If you’re dealing with a sleep apnea disorder and regularly need to ensure access to a working continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, having constant electrical power for the device is essential, even while traveling.
Obstructive sleep apnea is no joke and as doctors commonly warn, skipping a night of therapy is something you should avoid at almost any cost. Just one night of missed airway therapy can increase blood pressure problems, worsen fatigue symptoms and make your health worse in exactly the ways that can be most problematic during travel situations.
This is why continuous power is a must, and fortunately it’s easy to attain with the simple addition of a robust portable CPAP battery in your luggage. These devices, such as this lithium iron phosphate CPAP battery model, are compact, extremely portable, very rugged and capable of offering uninterrupted CPAP machine power for as many as several nights of no access to regular electricity.
Here’s how to travel with them safely and problem-free, overseas or inside the USA.
Using your CPAP Battery on the Road
The wonderful thing about certain better-quality CPAP batteries is that they can also be used as a continuous uninterruptible power backup supply even while your machine is connected to an electrical source. By being hooked to both wall and machine, the battery can then switch over to give emergency power interruption-free as soon as it senses a loss of power.
This means that the battery offers safety benefits even when you’re sleeping in a place with a dubiously stable source of electricity.
For true off-grid travel situations, a fully charged, robust CPAP battery can take things even further by powering your CPAP needs and other devices, because of multiple USB charge ports.
What's more, including a portable solar power system with the battery unit lets you nearly guarantee stable charging power for all sorts of needs regardless of where you are, as long as you have access to sunlight.
Foreign and Domestic Air Travel
When it comes to air travel, things apply just as they would with ground travel: pack your CPAP battery well and make sure its kept safe from dirt, moisture or impacts. Other than that, these devices are ideal for air travel because the TSA actually specifically recommends that they be packed into your carry-on luggage instead of with checked bags. In fact, their internal lithium ion batteries generally make them off limits to checked bag storage areas.
We’d also recommend calling your airline or any overseas air carriers and airport security offices in advance to make sure that none of them will have problems with CPAP power units and accessories. Another useful thing would be a formal doctor’s note, signed by your doctor, that explains why you carry these devices with you.
Domestic Land Travel with Your CPAP Battery
For the most common type of travel that you’re likely to undertake with your CPAP battery and other equipment, the rules of doing it securely are pretty simple. For the most part, you should make sure that your battery is well-stored in a well-sealed, shock-resistant container that’s also water-proof is possible.
These conditions are important because you can’t be sure when even a trip across highways and urban landscapes might result in bumps or exposure to rain and dust for your personal bags.
Most importantly of all, while on the move, check the charge level of your battery every few days to make sure it’s full. Be sure to charge it back to 100% power as soon as possible after any unexpected uses of any kind too. This applies especially if you’re going to be traveling without pause for long stretches of time.
Traveling Far Off-Grid With Your CPAP Battery
For off-grid travel, all of the major considerations about keeping your CPAP battery and power source safe from a whole range of things like water, dust, dirt, blows and so forth especially apply. If you’re going to be heading into the country or any rugged area, pack your CPAP battery and devices carefully in a robust back or case that will protect them from a lot of external stress.
What we’d also seriously recommend for situations in which you might not have electricity for days or longer is that you absolutely make sure to pack a fully charged battery unit, and possibly even more than one just in case. Most ideal of all would be a portable solar power unit for long-term recharging capacity, but this might not always be possible depending on where you’re going.
Picking the Right CPAP Battery
The EXP 96 Pro Lithium Iron and Phosphate Battery is an example of an extremely robust, powerful CPAP battery unit that’s ideal of all of the above travel situations. In the air, on the road or off-grid, this model offers a 2 year warranty and can deliver up to 5000 charge cycles during that time. It also deals out up to 6 nights of continuous use on a full charge while being capable of working as a general purpose charging device for other needs. The EXP 96 Pro is also capable of uninterrupted power backup while connected to your CPAP machine.