How To Run A CPAP While Camping
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There 3 common ways to a power a CPAP machine while camping off-grid. You can bring a portable generator. You can use a battery inverter. Or you can buy a portable CPAP machine. We will discuss each of these options in detail below.
A CPAP machine is a prescribed device to assist with sleeping. According to WebMD it raises the air pressure inside your throat so that you sleep better.
However, CPAP machines require electricity to run.
The best solution is a Jackery portable power station. It is simple to use, can be charged via solar, is quiet, and reliable.
This is something that you must keep in mind if you want to go camping. If you are an RV or cabin camping, then this is not a problem. You have easy access to electricity.
If you are RV camping and are planning on boondocking, then you do need to track your CPAP electrical usage. It is most likely small. But it is something to remember to keep track of.
But what if you are planning on tent camping?
If you are staying at a public campsite, it may have electrical power provided for you. If this is the case, then providing power to your CPAP is very simple.
Many modern tents include a port to run an extension cord through. You connect the extension cord to the campsite power outlet. Then connect your CPAP, fan, phone chargers, to the extension cord.
However, many people prefer to camp off-grid.
They want to get away from other people.
And if possible go dispersed camping.
However, they have a medical condition that requires a CPAP.
But with some planning, it is possible to go off-the-grid and still camp with your CPAP machine.
My friend Richard has to take a CPAP machine with him. And he told me his preferred way to power his CPAP was with a portable power station like a Jackery.
Jackery is a company that specializes in portable power stations. These solar-powered devices are designed to provide clean, emissions-free energy without the need for gasoline or toxic fumes. They’re also quiet during operation, making them safe for indoor use. The Jackery Explorer 300 is one of the company’s most popular models, and it offers a reliable battery management system and an emissions-free energy source.
While I don’t need a CPAP, I do own a Jackery for camping and disaster preparedness. I purchased mine after the Texas 2021 winter storm.
I use it camping to charge my phones and power my portable fan.
These power stations are simple to use, quiet, and efficient.
However, unlike a traditional generator, do not expect a small unit like a Jackery to power your fridge or AC if you lose power. They are perfect for camping use, such as powering your CPAP, fans, or charging your phones.
- Variety of charging options, including solar
- Current models will not power your home utilities like a refrigerator
- You will not be able to power a heater - though this is true for all small power units
- Expensive, but they will last many years and don’t require much maintenance
Your best option for powering your CPAP and other small camping electrical items <a href=”is a Jackery.
Bring A Generator
If you wish to provide power to your CPAP machine and other devices as well, then a generator is the preferred option based on the campers we talked with.
When using a generator, you can provide power to charge phones, run a cooling fan, and of course enable your CPAP to function.
Here are 3 possible options.
Honda has the best brand reputation based on our research for generators.
And you can check the Honda EU2200i 2200-Watt on Amazon.
This generator is powered by gasoline. According to Honda, it needs an octane level of 86 or higher.
It is also large. And would not be a good option if all you want to do is power your CPAP.
However, if you have multiple gadgets you need to charge and want to have a generator on hand for home use, the Honda would be a good option.
If you want a smaller (and more affordable) generator then check out this one from Paxcess. Also Available on Amazon.
The Paxcess can be charged from a solar, car, or an AC outlet.
If you only care about powering your CPAP and not a household, a better option is a battery inverter.
A battery inverter converts DC power from a car or marine battery into AC power that you can use to power electric devices such as your CPAP machine.
A great option is Bestek on Amazon.
There are 2 options for a battery inverter. You can connect it to your vehicle’s power outlet (aka what used to be the cigarette lighter) or you can use included jumper cables to connect directly to a battery.
The inverter will have standard power plugs that you can plug your existing devices into.
On a camping forum where we were discussing CPAP power options, several people said to use a marine battery. These are batteries you normally use for your boat.
Portable CPAP Machines
There are portable CPAP machines on the market but can be more expensive than non-portable models.
This is why campers prefer to use their home CPAP but then use an external power source.
Regardless of which option you choose to go with, make sure to test it out at home first. This way you understand how to connect everything. And can work out any issues within the comfort of home.
With these tips you should be able to enjoy the great outdoors and sleep comfortably with your CPAP machine.