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Power outage alert: Back up your CPAP in Seattle today!

The wind picks up, the trees blow down or lose branches, and there goes the electricity!

Most people don’t think too much about how an overnight power outage could affect them.

However, CPAP users rely on a steady stream of electricity overnight in order to use their equipment.

For people with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), going even one night without CPAP is not an option.

Besides the risks that come with a dangerous disruption to your therapy, you should also be concerned about compliance statistics.

It makes sense to have a CPAP machine battery backup, and now that November’s here, ’tis the season.

What we recommend

Our favorite backup battery for CPAP is the Medistrom Pilot series offered by Choice One Medical.

Two models, the Pilot 12 and the Pilot 24, come with a built-in flashlight and USB adapter for cell phone charging.

Medistrom produces a small, lightweight, and reliable backup power supply that allows you the freedom to use your CPAP no matter where you are.

Choice One Medical so offers separate add-on units for both models(called “Co-Pilots”) which can be used to extend the battery life, and car charger options.

Pilot 12

The Medistrom Pilot 12 Plus Backup Power Supply/CPAP Battery works with the following CPAP device families:

  • Philips Respironics DreamStation
  • Philips Respironics RemStar System One S60 series
  • Philips Respironics RemStar System One series
  • Devilbiss Intellipap series
  • Human Design Medical Z1 series

Important: The Pilot 12 is not compatible with ResMed devices.

The Pilot 12 works as a daily battery backup for your PAP device, pre-charged and ready for any situation. If the power goes out, this backup power supply will power your CPAP machine without interruption.

Specs

Size & Weight: 19x12x2 cm, 1.8 lbs
Cell type: Industrial grade genuine rechargeable lithium ion cells
Output voltage: 12V-15V for CPAP, 5V for USB
Approx. usage: 2 nights without humidifier. Varies depending on the pressure and other settings of the PAP device.
Charging time: 3-4 hours

Pilot 24

The Medistrom Pilot 24 Plus Backup Power Supply/CPAP Battery is compatible with ResMed PAP devices:

  • ResMed AirSense 10 series
  • ResMed S9 series

The Pilot 24 functions exactly like the Pilot 12; its key difference lies in the type of device it works with.

Specs

Size & Weight: 19x12x2 cm, 1.8 lbs
Cell type: Industrial grade genuine rechargeable lithium ion cells
Output voltage: 24V for CPAP, 5V for USB
Approx. usage: 2 nights without humidifier. Varies depending on the pressure and other settings of the PAP device.
Charging time: 2-3 hours

Online Pilot manual

Choice One Medical includes an easy link to the operator’s manual for both Medistrom Pilot devices to make it handy for owners or prospective users to answer questions about its use and troubleshoot any operating challenges.

Don’t forget: If you choose to use a Pilot backup, you’ll want to locate and download or copy the information in a reference that doesn’t require electricity to access, just in case.

How to get your Pilot series CPAP battery through Sound Sleep Health

You can purchase the Pilot (either version) directly through Sound Sleep Health through two options, both which include battery charger and adapters:

  • Cash pay. The price is $500.
  • Billed to Insurance. The price is $1000. Check your deductible… if you’ve spent your deductible this year, insurance could cover this 100 percent!

Generally, we have a few on hand in our local durable medical equipment (DME) inventory, but we can easily order them if we’ve sold out, and turnaround time for order, shipment, and receipt is typically around 1 week.

Want to pick up a new backup battery for your CPAP machine? Contact us today and stay ahead of the bad weather and the power outages that Seattle is known for!

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