Unless you really rely on medical devices, you may not understand how vital for your survival some of them are. Especially, if you don’t have any major respiration issues, or they’re largely under control, you’ll not give a lot of thought at all to oxygen concentrators.
Until you need them… That’s the moment you understand you must have read and learned a lot of about them. Including how to provide power to them in case of a serious emergency in which typical electricity may not be available for days or longer. That’s the article you need to read to get this knowledge!
How much power do concentrators take?
The amount of electricity required for each unit depends mostly on the size of the compressor and the manufacturer ratings. In most cases, the devices will run on batteries, but there’s also considerable variance on how efficient the unit is and how much oxygen it will actually produce.
As a general guide, older, home oxygen concentrator units required about as much electricity as refrigerator. Trendy devices may take as little as a low wattage microwave, while others may still require quite a bit more.
There some things to be aware of before buying a concentrator for survival needs, and here are some of them:
- Amperage required by the device
- Voltage output from the emergency battery pack
- How long the concentrator will run on the battery pack at different oxygen output amounts
- How long the batteries are expected to last and what they are made from
How many batteries you need to buy?
When it comes to buying batteries, most people will buy one for charging and another for using any given device, but this is not always the simplest route to take, because not having enough batteries for charging and powering will spell disaster.
Buying a lot of batteries than needed can take up excess space and also create a situation where rechargeable batteries aren’t used at best loads and rotations. At the very least, …