(01-31-2016, 10:46 AM)OpalRose Wrote: bartbrn,
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Opal Rose and everyone -- Thank you. I'm cursed, by having had my sleep study done at the Middlesex Hospital Sleep Disorder Clinic in Middletown, CT, into HAVING to use Apria Healthcare, which HAS to be one of the most incredibly inefficient retail organizations ever put on earth by a fevered mind. For an organization that would seem
to exist for the purpose of making money, their arcane customer service, apparently headquartered in Timbuktu, and staffed by "English as a non-existent-language customer service reps" make it nearly impossible (and today, actually
impossible, because of a bad headset mike in Timbuktu, apparently) to understand more than two words out of 20.
1. I was hoping to order a PILOT-24 CPAP BACKUP BATTERY POWER SUPPLY (S9 & AIRSENSE 10) at $339 (ouch!), and I'd asked the Middlesex Hospital Sleep Disorder Clinic to write me a prescription for one, in the probably wishful-thinking hope that either Medicare or my United Healthcare Medicare Buy Up Plan might partially cover the cost. I'm NOT optimistic. Anyone had any experience with medical insurance and battery back-ups?
That brings me to question 2:
2. Regarding GeoffD's battery back-up setup at the beginning of his thread:
"The power went out a week and a half ago. This finally prompted me to get myself a battery backup setup for my spare ResMed S9 AutoSet.
"ML35-12 Mighty Max 35 amp-hour AGM wheelchair/scooter battery ($63.99 on Amazon)
"ResMed 12v-24v DC-DC converter ($84.95 from an online DME)
0.75 amp Battery Tender Jr.($27.69 on Amazon)"
I need a battery back-up for a ResMed AirSense-10 Autoset with humidifier. I've ordered a NON-CLimateLine hose to use with the battery back-up, and now
I know to turn the humidifier OFF when running on battery power, but -- please correct me if I'm wrong -- GeoffD was specifically talking about "a battery backup setup for my spare ResMed S9 AutoSet."
IIRC, the ResMed AutoSet runs on an input from the powerpack of 12VDC, while my ResMed AutoSense S10 Autoset requires -- I think -- 24VDC from the powerpack. Would the "ResMed 12v-24v DC-DC converter" that GeoffD uses be compatible with my AirSense 10?
I already have two 0.75 amp battery tenders (not to be confused with "Chicken Tenders) -- I have three motorcycles.
I live on a part of the Connecticut coast that suffers power outages a LOT -- about 3 big storms ago, we lost power, and had no battery back up (and no place to charge it) for 11 (eleven) days. By the 10th day, my uvula had become so irritated and swollen, it lay on the back of my tongue and blocked my airway -- I had to sleep (when I COULD sleep) head-down, and it took me three weeks to recover. There's ONE good reason.
Next Spring, I'm going on a month-long retreat in a cabin in the Upstate New York woods -- no electricity, a privy, and a water pipe coming out of the ground from a freshwater spring; but I CAN recharge this backup battery every day, plus I'll have my car with me, so I can recharge from that, in a pinch.
Does anyone have anything to add to GeoffD's post of 03/27/15? Is there a better solution for my problem? GeoffD's setup for $150 sure beats $340 for ResMed's bespoke battery back-up for the Airsense 10, especially if my insurance won't help offset the cost.
Sorry for the long post, I just want to make sure I get something that's going to work. Even ONE night without my CPAP leaves me in bad shape the next day.
Thanks again to all!