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Old 05-18-2014, 04:22 PM   #11
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I'm a respiratory therapist and I just want to commend you guys for being so faithful about wearing your cpap. Way to go!
I wouldn't go without mine anymore. It's really made a huge difference in my sleeping at night. It was worth doing the sleep studies away from home and Thanks to BCBS to get to where I am now.

My Doctor told me either Reggie White or Reggie Jackson (don't remember which one) died in his sleep without a CPAP and I had all the same signs he did.
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Old 05-18-2014, 05:10 PM   #12
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Just wondering if anyone has a solution to running a CPAP medical device while camped without power? I'm taking a month this summer to travel in my motor home. I'm a complete newbie but I'm thinking I'm probably not the only one traveling with this type of device. What do you use to power yours? Looking for tips, not looking forward to sleeping without it.
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First off, I have been setting up cpaps for 14 years. if yours is a Respironics M Series or System One or Resmed S9 they are all DC powered and use a converter. Battery packs are expensive for them. Just go buy a good deep cycle battery and an inverter, turn off the humidifier and it should run for about 3 nights. If you have an ICON be sure to unplug it when not using as the humidifier plate stays on all the time to provide humidity quicker.

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Old 05-18-2014, 10:17 PM   #13
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I'm a respiratory therapist and I just want to commend you guys for being so faithful about wearing your cpap. Way to go!
The best thing that happened to me was breaking my CPAP machine......
Until I did that I would use it once and not for a few then use it again and quit. When it broke....I couldn't wait to get it back and have used it every night since.
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Old 05-19-2014, 12:46 AM   #14
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I wouldn't go without mine anymore. It's really made a huge difference in my sleeping at night. It was worth doing the sleep studies away from home and Thanks to BCBS to get to where I am now.

My Doctor told me either Reggie White or Reggie Jackson (don't remember which one) died in his sleep without a CPAP and I had all the same signs he did.
It was Reggie White. First thing my Dr did was pull up the report and show me, before my first sleep study.

I can function better on four hours of sleep (Still bad, I know. I can't go to sleep in the first place.) than I could on eight or ten before. That's why I spent an afternoon installing provisions for four batteries and my inverter.
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Old 06-15-2017, 08:38 PM   #15
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Smile Tested my CPAP DC adapter for ResMed 8S series

I've read many older posts on this topic.
I didn't want to spend a lot of money on an adapter for my CPAP when boondocking, so I searched high and low. I have an older machine and they longer make the adapter for it. I was thrilled to find this one which claimed to work with my model. Today I ran the machine for 9 hours using battery power. In the end, my battery registered as "good" and the machine remained cool to the touch. I can recommend it after this simple test.
Can't beat it for $20.
Owell 12V DC Power Cord with reverse polarity for ResMed S8-series CPAP Machines
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Old 06-15-2017, 11:37 PM   #16
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Good job on the cord.

If you look at the output label of the existing power supply and measure the diameter of the plug, it gets easier. That one is pretty common, just buy looking at it. I probably have one in my drawer.

Or if you can find the pn of the real one, Amazon will have knockoffs for cheap. Digikey is another good source. You can filter by multiple criteria.
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Old 06-16-2017, 05:33 AM   #17
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I have a bipap and use it every night we camp. We boondock mostly and I have two six volt batteries that we purchased with the intent of getting the highest capacity we could and have no problems at all. The state parks we frequent only allow five hours a day for generators and we usually recharge in less time than that. We use the heater, radio, lights and a converter for recharging phones and such and never have a problem.
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Old 06-16-2017, 07:37 AM   #18
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It never ceases to amaze me just how much knowledge of these things the forums contains. We are using a 12V marine battery, no generator, and would like to use power for all of the things you mention. Boondocking is down the road a bit for us and we also want to get a small solar panel.
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Old 06-16-2017, 09:06 AM   #19
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I actually own 4 machines, 3 are older and one small one an S8 with the snap on humidifier. Amazing how cheap the machines are when not dealing with a third party health insurance provider, I bought my S8 outright new, for 400 bucks. The insurance / rent the machine sscam is a rip off.

I have tons of supplies and I set my machines to what I'm comfortable with at pressure wise, I've had 2 sleep studies in 25 years, last one 15 years ago.

Because I hunt and spike camp hunt (on horseback) I need to run my S8 completely off grid for at least 2 nights at a time so I own a pair of Lithium Ion rechargeable packs that are fully self contained and can be charged from a cigarette lighter plug or solar panels. I built myself a passive humidifer for spike camping and use bottled water for it. never an issue. I can get 3 days of use on the S8 from 2 packs and the packs weigh about 5 pounds total and are fully self contained, even have digital volt meters and percentage of power left readouts built in. Nor cheap (200 bucks a unit) but not being a zombie hunter is worth the expense. heck, I can drop 10 grand on a hunt so a couple saw bucks is chump change anyway.

In the RV (and I 'boondock' 99% of the time, usually on my Northern Michigan property, in the woods off road, down what is referred to here as a 'seasonal road', aka: 4 wheel drive only access, I run an AIMS Power 1500 watt PSW remote switching inverter with 2 Trojan 6 volt golf cart batteries. The inverter is hard wired to a dedicated wall outlet (marked 'Inverter Only'). I can run all night with heated humidification and the systems on in the camper (fridge and all) and still have 65-70% battery left in the morning (according to my SeeLevel readout, which is as good as a Trimetric. A couple hours of my Inverter Generator (Champion 2000 watt) on economy mode and my batteries are close to 100% again.

I tend to run my genny in the AM when we get up. Don't like or want a genny running at night. I like to sleep in silence or close to it. I dislike noise at night in the woods.
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I live on an up north (to some people anyway) seasonal road. Where you at?
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