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Old 01-28-2017, 11:02 AM   #1
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CPAP machine on solar

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I have a resmen 10 autoset Cpap machine


I trying to figure out if this will run with the 6 volts and solar for a week or so.

The unit runs on 24volt Dc at home using a converter from 120 ac.

They sell a dc plug that will plug into 12 or 24 volt DC.

I thinking this converter would be the A better choice than using inverter.

according to the manufacture this will draw

with humidifier on
it will draw 4.35 amps at 12 volt

with the humidifier off 1.25 12 volt amps

I all ready thinking the humidifier and tube heater would have to go.

How our others solving the problem?

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Solar panels and CPAP machines?
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Old 01-28-2017, 03:20 PM   #3
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I trying to figure out if this will run with the 6 volts and solar for a week or so.
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according to the manufacture this will draw
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with the humidifier off 1.25 12 volt amps
Hello NewYorkHillBilly;
Your question is both simple and complicated.

The simple answer:
Using 1.25 amps and 8 hours per day as an example, in one week you will pull exactly 1.25 X 8 X 7 = 70 amp hours from your battery. This will run down your pair of 6 volt batteries less than half way. (They are good for around 225 amp hours, +/-). Precise, but totally the wrong answer.

The real answer: "It depends".
It depends on so many factors... For example, are you camping in sunny south Texas in mid-summer. Are you camping in shady, cloudy, northern Maine in the fall or spring? Are you using *any* other lights, appliances, fans, pumps, refrigerator, TV, radio, chargers, etc, etc. Taking all of the above into consideration, there is no way we on the forum can give you a precise answer.

Realistic answer #1: I am thinking that many other CPAP users are camping happily. They try it out and adjust their camping style accordingly.

Realistic answer #2: You may be a good candidate for one of those battery monitoring devices that measure your power usage and your solar charge on a continuous basis. That way you will know at all times where you are on the discharge/recharge curve. Its a good tool to use when your needs are more critical than the average boondocker.

Bottom line: Read the threads, evaluate your camping style, consider spending a bit more for a monitor and/or second solar panel. In the end you will have peace of mind and a good night's sleep.

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Old 01-28-2017, 03:41 PM   #4
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Hello NewYorkHillBilly;
Your question is both simple and complicated.

The simple answer:
Using 1.25 amps and 8 hours per day as an example, in one week you will pull exactly 1.25 X 8 X 7 = 70 amp hours from your battery. This will run down your pair of 6 volt batteries less than half way. (They are good for around 225 amp hours, +/-). Precise, but totally the wrong answer.

The real answer: "It depends".
It depends on so many factors... For example, are you camping in sunny south Texas in mid-summer. Are you camping in shady, cloudy, northern Maine in the fall or spring? Are you using *any* other lights, appliances, fans, pumps, refrigerator, TV, radio, chargers, etc, etc. Taking all of the above into consideration, there is no way we on the forum can give you a precise answer.

Realistic answer #1: I am thinking that many other CPAP users are camping happily. They try it out and adjust their camping style accordingly.

Realistic answer #2: You may be a good candidate for one of those battery monitoring devices that measure your power usage and your solar charge on a continuous basis. That way you will know at all times where you are on the discharge/recharge curve. Its a good tool to use when your needs are more critical than the average boondocker.

Bottom line: Read the threads, evaluate your camping style, consider spending a bit more for a monitor and/or second solar panel. In the end you will have peace of mind and a good night's sleep.

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Thats the problem some of these nights will be in the 20's so furnace will run often, and ETI will not put the batteries in the heated space any more on the 19 models , so they will be out in the cold and lose some power that way
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Just make sure you have electric available in the winter and solar will take care of you in the summer. I would not camp below freezing without electric availability.
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Just make sure you have electric available in the winter and solar will take care of you in the summer. I would not camp below freezing without electric availability.

The only electric i have would be the honda 2000I , Just in case i need to charge batteries. One of the reason's i looking at escape it to camp in colder weather.. I done this in my casita with out any problems. low 20's at night and above freezing in day. of course water tank and all water lines are in the heated space. ( with out cpap)

The way i understand it you can order the escape with water tank inside

not to worried about gray and black as long as its above freezing during the day
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...One of the reason's i looking at escape it to camp in colder weather..
A good number of us bought our Escapes for the same purpose - cold weather camping.

But it is an unfortunate fact of life that cold batteries hold less power than warm ones. And that the days are shorter, sun angle is lower, the furnace runs longer, and toasty warm drinks are required more often.

My solution is to carry a spare 150 watt solar panel in the winter. I aim it directly at the sun and get double to triple the amps that the roof panel provides.

Of course this is trivial compared to a generator...

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I'm not smart enough (or patient enough to try) to understand the science or the mathematics behind it it <g>?, but my real life actual experience is this:

Last summer & fall I ran my ResMed 8 Autoset (but no humidifier) for 8-9 hrs per night through a 1500 watt inverter on my Escape 17B with solar & dual 6-volt for up to 11 days without either electrical plugin & only one 50-mile trip (from Bryce to Kodachrome Basin) at day six. No problems whatsoever.

I never use the humidifier, either at home or when travelling. Never missed it.
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I always take mine camping in my 19'...

Mine is a Resmed Airsense 10elite and I always take it camping in the 19' (especially important to use this in a confined space like the trailer!!...). The batteries are not too low in the morning and are fully recharged by mid-morning. I put a 12 volt socket on a pigtail in the center cabinet over the bed and leave the CPAP machine plugged in up there an run the air tubing down to my sleep position. This is a high end unit and the humidifier is always used. I purchased a 12 volt converter for power. This setup work very well. I'm sure it would also work fine if I only had 2 batteries. Look up the specs on this unit on-line for the power draw info.
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CPAP machine

I have a resmen 10 autoset Cpap machine


I trying to figure out if this will run with the 6 volts and solar for a week or so.

The unit runs on 24volt Dc at home using a converter from 120 ac.

They sell a dc plug that will plug into 12 or 24 volt DC.

I thinking this converter would be the A better choice than using inverter.

according to the manufacture this will draw

with humidifier on
it will draw 4.35 amps at 12 volt

with the humidifier off 1.25 12 volt amps

I all ready thinking the humidifier and tube heater would have to go.

How our others solving the problem?

Hi Mike,

I know campers that use cpaps that accept 12vdc as one of three power sources, 120/240v being the others. Hopefully yours can work DIRECTLY on 12vdc.. You should be able to find a suitable cigar style 12vdc connector. As I recall his cpap was a Respironic brand.

On the humidifier, being a heater its a good power draw that can be eliminated as I learned. There are evaporation types that resemble a stack of new printer paper and the cpap sits on top. I heard it works well and best of all required zero power.

Avoid the inverter as it will cost you more scarce battery amps due to conversion inefficiency. I believe in the order of 10-20 percent depending where on the amp flow curve you are running on. The manufacturer's spec sheets shows efficiency numbers and as always most favorable for obvious reasons.

Good luck.
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