The C. P. A. P. thread

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My light portable unit is stowed away and I don’t use it. It was way too noisy and I couldn’t adjust the air flow so it was useless.
Instead I dropped the humidifier out of the bag and carry a battery to cover off a just in case situation.
 

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Heard an interesting anecdote from a mate last night about his Resmed Air Mini and it being "fried" on route to or from DFW on QF. He said it was too hot to touch and smoking at one end and now does not work. He's a military-trained radio techy dude and was not impressed with the hostie's somewhat unlearned reaction. It was a quick catch up so I'll press for more details when next I can.
 

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My husband has only been using a CPAP for a few months now so we have not yet tried to travel with one. We have 2 possible trips planned for this year, will choose one based on how Coronovirus issue proceeds. Either trip would be travel by day so he does not need to sleep on the plane. I am just worried about bringing the device on the plane as part of carry on.
Option #1 is SIngapore/Indonesia and airlines would be QF, SIlkair and VA
Option# 2 is Fiji using VA and a few domestic FJ
 

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@Tiki - I was given an official looking letter at purchase that states it's a medical device and it doesn't count towards carry on allowance. I've never had to produce the letter.
 

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I always check individual airline requirements - qf has a form you need to download which they will send to engineering and get approval (request this be added to your qff profile so you only have to do it once), sq has no such requirements and some airlines (e.g. Delta) have a list of accepted cpap models - can't recall VA requirements
 

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My husband has only been using a CPAP for a few months now so we have not yet tried to travel with one. We have 2 possible trips planned for this year, will choose one based on how Coronovirus issue proceeds. Either trip would be travel by day so he does not need to sleep on the plane. I am just worried about bringing the device on the plane as part of carry on.
Option #1 is SIngapore/Indonesia and airlines would be QF, SIlkair and VA
Option# 2 is Fiji using VA and a few domestic FJ

Tiki, you can buy one of this and attach to the machine bag
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I always check individual airline requirements - qf has a form you need to download which they will send to engineering and get approval (request this be added to your qff profile so you only have to do it once), sq has no such requirements and some airlines (e.g. Delta) have a list of accepted cpap models - can't recall VA requirements

This would be applicable if you were planning to use the CPAP on board, particularly with a battery, which is what requires approval. Just carrying it on wouldn't require approval.
 
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Yes we will adjust our travel plans so that he doesn't have to use it on board. No overnight or long haul flights. It's been slower to collect miles and points anyways because Amex is now half of what it used to be, we don't have a high enough income for the best credit cards and all we can really do is supermarket email bonus deals, using credit cards and occasional shopping deals. We had a great run during the golden years including some business class flights to Africa, Asia and the Americas.

Are any CPAP users being affected by the coronavirus because of the CPAP? (in addition to the issues that affect everyone else)?
 

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I have 4 Resmed CPAP machines with two in Perth, one in Sydney and one in Melbourne. The spare one in Perth is for international travel (up to 14 months ago). The power supply resets so that is very helpful. I have 2 battery packs that are rechargeable for the just in case there is a power issue on long haul runs.
Travel insurance is covered with Chubb.
I have it as hand luggage as placing rechargeable lithium batteries in checked luggage is a NO.
 

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Is there a similar tag for Australia (as opposed to quoting the US rules regarding the equipment etc).

I normally take the machine in it's travel bag (resmed s10), and place that bag within my hand luggage.
I have not seen any others. But most airlines, in my experience, does recognise/acknowledge that tag even though it is based on US rules. Even Air Asia!
 

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I have 4 Resmed CPAP machines with two in Perth, one in Sydney and one in Melbourne. The spare one in Perth is for international travel (up to 14 months ago). The power supply resets so that is very helpful. I have 2 battery packs that are rechargeable for the just in case there is a power issue on long haul runs.
Travel insurance is covered with Chubb.
I have it as hand luggage as placing rechargeable lithium batteries in checked luggage is a NO.
That's a lot of Resmed machines (!), but I have similar set-up in Syd / Melb (albeit with 2 - they are coughbersome to lug around). I've taken to having back-ups of the spare parts (mask / hose), as if they break when you're away, that's annoying --- I assume the battery packs are referring to the portable batteries you can use for these machines --- I bought one a few years ago and probably the best purchase I've ever made for CPAP (not cheap, but well worth it - I once flew in economy to LAX with my CPAP plugged into overhead powerpoint and that was not fun at all...)
 

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I had Battery World specially build 2 battery packs for me as my original packs from Cpap.com ran down after lots of use. That was successful and Battery World copied what i had been using to get packs that would run for about 6 hours each. Just a pack of rechargeable batteries so it has to be in. my carry on luggage. I dumped the humidifier and experimented with masks until i could sleep sweetly.
 

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I had Battery World specially build 2 battery packs for me as my original packs from Cpap.com ran down after lots of use. That was successful and Battery World copied what i had been using to get packs that would run for about 6 hours each. Just a pack of rechargeable batteries so it has to be in. my carry on luggage. I dumped the humidifier and experimented with masks until i could sleep sweetly.
Do you have a link / picture RE rechargeable batteries they developed for you? The one I bought from them (or similar supplier) lasts about 10 to 12 hours (but as you say, slowly running down) - was about $400 from memory and about two-thirds the size of an iPad (and about twice as thick)
 

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I had Battery World specially build 2 battery packs for me as my original packs from Cpap.com ran down after lots of use. That was successful and Battery World copied what i had been using to get packs that would run for about 6 hours each. Just a pack of rechargeable batteries so it has to be in. my carry on luggage. I dumped the humidifier and experimented with masks until i could sleep sweetly.
Yes - dumping the humidifier made a huge difference for me.

The air quality at home is decent enough and Sydney has a very mild climate so the humidifier didn't help. Plus you have to factor in the annoyance of having to constantly refill, clean it, preparing water for sleep.
 
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The battery packs are about 120mm square.
The humidifier runs the battery down so i have not used it for a long time.
The experimenting with masks will give you the best results.
 

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