Thunderstorms roll through, blizzards blow in, winds knock powerlines down, and more. All of which could lead to power outages. However, just a general blackout or going on an RV or camping trip could also leave you without electricity.
Your doctors and clinicians will advise you with good reason to never skip a night of therapy. It could affect your health. If your airways become blocked and your body doesn’t receive enough oxygen to properly rest, your body’s ability to regulate blood pressure could become impaired. Plus, you could wake up feeling fatigued and groggy with decreased cognitive ability, making activities such as hiking or driving more dangerous.
For those reasons, there are lots of CPAP solutions to prevent you from missing a night of sleep apnea treatment even when you don’t have power!
How To Use Your CPAP Without Power
1. Use A CPAP Battery
A CPAP battery backup can provide up to two nights of sleep apnea therapy on a single charge so you can rest peacefully without power. A CPAP battery pack is an essential accessory to make your home CPAP become portable and are great to have in the event of an emergency. If you lose power or need your CPAP for camping a battery will keep your machine running! Many options are lightweight and compact, making them easy to pack or store until you need them. Just make sure that the CPAP battery you choose is compatible with your device.
A few of the best CPAP battery options include:
The Freedom CPAP Battery: This CPAP battery works with most devices if you also purchase their adaptor and can provide between 1 to 3 nights of power on a single charge. The LCD screen shows how much power is left and it includes a USB port, so you can use it to charge other electronics such as cellphones.
The Philips Respironics PAP Battery Kit: This battery kit provides up to 14 hours of power, giving you more than enough time to sleep through the night. It weighs about 2.5 pounds and includes a travel case for easy storage and travel. You also use your own device to charge it!
The Transcend P8 Battery: This battery is about the size of a deck of cards, and will power Transcend devices for up to 14 hours! It’s perfect for fitting in your pocket and taking anywhere for a full night of power. If you run out, it can be recharged with the optional solar power charger and can be charged while connected to your CPAP machine.
2. Consider A CPAP Adaptor
Sometimes you might have a power source such as your car, a generator, battery pack, and more that can be used to charge your CPAP machine. These options are great when you don’t have a physical plug to use. CPAP adaptor cords are often lighter and easier to pack than batteries, making them a great choice for camping. Plus, you don’t have to remember to charge them. Again, before making a purchase, make sure the adaptor you choose is compatible with your CPAP!
The Best CPAP Adaptors Include:
The Z1 Mobile Adaptor: This adaptor cord allows you to power your Z1 CPAP machine in your car or with another 12V outlet when you’re on the go, or don’t have an outlet to use. The cord is six feet long to help you place your CPAP where it needs to go!
The Respironics 12 Volt DC Battery Cable Adaptor: This 12 Volt DC battery cable adaptor will adapt to your DC power cord to create a connection to your Respironics CPAP machine. It’s a useful alternative to your cigarette lighter and can be used as a backup power source for other electronics.
The Transcend Portable Solar Battery Charger: What’s better than using the power of the sun? Use the solar battery charger to fill the Transcend P4 and P8 batteries full of juice! It only weighs a pound, so why not add it to your pack?
3. Invest In A Travel CPAP
There are smaller, battery powdered CPAP machines that are easy to take anywhere. These portable CPAPs incorporate all of the innovative features of larger devices, only at a fraction of the size. By weighing less than a pound and being FAA approved, they’re easy to travel with and can be used on planes so you can receive great rest away from home, even while traveling. They’re great to take on trips and to have available as a backup option.
The Best Travel CPAPs include:
Respironics DreamStation Go: This travel CPAP provides about 13 hours of use for overnight therapy. It has a USB port to charge other devices, is Bluetooth enabled to track your sleep, and has a smaller tube at 12mm to reduce bulk. By weighing under 2 pounds, this is an excellent lightweight travel option.
Z1 Travel CPAP: This is a great CPAP for camping because it’s the smallest travel CPAP option and only weighs 10oz. It will easily fit in any pack and the power shell battery provides 8 hours of use. This option has automatic altitude adjustment and an auto ramp feature to provide outstanding comfort away from home.
The Transcend Mini: This travel CPAP runs for 14 to 16 hours on a single charge and only weighs 15oz! It’s the ideal option for travelers looking for a lightweight, advanced option. It operates at a whisper with an auto ramp feature to help you and your partner sleep peacefully away from home.