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    Question CPAP Users

    Anyone out there that uses a CPAP while hanging? I've been rigging mine up with duck tape and cord. Time to build something more permanent.

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    This topic comes up from time to time. Many guys are using a small marine battery with adapters to connect their machine. Any way you set it up, it still is pretty heavy, but for some, beats not being able to breath, sweating and wrestling around all night, and waking up tired and with a headache.
    Oddly enough, after hanging many times, I have found that it isn't a problem for me as much as it is in a bed. Hang angle? No pillow?, Really tired out after hanging? No idea, but I find I don't have all the normal issues I would have if I was at home in bed and not wearing my CPAP.
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    Small CPAP Batter

    I use a small battery from CPAP.COM. You can see it on YouTube @
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LujeY...e_gdata_player

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhill2510 View Post
    I use a small battery from CPAP.COM. You can see it on YouTube @
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LujeY...e_gdata_player
    Man, that is flat-out awesome! Do you find your equipment or battery usage affected by heat/cold? Also, how long do you have usage of your machine with this battery?
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    CPAP Battery

    So far I've only used it in cold weather 20 to 30 degrees. It will run about 16 hrs fully charged. I keep it charged for home use also when the power goes out.

    I do need to firgure out what to do about moisture (lots) build up in the mask in cold temps.

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    My buddy's sleep doc told him a mouth piece that holds your jaw forward a bit is worth a try when a cpap is a logistical problem, so he ordered a snore-ex off amazon. I don't have apnea (that i know of) but do snore, so I tried one for my wife's sake. Kinda hard to get used to sleeping with it in your mouth and my wife says she can't tell if it improved anything or not.

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    This is timely.

    I just got a transcend 2 for travel and hammock camping. I got the multi-day battery with it. It is pretty darn small. I haven't had a chance to try it out yet, and was thinking about the best way to hang it and run the hose, and whether or not I needed the humidifier during the winter. It will be interesting to see how the battery is affected by cold conditions (its a lithium battery).
    http://www.cpap.com/productpage/tran...somnetics.html

    I purchased an oral mask, hoping it would be better for side sleeping. My allergies/sinus would work with nasal pillows. The oral mask is also smaller for travel. Unfortunately, when I hooked it up to my regular machine with a humidifier, it was a drool fest. It was hard to swallow with the machine going and the mask. So, I felt like I was gagging on spit at times. But maybe without the humidifier and more practice it might work.

    BTW- I previously tried a dental piece that moved my jaw forward. I had one cast at the dentists so it would fit right in my mouth. It worked, but eventually I felt it was hurting my teeth. I drooled more with it, but swallowing was less of a problem and just kept a handkerchief on the pillow. It takes a while to get your jaw use to the new position, so it isn't something one can just pickup and use while only on a camping trip.

    I too was wondering about insulating the hose. During winter, should we run the hose under the underquilt to warm the air up?

    Is the condensation in the mask a bad thing or does it act like a self-humidifier?

    What about keeping the machine itself from freezing? Do I need to get a hammock sock?

    glad this thread was started!
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    I have a nasal pillow and will give it a try next trip. On my last hang, I did use a buff to cover mask and it helped with condensation.

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    I have a DeVilbess Intellipap Auto CPAP which has a small footprint. It also takes direct 12v power. So I bought a 17Ah AGM type battery and hooked it up. AGM batteries are the type commonly found in computer UPS systems (uninterruptable power supply). I use a battery tender charger to charge it. 17Ah gives me 2 nights at a pressure of 12cm H2O, easy. I calculated that it would give me 3 nights but I never tried it out. For more info on camping with a CPAP look up the CPAPtalk forums. I hang my battery from a rope harness. For my CPAP I took a toaster oven pan and drilled some holes, 1 in each corner. Then I built a rope harness to hang from those holes.

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/a...p?albumid=1098

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