise Time (varying the delivery speed of bolus of Oxygen in pulse mode) to increase patient comfort.

3 settings:

  • Fast (Default)
  • Medium
  • Slow

This feature mainly determines how quickly a patient receives shot of Oxygen in every breath.

Alarms

The machine has 2 LED indicators ; an LCD screen for visual indicationof alarms:

  • Yellow LED - Alert
  • Red LED – Alarm
Alarms in SeQual eQuinox
Alarm Type Visual Audible
Problem with connection of battery pack Solid Yellow light 1 beep every 30 seconds
Battery Pack has become warm Yellow Light Flashing. Battery icon on LCD screen flashing 1 beep every two minutes
Battery Pack Voltage is low Yellow Light Flashing. Battery icon on LCD screen flashing 2 beeps every 30 seconds
Flow Restricted/Blocked Yellow Light Flashing. 1 beep every two minutes
Low Oxygen Levels Yellow Light Flashing. None
Low Oxygen Levels Red Light flashing 3 beeps every two minutes
Power Lost due to depleted power pack or external power got cut Red Light flashing. LCD displays ******** Constant beep
System Malfunction Solid red Light. LCD displays FAIL None
Breath not Detected Pulse mode LED flashes quickly for 15 seconds None
Internal battery that powers the alarms is low None 3 beeps on start up

The alarms are not very easy to recognize as compared to competitor Philips Respironics SimplyGo.

Maintenance

Weekly cleaning of air inlet filter required.

Altitude

Altitude operating range is -382m to 4000m (-1254 ft to 13,130 ft).

International Approvals

  • US Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • CE Marked
SeQual eQuinox concentrator

Country of Origin

United States of America (USA)

Top 4 Oxygen Concentrators in SeQual eQuinox' competition

  1. DeVilbiss iGo
  2. SeQual Eclipse 5
  3. Invacare Solo2
  4. Philips Respironics SimplyGo

Top 3 comparison with SeQual eQuinox

  1. SeQual eQuinox v/s DeVilbiss iGo
  2. SeQual eQuinox v/s SeQual Eclipse 5 v/s Invacare Solo2
  3. SeQual eQuinox v/s Philips Respironics SimplyGo

Providing these features and specifications in one package seemed like a distant reality but SeQual has done it.

It would be extremely tough for other manufacturers to match the class of SeQual eQuinox as it is clearly the best continuous flow POC in the market.

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Comments

Duane Binder
Posted from United States on: 2017-05-13 at 14:57:05
you provide a lot of stats, etc. but I see nothing about warranties. I may have overlooked but reviewing again, did't see any unless it is in some other link. what is cost and do you accept trade ins as I currently have an Eclipse 3.
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Oxygen Times
Replied on: 2017-05-14 at 01:47:58
Hi Duane, most distributors give 2 year warranty on SeQual eQuinox. Coming to your second question, we don't buy or sell oxygen concentrators.
Ashutosh
Posted from India on: 2017-05-10 at 18:24:06
Can you recommend authorized dealers for Airsep, Equinox (Chart) and Philips in Ahmedabad. Do these companies provide trial period for patients to identify right product?
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Oxygen Times
Replied on: 2017-05-10 at 23:00:18
Hi Ashutosh, you can use our Dealer Finder Tool to find oxygen concentrator dealers in Ahmedabad. Coming to your second question, companies do not provide oxygen concentrators for trial period but they do offer rental plan where you can rent the machine for one month and if you decide to purchase the machine they waive off the rent amount. Hope this helps!
Ashutosh
Replied from India on: 2017-05-11 at 18:26:16
Thanks for response. My father is in advance stage of COPD hence he needs Oxygen supply for most of the time for which we use cylinders at home. Now we need a machine which can make him really mobile so that he can move out of house a bit and walk around a bit and can travel by air or road in India without bothering about oxygen. Which POC will be fit for him, please suggest. He is 71 yrs.
Oxygen Times
Replied on: 2017-05-11 at 23:22:27
What is your father's liters per minute (LPM) requirement of oxygen?
Ashutosh
Replied on: 2017-05-11 at 23:42:15
He is usually at 2 LPM but sometime during exacerbation we have to increase it higher but that is usually for a brief while in 3 to 4 range.
Oxygen Times
Replied on: 2017-05-11 at 23:57:03
SeQual eQuinox, Invacare solo2 and Devilbiss igo are good concentrators that will suit your need fine as they provide continuous flow upto 3 LPM and pulse flow upto 6 pulse setting.
Sagar Raj Pandey
Posted from Nepal on: 2017-04-29 at 11:28:46
What is the Price? dealer in Nepal?
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Oxygen Times
Replied on: 2017-05-01 at 04:23:08
Hi Sagar, we don't have the database for oxygen concentrator dealers and price in Nepal.
John Monterio
Posted from Uzbekistan - Tashkent on: 2017-02-20 at 07:41:14
Can you advise the service centre in CIS for Sequal Equinox
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Oxygen Times
Replied on: 2017-03-17 at 00:44:17
Hi John, currently we don't have the database of service centers in Uzbekistan. You can directly contact Caire medical for the list of service centres in your area by following the link.
Wanjiru Kinoti
Posted from Kenya on: 2016-09-12 at 04:48:00
How much does this machine cost?
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Oxygen Times
Replied on: 2017-03-17 at 00:42:16
Hi Wanjiru, you will have to contact Caire Medical directly for the prices. You can do this by following the link.
shamila
Posted from south africa on: 2016-08-30 at 05:05:15
Good day
Trust you are well
I would like to enquire about the Sequal Eclipse 5 SeQual eQuinox /Oxlife.
My dad currently uses the Nuvo Oxygen Concentrator at home, he lives in an area that experiences allot of Power outages, we are looking to get him something to use when there is no power and also to use when he goes for doctor visits and short visits to family.
*Does the Sequal Eclipse 5 SeQual eQuinox /Oxlife work with my dad’s breathing, so if the patient’s Breathing is irregular will the Sequal Eclipse 5 SeQual eQuinox /Oxlife be a good option?
*How long is the battery life?
*Where is South Africa-Johannesburg can I get this device asap?
Thanking you in advance for your assistance
Regards
Shamila Thomas | FICC Operations | Corporate and Investment Banking
Tel 27 (0)11 895 6492| Mobile 27 (0)723669613 | Email shamila.thomas@absacapital.com
180 Commissioner Street, Johannesburg, 2197, Gauteng, South Africa
absacapital.com
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Oxygen Times
Replied on: 2016-09-23 at 01:18:23
SeQual Eclipse 5 works well with patients breathing irregularly and is a reliable machine too. Battery life is mentioned in this review, it depends on the flow the machine is operated in.
John Monterio
Posted from Uzbekistan on: 2016-08-20 at 09:12:22
The Alarm option shows 004 and when I press mark it displays O2 < 70% and red light every two minutes with 3 beeps All fliters are clean, kindly can you advise what to do
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Oxygen Times
Replied on: 2016-08-28 at 23:47:42
Hi John, make sure that your machine is in a well ventilated area having at least 3 inches between the back of the eQuinox and any obstructions (furniture, curtain, etc.). If the problem persists, contact your equipment provider.
Gaurav
Posted from India on: 2016-07-05 at 00:09:18
What's the price of this model and if any other models also available? Plz contact asap
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Oxygen Times
Replied on: 2016-07-15 at 08:35:34
Hi Gaurav, we don't sell oxygen concentrators, Oxygen Times is just a review and comparison website.
Gaurav Gupta
Replied from India on: 2016-07-15 at 14:06:46
M considering to buy equinox Eq oc 09 or eq oc 18.. for home use purpose.. plz tell me is it will be a good choice to purchade or not... Wats the base country of equinox company... Where it gets manufactured... N tell me some about above mentioned model nos.. which one will be better n how.
Oxygen Times
Replied on: 2016-07-21 at 02:03:27
Hi Gaurav, the concentrator you are inquiring about is a home oxygen concentrator manufactured in China, not the one we have reviewed in this article. Since, we have not reviewed Equinox concentrators, we won't be able to help you out with this.
Gaurav Gupta
Replied from India on: 2016-07-21 at 03:10:22
Seller told me its from taiwan.. is chinese concentrators are not worthy.. shud i go for that or not..? Plz help
Oxygen Times
Replied on: 2016-08-10 at 02:42:17
Taiwan is a territory controlled by the Republic of China. Gaurav, if you have a budget of more than INR 45,000, then it is better to go for an manufacturer like AirSep, Philips Respironics, Nidek or Invacare and if you want a machine for less than Rs. 35,000 then Equinox would be a good option for you.
Clayton Hannon
Posted from USA on: 2016-01-08 at 21:48:42
Just bought Eclipse 3 from friend, very limited use by previous owner, in excellent condition, some accessories not used. One spare battery still in cardboard box and plastic covering...part no. 1056,serial no. 113127494. Placed on charger and solid red light appeared. Any suggestions as to possible problem? If needs replacing what would cost be? Thank you.
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Oxygen Times
Replied on: 2016-01-20 at 02:01:00
Hi Clayton, try using the spare battery to run the machine. If the problem persists, then would mean that the machine is experiencing system malfunction and you will have to contact the SeQual (now owned by Caire - Chart Industries) service centre.
Laura Fain
Posted from USA on: 2015-11-16 at 15:23:53
Is there an adapter to increase the continuous flow 3?
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Oxygen Times
Replied on: 2015-11-17 at 01:55:18
Hello Laura, there is no adapter that can increase this continuous flow of 3LPM in oxygen concentrator as of now.
John Monterio
Posted from India on: 2015-11-15 at 19:22:27
What is the maximum duration (no of hours) that the machine can be used continuously to give oxygen?
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Oxygen Times
Replied on: 2015-11-17 at 02:02:06
Hi John, there is no restriction from the manufacturer about the maximum number of hours that the machine can run continuously; but, the best practice is to give your POC some cool down time of about 20-30 minutes after every 8 hours of operation.
Frank Phillips
Posted from US on: 2015-11-09 at 19:29:50
What are the payment options you offer to buy oxygen concentrator?
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Oxygen Times
Replied on: 2015-11-10 at 00:42:08
Hi Frank, we don't sell oxygen concentrators. Oxygen Times is a review and comparison website.

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