When you’re at home, a good night’s sleep is a requirement, so when you’re camping there shouldn’t have to suffer from not getting a good night’s sleep. But, if you use a CPAP at home to help you get a good sound sleep, how do you power the CPAP while camping to achieve the same type of sleep you get at home? The good news is thanks to modern technology, such as a Goal Zero Yeti portable power station, it’s possible to successfully use your CPAP while camping. Here are just a few of the ways to power a CPAP machine while camping.
Stay at Campgrounds with Power
Without a doubt, the simplest way to ensure access to power for running your CPAP machine is to camp at a public campground that offers sites with available electricity. One of the best things about camping at sites with electricity is that all you’ll have to do is find the outlet for your site, plug in your CPAP and it will be ready to use. Campsite electricity is typically reliable, so you shouldn’t have any interruptions during use of the CPAP. The main downside to camping with access to electricity is that these sites are generally more expensive than sites without utility options. Before heading to the campground, when making your reservation, be sure to request a site with electricity and be prepared by bringing adapters in case the CPAP cord isn’t compatible with the outlet.
Tap onto Your Vehicle Battery
If you prefer to camp in less public areas, you can use your vehicle’s battery to power your CPAP. With this option, you have the option of camping in more remote areas, because you don’t have to rely on electricity at a public campground. However, this option does have its downside. For example, using your vehicle battery means you’ll have to leave the vehicle running all night, so there is a risk of the engine cutting out during the night, which will drain the battery and there will be exhaust fumes escaping in one spot throughout the night, which can be dangerous to you as well as may pollute the environment. If you do choose this option, there are a couple of things you can do to make it work:
- Use a DC adapter cable-The DC cables are connected to the negative and positive terminals of the car battery, which provides power to the power port inside of the vehicle (typically the area used for a cigarette lighter). Once the cables are connected, you can plug the CPAP machine into the power port, which should provide enough power for the night.
- Inverter-Using an inverter allows you to convert DC power from the battery into AC power, allowing you to power your CPAP machine. In order to go this route, you’ll need to make sure that the invertor you have includes alligator clips which connect to the battery. Once the connection is made, you can plug the CPAP machine directly into the invertor, just like you would plug in at home.
Use a Generator
Generators are a reliable source of electricity and there are several options available that are designed for camping. Not only is a generator reliable, but it can power the CPAP as well as a number of other items at the same time. If you don’t want to use your car battery or camp at a public campground with accessible electricity, then using a generator is the next best option. However, just like the other options, there are disadvantages that come with using a generator to power your CPAP machine while camping. For instance, while the generator is running, there will be fumes and a lot of loud noise, which can interfere with your sleep and if there are other campers close by, you may get noise complaints. In fact, most public campsites don’t allow the use of generators for this reason. Generators aren’t extremely heavy, but they can be awkward to lug around and you’ll need to prepare fuel for running the generator throughout the night.
Portable Power Station
If you tend to spend a lot of time away from home, whether it’s camping or taking frequent road trips, a portable power station is without a doubt the best option as a source for powering your CPAP machine. There are a number of different brands of portable power stations, such as the Goal Zero Yeti, which has a vast array of benefits and very few disadvantages-if any. A portable power station is ideal for minimalist’s that want to have some contact with modern technology while off the grid. A portable power station supplies renewable energy that is extremely clean as well as harmless to the environment. Portable power stations like the Goal zero Yeti are durable, yet somewhat lightweight and you can power several devices, such as a tablet, a phone and your CPAP machine all at the same time. There are two ways to charge a portable power station, either by plugging into a power source to charge the battery or with solar panels. There is typically a short charging time and you can use the device while it’s charging. The only disadvantage that comes with a portable power station is the cost, they are slightly more expensive than the other options.
CPAP Battery Pack
Older CPAP battery packs tended to be heavy and expensive, but newer versions are lighter weight and less expensive than previous models. It’s important to note that not all batteries will work with all of the CPAP machines, so you’ll have to make sure yours is compatible before taking them on your camping trip.
Camping is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, so you shouldn’t let the fact that you use a CPAP machine prevent you from getting out there. Having a good night’s sleep while sleeping under the stars will allow give you the energy you need to enjoy the next day, but it’s important that you consider the best power source for you and your needs. You’ll also need to remember to bring all of the items you need for the CPAP machine, including the machine, your mask and accessories, such as an extra hose. Also don’t forget to bring the appropriate items for cleaning the machine, such as your usual cleaning solution and wipes.
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