What do I need?

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Hey guys I have recently been diagnosed with severe sleep apnea so when I go camping I am going to need a battery set up to power my machine. Apparently they do not draw too much power but I would also like something that will power laptops/phones/lights etc. Can I get some suggestions on set ups that would be suitable for this? I was looking at the arkpak but it is quite expensive. Thanks for any suggestions.
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Reply By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Sunday, Feb 03, 2013 at 00:26

Sunday, Feb 03, 2013 at 00:26
buy wine ????
Work out what you have, what you may get (want) later on and buy what suits, some good and cheap stuff out there now ... just make sure it is big enough, far better to have double the size and never need it than only just big enough and regret it one hot sh%tty night when you need it most ... Repco had a sale on a while back for a pure sine wave 1000w inverter for around $400 bucks, branded Repco ..... laptops/phones dont draw much at all, keep lights to LED's and always have a 12v fan .... you can go the expensive stuff like "gel-cells" ect or just buy N70Z batterys and replace them every 2 years, far cheaper .... 2 x N70Z's for probally $300 bucks and will last days on laptops/phones and LED lights, keep all cooking to Gas ....
What do you have, just tents, camper or a caravan ???
Tenting will make it a bit harder as noware to store that kind of stuff ..
I do recall a few threads on this before..
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Reply By: Life Member - Phil B (WA) - Sunday, Feb 03, 2013 at 00:29

Sunday, Feb 03, 2013 at 00:29
Hi Joshua,
I've been taking my CPAP machine camping for the last 10 plus years. I use a 150 watt inverter and run it off the vehicle battery (dual batt system); I then run the CPAP machine on that.
I've never had a problem.

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Follow Up By: Hunter Gatherer - Sunday, Feb 03, 2013 at 17:39

Sunday, Feb 03, 2013 at 17:39
What leads do you use to run it from the car battery?
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Follow Up By: Life Member - Phil B (WA) - Sunday, Feb 03, 2013 at 17:53

Sunday, Feb 03, 2013 at 17:53
Hi Hunter ...


Ive had the inverter in the vehicle, plugged into a regular 12v outlet and run 240V to my tent or the other way around 12v from vehicle to the tent and had the inverter in the tent. some inverters have fans and this can be noisy.


And yes use a safety switch so 240v trips out if there is a problem


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Follow Up By: Hunter Gatherer - Sunday, Feb 03, 2013 at 18:39

Sunday, Feb 03, 2013 at 18:39
Phil thank you as I also use the machine at home now will take it with me when camping, amazing the info available on this site for us dinasours.
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Follow Up By: Member - Kevin H (ACT) - Sunday, Feb 03, 2013 at 20:17

Sunday, Feb 03, 2013 at 20:17
Hi Joshua,

I have been camping with my Resmed cpap machine for several years I power it off a thumper bat pak with a resmed 12 volt adaptor and can mostly get 4 days usage with out a recharge if i do not use the humidifier.

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Follow Up By: Life Member - Phil B (WA) - Sunday, Feb 03, 2013 at 23:44

Sunday, Feb 03, 2013 at 23:44
Hi Joshua


Its a pleasure to help out.


I don't mind being a dinosaur as long as it isn't the fossil type - lol


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Follow Up By: Life Member - Phil B (WA) - Sunday, Feb 03, 2013 at 23:45

Sunday, Feb 03, 2013 at 23:45
Sorry I meant to say Joshua and Hunter Gatherer


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Reply By: Murray M2 - Sunday, Feb 03, 2013 at 00:30

Sunday, Feb 03, 2013 at 00:30
Is this thru DVA ??? If so you can get a travel pack free,

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Reply By: Murray M2 - Sunday, Feb 03, 2013 at 00:32

Sunday, Feb 03, 2013 at 00:32
I also use an inverter and find this suffice.

Muzza
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Reply By: geoffqld - Sunday, Feb 03, 2013 at 07:34

Sunday, Feb 03, 2013 at 07:34
Through DVA I had a Resmed which worked quite happily on a 200w non sine wave inverter. It died and they replaced it with a Philips Rem Star Pro which did not work on the non sine wave. I run it off a ebay cheapie 300w sine wave which runs the humidifier as well. The Philips is quieter. DVA will not supply a travel pack but I don't need it.
As my dearly beloved does not like roughing it we have 320w of solar panels on top of the ute (2 fridges) and 3x100w agm batteries. This is enough to run laptops multiple fluro lights, chainsaw sharpener, fan in summer etc. We also have a solar powered cottage on our bush block hence the need for all the power.
When traveling with the caravan and no 12v fridges we have never looked like running out of power. As I am paranoid about not having the cpap we carry a spare inverter. I think I paid less than $60 each, cheap insurance.
Hope this helps, Geoff
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Reply By: mynance - Sunday, Feb 03, 2013 at 21:08

Sunday, Feb 03, 2013 at 21:08
http://1800cpap.com/resmed-s9-elite-cpap-machine-h5i-humidifier-climate-line.aspx

These people in the US have ResMed S9 Elite™ CPAP with H5i™ Humidifier and ClimateLine™ $899 US, they have a battery pack as well.

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