TRANSCEND II TRAVEL CAMPING AND HIKING CPAP MACHINE

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TRANSCEND II TRAVEL CAMPING AND HIKING CPAP MACHINE

Post by rlown » Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:24 pm

I don't use one, but I know some who do and this one seemed light enough for those challenged by the need of the machine.

https://www.respshop.com/blog/2013/03/0 ... p-machine/
Recently I was contacted by an adventurer, who posed a very interesting question. How can I use my CPAP while on a 500 mile walking and hiking pilgrimage? I instantly thought of a battery pack, which is very common nowadays. He already had that in mind, but his worry was more of how to charge the battery pack. He was heading to Brazil and wasn’t sure if he would have access to electricity every day, in order to recharge the battery. Diving deeper into this matter we started talking about the Transcend II Travel CPAP Machine, which remarkably has a Solar Charger available. How could he use this while hiking and trekking on his journey?

Upon further investigation, we located the specs of this Solar Charger for the Transcend II Travel CPAP Machine. The dimensions while rolled and folded are 10.5 in. x 3.5 in. x 2 in. (267 mm x 89 mm x 51 mm) making it very portable and will fit in most bags. The weight is merely 1 lb. (.45 kg), so with the Transcend II Travel CPAP Machine @ .94 lbs. and the Overnight battery @ .6 lbs., we have a total of 2.54 lbs. of added weight to his pack. The Overnight Battery will give him 7-9 hours of operating time @ 14 cm H2O. He clarified that this was acceptable in size, weight and length of operation for his travels but still pondered how to charge the battery during the day while he was hiking. We found the unfolded dimensions to be 30 in. x 21 in. (762 mm x 533 mm). Next we discussed if this Solar Charger could be applied to his back, unfolded to charge while he was hiking.








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Re: TRANSCEND II TRAVEL CAMPING AND HIKING CPAP MACHINE

Post by Wandering Daisy » Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:52 pm

My husband has been using a CPAP for several years now. He can go without it for a week with no problems. He does start snorting and snoring at about 10 days out. His doctor says it is fine to go off it now and then. Another fellow I know used a CPAP for many years and then just went off it, and no further problems. Each case is different.

How about incorporating the solar recharger into a shade umbrella?

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Post by rlown » Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:56 pm

suggest the umbrella idea to them. You never know.. Would seem hard to have trekking poles in hand and a shade umbrella unless the umbrella is attached to the pack. Is that what you meant?

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Post by Tom_H » Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:34 pm

Thanks for posting that Russ. I will have to check into this. It's surely lighter than the big air mattress I was taking so I could side sleep.

I can't use my CPAP when my asthma flares up as it feels like my lungs are being ripped apart. I doze off and instantly awaken hundreds of times and feel constantly exhausted during the day. I am supposed to use the machine at a pressure of 16, but have been getting by with it only at 12 lately. This uses a fair amount of amps in a night. I use mine with the built in humidifier on lowest setting and have to use distilled water in it. Without the humidifier I get a sore throat from the drier compressed air. An ear, nose, throat doctor talked me into 5 throat surgeries to stop the apnea and snoring. Over a 2 year span she cooked my soft palate three times with a microwave probe and twice with a laser, (and did another microwave treatment inside my nose as well) only to tell me the palate had gotten too thin to do any more and the problem was worse.

I am surprised to hear of all this being so light in weight. I would never guess such a small battery could hold that much juice (must be lithium) and could recharge with such a small panel. I had resigned myself that my BP days were over. I will have look into this. It was really kind of you to post this. I appreciate it.

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Post by Wandering Daisy » Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:50 pm

Backpackers who use umbrellas use one trekking pole when carrying the umbrella, or just do not use trekking poles. I do agree that hanging on to a heavy umbrella all day may be tiring. My little umbrella (just bought it) only weighs 5 oz. I have yet to try it out.

Seems like solar chargers are getting better, batteries too. I also read that some new devices/methods are being developed that will make the CPAP obsolete.

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Post by rlown » Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:59 pm

Open trail, I now like two trekking poles, if I can get into a rhythm. I'm hella fast downhill on trail and only have fallen a couple of times. I cannot do a rhythm with one pole or hold a "kite" err, umbrella in the air as I hike along.

And Tom.. Don't hang up the pack yet!! :)

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