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Extension Cords
#1
I've read here that a person should bring an extension cord when traveling with their pap equipment.  I was curious if any of you have found a particular extension cord that might work better for traveling.  

I would like to get something of high quality, with an appropriate length, that can be packed easily in the case with everything else..

I realize that the best answer may be "anything will work."  If you have anything that has worked especially well for you, I would be interested in hearing about it!

Thank you.
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#2
One with a flat end is good.

The higher the gauge (AWG), the thinner the cord. So get a gauge with a lower number, especially when you get over 6' in length. I think a 16 AWG gauge is good for what we need it for. If you want to get one with multiple outlets on the end to use for other stuff, then go 14.

6' length. Only once have I wished I had something longer. Hotels are getting better at where they put plugs now because of all the electronics people have with them.
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#3
I'd use one with a surge protector.
                                                                                                                                                                                  
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#4
If taking a cruise vacation, be sure to check with the cruise line about their rules concerning extension cords and surge protectors. Some flat prohibit either one and will confiscate them when boarding. Those that prohibit extension cords will provide one, with distilled water if requested. As for surge protectors on ships, they are a fire hazard and should never be used on a ship ever.
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#5
I don't know what kind of feed line there is on the ResMes S-10 power supply, but if it one that looks like a little figure 8 with two female plug holes on the end that goes into the power supply, you can buy those in different lengths and totally eliminate an extension cord. I replaced the 6 foot one that came with the S-8 Autoset II with a 12 foot long one. I think I saw one even at 15 feet long which should work in most all hotel rooms.

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#6
I use this. Long enough to act as an extension cord and with a cutout

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#7
I have used a 14 gauge ten footer in motels and trains and it worked well for me. I also used a 3 outlet tap/adapter so phone/tablets could also be connected.
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#8
do they make cords with a ground fault interrupt? Do outlets on a ship have a GFI?
                                                                                                                                                                                  
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(02-24-2017, 07:50 PM)Beej Wrote: do they make cords with a ground fault interrupt? Do outlets on a ship have a GFI?

Cruise ships do not have GFI outlets; they would not work anyway. Below is a link to a US Coast Guard Safety Alert that explains why standard surge protectors are not recommended for any water vessel, including cruise ships, because they are a serious fire hazard. The USCG Safety Alert includes a picture of what can happen when a standard surge protector is used on a ship. Bottom line, the AC power wiring on a ship is very different than what we all have at home even though it is not obvious to most people.

(BTW - - The link is to my cloud web site, but the author is well known to readers of a large Cruise Forum and one posters on that Board reported that a surge protector caused a fire in their cabin, but were lucky to happen to go back to the cabin before the fire spread. The author of the USCG Alert is a frequent poster on that Board and has had to explain many times why all surge protectors should be left at home.)

https://www.sugarsync.com/pf/D6773425_06745438_469498
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#10
I use a Belkin surge that plugs into the outlet then I plug the extension cord into that. But only if the outlet location has enough room for it. A proper surge strip with its own cord doesn't have a very long cord. The longer the cord, the more power is lost. So a thicker gauge can "hold" that power over longer distances, although some is still lost. So a surge strip, which is based on power fluctuations, would need a short, thick cord. I've had one or two that had 6' cords and they died quickly. Coincidence or not, I never got another. Longest I do is 3-4'.

But we're talking a simple CPAP with little draw. So a simple extension cord is good.

Only use wall outlets, though. Sometimes the lamp outlet has a little less or is too fluctuating. Or worse, attached to a wall switch.
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