The SeQual Eclipse 5 is now available for purchase from internet retailers. According to SeQual literature:
The new generation of SeQual Eclipse raises the bar for POC performance. The Eclipse 5 features the same benefits that you love about the Eclipse 3, but with next generation internal components that enhance the reliability of the POC. The Eclipse 5 goes where you go, with improved DC power operation that allows for full functionality of the Eclipse 5 when running from DC outlets. All continuous flow settings, up to 3 LPM, as well as all pulse flow settings, including the largest super setting of 192 mL, are available while operation on DC power. The Eclipse 5 battery will also charge while the unit is connected to DC power, which eliminates any anxiety of failed batteries on long road trips.
DC Power Improvements
The ability to work on all settings in the car on DC power is the most noticeable improvement of the Eclipse 5 over its predecessor, the Eclipse 3. The Eclipse 3 battery charging mechanism was completely disabled while on DC power, and it would only operate up to 2 LPM on DC power. The Eclipse 5 frees up the DC adapter to power the unit at all settings and charge the battery. This is a welcome feature for patients with higher oxygen needs. Now you can stay on-the-go longer, knowing that your automobile will power your unit and recharge the battery.
While the Eclipse 5 battery will charge while plugged into DC power, do not expect the same rate of charge as you would see when plugged into an electrical outlet. The ability to charge the battery will ultimately depend on the amount of power your car provides. Your car’s outlet may not provide sufficient power to make use of the Eclipse 5’s battery charging feature. It is best to test the Eclipse in each vehicle you plan to use before a road trip to ensure that it will work as expected. To test your Eclipse 5 in the car:
- Have the car running before you plug the Eclipse 5 into the DC outlet.
- Use the DC accessory outlet closest to the car’s battery. This one tends to have the least power fluctuations and draws the most power.
- Start the Eclipse on the lowest (0.5 LPM) continuous flow setting.
- Increase the continuous liter flow incrementally, testing each setting to ensure that the Eclipse does not alarm