The Best Travel CPAP Machines of 2021

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    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:

     ResMed AirMiniHDM Z2 Auto Travel CPAPSomnetics Transcend 3 Auto miniCPAP
    Noise Level30 Decibels26 Decibels 26 Decibels
    Machine Weight0.66 lb0.65 lb1.09 lb
    Max Operating Altitude8,500 Feet8,000 Feet8,000 Feet
    Compatible Humidifier?Yes Built-InNone
    FAA Approved?
    Average Customer Rating4.6 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!

    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.

    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!

    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!

    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!