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The Best Travel CPAP Machines Reviewed And Compared

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Travel season is upon us, and whether you’re traveling domestically or internationally or by air or land, there’s one thing you can’t go without on your trip⁠—a good night’s sleep.

Let’s start from square one.

Are you planning a vacation, a weekend getaway, or a trip to see your loved ones? Do you find yourself asking how you can get the best sleep possible when you’re away from home? Regardless of where you’re heading, now is the time to shop for a travel CPAP machine to take on your next adventure. From mini to portable, let’s dive into the key features to discover your ideal travel machine.

We’re going to highlight four of our favorite travel machines: Philips Respironics DreamStation GoResMed AirMiniHuman Design Medical Z2 Auto Travel CPAP, and Somnetics Transcend 3 Auto miniCPAP.

Grab a pen and paper and detail out which factors matter the most to you!

What Are The Best Travel CPAP Machines?

Philips Respironics DreamStation GoResMed AirMiniHDM Z2 Auto Travel CPAPSomnetics Transcend 3 Auto miniCPAP
Noise Level30 Decibels30 Decibels26 Decibels 26 Decibels
Machine Weight1.86 lb0.66 lb0.65 lb1.09 lb
Max Operating Altitude7,500 Feet8,500 Feet8,000 Feet8,000 Feet
Compatible Humidifier?YesYes Built-InNone
FAA Approved?

Key Features of a Travel CPAP Machine

As opposed to standard machines, travel-friendly CPAP machines are small, lightweight, and portable. An added bonus? If you’re a jet-setter, travel machines are TSA friendly and most are FAA approved for in-flight use. If your flight is short, travel machines make disassembly, packing, and reassembly a breeze!

It’s important to understand how mini CPAPs are different from other devices. Portable CPAP machines have some added benefits that will ease some of the stress while traveling.

  • Can Plug Into a Car’s Cigarette Lighter and Run Off of the Car’s Battery
  • Can Be Used With a DC Cable Converter to Allow You to Sleep On-the-Go
  • Extended Battery Life—Perfect for Long Flights or Camping Trips
  • SmallLightweightand FAA CompliantSafe for Use on a Plane

Now that you know some of the common features of a travel CPAP machine, it’s time to find the right one for you!

Philips Respironics DreamStation Go

Best Travel CPAP Machines

One of the newest travel machines to hit the market is the DreamStation Go. This machine is the ultimate go-to for air travelers. The DreamStation Go is a tiny and lightweight Auto CPAP machine that is almost perfectly square. It’s designed for traveling due to the USB charging port, micro tubing, and the easy on-the-go setup.

This simplistically designed machine is composed of the latest technology and is ideal for air travelers.

Machine Features

Noise Level: 30 Decibels

Compatible Humidifier: DreamStation Go Heated Humidifier

FAA Approved? Yes

Best Battery: DreamStation Go Overnight Battery

Other Battery Options: Medistrom Pilot-24 Lite with DreamStation Go Adapter Kit and Portable Outlet

Benefits

  • Additional Overnight Battery Allows for Up to Ten Hours of Therapy
  • Easy to Carry-On Due to Its Compact Shape and Lightweight Design
  • Smaller Tubing for Increased Portability
  • UserFriendly Touchscreen to Track Sleep Statistics

Drawbacks

  • Not Whisper-Quiet

Our Review

If you’re a frequent flyer, then the DreamStation Go will be your easy choice. The machine weighs in at a light 1.86 pounds so toss it into your carry-on bag and use it on a long flight if needed. Are you always on-the-go? Well, lucky for you, the machine fully charges in five hours, which makes it a low maintenance and easily manageable machine. Use the sleep tracker on the touchscreen to track the quality of your travel sleep. It’s time to go off-the-grid with the DreamStation Go!

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ResMed AirMini

Light Travel CPAP Machines

If you’re looking for a light and compact travel CPAP machine, then the AirMini by ResMed is currently one of the smallest on the market and, rest assured, sweet dreams will come from this 0.66 pound CPAP machine. Weighing just under one pound, this Auto CPAP makes traveling with a humidifier easy. ResMed has designed the HumidX™ Waterless Component to allow you to receive all of the benefits of a humidifier while leaving the distilled water at home. Three cheers for the AirMini, which is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a mess-free portable CPAP machine.

Machine Features

Noise Level: 30 DecibelsSame Noise Level As the Philips Respironics DreamStation Go

Compatible Humidifier: HumidX Waterless Humidification (For P10 and N20 Models)

FAA Approved: Yes

Best Battery: Medistrom Pilot-24 Lite

Other Battery Options: Portable Outlet CPAP Machine

Benefits

  • Air Traveler and Camper Friendly
  • Bluetooth Connectivity Transfers Sleep Data to Your Phone
  • Currently One of the Smallest Machines on the Market at Just Under 1 lb
  • Humidification Using Waterless HumidX Technology
  • Works in Altitudes Up to 8,500 Feet

Drawbacks

  • Not Whisper-Quiet
  • Only Works With Select CPAP Masks

Our Review

Let’s start with the amazing news—when you buy the AirMini from us, you will receive a free mask! Talk about a win. This small CPAP machine fits in the palm of your hand, making packing your machine hassle-free. Since humidifiers can often be tricky to pack, the AirMini adds moisture while you sleep so that you can cross a humidifier off of your packing list. Want to continue tracking your sleep on-the-go? The AirMini connects to your phone via Bluetooth so you can track your leak rate, usage hours, and events per hour.

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Human Design Medical Z2 Auto Travel CPAP

Travel CPAP Machines

Say goodbye to your fears of lugging heavy bags through the airport because the Human Design Medical Z2 Auto Travel CPAP Machine is also one of the lightest CPAP models available, weighing just 0.65 lb! It’s small and compact, making it the perfect travel companion. You will have the option of utilizing a PowerShell with Extended Life Battery for 9+ hours of continuous use. It has a max altitude capability of 8,000 feet. Do you use a humidifier? With the Z2 Auto, leave your humidifier at home because this machine uses the humidity from your breath to moisten your sinuses, mouth, and throat. What’s not to love?!

Machine Features

Noise Level: 26 Decibels

Compatible Humidifier: Built-In

FAA Approved? Yes

Best Battery: Z1 and Z2 Powershell Extended Life Battery

Other Battery Options: Medistrom Pilot-12 Lite with Z1 & Z2 Mixed Cable Kit and Portable Outlet

Benefits

  • Auto Altitude Adjusting With a Max Altitude of 8,000 Feet
  • BuiltIn Bluetooth by Connecting to an App on Your Phone
  • Easy to Carry-On—Extremely Lightweight
  • Great for Camping and Backpacking
  • Great Value for Value-Conscious Consumers
  • Quiet Operation at 26 Decibels
  • Ultra-Portable—Tiny Machine Fits Almost Anywhere
  • Z-Breathe Pressure Relief

Drawbacks

  • Limited Features

Our Review

Planning a camping trip or crossing a hike off of your bucket list? Well, if you’re looking for a machine that will fit the needs of most travelers, then the Z2 Auto CPAP machine may be the one for you! On top of its compact size, you can leave your humidifier at home because this crafty machine uses the humidity from your breath to add moisture to your sinuses, mouth, and throat, which makes sticking to your treatment off-the-grid simple!

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Somnetics Transcend 3 Auto miniCPAP

Travel CPAP Machines

Don’t put off your next camping trip or international travel plans due to your fear of traveling with your machine. With travel machines, you will be able to go off-the-grid or across the world and stick to your therapy! The Transcend 3 Auto CPAP, like the Z2 Auto CPAP, has a max altitude of up to 8,000 feet above sea level. In addition, it has very flexible power options, including international plug adapters and the optional Transcend Multi-Night Battery. If you purchase from us, you will receive a free carrying case, charger with international plug adapters, and a CPAP hose!

Machine Features

Noise Level: 26 Decibels—Same Noise Level As the Human Design Medical Z2 Auto Travel CPAP Machine

Compatible Humidifier: None

FAA Approved? Yes

Best Battery: Transcend Multi-Night Battery

Other Battery Options: Somnetics Solar Charger for Transcend Batteries

Benefits

  • Auto-Adjusting for Fewer Doctor’s Appointments
  • Designed to Go Off-Grid With Optional Accessories
  • Flexible Battery Options for Every Travel Need
  • Great for Value-Conscious Consumers
  • Lightweight and Tiny Design to Easily Fit in Bags
  • Quiet Operation
  • Ramp-Up Feature With EZEX Pressure Relief

Drawbacks

  • Limited Options for Viewing Data

Our Review

Campers and hikers unite for the Transcend 3 Auto CPAP! The lightweight and tiny design with solar battery options make this machine ideal for throwing it in your rucksack and going on your way! There is a convenient drying mode available on the Transcend 3 so you can prevent the spread of germs or mold. The busy traveler in you will love this machine!

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Wherever you’ll be traveling, there is a CPAP travel machine suitable for your trip! Luckily, you don’t have to sacrifice a good night’s sleep without proper sleep therapy.

Happy and safe travels!

11 Comments

  1. Dr. Hamilton-Stubbs Reply

    Hello Daniela
    Thank you for this review. Do you know it any of the portal machines are less efficient at delivering pressures greater than 10 cm water

  2. Thank you for providing the information and will be useful in determining my purchase. What is missing however are the negatives features of each type. I believe the level of noise and whether the hoses/mask accommodate all types or are proprietary are important to mention. Thank you very much

    • We’re coming out with a series of posts soon that will address some of these concerns. Thanks for the feedback! We actually recently published a post on the quietest masks, if you navigate to our blog homepage you should see it.

  3. I have used the Z1 with the newer extended battery pack for camping and have been able to get 3 nights in warmer fall weather or 2 nights in colder weather with it. I keep the CPAP in my sleeping bag to keep it warm and the air that I am inhaling. The short hose is also helpful for keeping the overall weight and size down in my backpack.

  4. DreamStation Go now has a humidifier which in my opinion makes it the best choice.

  5. Gail Phillips Reply

    In airplanes flying above 8,000 ft. Is use based on adjusted cabin pressure?

    • Hi Gail, most CPAP machines have the auto-adjust according to altitude feature built into the machine. In order for us to know for certain, if your machine has this feature, we would need to know which machine you have.

      Please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you can e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com.

      Have a great day!

  6. I have the transcend machine and I think it works well for my traveling, which has taken us around the world in the last several years.

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