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Travveling to India, May 20th
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India has all things medical and I found a rental supply in Pune India (elevation about 3,000 feet) where I will be for two weeks. However, I have a fear of disease, dirt, and infection. So I am a little afraid to rent a C-Pap there, but it seems easier than hauling mine. India has electricity of 110 so mine might not even work. So I wonder who has used a portable battery operated C-pap with any success? I have a my dr.'s prescription for a portable C-Pap. Last I checked the humidity there was 91%! I will be staying in a hotel; I hope the hotel has air conditioning. Just because you have sleep apnea does not mean you have to stay home forever, does it. I am age 75. Cheers! Sandra M.
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Hi Sandra M,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
I hope you have a nice trip to India.
Hang in there for answers to your questions and much success to you with your CPAP therapy.
trish6hundred
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Sandra, which ResMed machine do you have? As far as I know, it should run on either 110 volt or 220 volt. You do you need to make sure you have the right converter, though, so you can plug it in. I always take my CPAP machine with me when I travel. I wouldn't go anywhere without it, and I always carry it on the plane, never check it as baggage. Being a piece of medical equipment, it doesn't count towards your carry-on allowance.

A nice light weight lithium ion battery pack might be a good idea, too, if there are any doubts about the reliability of the electric grid there. I would definitely check to see if they have air conditioning before I stayed there. No A/C at 91% humidity would be a deal-breaker for me!
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#4
The Resmed power bricks are universal voltage and line frequency.
All you need is the proper plug adapter.

I don't know what power they use in India; but as a former British colony, I would guess they are on 230 Volt 50 Hertz power.
In fact they do. And, they use a BS-546D outlet with 3 round pins
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(05-09-2016, 08:43 PM)Sleepster Wrote: Sandra, which ResMed machine do you have? As far as I know, it should run on either 110 volt or 220 volt. You do you need to make sure you have the right converter, though, so you can plug it in. I always take my CPAP machine with me when I travel. I wouldn't go anywhere without it, and I always carry it on the plane, never check it as baggage. Being a piece of medical equipment, it doesn't count towards your carry-on allowance.

A nice light weight lithium ion battery pack might be a good idea, too, if there are any doubts about the reliability of the electric grid there. I would definitely check to see if they have air conditioning before I stayed there. No A/C at 91% humidity would be a deal-breaker for me!

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Hello Sleep Apnea board members. Thank you for your replies. I checked my machine, and it's a Phillips Respironics Dream Machine. Oops. It is larger and heavier than my last machine (a Res Med) and it has a built in humidifier, and I don't want to haul it to India. But, if you say I must. I first must fly to Frankfurt and then on to Mumbai and I have a carry-on as well as checked luggage. It seems like overkill.
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Sandra, the humidifier section can be separated and that can half the size. Your DME can instruct you on how to do this, or check your user manual. I'm not sure if Dreamstation machines need to have a plate attached when the humidifier is separated, and you would need to use a standard non-heated hose. Does your machine say that it is Auto, Pro or CPAP?
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I have that machine, the power is multi-voltage. I'd take your machine, just make sure you get an adaptor for the socket before you go. I am planning on an extended trip to Spain this fall and will be taking mine. All the comforts of home!
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#9
I would encourage you to carry your own machine. A lot of camera backpacks work well for this. A cheap bag is made by Amazon basics. And a bag with just Cpap gear is a free carry on (definitely on Lufthansa).

I would use Aquafina bottled water in the humidifier. It is the closest to distilled water (< 4ppm TDS). It's easily available in most grocery stores in India.

Pune/Mumbai have decent power grids so I wouldn't worry about battery backups. Also, most hotels have diesel generators for power backups and they switch on within seconds. You may want to call and confirm this.

India has 220 volt power. The power brick of most Cpap machines are SMPS type. They work in pretty much all voltages from 90 to 280 volts.
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#10
A little off topic, but I would also consider extra cushions or pillows and extra headgear for your primary mask as well as an extra hose, filters and wipes. Even though India has all things medical, it will be much easier to carry a few essential backup parts than to try to find and travel to a DME. I know first hand how important the spare pillow is.

"....respiration,—a troublesome practice, but one which custom has rendered necessary to our easy existence...." Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens- 1837

I use FlashPAP to load data from a FlashAir III wifi sd card in my machine to my computer and display it with SleepyHead .
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