Travel CPAP Machines
Travel CPAP machines are portable, compact and lightweight units specifically designed for individuals who require CPAP therapy on-the-go, such as frequent travelers or campers.
Because of their smaller size, travel CPAP machines typically do not come with humidifiers and may have more limited data display or reporting capabilities. This also puts them at a generally lower price point than home CPAPs, making them a popular choice as backup machines.
Another important difference between travel size CPAPs and home units is noise. Travel CPAPs tend to be louder than home CPAPs because there is less room for soundproofing. However, this is a trade-off many are willing to embrace for more convenience and comfort while on the road.
Travel CPAP machines have become increasingly popular over the years and there are quite a few user-friendly automatic travel CPAPs on the market. Manual travel CPAPs are also available, usually at a very reasonable price.
Why Should I Buy a Travel Size CPAP Machine?
Travel CPAPs are smaller, lighter and easier to pack than home units, making it easier to maintain your therapy regimen while on-the-go. Many are also designed to work with practical travel accessories such as travel cases that give your machine extra protection while on the road.
Great for Camping and Road Trips
Travel CPAP machines offer battery-powered options, allowing you to use your CPAP off the grid.
A travel CPAP machine can serve as a convenient backup in case your primary machine experiences technical issues or needs repair. They are typically less expensive than home units as well, making them a great choice for a backup.
Travel size CPAP machines are great for small apartments, hotel rooms, vehicles and airplanes where every inch of space counts.
Some travel CPAPs include universal power adapters so you can easily adapt to different electrical outlets and voltages around the world. This feature can be especially beneficial for international travelers.
How to Choose a Travel CPAP Machine: Recommendations from RespShop Experts
When choosing a portable CPAP machine for travel, we recommend looking into these key features for the best return on your investment.
Size and Weight
One of the main reasons for choosing a travel CPAP is its portability. Look for a compact, lightweight model that is easy to pack and transport.
If you want to use your travel CPAP machine off-grid, you need one that can connect to an external battery or battery pack.
See our CPAP Battery Buying Guide for questions to ask before buying a CPAP battery.
A quiet machine is essential for a restful night's sleep, especially when sharing accommodations with others. Our quietest travel CPAP is the Breas Z2 Auto Travel CPAP, with an average sound level of only 26 dBA.
Read about how the Z2 Auto compares to the ResMed AirMini.
While many travel CPAP machines do not include built-in humidifiers due to their compact size, some offer waterless humidification systems that can provide relief for dry mouth and nose.
Data Tracking and Reporting
Some travel CPAP machines have basic or limited data tracking features. If you need detailed data reporting for your sleep therapy, make sure the device you choose can provide the necessary information.
Only FAA-approved travel sized CPAP machines can be used in-flight.
Travel CPAP Machine Features
A comfort feature helps CPAP users fall asleep easier, Ramp increases air pressure over a set period of time.
Watch our Ramp Video to learn how you can fall asleep more comfortably.
Auto Start/Stop is a convenient feature found in all modern home and travel auto CPAPs. When Auto Start is activated, the machine begins delivering airflow as the user breathes into the mask. Likewise, when Auto Stop is activated, the machine ceases airflow when the mask is taken off.
A comfort feature which reduces pressure during exhalation, making it easier to breathe out against the pressure of the machine.
This is an optional feature that can be added to the circuit to prevent dry nasal passages and throat.
Because travel CPAPs are typically louder than home CPAPs, some models come with a muffler designed to dampen the noise during use.
Data Tracking On-The-Go
Many travel CPAPs are compatible with smartphone apps that allow for convenient data tracking. Some of these apps even allow you to share your sleep data with others by generating your CPAP compliance report.