Using the Inogen One G5
Overall, the process of using the Inogen One G5 is intuitive, modern, and effective. The sleek design and portability of the unit coupled with its excellent set of features make it one of the best oxygen concentrators on the market today.
The setup of the device is incredibly simple, even for those who may struggle a bit with technology.
First, you’ll receive the box, which includes everything that you will need to get the G5 up and running, without the need for extra tools or equipment. The packaging also includes multiple instructional guides that are extremely informative in getting to know the device and its components. Also included in the box is the concentrator, the battery (as well as additional double batteries), the requisite power cables, the carrying case, and cannula tubing.
Before I get into the actual setup, I’d like to take a moment and discuss the included carrying case. It has a great build quality that houses the G5 perfectly, and it features multiple access points so you can see the display screen clearly as well as swap out batteries without removing the device. Additionally, there is a mesh covering over the filters so the case doesn’t impede airflow, and an additional opening on the charging port so you don’t need to remove the device to charge it.
The first step in using the G5 is sliding the battery onto the bottom of the device and plugging it in. It should take about three hours to charge the battery completely from empty. You’ll then snap the two-particle filters in place on each side of the device. Once charged and with filters in place, you’ll attach the cannula tubing to the metal nozzle on the top of the device. From there, the device should be good to go. All you’ll have to do is turn it on, adjust the flow setting using the simple display screen, and put on the cannula tube. Immediately, you’ll feel the device working each time you breathe in through your nose.
Day-to-Day Device Use
Overall, the Inogen One G5 is reliable and simple to use throughout the day. Whenever you have cannula tubing in, you’ll feel comfortable with the oxygen pulse, and the device has a number of extra features that give you the assurance to know that it’s doing its job properly. The first of which is the G5’s notification system. If there is a malfunction in the oxygen flow, you’ll be alerted by the device.
The other way the device keeps you informed of its functions is through the Inogen Connect app. The G5 features bluetooth connection which reports device activity to the app. With Inogen Connect you can monitor battery life, receive notifications if the column pair needs replacing, and get a status report of the concentrator to make sure it’s operating properly.
The battery life is also impressive; on the level two flow setting you’ll be able to get about ten hours of constant use. Another great feature of the G5 is that it features a DC car charger, so as you go about your day, you can keep the device plugged in to preserve battery life in the car. At the end of the day, you can plug the device in overnight to charge while you sleep; and it’s quiet enough to not disrupt your rest.