Review of the Philips Innospire Go Nebulizer
The Philips Innospire Go portable mesh nebulizer has opened up a whole new world for me when it comes to doing my treatments on the go. With the Monarch Vest, I was looking for a truly portable nebulizer so that I could do my treatments when I get ready in the morning, in the passenger’s seat on the way to the mountain for skiing, and walking around my house in the afternoon doing chores. So I was excited to hear there’s was new technology to help!
My review of the Philips Innospire Go portable mesh nebulizer
The Philips Innospire Go is an entirely portable nebulizer that only requires a charge in order to do my treatments hands-free and cord-free. It is lightweight and sleek with a simple process to do your treatments. I got mine on CPAP Shop for $189.90 without a prescription. You can view my full unboxing here.
What follows are the pros and cons of the Philips Innospire Go portable mesh nebulizer, a completely unbiased view:
Pros of the Philips Innospire Go
When the Innospire was brand new, I could do both hypertonic saline and Pulmozyme in 5-10 minutes each.
My Pari Nebulizers are very big and very loud. If I’m watching TV during them, I have to turn the volume up all the way to hear it over the sound of my vest and nebulizer. The Innospire is almost completely silent!
Ease of cleaning
Philips recommends rinsing the nebulizer with water after each use, and then boiling it once a week. This is so helpful and makes cleaning so quick!
Being able to hold the nebulizer in my mouth mostly hands-free is a great perk. It is light and sturdy so it doesn’t require much effort to hold on to it.
Obviously the biggest perk of the Innospire is how completely portable it is. It fits in my vest bag for overnight trips and sometimes when I’m running late I can inhale my meds in my car without any cords.
When it’s working, the battery life is unparalleled. I do hypertonic and Pulmozyme once a day and the battery will last 7-10 days without needing to be charged. This is amazing for vacations and in general that I don’t have to remember to charge it every single day.
Cons of the Philips Innospire Go
While all of the pros are great, this, unfortunately, doesn’t seem to be a portable nebulizer that is going to last for the long term. I hope Philips makes a future version where these issues are no longer problems. I did call the company where I bought it and they are going to replace it as a potential product defect, but be forewarned before taking the plunge:
Not water tight
The lack of a watertight seal between the headset and the battery causes meds to drop out of the back of the machine into the battery connection, making it not work. Having a paper towel to suck up the drippings has worked but I often need to remove the head and wipe the connection area dry in order to get it to work.
Though there is a 2-year warranty on the machine, I have had it for 6 months and the battery no longer charges.
Where the watertight seal issue is most frustrating is when it results in the machine not working at the worst times. It is annoying not to know whether the nebulizer is going to feel like working today when you have a treatment you need to do, particularly when traveling.
Overall, if you are going to use this nebulizer for on the go once and a while, I would recommend it. However, I would like to see improvements in future versions before recommending it for long term daily use.
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