If you love your Philips Respironics DreamStation machine, then you probably want a battery backup to ensure you always have a plan in the event of a power outage or if you’re taking your machine on-the-go.
Power outages are typically unexpected and leave a question mark when it comes to how long they will last. Aside from an unexpected power outage, our next thought when it comes to selecting your ideal battery is what you will need while traveling. First things first—consider the amount of time you will be spending traveling, where you are going, your type of travel, and the travel environment.
When it comes to your CPAP therapy, you never want to have to go without it. That’s where battery backups and alternative power sources come in. Backup batteries for your Philips Respironics DreamStation machine can help you manage whatever mother nature, local power companies, or your travel plans throw your way.
Remove the worry associated with losing power or traveling by finding your ideal Philips DreamStation battery.
Battery Options for All Machines in the DreamStation Family
Medistrom Pilot-12 Lite: The Medistrom Pilot-12 Lite was specifically designed to meet the power needs of your DreamStation machine (excluding the DreamStation Go) and comes with the correct cable needed to make the connection from the machine to the battery. If you’re not using humidification, the Pilot-12 Lite can power the machine for one night of therapy. The Pilot-12 Lite is compatible with all DreamStation models (except the DreamStation Go—for that machine, you’ll need the Pilot-24 Lite and the DreamStation Go Adapter Kit).
Portable Outlet: The Portable Outlet converts stored DC power into convenient AC power to then power your CPAP using your machine’s power supply. Just use the plug, and you’re good to go! The Portable Outlet can also power other electronic devices, including phones, TVs, stereo systems, blenders, etc., making it a bonus while traveling. The Portable Outlet is compatible with any electronic device with a power supply, including all DreamStation machines and the DreamStation Go.
Now, let’s dive into specific DreamStation machines to find the power option ideal for you.
DreamStation Auto CPAP Machine
The DreamStation Auto CPAP machine comes with the DreamStation 80W Power Supply, which works with 100-240 volt AC power. While it is an option in many international locations, you may also need to purchase a power adapter to use while traveling. You will need to purchase the power cord separately.
DC Power Option: If you’re on a road trip and need to catch some sleep, the DC Cord for DreamStation CPAP machines is made just for that. The DC Cord connects via the car’s cigarette lighter. In addition to the machine, the cord will also power a heated humidifier and a heated tube if connected. However, the heated humidifier and tube will increase the power draw and reduce the battery’s run time.
This cord is only available for use with the DreamStation CPAP machines and does not work with other machines, including other Philips Respironics machines.
Battery Options for the DreamStation Auto: DreamStation Auto CPAP machine users have two battery power options to consider.
If you’re traveling to locations without power, we have two options for you:
The second option to consider is the Philips Respironics DreamStation Series Travel Battery Kit. This battery provides an uninterrupted power supply to the machine and turns on automatically if AC power fails. Essentially, it’s a failsafe to provide continuous CPAP functionality if your power fails.
DreamStation Go Auto Travel CPAP Machine
The DreamStation Go Auto Travel CPAP Machine comes equipped with a standard 6-foot power cord though you can purchase an optional 10-foot power cord if you prefer a longer cord. This CPAP device accepts power from 100–240 volt AC power, making it friendly for domestic and international travel. You will need to purchase travel adapter plugs for compatibility in some international destinations.
Battery Options for the DreamStation Go Auto Travel: The battery options to pair with your DreamStation Go Auto Travel CPAP device are the integrated DreamStation Go Overnight Battery, the Medistrom Pilot-24 Lite with the DreamStation Go Battery Adapter Kit, or the Portable Outlet.
The DreamStation Go Overnight Battery offers extreme functionality since it can be used alone as your primary source of power throughout the night or in combination with AC power. This allows the battery to operate as a backup in the event of a power outage while you’re off in dreamland. The runtime for this battery is up to 13 hours.
This machine is compatible with the Freedom Travel Battery even though you will also need to purchase the 150W Modified Sine Wave Inverter.
DreamStation CPAP Machine
The 80W power supply that comes with your Philips Respironics DreamStation CPAP Machine is compatible with 100-240 volt AC power, making it suitable for travel, provided you purchase the appropriate power adapting plug. The DreamStation CPAP Machine does not come with a power cord. You must purchase the power cord separately.
DC Power Option: Sometimes, your travels take you where AC power is unavailable. When this occurs, you can plug your DreamStation CPAP Machine into a DC outlet using the Shielded DC Cord for the DreamStation CPAP Machine.
Battery Power Options for the DreamStation CPAP Machine: You have three specific battery power options for your DreamStation CPAP Machine.
The second is the Travel Battery Kit for System One and DreamStation CPAP Machines, which operates as a battery backup.
DreamStation Pro CPAP Machine
Featuring an 80W power supply and compatibility with 100–240 volt AC power sources, the DreamStation Pro CPAP Machine is a great choice for international travel. You must purchase your own power cord with this machine as it does not come equipped with one. We also recommend a plug adapter if you plan to use your CPAP machine internationally.
Battery Power Options for the DreamStation Pro CPAP Machine: Like other DreamStation CPAP Machines CPAP users can purchase the Freedom Travel Battery pack along with its power adapter for convenient battery power on-the-go even when traveling to off-the-grid locations. You must purchase both items for this option to work.
Additionally, you can choose to buy the Philips Respironics DreamStation Series Battery Kit that operates as a battery backup if the power should fail, allowing for continuous use of your CPAP machine while you sleep.
DreamStation BiPAP Auto Machine
DC Power Option: The DC power cord gives you the option of plugging your BiPAP machine into car DC outlets. The cord gives you the convenience of using your BiPAP machine on the road.
Battery Options for the DreamStation BiPAP Auto Machine: If you plan to do a lot of camping, hiking, etc., you may wish to invest in the Freedom Travel Pack and power adapter (you must purchase both for either to function). You can also use the Pilot-12 Lite and the Portable Outlet.
Another battery option to consider is the Travel Battery Kit for System One and DreamStation Series. This all in one kit offers seamless protection for your power supply should you suffer an outage while sleeping. The kit can provide continuous use for up to 14 hours.
DreamStation BiPAP Pro Machine
DC Power Option: A Shielded DC Power Cord is an option for this BiPAP machine and will come in handy if you travel frequently via car or RV.
Battery Options for the DreamStation BiPAP Pro: Whether you’re looking for a reliable battery backup in the event of a power outage or a battery to help you enjoy some off-the-grid travel, one of these four options will be an excellent choice for you: the Freedom Travel Battery Pack with the 12V power adapter, the Travel Battery Kit for System One and DreamStation CPAP Machines, the Medistrom Pilot-12 Lite, or the Portable Outlet.
We know your therapy is important to you and finding the right battery to compliment your beloved Philips Respironics DreamStation machine is the next step in taking your therapy to the next level!
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.