Somnetics Transcend Auto miniCPAP Review:
Fully-featured APAP with EZEX pressure relief.
The Good / The Transcend Auto miniCPAP is about the size of a soda can and rated highly among campers for durability. It also has multiple power options.
The Bad / The humidifier makes the unit much larger, and the hose noise is louder than usual. The software is still not compatible with MAC devices.
The Bottom Line / If you are a “roughing it” kind of traveler, this is the unit for you. It can take a beating on long hikes through tough terrains. It even has a solar power capability and it is the 1st travel Auto CPAP manufactured for PAP users.
Somnetics is known for reliability. So, when long term PAP users saw the release of their Transcend Auto Mini CPAP, users jumped at the chance to own a travel PAP device and regain ownership of their traveling lifestyles.
The Transcend Auto Mini CPAP features EZEX pressure relief technology which allows the user to exhale with ease. It is compatible with most masks and includes a universal adapter hose. The blower is vibration free for quiet operation and there are a plethora of power options available for this model.
Transcend Auto miniCPAP product features
EZEX Pressure Relief
Using EZEX pressure relief technology, the Transcend lowers the pressure level at every out-breath, resulting in a more comfortable and natural therapy experience. There are four settings, ranging from 0 cm H2O to 4 cm H2O of relief.
The machine automatically adjusts the pressure levels accordingly, in order to compensate for mask leaks, position shifts, and apneas.
The Transcend Auto Mini CPAP has various power options. For the more recreational users, a solar battery option is available. If you have access to power in your RV or at the hotel, a DC mobile power adapter is another option. However, if you are uncertain of either of these power sources, you can always purchase the Transcend Multi-Night Battery. It can run up to 16 hours before needing to be completely charged.
The Transcend Auto Mini CPAP allows the PAP user to track compliance data. The device holds up to 13 months of data and can be transmitted when connected to a Windows based computer using the included USB cable. You can even email the compliance information to your Practitioner or DME (Durable Medical Equipment) supplier when you need new or a change in PAP supplies.
One of the more favored features on the Transcend Auto Mini CPAP is the option to add or to remove the humidifier function. PAP users do not always need humidification. The unit’s power options are superior to others and it’s global power options remain a top selling feature for the traveling PAP user.
Transcend Auto Compared With…
The Respironics DreamStation is probably the best travel CPAP machine on the market…it’s small, light, and boasts a lot of advanced features. It can be charged and be used for up to more than 8 hours. The Respironics DreamStation has a built-in Bluetooth connectivity with a data-tracking app and auto-adjusting pressure. It is also significantly more expensive than the Transcend.
The Z1 Auto is cord free, small, quiet, and can be linked with a phone app using Bluetooth. People say that the Z1 Auto has a better design than the Transcend…also, it has an optional integrated battery! The Z1 Auto is on the same level with the Transcend, regarding price and the availability of features.
The ResMed AirMini is a notably small and light auto-CPAP machine. It can be linked with a phone app using Bluetooth, has waterless humidification, and auto-adjusting pressure. However, at 30 decibels, it is slightly louder. The AirMini offers more advanced features but is also significantly more expensive.
Works great! No more lugging a huge CPAP bag around. Can actually put this unit in my suitcase without having to leave half my clothes behind.
David W. / FL
Size matters, especially when you’re traveling. And remember: skipping therapy during travel is NOT an option!!
The size/weight without the humidifier makes it easy to pack and carry. Air pressure and flow are great. Externally, the unit is quiet. But most of its noise travels directly through the hose to the user–ear plugs actually make it worse. But eventually I can ignore it and sleep well.
Scott M. / OH
At 26.6 dBA, this is not that loud in comparison to the other models, but for some light sleepers, it may take some time getting used to the sound!
I can’t say enough good things about this machine. Quiet, small, and powerful. Just spent 3 days camping with it–NIGHT AND DAY compared to my old machine! Fell asleep at 11 and then it was 5 (I’m an early riser), refreshed and ready to go. The ability to plug in and make adjustments to my pressure myself was a huge bonus. Can’t recommend this product enough.
Jeremy B. / OR
This tiny machine gets the job done!
The hose is noisier than I’m used to, but I use earplugs anyway. The machine works great.
Derren T. / NY
So as mentioned earlier, the machine is louder than most other machines – but this user seemed to have more success using earplugs. The noise level can also be compensated for by using CPAP mufflers.
Transcend Auto miniCPAP Product Specifications
|Price as Reviewed||$499.00|
|Weight (machine only)||0.9 lbs|
|Dimensions||6.1 in x 3.5 in x 2.8 in|
|PC system compatibility||Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, 32-bit & 64-bit|
|Pressure Range||4-20 cm H2O (1 cm increments)|
|Operating Altitude Range||0 – 8000 ft|
|Power Consumption||100 to 240 VAC, 50-60Hz|
This machine is pretty great for its price, as its equipped with some of the most important essential features like pressure relief and auto adjusting technology. This machine should be intended for use only as a travel machine though, as using it for too long could become uncomfortable. The machine is also very customizable, with various power options. If you need to go camping or traveling somewhere, this machine will do the job well.
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