Oxygen Bar Equipment – Oxygen Concentrator
The entire process begins with a device called an oxygen concentrator.
The concentrator draws in air from the room around it, uses a filtering process to strip away nitrogen, and delivers almost pure oxygen (95-96%).
There are no tanks with oxygen in them. Oxygen is never stored, it is created on the fly. This is a very important fact. You might have to deal with event planners, hotel managers, legal and insurance people that just cannot comprehend this.
We try to explain that the machine used to generate the oxygen is the same machine that someone’s grandmother has to help her breathe.
The second fact you might have to convince people of is that oxygen does not burn. If it did, the air would be on fire wouldn’t it? Oxygen supports combustion but by itself does not burn and does not explode. You would be amazed as to how many otherwise intelligent (?) people need to be convinced of this.
Concentrators are rated by the amount of oxygen as measured in liters, that they can deliver in one minute. Most are rated at either 5 liters or 10 liters per minute. A liter is just a little bit less than a quart in volume.
The output or flow of the concentrator will dictate how many people can use the oxygen bar at one time. You want to have about 2.5 liters per minute per person.
The system we use can usually handle 2 to 3 people from a 5 liter concentrator and 5 to 6 people with a 10 liter concentrator without significantly lowering the percentage of oxygen.
If you are doing the math and think this does not make sense, I need to mention that we can “crank” up a concentrator to put out more than its rated volume.
If you start out with a 5 liter unit, you can add an additional 5 liter concentrator later on and combine their output. But, if you anticipate a future need for more capacity, it will be a lot cheaper to upgrade to a 10 liter unit when you initially buy your system.
If you stayed awake during my one minute video on how and oxygen bar works, you realize that there are no moving parts and very little to go wrong. The only actual machinery is the oxygen concentrator. That is why we use a well-known international manufacturer and provide a three (3) year warranty on the device. I could be wrong but I don’t know of any other company that offers this extended warranty. We pay extra for it, but feel it is important.
With that said, these machines are very reliable and run for years. After all, they were made to keep people alive and breathing.
The filters inside of the concentrator can be replaced and are relatively inexpensive. If you have used your unit enough to need a replacement set you should consider it a good thing. It means that you are doing a lot of business and making a lot of money.
As far as operating the units, there are just a few precautions.
1. You must make sure that there is always fresh air that can be drawn into the unit. So don’t enclose it in a box or closet.
2. The dial on the unit can be adjusted for output and you can get more than 5 liters out of a 5 liter unit. However, the oxygen concentration might go down a little. Still, it should be enough for the desired effect. When you do this, the machine might beep for a short while when turned on. This is a built in safety feature. But don’t worry, the beeping will stop.
3. Finally, when connected, you must always provide a path for the oxygen to flow through . This means at least one of your Aromarizer bottles must be open to permit this flow. Not doing so will damage the unit and void your warranty.