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Hose Length / Travellers
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Hose Length / Travellers
Seems like the standard length of hose is six feet  

I've seen some hoses as long as eight feet. don't know if there are longer lengths available but that poses the question:

Does the length of hose affect therapy?

Are there shorter lengths available? Say a traveler has an air-mini or similar, and wanted to save valuable luggage space and use a two foot hose. Obviously they would be snuggling up with their machine but would it work?

An example: last year I took an train tour. slept in a sleeper cabin. needless to say, space was so tight that i slept with my full size machine tucked into me like my old teddy bear. hoses, cords dangling all over the place.  Made it work, although the train movement made sleep somewhat of a challenge to all on board.

Now getting up and going to the bathroom in the middle of the night is a whole other story...
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#2
RE: Hose Length / Travellers
The only thing I see about having a longer hose is the problem of rainout.  Rainout is the condition of your humidity from your CPAP humidifier condensing inside your air tube.

A wet tube makes for the right conditions for things to start growing inside (sometimes unseen) and set you up for sinus and respiratory problems and infections.

The longer the air hose run, the more the chance for the humidity to condense in the air hose.  A hose covering will help in this matter.  But in winter, if you turn the heat down during the night, the longer run gives a better opportunity for condensation.

Of course, a heated air tube won't have a rainout problem, for example, a ClimateLine by ResMed.
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RE: Hose Length / Travellers
(02-08-2020, 11:31 AM)CPAPUserDave Wrote: Seems like the standard length of hose is six feet.

Are there shorter lengths available? Say a traveler has an air-mini or similar, and wanted to save valuable luggage space and use a two foot hose. Obviously they would be snuggling up with their machine but would it work?


Go to Supplier #10.  Search "Standard Tubes."  They seem to range in size from 6' to 10'.

I didn't see anything less than 6', but I only checked the one site.  

As far as the length affecting therapy, my unofficial response is... I doubt it!
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RE: Hose Length / Travellers
I can't see how it would, pressure is pressure no matter what length the hose is.
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RE: Hose Length / Travellers
I have used a 10 foot hose with no adverse effects on therapy. The ReMed heated hose is 6 1/2 feet long. Most others are 6 feet long. I have seen hoses shorter than 6 feet for sale by some of the suppliers on the Suppliers List. They were all 22mm hoses as opposed to the 15mm slimline hoses, if I remember correctly.

If I'm not mistaken the mini travel machines have proprietary hose and connector sizes so standard hoses will not work with them.
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RE: Hose Length / Travellers
The longer the hose, the lower the pressure at the mask. But it's a very small effect and won't matter anyway if you have a machine that auto-adjusts the pressure.
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RE: Hose Length / Travellers
Back in my younger days, 20 or so years ago, I used a F&P humidifier that was a separate unit.  It used an 18" or 24" hose to connect it to the CPAP.  It may take some hunting, but those short hoses might still be available.  Standard (7/8") connectors.  Happy Hunting.     Grin
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RE: Hose Length / Travellers
Supplier #3 has those hoses, both 18" and 24".  Other places may have them, but I only looked there because that's who I was dealing with then.  BTW, either is under $10.

Cheers,  Mike
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RE: Hose Length / Travellers
(02-08-2020, 09:19 PM)MitchS Wrote: ...
If I'm not mistaken the mini travel machines have proprietary hose and connector sizes so standard hoses will not work with them.

The Dreamstation Go comes with their proprietary 12mm hose, but does accept a standard 22mm hose. I've been just using the 12mm hose for travel, and prefer the 22mm hose when at home.
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