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CPAP Newsletter: CPAP News Letter - Issue: 5
Our newsletter is designed to provide state-of-the art equipment and the latest in technique news to the sufferers of sleep apnea. We hope it is interesting and helpful to you as you work to optimize your apnea treatment.
There is GREAT news for traveling CPAPers. We are looking forward to receiving very small CPAPs, truly travel friendly machines.
Traveling with CPAP has always been difficult. Lugging a CPAP through airports day after day has caused many business professionals to leave the equipment at home and suffer the effects of apnea. At long last a traveler's CPAP is at hand.
In mid February, two very very small CPAP's called the Puritan Bennett GoodKnight 420S and 420S will be available on our website. We are taking orders now. Here is a look at the travel specifications of this unit as compared to the average "modern" CPAP.
|Average Modern CPAP||Puritan Bennett 420G/S|
|Weight||5 lbs||1.9 lbs|
|Length||10 inches||7.7 inches|
|Height||5 inches||2.9 inches|
|Width||7 inches||5.6 inches|
This machine is only 36% the size of existing machines and about 39% of the weight. It is as easy to pack as a shoe.
Our review of the GoodKnight 420G found the unit had features travelers like. It automatically adapts to voltages from 100 to 240, from 50 to 60 hz. It also has a 12 volt jack for those who want to run it on battery power. The unit features automatic altitude compensation and automatic on and off settings. A travel unit needs to be very durable. This unit has been sold in countries other than the USA for nearly a year and has a good reliability record. It is well made. We took a disassembled one and found state-of-the-art packaging and parts. We were initially concerned that the unit would be loud as there is less space inside for sound management materials but we were quickly reassured. It is very quite and gives away nothing compared to the quietest machines. The biggest problem seems to be finding a suitably small humidifier to work with this unit. Many will work with it but none are as compact. Puritan Bennett worked hard to develop a small yet quiet machine and they have succeeded with the GoodKnight.
We introduced Puritan Bennett's 12 portable 12 vt battery pack in a previous news letter. Now that we have had an opportunity to use one we can better report what it can and can't do. The battery pack is not only light but technologically superior. It is as easy to charge as a cell phone. The battery pack can power Puritan Bennett and Respironics CPAP and Bipap machines. Initially we were told it would power one for 3 hours. Upon investigation we learned that this number was the minimum time it would power up a large powerful ventilator. Our testing on CPAP found it will power a CPAP set at 10 cm 8 hours. When set at 5cm a CPAP can be powered for 10 or more hours. Bipaps will not do as well. We will be getting more data points in the future.
Nasal Aire users take notice. Innomed is working on a new headgear and a new Chinstrap that can hold the tubes securely in place. We believe that this new system will perform much better for the majority of users with a chinstrap or headgear. Innomed has told us that these items have a planned ship date in early February. More Nasal Aire news. There is a sizing gap between the medium and large size prongs. Far too often the medium is too small and the large is too big. A new size Medium Plus is said to be in the works for late March shipment.
Resmed has two improvements scheduled for the Humidaire 2I Heated Humidifier for S7 machines. In late January they expect to begin shipping these with an improved latching mechanism. By early March, they will be shipping a truly revised chamber that does not require the "Water Chamber Cross Member". The design is expected to stabilize when this is done.
As always, if you have any questions or comments, we welcome your calls or emails.