Powering CPAP at Your Destination
Before you leave Detroit, make sure your CPAP is compatible with the power at your destination. The CPAP machine should have a label on it that tells the acceptable power inputs. Check both the voltage and the hertz (Hz) to make sure they’re compatible with the power generated at your destination. A mismatch can lead to an inoperable CPAP or may damage the machine. If your CPAP doesn’t match the power at your destination, talk to your supplier about adapters.
You should also check the style of the outlet at your destination. If it doesn’t match those we use in the US, you can find simple adapters at most travel stores.
Check on the power grid at your destination. Is it reliable or plagued with frequent outages or fluctuations? If the power is unreliable, make sure you have a battery backup that will kick in automatically, or just use a battery-operated CPAP machine. Also, be aware that if you’re traveling on a boat or in an RV, a CPAP machine can be a significant drain on the power supply. Unless you’re running a generator or engine, using your CPAP overnight can lead to dead batteries in the morning. Having a separate battery-operated CPAP might be the best choice in these situations.
Of course, you need a battery-operated CPAP if you’re going to be in anyplace you can’t easily plug in, such as camping in the backcountry.
If you’re using a battery-operated CPAP, ensure you bring enough batteries if you don’t think you’ll have access to a good supply.