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Old 11-01-2019, 03:44 PM
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If this info is somewhere already in the forum please direct me to it... I couldn't find the specifics I'm looking for.

My hubby uses a CPap. It has made ALL the difference in his getting a good night's sleep and ME getting a good nights sleep (due to his snoring without it). We are looking at battery operated ones for a no electricity type event that lasts... for years.

Does anyone have real life experience with battery operated units? I'd like names of which ones work and which ones don't. How long do most batteries last and how do you recharge without electricity or a generator?
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Old 11-02-2019, 01:07 AM
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My bipap has a plug in power transformer so it would adapt to a battery pretty easy with just a cord swap. I imagine most are like that. Right now mine is down giving an error message. Also i have worn out masks, i use the face mask covering mouth and nose. Maybe replace once a year.
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i have one of these, you can get a battery or a cig lighter plug for 12 volt use

https://www.cpap.com/productpage/z2-...l-cpap-machine

you could use a 12 volt jump starter a car or deep cycle battery or an inverter battery combo to run the c pap.
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Mine is 12 volt. I had a battery for the old one and it would work all night with out the humidifier, but it would dry me out and I couldn't sleep. I used a motorcycle battery and a plug with alligator clips.

I need to get a plug for the new one. I plan to use a car battery with it if the generator goes out.

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If you are using a car battery... how would you keep the car battery charged in a grid down, no gasoline available scenario?

I'm thinking long term TEOTWAWKI scenario... just trying to be prepared to actually get some sleep if something happens.
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If you are using a car battery... how would you keep the car battery charged in a grid down, no gasoline available scenario?



I'm thinking long term TEOTWAWKI scenario... just trying to be prepared to actually get some sleep if something happens.
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Buddy of mine took his camping ran it off the car battery through an inverter it ran the battery down. He bought the battery pack for it works out much better.
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We use ResMed products just about exclusively. The ResMed Mini https://www.resmed.com/us/en/consume...s/airmini.html is the easy answer for battery power.

Itís also the easiest to travel with!

Many if not most of the others can be battery powered, but are more complicated to do so. They take more battery power to run and must be run without the heaters unless you have lots of batteries available.

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Thank you Sheepdog68 for the info. I'm researching this but can't find anywhere that says it can be used WITHOUT a smart phone? Do you know from your use if it can be used without a phone?
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There may be a brand new machine or machines I havenít seen! The various reps come in several times a year to show us their newest stuff so maybe soon, but none of the ones we use mandate use via smartphone.

Per my likely less than perfect memory the smartphone apps allow you to watch things more easily and allows the medical staff to access it without you having to come in. Some of them are very smart machines that run some pretty cool programs, but seem better suited maybe to areas with shallow knowledge base or thin competent boots on the ground.

Iím on the management/financial end of the company so am not as fluent in the nitty gritty of the medical side, but many of our patients even live outside of cellphone coverage or folks whoíve never found the need for a smartphone.

Last time I asked the nurses hated the app as it wasted lots of their time and didnít really work that well. (I heard it was updated, but havenít heard how it works since then!) It could be because they know the ResMed system inside out and donít like the others much.

In cellular covered areas many of the machines dump information via cellphone that the nurses can keep an eye on. Otherwise they have you bring in your machine or better yet your memory chip if youíre comfortable taking it out and they watch things that way.

Having a dedicated knowledgeable nurse following you greatly increases the success of the therapy! Our nurses walk you through the issues as they pop up with whatever encouragement is needed as needed (Including a butt kick on occasion if called for!)

Some of the other companies have some very cool features on their machines, but weíve had such good luck with the ResMed equipment weíre unlikely to drastically move away from it anytime soon.

Weíve seen a couple machines go down unexpectedly, but most of them churn away night after night for years. If basic maintenance is done even better yet!

Upgrade to a HEPA filter and keep a spare mask and other few parts and youíre likely good to go.

The mini occasionally makes weird noises that resolve by turning it off and then back on! Hopefully mini 2 will figure it out, but itís not overly common and resolves easily. It travels so well most forgive it this one bobble!

That being said a knowledgeable team working to improve your health is more important than which company made your machine! The number of variables is almost unbelievable and a good staff will puzzle away at challenges even taking difficult ones to staff meetings to let the whole team have input on them.

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