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Unread post  Post subject: Best travel small CPAP machines ? And typical costs ?  |  Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:24 pm

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Just diagnosed but as I travel very much, do not want to lug that bulky thing around ! What is best compact machine and what is typical total cost?


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Unread post  Post subject: Re: Best travel small CPAP machines ? And typical costs ?  |  Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:53 pm
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Read this a couple days ago. I see it's not getting much action. This isn't something that I know about.

You can always pick up a Respironics System one and just take off the humidifier section. That makes it half the size. You can get that for a couple hundred bucks from Craigslist. They're all over the place.

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Unread post  Post subject: Re: Best travel small CPAP machines ? And typical costs ?  |  Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:41 am

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I actually have the Respironics system, and that is what I'm currently doing. I attach a type of filter sponge that is supposed to recycle humidity from my breath when I'm not traveling with the humidifier.

I also would prefer a smaller, more compact machine if something is available...hopefully someone will reply and say what they are using for one of the smaller units.


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I spend roughly 10 weeks/year in a hotel traveling for work. I was hoping for the same thing as you, a small unit that wasn't much to haul around.

Then I switched to a large hard-side roller suitcase and my regular CPAP machine easily fits in my checked luggage. It's got wheels on it, so who cares about the extra lb or two. And the airlines only charge per bag, doesn't matter if it is large, medium or small.

I have to check a large bag anyway that has equipment for my work, so there isn't wasted time at baggage claim because of my checked personal luggage.

(IF) there was a great, small CPAP unit? Wouldn't that just become the new-normal for home units as well?

Let us know if you find something that you like.

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checking your cpap makes only as much sense as the amount of faith you have in your airline baggage handlers, and willingness to do without.

both resmed and respironics have new travel size machines on the market now for those that can't slip a cpap bag over the handle of their carryon.

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I don't need faith.... In fact I'm agnostic.

I do believe in results.

Over the past 5 years, I have been on approximately 50 (round trip) flights for business. In my checked luggage (in a hard-sided suitcase) I take a full sized computer monitor. I still travel with the original monitor I started with.

Once in those 50 trips my luggage got to my location a day late.

I see people hauling all their luggage thru security and I just don't get it. You can hand off the 30 lbs to someone at the front door of the airport and they give it back to you on the other end. Put it in a hard sided suitcase and pack smart and your items are safe.


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Unread post  Post subject: Re: Best travel small CPAP machines ? And typical costs ?  |  Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:07 pm

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Recently I decided to research and purchase a new travel APAP for frequent trips from California to northern Europe. A typical trip includes 10.5 hour KLM 787-9 overnight flights from SFO to AMS. I scoured various apnea boards and watched YouTube videos for data about the Phillips Respironics Go and ResMed Mini. You may see the following as an infomercial for the Phillips Respironics Go (hereafter Go), but I have no connection to any CPAP company. I just want to add one person’s experience in researching and buying and using the Go.

I’ve used a CPAP/APAP for almost five years with usually about 2 AHI with a prescription min/max of 4-9. I have used a ResMed S9 and S10 (with and without humidifiers) and a HMD Z1 (and have its battery pack). I very much like the S9; it's reliable and solid and quiet. The S10 on a short trial seemed noisier and bulkier. The S9’s and S10’s algorithm does tend to stay at upper limits, for good or bad, after you happen to hit apneas or hypopneas. After many trials, I (and my wife) tolerate the Z1 well but it is noisier than the S9. For me, both machines require you to carry too many things if you travel (even without humidifiers). The S9 with its cumbersome brick is quite heavy and has an easily damaged electrical connect. The nice but bulky S9 carrying case adds one more piece of luggage to any trip. For travel, the Z1, although very small, effectively requires not only the basic machine, but also a mandatory plastic insert between the machine and its tube, an optional Q Tube insert for quieter nights, and a heavy brick with cables on both ends. (The S9 provides really basic information on the machine’s own screen. The Z1 has never worked smoothly with my iPhone 7 iOS 10, even after long conversations with HMD’s friendly technical support staff.)

In light of these facts with the advent of new travel machines, I decided to buy either a ResMed Mini or a Respironics Go. I was dissuaded from the Mini, despite my familiarity with the ResMed algorithm, by its cumbersome HIE insert, its strict limitation to a few proprietary mask types, and, most important, the various (possibly accurate or inaccurate) reports of high tube noise levels. I was persuaded to purchase the Go by its thoughtful integration of all components into one elegant piece. The entire Go unit, about 2 inches in width in its taut travel case, and its simple (no brick) electrical cord and tube slip easily into my computer travel bag.

I now use the Go full time. So far, the Go itself seems to be an extremely flexible, extremely quiet device. The Go effortlessly provides to a smart phone more information than the S9 or Z1 on the Go screen or via its dedicated Blue Tooth app. (Your doctor (or you) very easily can alter the pressure limits once you know the Go’s simple medical entry protocol which can be found via this site.) The Go adjusts to use any manufacturer's various tube sizes, 12, 15, and 22, and comes with its excellent proprietary very light weight, very compact 12 mm tube. Unlike the Mini, the Go is compatible with any type of mask or nasal pillows. The Go unit appears to be very well built and has no elements that would snag (or get lost) in carry-on or checked luggage.

To my eye, the Go has the perfect, if somewhat pricey, proprietary Go battery solution. The very solid basic machine and the companion battery slide into each other to yield a fairly compact single unit. You can leave the add-on battery attached to the APAP or CPAP Go and, if power fails, the battery automatically starts. Alternatively you can charge the battery on the side and use it when you know you will not have an electrical outlet available. The battery will run the Go for about a dozen hours at moderate CPAP 10 levels. The Go currently does not have a humidifier but quite clearly has been designed for the addition at some future date.

My overall impression is that the Go’s designers were determined to avoid earlier travel CPAP issues and to make travel simple. At the moment, after two weeks of use, my perhaps too diligent research about alternatives appears to have yielded a really good solution for a person who wants a travel with an APAP or CPAP that also can be used full time at home. The current pricing for the APAP appears to be about $849 for the APAP and $799 for the CPAP and $299 for the battery pack.

Hope this helps a little.


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Note to Art: You're lucky with your luggage. I fly a lot less, and airlines have lost my luggage three times. Two times were for more than three days. Once was only overnight, while American Airlines was taking 32 hours to get me from Nashville to Minneapolis.


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After decades of being reminded, I am quite aware of how very busy and talented is our old nemesis, "Murphy". Some things are worth risking--not my cpap.

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Murphy’s Law got me this summer when me and my wife went on vacation. My wife talked me into packing our cpaps into our checked bags. What my wife and good old Murphy didn’t know was I packed my Z1 in my carry on bag which was a good thing because they lost my bag for two days.


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