2016 OET 3 and OET 5 Machine Review:
In our opinion, the OET range, formerly known as Vital Air, does exactly what the Airnergy devices do, only better, though not as well as the Vital Air range.
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.
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 OET range, compared to one colour with the Airnergy range and no colours from the Kinetic Oxygen 6. On the OET range, as with the Vital Air, you can choose just one colour or a multiple of colour sequences. With the Airnergy range your option is limited to blue.
The OET machines are smaller and lighter than the Airnergy range, though not as portable as the Kinetic Oxygen 6.
The OET 5 has 5 Oxygen Activation chambers though only 1 catalyst in each Activation chamber, versus the top of the range Airnergy Professional Plus which has 4 chambers with 1 catalyst. The Kinetic Oxygen 6 has 3 chambers with 2 catalysts in each, giving the Kinetic Oxygen 6 one more catalyst than the OET 5 device.
The OET range allows you to have any number of units activated, between one and five (or one and three in the case of the OET 3), so you can set the machine to your sensitivity, whereas the Airnergy machines are controllable by only three intensity levels. If you are a very 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, what ‘healing reactions’ are and how to deal with them.
The OET machines don’t have a sleep / standby mode that activates a small blue light that glows in the dark.
You can monitor the number of hours very readily using the OET systems menu, though it seems to be a closely guarded secret for Airnergy, as they don’t mention it in their user manual.
With the OET 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.
The OET 5 machine comes with an Aromatherapy Bottle and a bottle of Eucalyptus Essential Oil for COPD sufferers.
What we have noticed is that there are a number of factors that OET, Vital Air and Airnergy machines share in common:
As with Airnergy, the same ‘acclimatisation principles’ apply when using OET devices. 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 to the 21 minutes per day recommended by Airnergy AG (Airnergy Manufacturers) and then increasing as appropriate to the individual. We have heard 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 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. Where there is excessive use of the machine, water collection in the cannula may be significantly increased. Also if you are wearing the cannula and breathing Activated Oxygen in through the nose, though also breathing out through the nose, this may also significantly increase the amount of water collecting in the tube. Where possible it is advisable to breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth.
OET, Kinetic Oxygen, Vital Air and Airnergy use the same type of power cable, though the OET and Vital Air devices requires a 15 volt supply, versus the Kinetic Oxygen and Airnergy supply needing a 12 volt supply.
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 a few hours, will dissolve any residue. 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.
In our opinion, the most vulnerable part of the OET machines is the glass sparkler, which is inserted into the humidifying bottle, and whose tubing is attached to the machine to direct the flow of the air. The sparkling element, being made of glass, if handled roughly or dropped, will break fairly easily. The Glass Sparklers come from Germany and cost approximately £75.00 to replace. We do recommend keeping a spare one, otherwise there may be a period of time where you cannot use the machine whilst a new glass sparkler is sent to you. 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.
There have been no technical enhancements applied to the OET 5 or OET 3 machines since they went into production.
Servicing is important for 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 OET 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 OET Manufacturer.