Mexico & Central America Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Using CPAP with unreliable power

Jump to last reply

Does anyone have any experience using a CPAP machine in countries with unreliable power? I’ve traveled to France with my CPAP with no problems, but we are now thinking of a trip to Costa Rica, to some wilderness areas with unreliable power (or where, in fact, there may be a scheduled power outage during the night).

The CPAP machine I have is a ResMed "S8 Elite II". Looking at ResMed's "Battery guide", I should be able to get away with a 12 volt 8 amp-hour gel cell. A typical battery of that type weighs over 7 pounds, and is about 3 x 5 x 6 inches. I'd have to also buy a separate charger, and a ResMed "converter" to maintain the 12 volt level as the battery discharges.

According to ResMed tech support, that CPAP unit will not automatically switch over from line to battery; you have to choose one or the other, so I might have to use the battery every night, all night, and recharge it every day (a problem when changing locations). I'm also a bit afraid that international airlines might be touchy about carrying such a large battery aboard, but it strikes me as considerably more dangerous to put in in checked baggage.

The whole thing sounds complicated and barely workable. Does anyone have any experience with this sort of stuff? Thanks.

Recent Activity

View all Mexico & Central America activity »
  1. 1 Trip Report Family vacation in beautiful, blissful Belize
  2. 2 Trip Report Glover continues on to Mexico (after Colombia)
  3. 3 Trip Report Costa Rica Pacific Highlands and Coast-Feb 2015
  4. 4 13 nights in Costa Rica Itinerary
  5. 5 Traveling to Mexico City in April and need guidance
  6. 6 celebration in Huatulco - Villa Pacifico or VillaBlanca or other? Help please
  7. 7 Trip Report Fairmont Mayakoba and Playa del Carmen Trip Report
  8. 8 Gunacaste All Inclusive
  9. 9 Belize, Roatan or Cozumel: which is best snorkeling?
  10. 10 Last minute Cancun trip must do's?
  11. 11 A hotel on the beach in Tamarindo
  12. 12 Have airfare, am wishy washy on where to stay!-Costa Rica
  13. 13 cost of private car between different places in Costa Rica
  14. 14 Trip Report A great destination in Costa Rica: the Osa Peninsula and Bosque del Cabo
  15. 15 Looking for Riviera Maya All-Inclusive Help
  16. 16 Trip Report Showers with butterflies on the OSA & Quetzal near Poas: CR TR
  17. 17 Third Party Liability Insurance Car rental Mexico
  18. 18 Trip Report Puerto aventuras (for free) report
  19. 19 Trip Report A FOOD-FOCUSED REPORT: MEXICO CITY, PUEBLA, OAXACA
  20. 20 looking for fun restaurant in Playa or Cancun to bring teens after wedding
  21. 21 Looking for a Romantic Beach Bungalow in Riviera Maya
  22. 22 Costa Rica. info about,sarapiqui
  23. 23 Hotel with kids in Tulum or Akumal?
  24. 24 Trip Report Tulum (camping)
  25. 25 Shuttle transport San Cristobal to Palenque
View next 25 » Back to the top