How useful is it to have a spare unit as a backup or for traveling, and should it be the same type of unit?
I trialed an APAP (S9) for a month, was given a script for a CPAP, bought the S10 and a month later went back for an APAP script because while my statistics on the APAP and CPAP were very similar, the quality of my sleep was not.
If having a second unit makes sense, should I sell my S10 with 250 hours now for half price and use the proceeds toward an APAP or just keep the S10 as my spare?
05-19-2015, 08:12 AM
(This post was last modified: 05-19-2015, 08:22 AM by Mosquitobait.)
I am a newbie, so take my advice with a grain of salt.
On other forums (sometimes not even related to apnea) a number of business people have said that their units didn't last the 5 years, what with all the banging about and stuff. On the other hand, it depends on how much you travel and how. If you must rely on insurance to pay for your unit, I think it would be smart to buy a used unit to take with you or as backup should your main unit fail along the way.
Always keep in mind that people post about problems. If they are not having problems, they don't usually post about it, so the percentage of people complaining about their units getting banged up may actually be pretty small.
If the quality of your sleep was so bad with the S10 that you bought an older model, seems to me that you would do better to cut your losses and stick with another S9. You might save money by swapping for a barely used S9. Maybe SecondWind would be willing to not only swap for a new S9, but throw in some extras too. It's certainly worth a try.
I managed to get by nearly 7 years and 19000 hours on a single Respironics M-series Auto. I now have a 60 series auto BiPAP which I prefer, and a 60 series auto CPAP which works fine, but like you, my sleep is better on BiPAP. I use both. I'm covered if anything breaks down. Both were purchased as lightly used machines with under 200 hours. I think a standby is a great idea. Both of my machines will use the same power supplies and humidifiers.
Take your time, and get a good deal on a second unit. There is no rush since you have a low-hour primary use machine. Consider getting a S9 VPAP auto. You might be surprised how much better bilevel is.