CPAP Travel: Travel CPAP Machines

 In CPAP Travel, Troubleshooting / Tips

It’s Travel Time!

Travel CPAP machines were manufactured to simplify travel for CPAP users. You may be a constant traveler or just someone who wants the ease of carrying around a portable machine. Either way, owning a secondary CPAP machine specifically for travel will allow you to continue to treat your condition, no matter your location.

resmed airmini CPAP machine and hose inside travel bag - Health Sqyre

First of all, auto altitude adjustments (for in-flight use), compliance reporting, humidification, and battery capability are key features that will distinguish which travel CPAP machine will work best for you. Let’s take a look at your options below.

Device Auto Alt. Adjustments Compliance Humidification *Battery Option
Z1 Travel CPAP Automatic SD Card None Integrated Battery
Z1 Auto Automatic App None Integrated Battery
Transcend CPAP Automatic Optional Integrated Direct Battery
Transcend Auto Automatic Optional Integrated Direct Battery
Transcend EZEX Automatic Optional Integrated Direct Battery
DreamStation Go Automatic App None Integrated Battery
AirMini Auto CPAP Automatic App None None

*Battery Option Definition: A CPAP machine that uses a direct battery will use a DC power cord or other alternative power source to charge the battery. On the other hand, an integrated battery would use the same power source as the CPAP machine.

Please read our guide on Best Travel CPAP Machines on how to purchase the top travel CPAP machine.

Where Are You Traveling? If your destination has…

Unreliable power supply:

You will need a travel CPAP machine that is capable of running on a battery.

Direct current (DC) power is the type used in cars when power is delivered from a battery. A DC power adapter fits into the cigarette lighter of your car. Most CPAP battery kits use this common method of recharging the battery. There should be a cord available from the CPAP manufacturer that allows the unit to be plugged into its volt power source without an inverter.

Device DC Option?
Z1 Travel CPAP Yes
Z1 Auto Yes
Transcend CPAP Yes
Transcend Auto Yes
Transcend EZEX Yes
DreamStation Go Yes
AirMini Auto CPAP No

Check with the manufacturer to determine if an inverter will be required if you have purchased a universal CPAP battery kit.

An inverter can be used to power a CPAP machine, which requires AC power by plugging the machine’s power cord into the inverter. You convert the power by locating the 3-prong outlet found at the end of the inverter.

*Also, it is recommended that you buy a Universal World Wide Travel Adapter Plug that works in any country if you are traveling internationally.

Reliable power source: 

Portability and functional features will be more important if your destination has a reliable power source.

ResMed’s AirMini Auto CPAP weighs only 0.66 lbs and communicates through a Bluetooth connection and its AirMini app. You can read our Powering Your CPAP post to determine which power option works best for you.

One of the key features of owning a travel CPAP machine is that it is always ready to go.

Not all travel CPAP machines offer humidification, but if you have a CPAP with humidification, neatly pack your dry humidifier in a Ziploc bag.  Many CPAP users often forgo this option when traveling due to the additional weight and responsibility it commits.

 

Are you flying or camping?

Check out these posts that give detailed guidance and tips on how to travel with your CPAP:

Flying with Your CPAP
Camping with Your CPAP

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How long will you be gone?

It matters for insurance…

Mask leaks, Apnea–Hypopnea Index (AHI), and overall compliance data are important for you, your Doctor, insurance carrier, and Durable Medical Equipment (DME) supplier.

Continuing to monitor your usage is important if you are going away for more than 5-6 days. Make sure your travel CPAP machine is capable of generating this compliance data, especially if you have just begun CPAP therapy or your insurance carrier requires continuous monitoring for authorization of supplies.

 

What else will you need?

Don’t leave home without making a list of the items you will need to effectively use your travel CPAP machine while away. Always carry your prescription and letter of medical necessity (LMN) if you are going to be using your travel CPAP machine during the flight. Read our post Flying with Your CPAP for a breakdown of each airline’s requirements for CPAP travel and in-flight use.

CPAP Travel Checklist

  • Machine
  • Power
  • Humidifier
  • Mask
  • Filters
  • Cushions/Pillows
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Comfort Supplies
  • Prescription/LMN

 

Traveling with your CPAP should not be difficult. CPAP manufacturers have developed amazing technology to help users remain compliant with therapy.

Check out our Ultimate Guide to Traveling with Your CPAP for all the pro tips and more on CPAP travel.

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