The much-anticipated SeQual eQuinox has just received approval by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for use onboard aircraft. This is good news for those who are anxious to travel as soon as the product becomes available.
And just when will that be?
Your wait is nearly over. The new SeQual eQuinox will be available to purchase April 1, 2014.
The latest information I have received about the eQuinox is encouraging. It will have the same oxygen output as the SeQual Eclipse, producing 3 LPM continuous flow and pulse flow up to Setting 6, as well as the extended flow settings up to 192 mL per breath. The unit has the same general shape as the Eclipse, but will be 33% smaller and weigh only 12.8 pounds.
The new battery will make the eQuinox hard to beat. There will be two battery options: a 12-cell battery that will last 2.5 hours on 2 LPM continuous, and a 24-cell battery that will last nearly 5 hours on 2 LPM continuous. A 5-hour battery for continuous flow is unheard of and will be a welcome feature for many oxygen users. The unit will also have a front-loading battery compartment, which will provide much easier access, especially during air travel.
Another welcome feature is the sound level. At 37 dBA, the eQuinox will be the quietest continuous flow concentrator on the market.
Finally, for the visually impaired, the new talking display panel will assist with communicating flow settings and battery durations. It will even provide technical assistance.
With these great features, you can expect to pay about $1400 more than you would for a SeQual Eclipse. OxiMedical appears to gearing up for the April 1st release.