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Upgrade from REMstar Auto M Series A Flex
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JohanR Offline

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Joined: Jul 2013

Machine: REMstar Auto A-Series A-Flex
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Fisher & Paykel HC405
Humidifier: A-Flex
CPAP Pressure: 4.0
CPAP Software: Not using software

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Sex: Male
Location: Windhoek, Namibia

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Upgrade from REMstar Auto M Series A Flex

I am very much new regarding the use of the CPAP Machine, I have taken the machine over from my brother to see if it would possibly help with my snoring and sleep apnea according to my wife. I have been using it for three weeks now all on my own accord and for the first time in seven years I do not snore anymore. Apart from this the late afternoon tiredness is something of the past amazing what this have done. I am now hooked, but battle a little bit with the current mask which is not sealing 100%. I need to know what would be the best option for an upgrade the System One with the True Blue mask or is there some other better options. The REMSTAR Auto is good still to use for my travelling and touring
with the 12V option. The humidifier works well, but I definitely need a heated pipe as the vapour keep condensating in the pipe due to the cold. I would also like to get the data downloaded to see what my sleeping patterns actually looks like.
07-24-2013 04:42 PM
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trish6hundred Offline

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Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet for Her
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Fisher & Paykel Simplus
Humidifier: H5i Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 10 - 7-20 Cm H2O
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments: I started CPAP in 2008. Totally blind since birth.

Sex: Female
Location: Missouri, USA

Post: #2
RE: Upgrade from REMstar Auto M Series A Flex
Hi JohanR,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
You might check this thread out. There is a link within it to help in the decision of what machine to get and which ones to avoid.
http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-...ew-machine
Good luck with CPAP therapy.

trish6hundred
(This post was last modified: 07-24-2013 05:12 PM by trish6hundred.)
07-24-2013 05:10 PM
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RonWessels Offline

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Posts: 465
Joined: Jun 2013

Machine: REMstar Auto AFlex DS560TS
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: ComfortGel Blue
Humidifier: REMstar Heated Tube DS6T
CPAP Pressure: 11 - 20
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: CMS50F Pulse Oximeter

Sex: Male
Location: Ontario, Canada

Post: #3
RE: Upgrade from REMstar Auto M Series A Flex
Firstly, is your machine the latest "60 Series" machine, or is it an older machine? On the bottom of the CPAP machine (not the humidifier), there will be a part number which will tell. The latest machine should be something like DS560 or perhaps DS550. [ Make sure the humidifier tub is empty or removed when you turn over the machine!! ]

If it is a DS560 (ie. the latest "60 Series"), then you can simply buy a new humidifier with the heated hose option. Unfortunately, older versions are not compatible with the new humidifier, and a heated hose option is only available on the latest REMstar humidifier version.

If it is an older version, you will need to evaluate how important the heated hose is to you, because you will need to buy an entirely new machine + humidifier to get one. For automatic CPAP machines, your two good choices are the REMstar 60 Series Auto or the ResMed S9 AutoSet. Both are good, data-capable machines. Both are capable of direct 12VDC supply from a battery.

The good news is that CPAP masks are standardized across all machines. You can use any manufacturer's mask on any other CPAP device. So your mask choice is totally independent of your machine choice, and you can get a new mask either before, after, or at the same time as getting another machine.

With regards to selecting a mask, if you are using your brother's mask, it would not be surprising that it does not fit properly and therefore leaks. Ideally, I would suggest finding a brick-and-mortar CPAP store and trying different masks that are properly fit for you. Failing that, your best bet is to browse online for a mask (probably nasal) that you like and print out the fitting guide for that mask. That will tell you what size mask you need, which you can then order on-line. Unfortunately, that may end up being a shot in the dark, so if there is any kind of trial period or return insurance that you can get, it would be a good idea.

The specific choice of mask tends to be very individual. A mask that is perfect for one person is easily horrible for the next person. So there is no real recommendations we can give you as to what mask to get.
(This post was last modified: 07-24-2013 06:15 PM by RonWessels.)
07-24-2013 06:15 PM
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vsheline Offline

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Joined: Jul 2012

Machine: S9 VPAP Adapt (USA Model# 36007, not better 36037 or 36067)
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: F10 or SimPlus w/ 2Liners. MirageQuatro & Gecko gel pad
Humidifier: H5i
CPAP Pressure: 15 EPAP, PS 5-10
CPAP Software: ResScan

Other Comments: Marfan Syndrome, chronic bradycardia, occasional Cheyne-Stokes Respiration

Sex: Male
Location: California, USA

Post: #4
RE: Upgrade from REMstar Auto M Series A Flex
(07-24-2013 06:15 PM)RonWessels Wrote:  For automatic CPAP machines, your two good choices are the REMstar 60 Series Auto or the ResMed S9 AutoSet. Both are good, data-capable machines. Both are capable of direct 12VDC supply from a battery.

I find I need either a ResMed Gecko gel nose pad ($16 from Supplier #2) or a RemZzz mask liner to help control leaks.

Also, face oil makes it much harder to avoid leaks and bothersome mask flapping. Unless I use a mask liner, I pretty much need to wash the mask with dish detergent every morning, and wash my face twice with soap to get all oil off just before bed.

By the way, I think the ResMed S9 series devices need an "S9 DC/DC Converter 24V/90W" to operate from a battery.

Take care,
--- Vaughn

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(This post was last modified: 07-28-2013 02:34 AM by vsheline.)
07-28-2013 02:21 AM
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JohanR Offline

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Joined: Jul 2013

Machine: REMstar Auto A-Series A-Flex
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Fisher & Paykel HC405
Humidifier: A-Flex
CPAP Pressure: 4.0
CPAP Software: Not using software

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Sex: Male
Location: Windhoek, Namibia

Post: #5
RE: Upgrade from REMstar Auto M Series A Flex
(07-28-2013 02:21 AM)vsheline Wrote:  
(07-24-2013 06:15 PM)RonWessels Wrote:  For automatic CPAP machines, your two good choices are the REMstar 60 Series Auto or the ResMed S9 AutoSet. Both are good, data-capable machines. Both are capable of direct 12VDC supply from a battery.

I find I need either a ResMed Gecko gel nose pad ($16 from Supplier #2) or a RemZzz mask liner to help control leaks.

Also, face oil makes it much harder to avoid leaks and bothersome mask flapping. Unless I use a mask liner, I pretty much need to wash the mask with dish detergent every morning, and wash my face twice with soap to get all oil off just before bed.

By the way, I think the ResMed S9 series devices need an "S9 DC/DC Converter 24V/90W" to operate from a battery.

Take care,
--- Vaughn
Hi Vaughn,
Thank you very much for he response. I will definitely only look at one of these machines that you have mentioned. The masks issue might also be a size problem with me and I am looking at the TrueBlue masks but this is very expensive as I have been quoted here in Namibia USD345.00 for the mask. The local suppliers does not carry any stock and everything have to be imported from Europe or the US, which normally take 4 to 6 weeks. We are also nearly at the end of our winter season and I do not think I will need a heated pipe during the rest of the year according to some other information I have obtained on the forum.

Kind Regards

Johan
07-28-2013 06:54 AM
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