ResMed offers a variety of CPAP machines for those who need reliable and consistent therapy while they drift off into dreamland. We understand—you need to ensure your therapy is always there when you need it. And that’s where different battery backup and power sources come in.
We’ve created a guide to help you understand the power options for your ResMed CPAP machine so you can choose the ResMed CPAP battery that offers you the greatest degree of versatility and flexibility to fit your lifestyle!
Battery Option for All Machines
Yes, you read that right!
There is one battery that’s designed to work with all machines regardless of voltage or amp requirements, and it’s called the Portable Outlet. The Portable Outlet converts the stored DC power from your machine into easy to use AC power.
The Portable Outlet can also power your other electronic devices like your phone, TV, stereo, etc! As long as it has a plug, you can power the device. The Portable Outlet also comes with USB adapters to easily provide electricity to your cellphone or tablet.
Battery Power Options for the AirStart 10, AirSense 10, and AirCurve 10 Machines
Let’s explore your DC power and battery options for your ResMed CPAP machine.
Medistrom Pilot-24 Lite. The Medistrom Pilot-24 Lite can be used to power the AirMini, AirStart 10, AirSense 10, and AirCurve 10 BiPAP without needing an inverter or other equipment. The Medistrom uses the same power supply as your ResMed machine. For this reason, many people are picking up the Pilot-24 Lite, and we understand why!
Many ResMed machine users like the fact that the Pilot-24 Lite doesn’t require the use of an inverter or special power adapter to connect their chosen machine to the battery. This allows for longer runtimes, meaning you’ll get more power out of a single charge than you would if you needed to use an inverter. Inverters draw power from the battery in order to do the job, causing a faster drain on the battery since you’re powering two devices instead of one. Since the Pilot-24 Lite doesn’t need an inverter, we’ll classify it as an A+ choice!
ResMed DC Converter: DC converters are ideal for those who are on-the-go. In the absence of AC power, the ResMed DC Converter delivers. The ResMed DC Converter is designed specifically for the AirStart 10, AirSense 10, and AirCurve 10 BiPAP. Keep in mind that using any other DC converters on your ResMed machine can damage your unit.
The ResMed DC converter plugs into the cigarette lighter socket on a car or boat and allows you to draw DC power from the car or boat battery effectively and without damaging your machine. For those who will be venturing on a long road trip or sailing long distances, this converter can be a lifesaver!
ResMed Power Station II Battery Kit: The ResMed Power Station II Battery Kit charges quickly! It charges up to 95 percent capacity in four hours or less and features a double battery option. To use the double battery option, you must purchase the Battery Coupler Kit. For the AirStart 10, AirSense 10, and AirCurve 10 BiPAP machines, the ResMed Power Station II is ResMed’s preferred way to power these devices while off-the-grid.
It’s important to know that if you use humidification while running these machines, it can mean lower runtimes as humidification draws a lot of power while connected to the battery. For this reason, it’s recommended to only use your machine itself while connected to the battery.
Freedom Travel Battery: The Freedom Travel Battery Pack can act as a power source in its own right or as a failsafe or battery backup in case of a power outage. The Freedom Travel Battery allows for added convenience and peace of mind so you always have a backup on hand.
The digital display on the Freedom Travel Battery Pack gives you the added reassurance of the amount your battery is charged. To use the AirStart 10, AirSense 10, and AirCurve 10 BiPAP machines with the Freedom, you’ll need to purchase the 24V Power Converter, which will connect the battery to your machine for proper use.
Battery Power Options for the AirMini
The AirMini has slightly different power requirements so let’s run through your options.
ResMed DC Converter for the AirMini: Similarly to the DC power cord we mentioned for the AirStart 10, AirSense 10, and AirCurve 10 BiPAP machines, the ResMed DC Converter for the AirMini is a 65 Watt DC cord that connects to the cigarette lighter socket on a car or boat and allows you to safely draw DC power from the boat or car’s battery. But don’t get confused, the DC power cord for the AirStart 10, AirSense 10, and AirCurve 10 BiPAP machines is not the same as this cord so be careful because the two aren’t interchangeable.
Medistrom Pilot-24 Lite: The Medistrom Pilot-24 Lite battery mentioned above has special attachments specifically for the AirMini and doesn’t require the use of an inverter. For this reason, the Pilot-24 Lite is quickly becoming a great way to power the AirMini while on-the-go.
If you love your ResMed CPAP machine, then the next step is selecting the right ResMed CPAP battery supplies for backup and on-the-go travel.
David Repasky has been using CPAP treatment since 2017 and has first-hand experience with what it’s like to live with Sleep Apnea. He brings the patient’s perspective to the CPAP.com blog and has received formal training in CPAP machines, masks, and equipment.