CPAP Product Reviews

The Best Travel CPAP Machines of 2021

Travel season looks a little different this season. But, socially distanced camping, vacation rentals, and travels all need one essential thing—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 CPAP machines:

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

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?
Average Customer Rating5 out of 54.6 out of 54.4 out of 54 out of 5

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, a small CPAP machine makes disassembly, packing, and reassembly a breeze!

It’s important to understand how a mini CPAP machine is different from other devices. A portable CPAP machine has 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 and features a sleek appearance. It’s designed for traveling due to the USB charging port, micro tubing, and 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, BPS Freedom Travel Battery with the 150W Sine Wave Inverter, and Portable Outlet


  • 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
  • User-Friendly Touchscreen to Track Sleep Statistics


  • 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 you can 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 color 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, BPS Freedom Travel Battery with the 150W Sine Wave Inverter, EXP96 Pro Lithium Ion Battery Bank, EXP48 Pro Lithium Ion Battery Bank, and the BPS Freedom V2 Travel CPAP Battery + Machine Cable Kits


  • 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


  • Not Whisper-Quiet

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 while traveling.

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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 nine+ 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, BPS Freedom Travel Battery with the 150W Sine Wave Inverter, EXP96 Pro Lithium Ion Battery BankEXP48 Pro Lithium Ion Battery Bank, and Portable Outlet


  • 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 Price for Value-Conscious Consumers
  • Quiet Operation at 26 Decibels
  • Ultra-Portable—Tiny Machine Fits Almost Anywhere
  • Z-Breathe Pressure Relief


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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 apnea therapy.

Happy and safe travels!


  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:

      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.

  7. Susan T Audette Reply

    I have a Transcend mi ni and I feel like Darth Vader when I use it. It seems so loud, I don’t. Any suggestions?

    • Hi Susan, i’m sorry to hear that your machine is noisy. Please give us a call at: 1-800-356-5221, or e-mail us your contact information at: Attn: Carol, for a callback so that we can go through some troubleshooting steps.

      We hope to hear from you soon!

  8. is the air mini usable on safari trips in AFRICA? do they work on cruise ships also?
    I am considering purchasing the air mini for travel and not sure about its working capabilities outside the USA.
    are their precaution needed for safety of the equipment?

    • Hi Ann, yes. The AirMini, will work in Africa and on cruise ships. Please keep in mind that you will need a power adapter for the power outlet of the country you will be traveling to. Please see the link below to get a better idea as to what I’m referring to.

      Also, if you will be without power during your trip, you may consider adding a battery with your machine. Please see the link to view a battery that will work with the AirMini.

      Finally, keep in mind that you may have Bluetooth connectivity issues depending on the internet availability in the locations you’ll be traveling to. This will not interfere with your ability to use your machine, but your therapy data may not be available until you have access to internet connection.

      For further questions, or concerns, we can be reached at: 1-800-356-5221.

      I wish you safe travels!

  9. Hello- Is there a machine on the market that is good for everyday use as well as compact enough for occasional travel? I know the travel only machines are super compact, but I’m really looking for something smaller then my Resmed 10 home machine so I can travel easier with it. Any suggestions?

  10. What would prevent a CPAP user from purchasing a travel CPAP and using it at home and travel? What are the limitations, pros & cons?

    • Hey Deb, the functionality, of the home and travel machine are the same. They both blow the same amount of air according to the pressure settings. The main differences between a home and travel machines are the size. Most of the travel machines are smaller than the regular machines, but keep in mind that for the most part the travel machines will be a bit noisier than the regular home machines.

      Also, most of the travel machines have an option for waterless humidification, but not a standard humidifier. There are a few travel machines, that have an option to add a humidifier, but they will add size to the unit, in some cases, making the travel machine almost the same size as the home unit.

      If you travel a lot, and are looking for a smaller machine and don’t require a standard humidifier, the travel machine would be a great option for you.

      If you wish to speak with us further regarding machine options, or anything else, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221.

      Have a great day!

  11. Lisa Spurlock Reply

    Going to Africa and will be in the bush for several nights without power.
    How many nights does the multi night battery last?
    How can you re-charge the multi night battery? Cigarette lighter/DC? Solar?

    • Hi Lisa,
      The manufacturer tested this battery with the several Transcend series machines and found it could generate approximately 14 hours of run time on a pressure setting of 14. Certain factors like altitude, pressure setting, temperature, machine type, and if you use humidification can all factor into run times. Individual results may vary.

      The battery is charged using the Transcend Travel machine’s power supply. The power supply is plugged into a wall outlet and into the battery.

      There is an option for DC charge by using the Transcend DC Mobile Power Adapter Second Gen and Solar is an option also with the Solar Charger for Transcend Batteries.

      For further questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at:

      Have a wonderful and safe trip to Africa!

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