I bought a pilot and co pilot set up a few months ago and have recently been trying them out. I have found by trial and error the following,
First switch off all humidifiers etc.
Switch to airplane mode, this reduces the amount of battery power used.
Starting with everything fully charged the co pilot battery is discharged first (odd) its indicator light changing colour to show this.
The pilot now starts to discharge, at some point the strip of green indicators will go out and you need to press the test button to see them ( i thought it had gone flat)
So far i have managed to get 3 nights use from my airsense 10, hoping to make it 4 with a bit more tweaking ☺
Chris why did you purchase Medistrom as opposed to the Resmed battery? Don't get me wrong as I've heard great things about the Medistrom and recommended it myself to people, but looking at the prices it seems just as or even more expensive than the Resmed one.
at the time amazon were selling the pilot for £285 and the co pilot for £137, gone up a lot since then
just looked on internet, it seems that medistrom may not have a dealer in the uk but a company called sleep tight advertise the pilot 24 for £345, don't know about the co pilot. The very expensive one on amazon comes from Israel, good luck with warranty. Mine came through amazon supplied by choice one medical. If you buy the resmed one at £400 you have to pay an extra £40 for the cables to connect it! the other main advantage with the pilot is that you can leave it all plugged in and it will transfer to battery if there is a power cut. All silly prices really, such is cpap, (not including yourselves of course)
I wish the ResMed was 12Vdc, it would make life a lot easier.
I wonder why they need 24Vdc anyway?
My APAP is not mine to and see why it has to be 24Vdc!
I don't think the clinic might be to impressed if I opened it for a look.
I see from medistrom website they are looking for dealers, is it worth considering Kath
They are very costly things to have sitting around to go wrong or if you forget to charge them by their date.
You could try to see if they will do it on a sale or return basis, them you could keep one or two. However, I think most are ordering them on-line where they can get a good deal.
You would need to do your homework and I doubt it would be worth it.
How many times do you get someone asking for a battery to go camping and would they pay that amount?
Thanks Chris and we certainly are doing our homework Sleep2Snore. Our charity work hard to get the right products at the right price for our fellow sufferers, and we have lots of loyal customers who purchase from us both to support the charity and because they know they can trust us. We have loads of requests for batteries, and in fact the new Respironics battery will be available on our site very soon, even though it's expensive.
It is always good to have a dealer that you can trust and will sort out problems when they arise.
It is always nice to have someone that has the time to sort things out with a customer and take time to do it rather than some salesman that don't care as long as they make their target for the week.
The only time I have been in Hull is when I am catching a ferry, and as you know when you are trying to catch a ferry you don't have much time and they will not wait. By the time we travel from where I am it is almost time for it to sail.
It is kind of annoying as I would love to pop in past, even if the other half would be twiddling her thumbs.
Maybe some day!
Hi Sleep2snore, Chris, Kath,
Great to hear you are pushing the boundaries of off-the-grid CPAP use.
I have used my Resmed Airsense 10 with 12V DC power. I purchased the Resmed Airsense 10 DC converter. It is quite pricey at £70 and is quite a heavy add-on, but it is well built and allows the Airsense 10 to be run on 12V DC. It comes with crocodile clips for connection to a battery and cigar lighter-type attachment. I am just back this weekend from a 12-day sailing trip to the far north of Scotland with my CPAP. I plan to write-up my experience and post to this forum shortly.
I bought a power cord and battery pack to use on the Philips Remstar so I could go night fishing.
Then the hospital changed me over to a Resmed S9 which is 24v
No more night fishing
You can get a voltage converter to change it from 12Vdc to 24Vdc, expensive for what it is though.
Only problem with stepping up the voltage is that the battery will drain a bit quicker.