SimplyGo Mini Review & Comparison
Respironics recently released a new, smaller portable oxygen concentrator named the SimplyGo Mini. Unlike its larger sister product, the SimplyGo, the Mini is a pulse flow concentrator only and does not offer continuous flow oxygen. This new oxygen concentrator gives Respironics the opportunity to complete with oxygen concentrators that are solely designed for the lightweight, pulse flow market such as the AirSep Focus and the Inogen G3. The SimplyGo Mini offers several advantages to the portable concentrator market that many concentrators do not provide. This concentrator study will review and compare the new Mini with its sister product the SimplyGo.
Comparing the SimplyGo Mini with the SimplyGo
Oxygen concentrator performance is the most important measurement to compare. The performance of an oxygen concentrator is all about delivering oxygen to the patient. The SimplyGo has the added advantage of 2 liters per minute of continuous flow oxygen that the Mini does not offer. However, comparing pulse flow oxygen between the two concentrators, the Mini offers a maximum 1,000 mL of pulse flow oxygen to the 72 mL of the SimplyGo. That is a huge difference of 928 mL. The oxygen concentration level ranges are similar for both models at 86 to 97% for the SimplyGo and 87 to 96% for the SimplyGo Mini. The maximum outlet pressure is significantly higher for the Mini at 20 psig compared to 5 psig for the SimplyGo. Both concentrators operate up to 10,000 feet above sea level. Simply put, the Mini outperforms the SimplyGo for pulse flow oxygen.
The second most important consideration in selecting a portable oxygen concentrator is the size. Oxygen patients want the smallest size and the lowest weight possible when carrying an oxygen concentrator with them where ever they go. The Mini is less than half the size of the SimplyGo at only 305 cubic inches compared to 690 cubic inches. The smaller size of the SimplyGo Mini also brings a much lower weight of only 3.9 pounds compared to the SimplyGo's 9.8 pounds. The smaller size and the lower weight make the Mini easier to carry and endure longer walking periods or just being away from home.
The Mini and the SimplyGo share the same noise level of 43 dBA and average 120 watts of power consumption. However, the battery duration times are significantly higher for the Mini. The Mini can operate from a standard battery for 4.5 hours and 9 hours from an extended battery. The SimplyGo can operate for only 3 hours. It takes 3 hours to recharge the SimplyGo battery. Respironics does not provide the time required to recharge the Mini batteries. The longer duration time of the Mini battery makes it the best choice when considering operating factors.
Summary of the Mini and the SimplyGo Comparison
The new SimplyGo Mini offers better performance, smaller size and a much longer operational time, making it the best choice for oxygen patients who desire pulse flow oxygen. The Mini is reliable and durable. Batteries are easy to exchange when needed and the option of selecting a lightweight battery or an extended service battery is a welcomed feature. Equipped with an easy-to-read screen, the SimplyGo Mini is easy to operate and control. Accessories for the Mini include an airline cable for cabin operation, an external battery charger and a warranty upgrade.
Below is a chart comparing the differences between the two Respironics portable oxygen concentrators.
SimplyGo Mini Additional Information
- SimplyGo Mini Patient Brochure identifies the features of this lightweight, portable oxygen concentrator.
- SimplyGo Mini Specifications contains the dimensions and operational output for this Respironics concentrator.
SimplyGo Mini Overview Video (2:47 minutes)
SimplyGo Mini Video (8:24 minutes)
SimplyGo Mini Portable Oxygen Concentrator Video (1:53 minutes)
SimplyGo Mini Operation Video (1:11 minutes)
SimplyGo Mini Concentrator Menu Navigation Video (2:18 minutes)
SimplyGo Mini Cleaning Instructions Video (1:10 minutes)
Burt Cancaster, Author