Power Inverters and C-pap Machines
by A future RVer asks....
Will C-pap machines work with power inverters? My husband and I have bought our motorhome and will be RVing fulltime by August of this year. We bought a Fleetwood Flair. We both wear C-pap machines at night and don't want to have to run our generator while traveling or boondocking.
Was wondering if a power inverter connected to a cigarette lighter would work? Or, would we need to run a line to the house battery? Any information would be helpful. Thanks.Coleen, the RVing editor comments:
I love our solar system and we can do a lot with it. But, it has multiple photovoltaic panels, batteries, an inverter, regulator, etc. It's great to be able to boondock days on end without the need to plug into shore power.
I can certainly see why you'd want to go with a solar system to power your medical devices. I think you need more than just a small power inverter that you can plug into a cigarette lighter, though. One thing that comes to mind is that you may need a pure sine wave inverter and the less costly ones may only be modified sine wave.
Bob knows more about these mechanical and technical things than I do, so let's see what he has to say about it.Bob comments:
I'm sorry, but I'm not familiar with C-pap machines and their energy requirements. From what I know, the machine helps with breathing while you sleep. I would think this would be important, and something I wouldn't want to trust a cigarette lighter appliance to power.
I would look at the machine and see the actual power usage, then get hold of RV Solar Electric in Scottsdale, AZ, and explain what you want to do and see what they suggest.
You may think about a dedicated battery bank, with an isolator, batteries, and a quality, well built inverter for your medical machines. I would expect to spend possibly $1000.00 or more on a dedicated system. I don't know if insurance would pay for a dedicated system, but I believe it may be tax deductible.
If it is important for your health, I wouldn't trust a "get by, jury rigged, Mickey Mouse" system.
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