You don’t need to be one of those people who believe the world is inches away from a zombie apocalypse to know that having a few extra batteries around is important. If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, having a few extra batteries around is even more critical. If the zombie apocalypse does come, how are you going to survive without CPAP treatment? Indeed, this is an exaggerated scenario, but if you live in an area that gets especially battered by major storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, or other natural disasters, making sure to have backup batteries on standby for your CPAP machine should be one of the most important things to keep in your emergency preparedness kit.
If you are preparing for the zombie apocalypse or if you are boarding up your windows to prepare for a storm, you never know when you are going to be in need for an alternative source of power for your CPAP machine.
Most CPAP machines have the capacity to plug into either a wall outlet and a battery via a DC input power cord. If there happens to be a power outage or a scarcity of power outlets, like in the wilderness, you may rely on battery power for your nightly CPAP therapy. Speaking of zombies, anyone that has a severe case of sleep apnea can tell you that going without CPAP treatment – even for a single night – can actually turn you into something that resembles a zombie. So, this is why having an alternative source of power for your CPAP machine is so vital, because you never know when there will be a power outage. Also, if you like to go camping, hiking or hunting, having a couple battery packs on hand is as important as bug spray, a few cans of Dinty Moor, and a good ghost story.
The great part about today’s CPAP batteries is that they are getting more advanced and they last much longer. Not only that, but they are also getting lighter. In the case of an emergency or if you are on the go, having a couple of spare batteries on hand has never been easier. Having a backup battery can give you more freedom and even more independence from the power grid. If you live in a particularly vulnerable region with an unpredictable climate, like Tornado Alley, having an extra battery pack or two can ensure that you get the treatment you need for your sleep apnea, no matter what kind of disaster comes your way. Moreover, today’s CPAP compatible batteries get better with each charge – sometimes even doubling their duration, which should give sleep apnea sufferers even more confidence and assurance.
One of the smallest and advanced CPAP batteries is the incredible C-100, which can last between five and twenty hours on a single charge. This battery pack is the ideal backup to have in the instance that the power goes out or if you spontaneously decide to leave the power grid. With its long lasting power and light weight of only 1.6 pounds, this battery should be a mandatory accessory for anyone that relies on CPAP therapy to treat their sleep apnea. In fact, this battery pack is the lightest of all the super CPAP batteries – you can literally take it anywhere with you and not feel weighed down. If you want extra assurance, you can actually pigtail two C-100 batteries together for even more power. Just remember, though, you must use the 150 watt sine wave inverter if you are plugging the C-100 battery into a ResMed CPAP machine.
So, no matter if you are preparing for the zombie apocalypse or if you are boarding up your windows to prepare for a storm, you never know when you are going to be in need for an alternative source of power for your CPAP machine. If you rely on your CPAP machine for nightly positive airway pressure therapy, it is critical that you keep a battery pack – or two – on hand. And if you live in an area where blackouts are a regular occurrence, make sure to keep your battery packs charged and ready to go. If you are camping or going on a hunting trip, you can also use your car to power up your batteries – just to make sure you have enough juice. All and all, though, if you are sleep apnea sufferer, you will realize that your spare CPAP battery is your greatest ally.