I hear you. It is a lot of money, but your health is worth it. I choose this model because it is the smallest and lightest, I could find. About the size of a Nalgene bottle. I do go without as well. On my longer trips (days>3) I will alternate days using and going without. I might spring for an extra battery but for now most trips I do are within the range of the battery I have. As for insurance, it really depends on what you have and what it covers. I was out of pocket for mine. I've had mine for about 6 months. It is not humidified, but they do offer a type of humidification that I have not yet tried. It's an add on but does not use any additional water other then using your heated breath to moisten the air as you inhale. The technology is called Heat moisture exchange humidification (HME).
Originally Posted by Bama Man
It seems a bit complicated and maybe more then I want to deal with. I don't find I miss the humidification when I'm out in the woods. I will try to get some pictures of my set up next time I use it.
I will say that I do sleep better and for longer periods with the CPAP in my hammock. Without it, I find that I wake up every 2 hours and have to water the trees I usually get a solid 6 hours of hammock sleep with the CPAP. It is pricey but my sleep/health is worth it and I enjoy my hammock much better. Compared to how much I spend on my other gear, it's not out of line.
I have heard the same thing and i'm considering going in to find out if i'm one of the lucky ones. The pressure setting on my cpap machine isn't that high so i'm hoping that puts me in the right category.
Originally Posted by Bama Man
Thanks for the info friend, I appreciate it very much. My resmed brand is the S8 compact. It has the humidifier. I have used it for several years and I really love it. Is the one you use for trips the same one you use regularly at home, or did you get it just for trips? I use the nasal mask but I am thinking of trying the nasal pillows.
I was hoping for a battery powered one to use just for hanging and for when the power goes out. That one is a little pricey, not so much for the unit but for the extended battery. lol.
Originally Posted by Sidewinder
Good luck with it. Maybe it will work for you, I hope so. If you get it let me know what you think.
Originally Posted by BigDogDVJ
I use a Respironics Remstar AutoCPAP as my daily user. I use the Transcend only for my trips. I too use nasal pillows, mostly because they weigh less. I use short hosing too. Funny, I weigh everything I have to the gram but have not weighed my CPAP system. :edit: Weight of my system as carried is just under 2.5 lbs.
Originally Posted by Bama Man
Good luck in whatever you choose. It took me a number of years to purchase a dedicated sleep system for my trips. It really didn't occur to me until this past year when I ran across the Transcend model. I think it is revolutionary to have a CPAP system that can be used in the backcountry that you wouldn't mind carrying for miles, although it has moved me from a UL camper to a Lightweight one
Last edited by Sidewinder; 06-16-2012 at 11:09.
Reason: Added weight of CPAP System
This is a non mechanical/electrical solution to apnea ...
I will be Scootering/Camping/Hammocking (Scammocking ) across the country this summer. I have the ResMed s8 elite CPAP.
I received this yesterday - CPAP Battery Kit:
I charged it (wall AC) and tested it out last night.
For charging the battery while traveling, I also bought the power inverter:
If you order from them, after you put everything in your cart, try to leave without finishing. They offered me free 2-day shipping
After spending another almost sleepless night last Friday night in the hammock, and not having $800+/- to spend on a nice portable system, I'd really like to hear more about the Provident system. Has anyone actually gotten an Rx for these and tried them out? I sure would like to hear more about them.
Rookie 1st time poster here but I've been reading the forums for awhile now
I have to use CPAP, which ties me to some electrical source and limits my ability to camp out in comfort. I figured maybe hammock camping might be the way to go since I could raise my head and shoulders up, helping to keep my airway open. That was before I knew what banana meant and now uncomfortable s cheap net hammock, improperly set up, without a good pad...etc (sigh)- lets say that experience motivated me to learn about hammocking the right way by reading this forum. It was not a good night but it was a good trip and let me be outdoors with my son.
After beginning my formal hammock education thanks to this forum and youtube I had better information. I built a DIY gathered end hammock and made some whoopie slings to go on it. That was fun and productive and it appealed to the mizer in me. I just had to sleep in it but did not want to repeat the whole struggling to breath without CPAP experience.
So, I set it up in the basement between two hefty support posts and put my CPAP on a 5 gallon bucket next to the hammock. I was able to sleep on the bias, I used a simple quilt to stay warm, and the CPAP never got hung up or interfered with by the hammock. It was a very positive experience and it assured me that I could at least use non-primitive campsites equipped with electric outlets and still be out in nature a bit.
My CPAP has a 12 volt adapter connector, so I have considered buying the cord and trying it out with a marine deep cycle battery. I am so smart to be so frugal....uh wait a minute- they are really heavy. Back to the drawing board.
I can't afford a dedicated camping CPAP or a battery just for that purpose so I am unfortunately limited right now.
This quandary has helped motivate me to double down on my determination to lose weight- something which may eventually lead to being able to break my dependence on that infernal machine.
Thanks everybody for sharing your information and expertise- not just in this thread but overall in the forum and on YT. 21 pounds down from my starting weight so far and wondering what took me so long to start feeling better by shedding the weight.
The CPAP/BiPAP battery I am familiar with is sold by a company called Philips Respironics.