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Looking for medical or dental air compressor
Does anybody know where I might be able to find a small, medical or dental air compressor, as I would like to use one to dry my cpap hose after washing it. I am not sure if a regular oil-less air compressor would be safe to use that is why I am thinking of a medical or dental air compressor.
(This post was last modified: 10-24-2015 03:21 AM by ckingzzzs.)
10-24-2015 03:20 AM
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RE: Looking for medical or dental air compressor
A compressor is the wrong tool. You don't need much pressure, just volume. An old REMstar plush "legacy" brick CPAP is what I use. You could also just get a small fan and lay the end of the hose in front of it. If you want to get fancy, make some sort of duct to go in front of the fan to funnel air into the hose. Actually, a funnel of the right size could do a pretty good job, too.

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10-24-2015 04:40 AM
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RE: Looking for medical or dental air compressor
(10-24-2015 03:20 AM)ckingzzzs Wrote:  Does anybody know where I might be able to find a small, medical or dental air compressor, as I would like to use one to dry my cpap hose after washing it. I am not sure if a regular oil-less air compressor would be safe to use that is why I am thinking of a medical or dental air compressor.


I have come to the conclusion after much quandary and researching drying my slimline hose that because it is used for humidification that whatever small amount of water left in the hose at bedtime will not be any problem as it will just turn into vapour and assist in the humidification.

However if you are convinced you need one, I had kind of decided the cheapest method to dry the hose was to buy an electric air bed pump from a very popular online web site which naming is against the rules. Usually can be had for anywhere between $12-20 USD.

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10-24-2015 08:58 AM
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RE: Looking for medical or dental air compressor
If you have a home vacuum that has a HEPA filter and a blower outlet, you can it for drying.

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10-24-2015 09:13 AM
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RE: Looking for medical or dental air compressor
(10-24-2015 09:13 AM)sgearhart Wrote:  If you have a home vacuum that has a HEPA filter and a blower outlet, you can it for drying.

I would not recommend a home vacuum to blow through your CPAP hose. Regardless of the filter there is no nastier source of air. Every horrible piece of debris in your house, mostly from the floor, has fermented and blown through there. It would be much safer to use the hose without drying it.

Get a second hose and alternate them so they can just air dry.

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10-24-2015 10:12 AM
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Hang the hose over the shower curtain rod. Dries in short order.
10-24-2015 10:23 AM
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RE: Looking for medical or dental air compressor
This obsession with getting the hose absolutely dry is something I just don't get. There is always water in even the driest air, so presuming you could somehow get the inside of that hose completely dry it would soon be slightly wet anyway from condensation unless you somehow kept it hotter than the ambient air temperature all day long. It might not be wet enough to notice, but really you never touch anything that is completely dry as long as it is in our atmosphere.

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10-24-2015 07:19 PM
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RE: Looking for medical or dental air compressor
Get a spare hose and alternate between the washes
10-24-2015 11:55 PM
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RE: Looking for medical or dental air compressor
What zonk said.

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10-25-2015 06:47 AM
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RE: Looking for medical or dental air compressor
I use a hair dryer/blower without the heat or just let the cpap do the job.

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