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Can anyone recommend a good CPAP machine for travel? The one I usually use is too large and heavy for my carry on.
My cpap machine is designed for travel. So, my quetion for you is who supplies your cpap machine? The comapny that supplies mine supplied me with one that travels easy.
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I have a 3B/BMC Luna CPAP that I'm happy with. The company that supplied it does not offer a smaller travel size. Are you happy with your travel one? What bran is it?
I get mine from a place called Commuity Surigical supply not sure of the brand
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It looks like the question never got answered here? Doe anyone have experience with a travel CPAP machine that they can recommend? ResMed makes one but it doesn't work with all CPAP masks. Dreamstation Go is another one. Anyone using one for travel, camping (battery powered), etc?
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@johnbishop – I know we've gone camping with my father-in-law since he's gotten a CPAP, so he now needs an electrical campsite and lugs the machine along. He likely could use a travel alternative.
Hoping that @steve1948 @johnhans @thankful @bernese53 @menotpvcs @doodle75bug @oldkarl may have some suggestions on a good CPAP machine for travel that is not too large and heavy?
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@johnbishop– I use the ResMed Air Sense 10 for both home & travel. It's stored in the typical gray carry case that I often see in many airports. Never had any issues with it as a carry on when flying. We went on a trip to an off grid lodge on the Rogue River in OR a few summers ago and there power is made with a generator and it comes on at 7 AM and off at 10PM. When I was looking into this for my C Pap they said they provide a battery and I just had to purchase a accessory to use for my C Pap use. It worked just fine! My brother uses C Pap as well and will often tent camp and found a small battery operated one that he likes very much, but I'm not sure of the brand name? Jim @thankful
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Hi Jim @thankful — My problem is that I don't want the hassle of packing my normal one up and then putting it back. I did that when I had to take it with me for the knee replacement surgery and it was a pain. Then a few days after I got home from the hospital my CPAP machine malfunctioned and I had to have my wife run it into the clinic to get a replacement/loaner until mine was fixed. So I'm kind of looking at the travel CPAP also as a backup ☺ plus I really want something smaller that I can put into a suitcase and not have to carry another suitcase with me. My Dreamstation has a case but it's not small. This is the one I'm thinking about but I want to talk with the sleep therapist at the local medical supply store before ordering anything because one of the folks there told me she has one that she really likes.
Z2 Auto CPAP — https://hdmusa.com/product/z2-auto/
@johnbishop– Hey John, that is one nifty looking C-pap! It sure would be easier packing something like that in my suitcase rather than the "gray case" so I would be interested in hearing how you like it? I have an appt. with my sleep Dr. on the 12th of next month and I will ask him if he has any recommendations on a travel version and ask about this model as well. I'll let you know what I turn up on this. As we like to say to all are friends using C-pap Happy Zzzz's to all!
Hi Jim @thankful — I ended up purchasing a Dreamstation Go CPAP which is a little larger than the other one I was looking at. I went with the Dreamstation Go because I'm able to sync both of the CPAPs with the app on my phone to track sleep results. I bought it a few months ago but didn't use it until this past weekend while visiting the wife's twin sister and hubby in Illiniois. I liked it so well that when I got home I unplugged the Dreamstation and put it in it's travel case and plan to make the Dreamstation Go my everyday CPAP as well as take it if I travel. I've been struggling getting my AHI numbers below four consistently and was amazed at the 3 nights away from home coming in at 1.6, 1.6, and 1.3. Then last night being the first night home was 2.2 which was still my lowest AHI recording since I started using a CPAP. I hope the low numbers continue but it may be just one of those things.
It is nice and compact and also comes with a nice cloth bag for the hose and mask. I bought the larger case that goes with it so that the humidifier fits and travels with me also.
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@johnbishop– Yeah!! Great news John! Interesting to get your lowest numbers ever away from home.
Keep me posted on this I may need to invest in one of those since we are traveling so much lately.
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My cousin sets his bi-pap on a setting of 7. With this limited information, does anyone know what that setting does? I’m totally ignorant of these gadgets.
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Hi, @jakedduck1 – I know that @jimhd has mentioned using a BIPAP machine, so he may have some insights for you on your cousin using a BIPAP setting of 7 and what that setting may do.
I used a CPAP for around 15 years, and bought a loaner unit from the supply store for travel. I got tired of packing and unpacking my machine.
But a year or two ago my sleep doctor had me do a sleep study, and from what they saw they changed me to a BIPAP. CPAP means constant air pressure. The BIPAP only puts out pressure on my inhale. The setting I have is 12. I think that indicates the pressure.
AHI? I suppose that means the number of apneic events per hour. With the BIPAP, I almost always have numbers below 1.
I used a full face mask for years, and had ongoing issues with leaking. Not very nice for my wife. My machine is ResMed, and now I use nasal pillows. Of course, because I move around at night, my mask gets pushed out of place, but the air leakage is much quieter with the nasal pillows. I imagine that having a beard made it impossible to maintain a seal with the full face mask.
I've been a mouth breather all of my life until the ENT doctor corrected my deviated septum. I had never been able to breathe through my left nostril, and my right one wasn't the best, either. WOW! After surgery I could breathe through my nose! It was a great feeling.
Anyway, because I was a mouth breather for 50 years, my brain still is programed that way. So I wear a chin strap, which is semi effective. To prevent me from opening my mouth completely, I'd have to tighten the strap so tight that it would be painful.
As I age, I find that I must become more adaptable. I've heard about people being set in their ways, but that's not the way to live comfortably in an aging body.
So now I have only one machine, but since we moved 13 years ago, going to a doctor or Walmart or Costco is no longer a 3 hour drive (each way). We had to spend the night in a motel at least once a month, and it was nice to have a machine packed and ready to go.
It's about time to do what I've been writing about. I'm glad you guys are doing well with your sleep.
@jakedduck1 — I'm pretty sure the setting of 7 is the air pressure setting prescribed by the doctor for the sleep apnea. My sleep medicine doctor prescribed a setting of 8 to 18 but it normally never gets above 12 during the night for me.
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Thank you John
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