Philips Respironics DreamStation Go Review

A lightweight travel CPAP with an intuitive interface.

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            BEST OVERALL

The DreamStation Go, weighing less than 2lbs, is a fully portable travel CPAP/APAP machine with pressure relief features. At half the size and two thirds less parts of the standard DreamStation platform, the DreamStation Go offers the same sleep therapy, connectivity and comfort features used by over 5 million CPAP users. With added portability, the Go, which meets FAA’s standards for in-flight use, flies through security just like a smartphone.

9.0

Overall

9.0

Overall

Design
100%
Features
95%
Weight
90%
Sound
80%
Power
85%

We know that it’s a pain traveling or camping as a PAP user, and the idea of bringing an extension cord or power supply – along with your bulky CPAP – on a bus, plane, or car is not ideal. 

Philips Respironics’ DreamStation Go avoids these difficulties by offering a portable, cordless option that uses a lithium-ion rechargeable battery, packaged in a slim and sleek design for PAP users who are always on-the-go.

Features at a Glance

DreamMapper Compatibility

The DreamMapper App and Desktop tool helps you stay on track with your CPAP therapy. The app helps you keep track of your mask fit and therapy hours, record and send therapy data, and set therapy goals. If your goals aren’t met, the app even gives you suggestions on what you can do to improve your therapy adherence. There are also on-demand educational videos and guide materials to help you get used to new equipment and to learn how to maintain them.

The DreamStation Go features bluetooth capabilities, for seamless data transmission to Philips’ EncoreAnywhere and Care Orchestrator cloud-based patient management systems for clinicians.

Intuitive LCD color display

Just like your smartphone, the DreamStation comes with an LCD color touch screen display, for a quick, simple setup and navigation.

MicroSD Card Port

The DreamStation Go can store therapy data on a MicroSD card (sold separately) for your physicians and clinicians to analyze. This is important if you are using insurance to purchase your CPAP supplies, as you will need to prove to your physician that you are compliant with your therapy.

USB port

You can even charge your mobile devices or tablet using the USB charging port on your DreamStation Go! It’s perfect for when you urgently need a power supply.

Micro-flexible 12mm Tubing

The 12mm ultra-slim flex technology is Philips Respironics’ smallest and lightest tubing yet, improving freedom of movement while you sleep, and making it easy to pack in your bag and carry around when you’re traveling.

This micro-flexible tubing is very easy to clip on and off the PAP machine, and it works with any Philip’s DreamWear or Pico mask. It also comes with a universal adapter included for other mask types with 15mm or 22mm OD connections.

Optional Features

Optional Integrated Battery Pack

DreamStation Go has optional overnight batteries to provide reassurance that your CPAP therapy keeps running when you sleep, no matter where you are. According to Philips Respironics, set at 10cm of pressure, the DreamStation Go displayed an average run time of 13 hours when running with the overnight battery. We would recommend getting this battery pack if you may be visiting locations with an unreliable electricity source.

Optional Heated humidifier

The humidifier is also light and compact at 0.76 lbs, and uses water-preserving technology to provide evenly distributed heated humidification throughout the night. The Dreamstation Go can be used with tap or bottled water, eliminating the need to search for distilled water on-the-go. When you forget to fill the humidifier or underfill it, the heater plate shutdown safety feature prevents dry, uncomfortable air from being delivered during your sleep.

Travel Kit (Travel Bag)

The DreamStation Go Travel Kit provides durable and protective storage for your CPAP device while traveling. The zipper closure makes it easy to handle and secure your device.

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Specifications

Included In BoxDreamStation Go Auto CPAP Machine, 6 Foot Micro 12mm Hose, 1 – Reusable Filter, Power Cord – 6 Ft, User Manual
GenderUnisex
Warranty2 Years
Weight (lbs)1.50 – 2.99
Sound Level (dBA)25.0 – 30.0
Dimensions7.6. in L x 6.2 in W x 3.3 in H
Operating Pressure Range4 – 20 cm H2O (0.2 cm increments)
Auto Pressure AdjustmentYes
Operating Altitude Range0 – 7,500 Feet
Machine TypeAPAP
Ramp0 to 45 min (5-min increments)
Humidification systemNo, add on only
Advanced Software / DataYes
RainOut ReductionYes
AC Power Consumption100 – 240 Volts, 50/60 Hz, 2.0 – 1.0 A
DC Power Consumption12 VDC, 6.67 A
Works with a BatteryYes
Auto Altitude AdjustmentNo

DreamStation Go vs. ResMed AirMini

The Philips DreamStation Go Auto CPAP and The ResMed AirMini AutoSet are top competitors in the travel CPAP market. Both machines have bluetooth capabilities and are cordless + compact, but there are some differences. 

The DreamStation Go is better in that it can be used with a wider variety of masks, with the help of a universal adapter that is included in the box, whereas the AirMini only works with AirFit and AirTouch ResMed Masks. The DreamStation Go Moreover, the Go is better suited for everyday use, whereas the AirMini is better suited for travel-use only. 

On the other hand, the AirMini is smaller and lighter, weighing about a third of the DreamStation Go (at 0.66 lbs), and uses the HumidX waterless humidification technology (a heat moisture exchanger, a.k.a ‘HME’), eliminating the need for water altogether. Although the DreamStation Go is slightly more expensive, because the AirMini requires a “Mask Setup Pack” (sold separately) in order to be compatible with a ResMed mask, the price points are very similar.

Dimensions5.9 x 5.9 x 2.3 inches5.4 x 3.3 x 2.0 inches
Weight1.86 lbs0.66 lbs
Sound30 dBA30 dBA
AccessoriesBattery Pack, Heated Humidifier, Travel BagTravel Case, Bed Mount System, HumidX Waterless Humidifier
Price$889.99$849.00

Final Thoughts

You should never take your sleep apnea therapy for granted, regardless of whether you’re hitting the road, flying on a plane, or camping outdoors. The DreamStation Go, which packs advanced features in one compact travel machine, is definitely a travel-friendly choice for the frequent traveler. Additionally, the machine works pretty well for everyday use too, as it is built larger and more durable than its competing travel machines like the AirMini and Z2. Here are some quick pros and cons of the DreamStation Go:

Pros

  • Works with all mask types
  • Lightweight, portable
  • Sleek and intuitive design

Cons

  • Some users report it being too loud
  • Larger than similar travel CPAPs
  • Including add-ons can make it expensive

Take your CPAP therapy anywhere, with the convenience and comfort of the DreamStation Go.

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