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.
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.
Bring A Portable Power Station
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 Snugmax portable power station. But if he had his wish, he’d upgrade to the Jackery.
The SnugMax Vickers 200 Portable Power Station has a rugged design even though it’s a mid-sized generator. The unit has a height of 8.9 inches and a width of 12 inches. The thickness is 6.2 inches, and the unit weighs 6.29 pounds. The bulk of the case is made of durable blue polymer with an inner frame that’s crush-resistant. The generator is user-friendly with a wide comfortable collapsible handle for easy transportation. The unit won’t get damaged even if you drop it. The front side of the case has an attractive LCD that shows everything you need to know at a glance. The battery level is displayed on the left with a blue icon that has four bars. The output wattage is displayed in the middle while the input wattage is displayed to the right of the LCD panel. The LCD panel also displays the hours of charge remaining for your convenience.
The output ports of the mini generator are located just under the LCD. Two USB Type-A ports are located to the left while a USB Type-C port and a QC charge port are located to the right. There is a pair of DC outputs right in the middle with the AC and power buttons underneath. The cooling fan is enclosed in another housing extension on the right side of the case. The fan runs quietly without loud noises. The product ships with all the accessories you need to operate the unit. It has an AC adapter to use in your home and a 12-volt DC plug for outdoor use. There is even a solar adapter for your convenience.
The portable generator is safe for appliances with delicate internal electronics because it outputs power in pure sine AC. In fact, this unit is ideal for small and delicate electronics compared to a standard gas-powered generator. The unit has inbuilt protection for overheat, overcharge, overcurrent, overload, and high & low voltage problems. When combined with its short-circuit protection feature, the generator will protect your delicate electronics while charging them.
The portable generator comes with a battery capacity of 60,000mAh, which is enough to recharge all modern smartphones at least 16 times. You can easily run most modern CPAP machines for about 5 hours at a stretch with this battery power. It’s easy to maintain the charge of the internal battery. In fact, the battery will charge on AC power in about 6-7 hours. The unit has its own disadvantages too. Some users have complained that they get bad chemical-like smells when operating the generator.
All in all, the SnugMax Vickers 200 Portable Power Station is one of the best on the market for its price.
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.