Mini CPAPs: Where to get them, Pros and Cons
With the increasing recognition and diagnosis of sleep apnea over the past decade, CPAP manufactures have been inspired to innovate their products to facilitate the lives of their more diverse and active consumer base.
They know you don’t want to pack pounds of bulky CPAP materials in your carry-on for your flight, or for your more mobile activities. The Mini CPAP, alternatively called “Travel CPAP,” is one of the industry’s solutions for people on-the-go.
Manufacturers have worked rapidly to create these portable CPAP machines, creating devices that have weighed in at less than a pound.
The listed features make Mini CPAPs fantastic for long distance travel or for mobile foot activities. Their small sizes, comparable to car keys in some instances, along with their fantastic durability, allow you to do these activities with a peace of mind.
Manufactured for the traveling experience, the chargers that come with these devices are very adaptable. They can be plugged into areas from car cigarette lighters to airplane charge ports. For camping, solar adapters can be ordered to insure battery life for multi-night usage.
Being a smaller unit, the Mini CPAP’s battery life could be a concern if used multiple nights in a row. If this is the case, having the solar charged adapter, which can be on the larger side, or just having extra batteries, may be suggested.
The smaller size also holds unique implications for the way the air is pressurized and emitted for the user. A mini CPAP may tend to provide lower amounts of air pressure than its nightstand model counterparts because of its relative lack of power. It may also emit slightly more noise while performing its tasks as a result.
Mini CPAPs remain very popular regardless of these features, meaning that the convenience outweighs the costs for many users.
Given the short battery life and expenses of mini CPAP accessories, knowing when you will be traveling, how you will do so (foot, plane, or staying at home), and what conditions you will be dealing with during your trip, will both optimize your experience, and limit the costs you accrue in buying these products.
For those buying this product as a backup, ordering the extra solar battery accessories and energy storage kits may not be necessary. For those who will not be using the mini CPAP during the day at their foreign destinations, buying accessories may be unnecessary once again, as they can charge the mini CPAP while away from it.
Traveling into locations that are further away from electrical ports starts the conversation for energy saving accessories. For longer outdoors and camping activities that require over night stays with little access to tech, the same precautions are advised either through the use of accessories or extra batteries.
Z1 Auto Travel CPAP Machine
Somnetics Transcend Auto mini CPAP
ResMed AirMini AutoSet Travel CPAP Machine
DreamStation Go Travel CPAP