FREQUENTLY ASKED POC QUESTIONS
- Can I use the Eclipse 5 at 3 LPM Continuous Flow with DC Power?
The Eclipse 5 can run at all settings, Continuous Flow and Pulse Dose, when using DC power; however the wattage limitations of your DC power outlet can effect which flow rates are available. The Eclipse 5 requires between 45-145 Watts of power for proper operation. (Review the POWER CONSUMPTION table elsewhere on this page for approximate power levels required at each flow setting.) If the maximum power available from your DC power outlet is less than that required by the Eclipse 5, the unit may alarm and/or shut down. For example, if your DC outlet has a maximum draw of 120 Watts, it will not run the Eclipse 5 at 3 LPM Continuous Flow because this requires more wattage than the outlet will allow. A DC outlet with a maximum draw of 120 Watts will still run the Eclipse 5; but you may need to choose a lower Continuous Flow setting or switch to Pulse Dose therapy.
- How can I maximize the power available from my DC outlet?
Many DC outlets have a maximum power draw listed directly on them so if you check your outlet (or the manual that came with your car or DC power source), it may help you determine the total power you have available. In addition DC power availability can be effected by the quality of the current electrical system, the condition of the DC power source's battery, distance from the battery to the DC outlet, other devices running on DC power, etc. For maximum performance make sure your DC power source (i.e. car) has been warmed up for a few minutes before plugging in the Eclipse 5, make sure to use the DC outlet closest to the DC power source, and make sure that no other devices are currently using the same DC power source.
- How do I determine the Eclipse 5's maximum flow rate in my car?
To determine your Eclipse 5's maximum flow setting in the current DC power situation use the following procedure:
- Start the car, rev it up and let it run for a few minutes.
- Insert the Eclipse 5 power cord into the DC outlet.
- Power up the Eclipse 5 at .5 LPM Continuous Flow and let it run for 60-90 seconds.
- If the unit is performing as expected, increase the flow setting to 1.0 LPM Continuous Flow and again let it run for 60-90 seconds.
- Continue this procedure at each flow rate until you've reached your desired flow setting.
- If the Eclipse 5 shuts off or alarms at any flow rate, that would indicate you have passed the maximum flow rate available under current conditions (i.e. using the current power outlet).
- When I use the Eclipse 5 with DC Power the unit sounds an alarm, displays red asterisks on the screen, and shuts down. What is causing this?
This behavior indicates the Eclipse is not drawing sufficient power from the DC outlet to run at the current flow settings. To correct the problem use the instructions above to determine the Eclipse 5's maximum flow rate in your current situation.
- When using the Eclipse 5 with DC Power and the battery installed the unit produces an audible alarm and error every 45 seconds or so. What causes this behavior and how can it be stopped?
The description above suggests that the DC power is not quite sufficient for current power needs and therefore the unit is switching back and forth between battery power and DC power during operation. To solve this problem either remove the battery from the Eclipse 5 during DC operation or use the method described above to determine the Eclipse 5's maximum flow rate in your current situation.