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Battery Backup/Power Sources for Philips Respironics CPAP Machines

You’ll have many things to consider as you explore your options for CPAP machines and battery back up or power sources. The best machine options to meet your needs vary greatly according to a few factors, including:

  • The severity of your sleep apnea.
  • The amount of time you spend traveling.
  • The locations you travel to.
  • The types of traveling you do.
  • Your home environment.

For example, CPAP wearers who live in communities plagued by frequent brownouts or blackouts might need more powerful battery options than those who rarely experience these types of power interruptions or outages. Choosing machines equipped with Philips Respironics CPAP batteries can help you manage whatever mother nature, local power companies, and your travel needs throw your way.

DreamStation Auto CPAP Machine

The DreamStation Auto CPAP Machine comes with the DreamStation 80W power supply that works with 100 – 240 volt AC power. While it is usable in many international locations, you may need to purchase a travel adapter to use when traveling. You will need to purchase the DreamStation Machine power cord separately as it does not come with your machine.

DC Power for the DreamStation Auto CPAP Machine

If you’re traveling away from standard AC power and need to use your machine, you have more than one option available to you. One option is DC power. This is made possible thanks to the Philips Respironics Shielded DC Cord for DreamStation CPAP Machines.

This cord is only available for use with the DreamStation CPAP machines and does not work with other machines. Even other Philips Respironics machines.

Battery Power for the DreamStation Auto CPAP Machine

DreamStation Auto CPAP Machine users have two battery power options to consider. The DreamStation 12V Power Adapter for C-100 & Freedom CPAP Travel Battery packs along with the Freedom Travel Battery Pack for CPAP Machines is one of those choices. This battery provides CPAP wearers with a power source for their CPAP machines when traveling to locations without power.

The other option to consider is the Philips Respironics Respironics Travel Battery Kit for System One & DreamStation CPAP Machines. This battery provides uninterruptible power supply to the unit and turns on automatically when 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. This CPAP device accepts power from 100 – 240 V AC allowing for use domestically and when traveling internationally. You will need to purchase travel adapter plugs for compatibility in some international destinations.

DreamStation Go Auto Travel CPAP Machine Battery Options

One optional purchase to go along with your CPAP device is the integrated DreamStation Go Overnight Battery option. This battery offers extreme functionality in that it can be used alone as your primary source of power throughout the night or in combination with AC power to operate as a battery backup in the event of a power outage while you’re sleeping. The runtime for this battery lasts up to 13 hours.

This unit is also compatible with the Freedom Travel Battery, though you will need to purchase the 150W Modified Sine Wave Inverter for C-100 & Freedom Travel Battery Packs for CPAP Machines, which is sold separately.

DreamStation CPAP Machine

The Philips Respironics DreamStation CPAP Machine does not come with a power cord. You must purchase the power cord separately. The 80W power supply that comes with your device is compatible with 100 – 240 V AC power making it suitable for travel provided you purchase the appropriate power adapting plugs.

DC Power for DreamStation CPAP Machines

Sometimes your travels take you where AC power is unavailable. When this occurs, you can plug your DreamStation CPAP machine into a DC outlet with the optional Shielded DC Cord for DreamStation CPAP Machines. It is not compatible with other non-DreamStation CPAP machines, even those from the Philips Respironics family.

Battery Power Options for Your DreamStation CPAP Machine

You have two specific battery power options for your DreamStation CPAP machine. The first is the Freedom Travel Battery Pack, which requires the DreamStation 12V Power Adapter to function. The second is the Respironics Lithium Ion Travel Battery Kit which operates as battery backup.

DreamStation Pro CPAP Machine

Featuring an 80W power supply and compatibility with 100 – 240V AC power sources, the DreamStation Pro CPAP machine is a good choice for international travel. You must purchase your own power cord with this unit, though, as it does not come equipped with one of its own. You must also purchase a plug adapter if you plan to use your CPAP machine internationally.

DC Power for DreamStation Pro

You also have the option with this machine to purchase an optional shielded DC power adapter. This purchase allows you to travel off the beaten path a little as it is usable with DC power rather than AC power.

Battery Power for DreamStation Pro CPAP Machines

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-grid locations. You must purchase both items for this option to work.

Additionally, you may choose to buy the Lithium Ion Travel Battery Kit that operates as a battery backup if the power should fail, powering continuous use of your CPAP machine while you sleep.

DreamStation BiPAP® Auto Machine

You may travel internationally with the Dreamstation BiPAP Auto Machine as it features an 80W power supply compatible with 100 – 240 V AC power but you will need a power adapter to do so. You must also purchase the power cord for this machine that does not come with it equipped.

DC Power for Your DreamStation BiPAP Auto Machine

The optional DC power cord allows you the option of plugging your BiPAP machine into automobile DC outlets, giving you the convenience of using your BiPAP machine for sleep even if you’re away from traditional AC outlets.

Battery Options for the DreamStation BiPAP Auto Machine

If you plan to do a lot of off-grid travel, camping, etc., you may wish to invest in the Freedom Travel Pack and power adapter (you must purchase both for either to function).

Another battery option to consider is the lithium-ion travel battery kit. This all in one kit offers seamless protection for your power supply should you suffer an outage while sleeping and can provide continuous use for up to 14 hours.

DreamStation BiPAP® Pro Machine

The Pro model of the DreamStation BiPAP Pro machine does come with the power cord equipped but still requires the use of an adapter plug if you intend to use it internationally.

DC Power for the DreamStation BiPAP Pro

A shielded DC power cord is available as an option for this BiPAP device and may come in useful for people who do a lot of traveling, especially via automobile or RV.

Battery Power for Your DreamStation BiPAP Pro

Whether you’re looking for a reliable battery backup in the event of a power failure or a battery to help you enjoy some off-grid travel, one of these two options will be an excellent choice for you:

  1. Freedom Travel Battery Pack with 12V power adapter.
  2. Philips Respironics Travel Battery Kit.

Just remember one key thing. No matter which of these CPAP or BiPAP machines you choose, it is extremely important to choose the right batteries, so you can achieve optimal results and to avoid negating the machine warranty.

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.

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