When you’re a long haul trucker, you don’t want to let your travel plans interfere with your CPAP therapy. But you may be wondering how you’re supposed to charge your machine on the road. Keep reading to discover the simple solution to charging your CPAP machine without ever getting out of your vehicle.
Consider a Watt Inverter Plug
Other than charging your phone, did you know that you can also charge your CPAP machine using your truck’s cigarette lighter? All you need is a power inverter, which is a device that allows you to charge your CPAP machine if you can’t directly connect the machine to a battery.
All you need to do is ensure your inverter provides enough power to charge your machine. Typically a 350 to 400 watt inverter will provide enough current to run most machines, but it’s always best to check the manufacturer’s details or speak with a certified CPAP representative when buying an inverter.
That being said, you might be tempted to just purchase any old inverter the next time you pull into a truck stop, but this could be a bad idea. Many common inverters create a modified sine wave power, which is fine for many types of devices. But your CPAP device isn’t just any run-of-the-mill machine. Due to it’s sensitive and high-tech electronic panel, your CPAP machine requires an inverter that produces pure sine wave power. If you use the wrong inverter, you could burn out the motor on your machine!
Use a Battery to Power Your CPAP Machine
In addition, if you don’t have access to a cigarette lighter, you could always purchase a battery to keep your CPAP machine charged. A fully-charged battery can provide enough charge to power your machine for up to 14 hours (depending on the battery you purchase)!
Plus, if you have a sunny spot, like the dashboard of your truck, then consider a solar battery charger. This convenient charger is the size of a folded newspaper and is the perfect option for taking advantage of those sunny days on the road.
Use CPAP Therapy for Health and Safety
Remember, treating your sleep apnea won’t just be benefitting your health, you’ll also be keeping yourself and others safe. If you’re a long haul trucker then it’s essential that you get a good night’s sleep in order to be a careful and alert driver.
If you leave your sleep apnea untreated, your body won’t be able to get enough sleep during the night, and you may just find yourself nodding off while you’re driving!
The bottom line is that being a road warrior doesn’t mean you need to give up your CPAP treatment. There are a lot of great options for drivers who want to charge their device while hitting the road.