Vital Air 5+ and Vital Air 3

Rent or Purchase a Vital Air Device

In our opinion, the Vital Air range, formerly known as Active Air, does exactly what the Airnergy devices do, only better. In our opinion, the Vital Air is most versatile and powerful machine on the activated oxygen market… and here is why:

  1. Compared to Airnergy Machines (which require a service after 2000 hours), you get 4000 hours of use before you are required to have the machine serviced. Let’s say you want to use the machine for 1 hour a day, that means you can use the machine every day for just under 11 years before a service is required, compared with an Airnergy device which would require a service in just under 5.5 years.
  2. If you understand ‘Light Therapy’, bathing yourself in different light frequencies to experience healing, then you get an optional 8 different colour emissions from the Vital Air range, compared to one colour with the Airnergy range. On the Vital Air range you can choose just one colour or a multiple of colour sequences. With the Airnergy range your option is limited to blue.
  3. The Vital Air machines are smaller and lighter than the Airnergy range, and therefore more transportable.
  4. The Vital Air 5+ has 5 oxygen activation units, versus the top of the range Airnergy Professional Plus which has 4.
  5. The new Vital Air activation chambers have double the catalysts in each activation chamber, which can be activated through the special light wavelength of the LEDs. The further developments of the colour therapy module improve the treatment effect.
  6. The Vital Air range allows you to have any number of units activated – between one and five (or one and three in the case of the Vital Air 3), so you can set the machine to your sensitivity, whereas the Airnergy machines are controllable by three intensity levels. So if you are a sensitive person that cannot cope with the minimum output of the Airnergy Machines, then you may experience healing reactions. Call us on 01743718324 to understand more about acclimatising to Activated Oxygen, and what ‘healing reactions’ are.
  7. The Vital Air machines don’t have a sleep / standby mode that activates a small blue light that glows in the dark.
  8. You can buy a Vital Air 3 and Vital Air 5+ from us more cheaply than you can buy the Airnergy Professional Plus and Airnergy Professional from the main UK Airnergy distributor, and get a more powerful machine for your money.
  9. You can monitor the number of hours very readily using the Vital Air systems menu, though it seems to be a closely guarded secret for Airnergy, as they don’t mention it in their user manual. Contact us on 01743718324 to ask how to check how many hours your Airnergy machine has done.
  10. With the Vital Air range, you receive a number of user memory cards, which you can place in the machine and record your sessions, or have standard sessions set on the card that you can choose from. Each person using the machine can have their own memory card.

What we have noticed is that there are a number of factors that Vital Air and Airnergy machines share in common.

As with Airnergy, the same ‘acclimatisation principles’ apply when using Vital Air. We feel it is very important for everyone to acclimatise themselves to this therapy, which is very different from traditional oxygen therapies which simply ‘push’ more oxygen into the body. We feel everyone should start off very gently, building up slowly to the 21 minutes per day recommended by Airnergy AG (Airnergy Manufacturers) and then increasing as appropriate to the individual. We have heard tales of users being told to increase the intensity or duration of treatment in the early stages of use by the Airnergy UK distributor – and to just ‘bear with it’ when symptoms are experienced. If you proceed with Activated Oxygen Therapy in this way, like the proverbial ‘bull in a china shop’, you may experience headaches or nausea, a ‘muzzy head’, drowsiness or tingling in the extremities (fingers and toes) or disruption in sleep patterns in the initial stages, as the body begins to recognise the Activated Oxygen yet finds it too ‘powerful’ to respond to without a significant detoxification / ‘healing’ reaction. On a positive note, these ‘healing’ symptoms show that your body is reactive and responsive to this therapy, though in the initial acclimatisation stages, this can be quite off putting if not expected. Also, although for many people ‘pushing through’ may be the preferred modus operandi, for some individuals with chronic illnesses such as M.E. / CFS / MS, it is imperative to minimise these detoxification / healing reactions since they themselves can delay recovery within these particularly sensitive and overloaded body systems. If you do experience such reactions, then we recommend that you drop back on the intensity and session length until such time as the reactions disappear, and then slowly build back up again. (as part of our rental package we offer regular support ‘check-in’ sessions to ensure we can minimise any healing reactions and manage your therapy appropriately).

One issue that does arise because of the humidification of the Activated Oxygen is that water, over time, collects in the nasal cannula being used to deliver the Activated Oxygen to the user. A number of aspects impact the amount of water that collects in the cannula, including the ambient temperature of the air in the room and the increase or decrease in temperature as air flows through the machine, through the humidification process, and out of the machine through the nasal cannula. Where the temperature change is significant, it can cause excess of water to collect over time in the tube, which gradually ascends up the tube, pushed by the Activated Oxygen Air flow towards the nose. Depending on how you feel about this prospect, you should be prepared to change the cannula every three to four weeks with normal use of the machine. With some clients, we have noticed, where there is excessive use of the machine, then the water collection in the cannula is significant increased. Also if you are wearing the cannula and breathing Activated Oxygen in through the nose, though also breathing out through the nose, this will also significantly increase the amount of water collecting in the tube. Where at all possible it is advisable to breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth.

Airnergy and Vital Air use the same type of power cable, though the Vital Air requires a 15 volt supply, versus the Airnergy supply needing a 12 volt supply. As with the Airnergy power cable, we have noticed that the Vital Air power supply cord connected to the plug does degrade over time (many months / years) and the wires become exposed, which eventually will be dangerous to the user and a new power pack should be purchased.

If you choose to leave the water in the bottle for long period, then over time, there will be a furring up of the water bottle and the diffuser part of the glass sparkler. This takes different lengths of time depending on what type of water you are using in the glass bottle. If you use normal tap water, this will fur up the bottle and diffuser quite quickly, compared to using distilled water, which contains no additives. Using still mineral water or spring water can delay the furring process. We have found that a small amount of Apple Cider Vinegar, mixed with a good amount of warm water in the glass bottle, with the glass element inserted into it and left for 24 hours, will dissolve any furring. A very dilute apple cider vinegar and water solution swilled round the bottle (and rinsed very well afterwards) is also the best method of regular cleaning of the bottle that we have so far found.

In our opinion, the most vulnerable part of the Vital Air machines is the glass sparkler, which is inserted into the glass bottle containing water, and whose tubing is attached to the machine to direct the flow of the air. The diffuser, which is at the bottom of the glass sparkler’s stalk has a tendency to snap off if the glass sparkler is not pulled out of the glass water bottle straight, as the diffuser gets caught on the lip of the glass bottle. This can then leave splinters of glass in the bottle, if not noticed by the owner, which is obviously a danger to users. It is therefore important to check the glass sparkler is intact prior to each session. Glass sparklers are not cheap to replace, costing around £50.00. Also, regarding the glass sparkler, we recommend that you do not detach the plastic nozzle, which fits onto the machine, from the plastic tubes that lead up to the glass sparkler crown. If you do this, for whatever reason, and then inadvertently replace the nozzle the wrong way round, you’ll find that the machine sucks the water in the glass bottle into the final two activation chambers, and blows it out of the machine up the cannula towards your nose.

Unlike the Airnergy machines, the Vital Air machines were upgraded in 2010 when the inventor installed a double catalyst in each of the activation chambers, giving a substantial boost to the energy output of the Vital Air machines.

Servicing is important with all Activated Oxygen Therapy machines, though it depends on how often you use the machine as to how long it takes to reach ‘service time’. The Vital Air machine is programmed to require a complete service after 4000 hours of use. So if you do the maths, you can roughly work out that if you stick to two 30 minutes sessions per day, its going to be 10.95 years before you need to spend somewhere in the region of £400.00 for a maintenance service and system reset to zero. The machine must be returned to Germany for servicing as this can only be performed by the manufacture Vital Air Manufacturers. We can arrange this for you – just contact us to organise collection of your machine.

Pros of the Vital Air Activated Oxygen Therapy Machines:

  1. Most powerful and versatile of all Activated Oxygen Therapy machines
  2. Variable intensity and timing settings
  3. Nice clean, casing, small and compact
  4. Aesthetically pleasing to the eye – sophisticated design
  5. Colour Therapy options as standard
  6. Easy to clean the outer casing
  7. Very durable and long lasting
  8. Greatest length of time, 4000 hours, before a service is required.
  9. Memory button and Session Computer memory card easily utilised
  10. Includes an Aromatherapy bottle as standard for additional Aromatherapy during sessions

Cons of the Vital Air Activated Oxygen Therapy Machines:

  1. Vulnerable Glass Sparkler (same as Airnergy machines)
  2. Most expensive devices (though more affordable from us than Airnergy devices from other Activated Oxygen Therapy distributors)
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Airnergy Professional Plus and Airnergy Professional

Rent or Purchase an Airnergy+ Device

In our opinion, this is a sleek machine delivering the powerful activated oxygen through of 3 (Professional) and 4 (Professional Plus) Activation chambers, each containing Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) and a catalyst. The number of LEDs in each chamber is a closely guarded secret as is the formulation of the catalyst. In simple terms, the normal air is drawn in through the back of the machine, either through an air filter attached to the inlet valve, or without the air filter, by a powerful air pump, and passed through the first two activation chambers where the oxygen in the air is activated via the LEDs and Catalyst. Once activated, the air is then passed through a glass bottle containing water, so the oxygen becomes humidified. The humidification process makes for a smoother and easier absorption through the lungs and into the blood stream. Finally the humidified oxygen is the passed through the second 2 activation chambers in the case of the Professional Plus or the 3rd Chamber in the case of a Professional, where once again it undergoes further activation, and is then passed out of the machine via a nozzle at the front of the machine, to which a nasal cannula attached. The Activated Oxygen is breathed in, via the Cannula, connected to the patient’s nose. It is possible to place a glass aromatherapy bottle containing preferred therapeutic essential oils, between the machine and the cannula to enhance the experience.

The main control features centre around the session timing buttons, and the intensity button. Firstly the ‘Intensity’, this button regulates the number of LEDs lit in each of the chambers, there is a choice of 50%, 75% or 100% of the lights activated. Needless to say the more lights you have lit, the more intense the Activated Oxygen Therapy received. It is not possible to regulate the intensity of the catalyst. The session timing buttons are simply used to increase or decrease the length of the session (minutes). By using the combination of these two buttons, the appropriate ‘strength’ of therapy can be achieved for the individual.

As the air flow is directed through the glass sparkler and the water bottle, if you are using an air filter on the back of the machine (recommended), you can drink the water in the bottle after each session, as the water contains Activated Oxygen which has health benefits in its own right and adds to the therapeutic power of the session. If you’re not using air filters inserted into the back of the machine, it is not advisable to drink this water, as the water in the glass bottle will be acting as the air filter, and likely contain particles of airborne dust sucked into the machine from the surrounding vicinity. It is worth noting that the on board software is set up to request a new air filter be inserted every 50 hours, meaning that you have to purchase a new set of air filters (2 pack) every 100 hours, so this is an extra ongoing cost to consider. We do recommend the use of air filters if you live in a particularly dusty environment or have pets, which may moult and leave animal hairs floating in the room’s atmosphere where the machine is kept.

In our opinion, the most vulnerable part of the machine is the glass sparkler, which is inserted into the glass bottle containing water, and whose tubing is attached to the machine to direct the flow of the air. The diffuser, which is at the bottom of the glass sparkler’s stalk has a tendency to snap off if the glass sparkler is not pulled out of the glass water bottle straight, as the diffuser gets caught on the lip of the glass bottle. This can then leave splinters of glass in the bottle, if not noticed by the owner, which is obviously a danger to users. It is therefore important to check the glass sparkler is intact prior to each session. Glass sparklers are not cheap to replace, costing around £50.00 (Inc. Package and Posting). Also, regarding the glass sparkler we recommend that you do not detach the plastic nozzle, which fits onto the machine, from the plastic tubes that lead up to the glass sparkler crown. If you do this, for whatever reason, and then inadvertently replace the nozzle the wrong way round, you’ll find that the machine sucks the water in the glass bottle into the final two activation chambers, and blows it out of the machine up the cannula towards your nose.

One issue that does arise because of the humidification of the active air is that water, overtime, collects in the nasal cannulae being used to deliver the activated oxygen to the nose. A number of aspects impact the amount of water that collects in the cannulae. The ambient temperature of the air in the room that is sucked into the machine, and what the increase in temperature is as it flows through the machine, through the humidification process, and back out of the machine through the nasal cannula. Where the temperature change is significant, it can cause excess of water to collect over time in the tube, which gradually ascends up the tube, pushed by the Activated Oxygen Air flow towards the nose. Depending on how you feel about this prospect, you should be prepared to change the cannula every three to four weeks with normal use of the machine. With some clients, we have noticed, where there is excessive use of the machine, then the water collection in the cannula is significant increased. Also if you are wearing the cannula and breathing Activated Oxygen in through the nose, though also breathing out through the nose, this will also significantly increase the amount of water collecting in the tube. Where at all possible it is advisable to breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth.

The machine has a sleep mode. This mode, on new machines, activates a small blue light on the front of the machine. This can be annoying to some, if for instance, the machine is sited in the bedroom next to where you sleep. The blue glow can be annoying if you are not used to it and need complete darkness to sleep. We suggest that you unplug the machine from the wall.

If you choose to leave the water in the bottle for long period, then over time, there will be a furring up of the water bottle and the diffuser part of the glass sparkler. This takes different lengths of time depending on what type of water you are using in the glass bottle. If you use normal tap water, this will fur up the bottle and diffuser quite quickly, compared to using distilled water, which contains no additives. Using still mineral water or spring water can delay the furring process. We have found that a small amount of Apple Cider Vinegar, mixed with a good amount of warm water in the glass bottle, with the glass element inserted into it and left for 24 hours, will dissolve any furring. A very dilute apple cider vinegar and water solution swilled round the bottle (and rinsed very well afterwards) is also the best method of regular cleaning of the bottle that we have so far found.

The activation technology is basically the same since it was invented and has not changed. There have been some cosmetic tweaks along the way, for instance the casing design was changed in 2010 because the old casing tended to fade and discolour in direct sunlight, though the new casing now tends to crack around the upper lip of the machine if placed in direct sunlight. The air filter design was changed in 2014, (reason unknown, though does not seem to add anything significant to the user experience). The added air filter for the new Vital Air machines now allows you to drink the Activated Water that the activated oxygen has passed through, so this is no longer a sole advantage of the Airnergy machines. In 2012 the clip to which the glass sparkler nozzle is attached to direct the air flow through the glass bottle containing water, was changed as it was identified as particularly difficult to undo, as you needed to hold a metal clip in with one hand and squeeze the butterfly wings on the plastic nozzle to remove the nozzle and tubing attached to the glass sparkler. This was particularly difficult for people lacking strength in their hands and finger. Now you can simply press the nozzle firmly into the hole, though you still need to have a firm grip to pull it out.

There is a comprehensive user manual that explains everything you need to know, except for a couple of important details such as how to work out how many hours of operation you have clocked up, and how best to start your regime on the machine (the manual recommends everyone should use the device for 21 minutes daily, though in our experience, this may be too powerful for some people initially – and for others will not be long enough to start to see benefits).

As with Vital Air, the same ‘acclimatisation principles’ apply when using Airnergy. We feel it is very important for everyone to acclimatise themselves to this therapy, which is very different from traditional oxygen therapies which simply ‘push’ more oxygen into the body. We feel everyone should start off very gently, building up slowly to the 21 minutes per day recommended by Airnergy AG (Airnergy Manufacturers) and then increasing as appropriate to the individual. We have heard tales of users being told to increase the intensity or duration of treatment in the early stages of use by the Airnergy UK distributor – and to just ‘bear with it’ when symptoms are experienced. If you proceed with Activated Oxygen Therapy in this way, like the proverbial ‘bull in a china shop’, you may experience headaches or nausea, a ‘muzzy head’, drowsiness or tingling in the extremities (fingers and toes) or disruption in sleep patterns in the initial stages, as the body begins to recognise the Activated Oxygen yet finds it too ‘powerful’ to respond to without a significant detoxification / ‘healing’ reaction. On a positive note, these ‘healing’ symptoms show that your body is reactive and responsive to this therapy, though in the initial acclimatisation stages, this can be quite off putting if not expected. Also, although for many people ‘pushing through’ may be the preferred modus operandi, for some individuals with chronic illnesses such as M.E. / CFS / MS, it is imperative to minimise these detoxification / healing reactions since they themselves can delay recovery within these particularly sensitive and overloaded body systems. If you do experience such reactions, then we recommend that you drop back on the intensity and session length until such time as the reactions disappear, and then slowly build back up again. (as part of our rental package we offer regular support ‘check-in’ sessions to ensure we can minimise any healing reactions and manage your therapy appropriately).

Servicing is important with these machines, though it depends on how often you use the machine as to how quickly servicing time comes round. The machine is programmed to require a complete service after 2000 hours of use. So if you do the maths, you can work out that if you stick to two 21 minutes per day, its going to be 7.72 years before you need to spend somewhere in the region of £400.00 for a full service and system reset. The machine must be returned to Germany for servicing as this can only be performed by the manufacturer Airnergy AG. (Please contact us to arrange your Airnergy service).

And one last thing, at the end of each session, once the actual Activated Oxygen Therapy is finished, the Airnergy machine seems to continue going for another minute – during this time it is blowing through the system and nasal cannula to dry the tubing – so basically pushing through the final parts of Activated Oxygen that have been produced –  so it is best to stay attached to the machine during this process to get the most out of your session and also to minimise the condensation production in the nasal tubing. (The Vital Air machines simply ‘end’ the session without this blow through).

Pros of the Airnergy Activated Oxygen Therapy Machines:

  1. Variable intensity and timing settings
  2. Memory button
  3. Nice clean casing – easy to clean
  4. Post 2012 have an easier nozzle attachment process.
  5. Very durable and long lasting
  6. Good length of time, 2000 hours, before a service is required.
  7. Can include an Aromatherapy bottle as standard for additional Aromatherapy during sessions

Cons of the Airnergy Activated Oxygen Therapy Machines:

  1. Vulnerable Glass Sparkler (same as Vital Air devices)
  2. Casing pro to cracking if left in direct sunlight.
  3. Blue light remains on whilst in sleep mode
  4. Older models, pre 2012, have a metal clip as part of the mechanism to attach the glass sparkler nozzle to the machine, which makes it quite hard to remove the nozzle, you’ll need both hands.
  5. Compared to the Vital Air 3 and 5+ (4000 hours), the Airnergy Professional and Professional Plus (2000 hours) has half the hours available to the user before a full service is required

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SoeMac Device

Purchase a SoeMac Device

This Activated Oxygen Therapy machine was upgraded in Autumn 2015. The new upgrade measures 5.5” (L) x 3” (H) x 1” (D), is incredibly transportable and can sit on your bedside cabinet, your office desk or your lounge table and can run for as long as you like. Unlike its larger compatriots (see the device reviews above), you are not required to connect yourself to the device, via a cannula or mask – you simply breathe in the Activated Oxygen as it is blown to your nose and mouth – while you sleep or stay in one room.

As part of the upgrade, the manufacturer has reversed the airflow, in order to make activation even more efficient. In the older models (pre 2015), air was drawn in through the side by a fan, activated as it is drawn across the catalyst and LED lights, and then blown out of the front. On the new model, the air is drawn in at the front, and passes over the catalyst and LED lights and the activated oxygen is then blown out of the side. The upgrade has meant that three times as much air is now moved through the device (and therefore potentially three times the Activated Oxygen produced) compared with previously. This means for optimum effects it’s now best to aim the side of the device towards you during use.

In our opinion, the SOEMAC is very quiet. In our own basic testing, just a few centimetres away from the device, with the SOEMAC switched on, the volume was less than 5 decibels. The very low level noise of the fan is lost in the office noise, and is barely audible in the quiet tranquillity of your bedroom. The brushed steel casing has a heaviness about it that gives the device that feeling of quality, which of cause it has. The manufacturer suggests a catalyst change every two years. The new model now makes it possible for you purchase a new catalyst and change it yourself (previously you had to send the machine back to the manufacturer to have it changed – which you can still do, though there is an extra cost if you choose this option).

The SOEMAC comes complete with several international plug adapters, allowing you to travel abroad with the machine. The primary message of the manufacturer is that the SOEMAC aids sleeping, which in our experience it does, however, it has the potential to do so much more than that. Testing and trials are currently underway to investigate just how effective this machine is. SOEMAC could be one of the pieces in the Life Longevity jigsaw, making this a must have device for everyone, whether chronically ill or healthy.

At Unique Perceptions, we have trialled the SOEMAC since September 2015, and have found it not only a very useful aid to getting a better, longer, more refreshing night’s sleep, we have also started using a device on our work desks, as it provides a slow stream of Activated Oxygen, which the body absorbs and can convert into more energy to get you through your working day.

As with all Activated Oxygen Therapy devices, we recommend that you drink enough water to keep your body well hydrated, particularly in the early days of acclimatising yourself to the benefits of it.

The SOEMAC is less powerful than the larger Airnergy and Vital Air machines, which makes it possible for the body to accept a continuous stream of Activated Oxygen. The recommendation is to use the device overnight, whilst you sleep, when the body is perhaps particularly receptive to Activated Oxygen. It’s entirely possible to use the SOEMAC during the day as well (and recommended for severe / chronic illnesses – especially if you are based in one room throughout the day).

The SOEMAC is considerably more affordable than other Activated Oxygen Therapy devices, retailing in the UK for £419.00, compared to the ~ £4,000.00 you need to spend to obtain a brand new (more powerful) Airnergy+ or Vital Air device.

Contact us on 01743 718 324 to discuss any special promotions on prices we may be running.

Pros of the SOEMAC Activated Oxygen Therapy Machine:

    1. Small and easily transportable
    2. Most affordable method of accessing Activated Oxygen Therapy (currently)
    3. Almost operationally silent
    4. No vulnerable glass parts
    5. Easiest device to use – simple ‘on’ ‘off’ button without other controls
    6. Doesn’t require nasal or mouth based cannulas
    7. Suitable for any enclosed living or working space, such as your office or bedroom, and even then where you are in an open space, if you have the activated oxygen stream directionally pointing at you, and up to ~8 feet away, you will experience the benefits

Cons of the SOEMAC Activated Oxygen Therapy Machine:

  1. Less intense therapy than other devices – may take longer to experience benefits, or strength of therapy may not be strong enough to provide full desired results
  2. No options for changing intensity of therapy
  3. No humidification of Activated Oxygen, which can lead to experiences of dry mouth / throat / increased need for higher fluid intake (more so than other devices)
  4. Full overnight use generally required to have good effects (other devices usually used for 20 minutes – 90 minutes daily)

Specifications of SOEMAC (credit to SOE Health Ltd for diagram below):

SOEMAC Specifications

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