Best travel CPAP machine

Posted by galway22 @galway22, Aug 24, 2021

Due to Philips dream machine recall, I would like to know what is the best travel cpap machine that people have used.

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Hello @galway22, Welcome to Connect, an online community where patients and caregivers share their experiences, find support and exchange information with others. I had a Dreamstation Go along with the regular Dreamstation CPAP machine before the recall and I really liked it. I replaced the Dreamstation Go travel CPAP with a ResMed AirMini and I like it much better. The only negative about it if you can call it that is the CPAP hose is not standard and there are only specific masks designed to work with it…but there is a workaround. They make a CPAP hose adapter that fits the machine so you can use whatever mask you have along with a standard CPAP hose. I do like the user program/app that comes with the Dreamstation much better than the ResMed MyAir but that's just a personal preference thing.

ResMed AirMini – https://www.resmed.com/en-us/sleep-apnea/cpap-parts-support/sleep-apnea-full-products-list/cpap-machines/airmini-portable-cpap/

myAir app – https://www.resmed.com/en-us/sleep-apnea/cpap-parts-support/myair-app/

How long have you been using a CPAP?

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@galway22, I add my welcome. There is an older discussion here that may interest you.
– CPAP machine for travel https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/cpap-machine-for-travel/

@thankful @jimhd @johnbishop and others talk about their CPAP travel preferences. Mind you, back in 2018 Phillips hadn't yet recalled their Dreamstation Go CPAP. Jim and Jim, what machines are you using these days?

John, I see that you replaced the Dreamstation Go travel CPAP with a ResMed AirMini. What do you like better about the ResMed AirMini?

Galway, what models were you investigating?

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@colleenyoung

@galway22, I add my welcome. There is an older discussion here that may interest you.
– CPAP machine for travel https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/cpap-machine-for-travel/

@thankful @jimhd @johnbishop and others talk about their CPAP travel preferences. Mind you, back in 2018 Phillips hadn't yet recalled their Dreamstation Go CPAP. Jim and Jim, what machines are you using these days?

John, I see that you replaced the Dreamstation Go travel CPAP with a ResMed AirMini. What do you like better about the ResMed AirMini?

Galway, what models were you investigating?

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Thanks for the tag Colleen. I actually like my new ResMed AirMini better than the Dreamstation Go. It's smaller and lighter so it packs away nice. It's also pretty quiet. I'm still trying to find a better mask but that may take awhile.

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@colleenyoung

@galway22, I add my welcome. There is an older discussion here that may interest you.
– CPAP machine for travel https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/cpap-machine-for-travel/

@thankful @jimhd @johnbishop and others talk about their CPAP travel preferences. Mind you, back in 2018 Phillips hadn't yet recalled their Dreamstation Go CPAP. Jim and Jim, what machines are you using these days?

John, I see that you replaced the Dreamstation Go travel CPAP with a ResMed AirMini. What do you like better about the ResMed AirMini?

Galway, what models were you investigating?

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I am looking at the Z2 and the ResMed Air Mini. As John mentions, I have read complaints about problems with the Adair Mini face masks. I am also a little confused if the Air Mini does run on batteries if you need it to.
Tks for your responses

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@galway22

I am looking at the Z2 and the ResMed Air Mini. As John mentions, I have read complaints about problems with the Adair Mini face masks. I am also a little confused if the Air Mini does run on batteries if you need it to.
Tks for your responses

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@galway22, The ResMed AirMini has an AC cord with a power adapter that plugs into the wall.

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Has anyone have experience with the Z2 Auto Travel cpap by Human Design Medical?

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@johnbishop

Hello @galway22, Welcome to Connect, an online community where patients and caregivers share their experiences, find support and exchange information with others. I had a Dreamstation Go along with the regular Dreamstation CPAP machine before the recall and I really liked it. I replaced the Dreamstation Go travel CPAP with a ResMed AirMini and I like it much better. The only negative about it if you can call it that is the CPAP hose is not standard and there are only specific masks designed to work with it…but there is a workaround. They make a CPAP hose adapter that fits the machine so you can use whatever mask you have along with a standard CPAP hose. I do like the user program/app that comes with the Dreamstation much better than the ResMed MyAir but that's just a personal preference thing.

ResMed AirMini – https://www.resmed.com/en-us/sleep-apnea/cpap-parts-support/sleep-apnea-full-products-list/cpap-machines/airmini-portable-cpap/

myAir app – https://www.resmed.com/en-us/sleep-apnea/cpap-parts-support/myair-app/

How long have you been using a CPAP?

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What can you say as regards the noise level or the motor humm? Are you using it with the waterless humidification system? What is the longest period (number of days) you have used it? Are you using the battery, if yes is it good for more than one night?
Thank you in advance for your answers.

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@rob729

What can you say as regards the noise level or the motor humm? Are you using it with the waterless humidification system? What is the longest period (number of days) you have used it? Are you using the battery, if yes is it good for more than one night?
Thank you in advance for your answers.

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I've been using the ResMed AirMini pretty much continous since it's my only working CPAP and I'm waiting for a replacement for both the Dreamstation and the Dreamstation Go. I will probably stay with the AirMini since it's smaller and I really like it. I'm sure there probably is some noise level but honestly I don't hear it. I put the mask on and push the button to start it and I don't hear it start but feel the air that starts moving into the mask and that's how I can tell it's on. I don't use any humidification system. I stopped using it when I had the Dreamstation Go as it seemed to make it harder for me to breathe. I have to say that my bedroom is in the lower level of a walkout basement type house and I have a whole home dehumidifier that keeps the humidity around 50% even in the Winter.

You can buy the battery packs that let you use them without an A/C cord but I don't go camping anymore so it's a moot point for me. I suppose it would be worth it if the rolling brown outs start 🙂 I think most of the portable batteries supply 1 to 2 nights of CPAP usage before you have to charge the battery.

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