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N30i vs. F30i
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N30i vs. F30i
Anyone have any preference between the N30i and F30i? I am currently using an N30i and even though I am not a mouth breather I am looking to switch to a F30i mask! The reason for the change is that ResMed redesigned the exhalation port on the N30i and I feel like I have trouble exhaling with the new port! The F30i has similar exhalation ports as the original N30i design! Your thoughts on this change please!
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RE: N30i vs. F30i
I have tried both. I actually have the opposite issues that you do. I am a default mouth breather, so I like the F30i, but dislike the exhalation port, as it blows so much. Vice versa, I like the port on the N30i, but I wake up whenever I get even a trivial a mouth leak. Go figure!

The F20 I originally had has a third type of check valve-like exhaust port (which was my favorite) located on the elbow, and it has minimal resistance and no blow back. But I did not like a FF mask on the bridge of my nose and I prefer the hose on the top of my head. If you find your preference would be for the check valve, it may be that the key difference is finding a mask family compatible with that elbow.

I really have no experience with other brands, so I am curious to see what others may think.
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RE: N30i vs. F30i
I'm just trying out the N30i. I love the design and it works (I've trained myself to keep my mouth shut!) but it feels like I can't exhale enough. Apparently the older design used to have more air shooting out but people didn't like it, so they made this new design. I've seen more than a few people complaining that they "can't get enough air" with the new design.
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RE: N30i vs. F30i
I removed the "filter" in my N30i, it's louder, but easier to breathe.
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RE: N30i vs. F30i
I’ve been seeing people doing that! And it doesn’t cause leaks or pressure drops doing that?
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RE: N30i vs. F30i
Not that I have noticed.
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RE: N30i vs. F30i
I'm also using the F30i, but trying to switch to the N30i. 
What I've noticed about the mask and also read somewhere in reviews is that if you tighten the mask to much it will start blocking the airflow, either by squeezing your nose, or because the mask is pulled so far up the the mask cushion get compressed (new mask type).
However if I leave it so loose that this does not happen, It will leak and I will probably just lose it somewhere in the night.
What I am trying now is attaching the straps of my F30i to the N30i using a couple of tie-raps. I noticed when I pull the mask backwards instead of upwards, the fit is much more stable, and the mask is easier to breath.
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RE: N30i vs. F30i
I started off with the N30i and the NEW cushion design. hated it. didn't feel like I could breathe. Went to my DME and they happened to have some of the old cushions in stock, and I can breathe just fine through them. (the only bummer is that because of the hard plastic they can move a bit more if you're a side sleeper). 
well, it's a triple bummer because it's hard to get the old ones!
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RE: N30i vs. F30i
@theredheadsaid...

I've started the opposite, from the old to new. From my perspective, the adjustment of the headgear and the old N30i nasal pillow had been more forgiving than the new style. I did get to the point, where the new N30i works well after a number of trial and error. It's probably designed more for people sleeping on their back, it is marginally usable for side sleepers.

I don't recall, if the pressure had been adjusted when started to use the N30i, it's currently ranges 8-20, but most of the times it does not go above 12...

@DJont...

Removing the filter sounds interesting... may even try removing the filter from the new N30i and drill the same size holes for the outside, that effectively would make it the old style n30i...



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