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Old 05-28-2015, 12:56 PM   #1
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Use a CPAP?

We have never found it necessary to dry camp and have avoided considering same because I would not have 120VAC for my CPAP.

I have a small inverter that I could plug into a 12V outlet on the dash and run an extension cord but am worried about running the engine battery down.

I am sure there are a lot of CPAP users out there. How do you get power without running a generator all night?

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Old 05-28-2015, 01:02 PM   #2
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I have a small inverter as well. Would just use the trailer battery and kill it if needed. No Heater. Both DW and I have them, I am ready in case. I would wire up a 12 V jack to your house battery for this use.

I also have a generator now as well. Will run the whole trailer AC included.
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Old 05-28-2015, 01:13 PM   #3
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90% of Cpaps are 12 volt . I bought a 12V plug and cord for mine from my cpap company !! this would eliminate the extra draw for you converter . look at the 120v cord that goes to your cpap, you see the small black box that converts the 120 to 12v than there's a cord that comes out of the box with a charging plug like the one in to your lap top . If you see that it's 12v go on line an order the 12 volt plug in. My friend has a kit with a portable 12v battery for tent camping !!
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Old 05-28-2015, 01:16 PM   #4
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CPAP.com - IntelliPAP 12 volt DC Power Cord
http://www.cpap.com/productpage/inte...t-dc-power-cor.
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Old 05-28-2015, 01:23 PM   #5
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I don't have a motorhome, but do sleep with a CPAP and occasionally boondock with it. As B and B mentioned- turn off the humidifier; that uses like 3x the power than just the blower.

Otherwise, I did exactly what you said- a cheap inverter plugged into a 12v socket. I got 2 nights of use out of my machine and 1 night of furnace use out of my upgraded battery.

For me, I have to run an extension cord from our kitchen to the bedroom:
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Old 05-28-2015, 01:26 PM   #6
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90% of Cpaps are 12 volt . I bought a 12V plug and cord for mine..
This is the best answer if you'll be doing this more than once or twice. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a cord for my machine.
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Old 05-28-2015, 01:44 PM   #7
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We were on a dry site last year and had 2 visitors, each using CPAP machines. My camper at the time did not have a 12V plug and I don't know if the machines had 12v.
I have 2 batteries and a 750W inverter w/ 2 120v outlets (about $40 on sale at Harbor Freight). Brought a battery inside w/ the inverter, hooked up both CPAPs and powered each all night. Charged battery next day on my generator and they were set for the next night.
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Old 05-28-2015, 02:14 PM   #8
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Just upgraded my cpap last year to a dual 110/12v unit and it has the option of a separate battery pack. I would suggeste contacting your supplier to see if you have a 12v for yoiur unit or consider upgrading
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Old 05-28-2015, 10:27 PM   #9
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We installed a third deep cycle battery in the storage under the bed with an isolator and inverter. The cpap runs on it all the times. If the power goes out or gets unplugged it continues uninterrupted.
Dry camping we get a couple nights without worry.
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Old 06-04-2015, 06:38 PM   #10
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I have been going to Football games for years and it is definitely dry camping. I looked on the Internet and found companies that see rechargeable battery systems for the CPAP. Works great...charge it during the day and use it at night


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Old 06-04-2015, 06:41 PM   #11
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My Berkshire has outlets in the bedroom that are 120volts from the house batteries run through the stock inverter.
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Old 06-04-2015, 06:48 PM   #12
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I have what could be a better idea for some CPAP users.

I tried to use a CPAP but simply could NOT tolerate air being forced down my throat (and I tries all the masks and air pillows)

Wonder of wonders, my sleep Dr found this:

https://somnomed.com/patients/somnod...-for-patients/

It is not for everyone but it works for ME and even my wife, who adapted to a CPAP easily loved the concept so much she converted.

No cleaning tubes, humidifiers, or other stuff to deal with, Just pop it in your mouth (like a retainer) and off to la-la land!

Like Steve Jobs said: It.Just.Works.

P.S. I have a couple of Icon high end CPAPs for sale if any are interested
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I only use CPAP for snoring. I have tried 2 different oral devices, both fitted by a dentist and very expensive. They both had great reviews. Neither one worked, AT ALL. I'm pretty gun-shy to invest in yet another one.
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Old 02-18-2016, 07:49 PM   #14
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seems like as soon as you mention a sleep or snoring problem to your Dr., your going home with a CPAP. They hand them out like candy on Halloween
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Old 02-19-2016, 11:13 AM   #15
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Well, sleep apnea is a darn dangerous disorder

So, yeah, if you snore or your partner notices that you stop breathing when you sleep (or catch your breath) run, don't walk to your Dr and get a sleep study done.

This disorder can kill you!
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X2 BamaBob. My father died in his sleep 6 months before retirement. I bought new one last year when we got the sun seeker works either 110v or 12v. We have 12v plugs bedroom, living room and cab over. Never even take a nap without cpap
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Old 03-10-2016, 03:33 PM   #17
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I put an extra deep cycle battery on the floor next to the bed and plug my CPAP into a inverter. I've used for 2 nights in a row without recharging the battery. Haven't tried 3 yet.
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Old 03-10-2016, 08:01 PM   #18
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As a couple of people have already mentioned getting a 12v DC power supply for your cpap is the way to go for boondocking. Mine was $84 from CPAP.COM. Included free shipping. I have an Airsense 10 unit. The supply I purchased is from the manufacturer of my CPAP so I was very comfortable it was ok for my unit. I have a DC power supply in my bedroom of my 5'er. If you don't have one wiring one would be easy and cheap (especially compared to an inverter). You do need a battery that will not go dead on you overnight from the drain of your CPAP. It is not a lot of draw but with a numidifier it might be hard on a single low end 12 volt battery. I have 2 trojan 6 volts in series and have no issues.

I was considering the inverter but when it came down to it, my CPAP and TV were the only things i needed it for. With the CPAP taken care of I feel like no way am I working that hard to have a TV when I am out boondocking in nature.
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I have a lithium-ion battery pack for mine. It was a little pricey, but, it's small in a self contained case, and runs my cpap for 3 nights easily. No worries about battery "memory" loss when charging. Batteries will last for years and years. I charge mine once per year just to freshen them up in case we lose power at the house.


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Old 03-23-2016, 07:48 PM   #20
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I am a buyer for a DME company, most all of the newer cpap and bipap's have a DC power cord specific to your machine available to buy. Your supplier should be able to sell you one or go to one of the cpap on line companies. Power inverters are not really the best option on the newer cpaps, something about the sine waves. My wife uses a cpap and has had good luck with the DC cord and a deep cycle battery next to the bed. You can buy small batteries for back packing on line. If your using a RV getting an extra deep cycle would be less expensive.
With the DC cords you will have to turn off the heat on the humidifier.
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