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Solar Panels: Battery Backup and Power Sources for CPAP Machines

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Planning ahead for your next outdoor adventure? Bring along your CPAP therapy because relying on your usual power supply is a thing of the past. 

Now, are you wondering how you can get out from under the stresses surrounding the lack of power?

Today’s power supply solutions for CPAP machines, including solar panel options like the Somnetics Solar Charger for Transcend Batteries grant you the freedom to spend some time in the great outdoors camping, hiking, or simply going off-the-grid.

If you’re an avid camper or overnight hiker, then the flexibility of a travel CPAP machine paired with a solar panel will allow you to keep on adventuring with your CPAP therapy in tow. Talk about the perfect combination!

Related reading: The Ultimate Guide To Camping With Your CPAP

How Do Solar Panels Work?

You simply connect your solar panels to your battery to charge during the day. A foldable and compact solar panel draws energy from the sun, allowing you to charge your CPAP battery pack on-the-go. You simply open the buckles and release the panels. You will then place them in direct sunlight to transfer solar energy to your battery.

Cloudy day? The solar panels not only harvest the sun’s energy when in direct and full sunlight but also on cloud-covered days as well. Once you harvest the sun’s energy, you can be confident that your battery is ready for your night’s sleep.

Benefits of Solar Panels to Charge Your CPAP Battery

Using a solar panel to charge your CPAP battery will keep you sleeping soundly in nature. With the help of the sun, you can charge your CPAP batteries to power your travel CPAP machine in the great outdoors.

Solar panels are lightweight. The panels fold up easily, which allows you to fit them into your travel bag or backpack comfortably. They can fully charge a battery in 6 to 12 hours, depending on the battery you’re using. You just connect your battery to the solar panel, place it in direct sunlight, and your machine will be charged before it’s time for bed at night. The most convenient part? You can forget having to search for a campsite with electricity.

Most solar panels are made using green technology and are carbon-footprint friendly so you will be helping the environment in the process.

Solar Panels for CPAP Machines

Let’s explore the solar options ideal for your next nature-filled trip!

 BPS SunPower Solar Panel 40WSomnetics Solar Charger for Transcend Batteries
Weight2.2 lbs0.7 lb
Folded Dimensions11″ L x 11″ W x 0.5″ H12.5 in L x 7 in W x 1.25 in H
Open, Flat Dimensions33.5″ L x 11″ W x 0.02″ H34.5 in L x 12.5 in W
Power40W13 – 14W

Customer’s Choice: BPS SunPower Solar Panel 40W

This collapsible and compact solar panel draws from the sun’s energy to charge the Freedom Travel Battery Pack. Simply release the panels by opening up the buckles. Put the panels in direct sunlight to transfer the solar energy to your battery.

After being placed in a sunny environment, the BPS SunPower Solar Panel 40W can charge a Freedom battery within four to five hours. Talk about efficiency!

This solar panel also has dual functionality. Although its main function is to charge the Freedom Travel Battery Pack, an additional benefit is its ability to charge various 18 volts or less electrical devices.

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Editor’s Choice: Somnetics Solar Charger for Transcend Batteries

This solar panel is compatible with easily portable Transcend Travel machines. The Somnetics Solar Charger is foldable and charges the Transcend Multi-Night Battery when placed in direct sunlight.

*Please note that the Transcend Multi-Night Battery is only compatible with the Transcend Micro and Transcend 3 travel CPAP machines.

You can charge the Multi-Night Battery in around 12 hours. The panel is easy to use—all you have to do is detach the velcro fastener, unfold the panel to maximum size, place it in direct sunlight, and attach the battery to the solar panel. Simple and easy!

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Final Thoughts

Using solar panels to charge your CPAP battery not only allows you to get outdoors while staying in compliance with your CPAP therapy, but it also has minimal impact on our ecosystem, allowing you to sleep better at night—literally and figuratively.

  • David Repasky

    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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