Caire Medical, the maker of the powerhouse portable concentrator, the SeQual Eclipse 5, will soon be introducing a new product–the SeQual eQuinox. It has been seven years since SeQual first introduced the Eclipse, and while the Eclipse has been improved numerous times over the years, with the release of three new model numbers, there has never been an attempt to improve the size and weight. Until now.
The SeQual eQuinox is expected to be 33% smaller and 23% lighter. Weighing about 14 pounds, the eQuinox portable concentrator will become the lightest oxygen concentrator to provide up to 3 liters per minute continuous flow oxygen. The eQuinox concentrator will not sacrifice function. It will continue to provide continuous flow up to 3 LPM as well as the current pulse settings of 1-6 and extended settings up to 192 mL. The battery duration will also remain the same, with the added benefit of being front-loaded for easier changing. There will also be a smaller battery option that will reduce the weight to around 12 pounds, but will have a shorter battery duration.
A new feature to be included in the SeQual eQuinox may prove beneficial for the visually impaired. The new eQuinox will have an audible display, which will read flow settings and battery levels in a choice of twelve languages. This function may also be put in silent mode. The eQuinox will also have a hide-a-way swivel handle.
If you are interested in the SeQual eQuinox and trying to decide if it is worth the wait, the most significant benefit is the reduced size. Compared to the SeQual Eclipse, the eQuinox will be about 4 inches shorter and about 4 pounds lighter. However, you can expect a heftier price tag – $600-$900 more than the selling price of the Eclipse.
Caire is expected to unveil the new SeQual eQuinox at the Spring Medtrade Show in early March 2014. Of course, I’ll keep you updated as I learn further developments.