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docbb

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
August 2013
I'm planning to walk beginning in August this year. I use a CPAP machine at night and have discovered the Transcend II which weighs less than a pound. Also available are a solar charger and a chargeable battery. Has anyone had experience with this? Thanks for your help!
 

peregrina2000

Moderator
Staff member
Hi, docbb,
If you search for CPAP, you'll find several helpful threads. I don't use one, but I walked with a Spaniard who did. His was a regular electric one and he was always able to plug it in near his bunk and slept just fine. I personally made a point of always trying to get a bunk hear his, because the CPAP makes a wonderful white noise that drowns out snoring and all other unwelcome noises!

Good luck with this.
 

happymarkos

HappyMark
Camino(s) past & future
2013 CF
2014 Le Puy-St Jean. 2014&16 Volunteer St JP
2016 Portuguese
2017 Porto-Santiago
2018
Hi
I also use one and plan to start on 25 April this year but have it is a second piece of luggage to be taken by taxi between stages, which is a pain.
Most of what I will need each day to be in my back pack and if others don't accept this I can only pray for them!
Approaching 70 years it is to be my journey.

HappyMark
 

docbb

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
August 2013
Thanks to both of you for your responses. I did check the CPAP thread but did not find anyone who is familiar with the Transcend II. I'm 72 and am walking a lot these days. Good luck HappyMark. Once you get finished how about giving me a report about electric outlet availability?
 

happymarkos

HappyMark
Camino(s) past & future
2013 CF
2014 Le Puy-St Jean. 2014&16 Volunteer St JP
2016 Portuguese
2017 Porto-Santiago
2018
Please send me a reminder in late June!
of the three accommodation bookings I have so far made there did not seem to be any problem when I requested a bed near a power outlet.
Happy Mark
 

docbb

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
August 2013
Thanks Happy Mark. I will ask how it went once you return. I've spent some time today at REI seeing what they might recommend. So far, I am not getting very far. But, I understand that if I stay in a hostel as opposed to an albergue I will be able to have my own room with an guaranteed outlet. I'm trying to convince the transcend manufacturer to let me be the road tester! So far, no luck!

Buen camino!
 

happymarkos

HappyMark
Camino(s) past & future
2013 CF
2014 Le Puy-St Jean. 2014&16 Volunteer St JP
2016 Portuguese
2017 Porto-Santiago
2018
Hi DOCBB
I also tried a new device called "Provent" which is like two band aids; one across each nostril containing a valve which allows air in but restricts it going out; the idea is to maintain positive pressure when asleep provided your mouth is clsoed; but you cant go to sleep with your mouth closed as you can't get enough air flow.
I went in for a sleep study after a 7 day trial and was tested all night; the results were not encouraging as it was reasonable OK when I was on my side but ineffective when I rolled onto my back...so will persevere with my Resmed and the air pipes and transformer etc.
If you have any success with an alternative would love to hear about it
Happy Sleeping!
Mark
 

Paul G

On a journey
Camino(s) past & future
2013 Francé, SJPP to Muxia, Finisterre
2016 Via de la Plata from Sevilla
2018 Via Francigena
Hello,
It just checked the Transcend II specs. I don't believe that 0.9 lb weight includes the separate power pack which is also needed. In looking around for a solution last year I settled on the ZZZPap which plugs directly into the wall with no need for a separate power pack. It's weight is listed at 1.76 lbs. I recently travel tested this on a business trip in Europe and it worked well for me.
 

docbb

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
August 2013
A follow up report. I did take a transcend II CPAP with me, also a rechargeable 16 hour battery. Most nights I had access to power but some I did not. It added weight but allowed me great rest! Now would like to sell the transcend and the battery. Wondering how to do that. Anyone interested?
 

gidivet

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés - SJPP to Santiago de Compostela - 24 April to 1 June 2014.
Camino Francés - Short section Sept 2014
Camino Francés - Short section May 2015
Camino Francés and Camino Le Puy short sections - April/May 2016
Hi docbb. How did the Transcend II work out on the Camino? And would the Transcend work as your everyday CPAP? Have you had a look at the new Z1? See this link - http://hdmusa.com/the-z1/ Sorry about the many questions - I'm planning my first Camino in late April this year.
 

w cleveland

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Santiago '13
Both my son and myself use a CPAP but we were not about to deal with the weight of a CPAP. finding distilled water and locating a plug every night. We went to our dentist and purchased a dental appliance (for sleep apnea). Obviously the CPAP is the "gold standard" for sleep apnea but the appliance the dentist fitted us with did a very good job. My insurance picked up most of the cost but it was still $145.00 out of pocket expense. The good news is it only weighted an ounce or two and it worked :)) Good luck. I also invested in a good set of ear plugs. Every night when I went to sleep "I saw no evil, spoke no evil, and heard no evil...."
 

gidivet

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés - SJPP to Santiago de Compostela - 24 April to 1 June 2014.
Camino Francés - Short section Sept 2014
Camino Francés - Short section May 2015
Camino Francés and Camino Le Puy short sections - April/May 2016
Hi w cleveland

It's great that the dental appliance worked for you. I'm stuck with the CPAP. However, at least these mini travel machines with the batteries will reduce weight and reliance on the plug every night. In the UK the National Health Service will give you a standard CPAP but for the latest light weight equipment you're paying yourself.
The CPAP is a schlep and a lifesaver at the same time.
 

gidivet

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés - SJPP to Santiago de Compostela - 24 April to 1 June 2014.
Camino Francés - Short section Sept 2014
Camino Francés - Short section May 2015
Camino Francés and Camino Le Puy short sections - April/May 2016
Are you going for an updated model?
 
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CF 2006,08,09,11,12(2),13(2),14,16(2),18(2) Aragones 11,12,VDLP 11,13,Lourdes 12,Malaga 16,Port 06
I just have to say I laughed at Laurie's post because I, too, am a CPAP groupie.
I love the white noise and the good night's sleep I get because of it.
If I see one, I always try to get a bed close to it. :p
 

gidivet

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés - SJPP to Santiago de Compostela - 24 April to 1 June 2014.
Camino Francés - Short section Sept 2014
Camino Francés - Short section May 2015
Camino Francés and Camino Le Puy short sections - April/May 2016
Just ordered the Transcend starter kit with the small battery pack. I hope to report back when I've given it a test run. Can't wait to be (relatively) free of electric outlets again.
 

jimkaszynski

RIP 2014
Camino(s) past & future
First step June 1st 2013
I had been in bed unable to walk for 8 months….

I know it looks scary, but it saves my life!
I just got a email from another
pilgrim who is walking with this please support him!


MORE HERE...

What a journey I have been on “after,” I finished my walk. Where would I be today if I didn't have the lessons I learned from the Camino? I have been in the hospital many times and ended up in a nursing home, with heart and stroke issues and not being able to walk.... was all this caused by not sleeping properly? Few know about this solution.


This may be the most important story you will ever read! It may save your life or someone you care about.Pass it on!This is my experience, and it saved my life! I am walking….again! Jim


Click here for the rest of the story.
 

pilgrim b

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Caminos Frances 2013 Ingles 2014 Frances 2015
St Cuthbert's Way 2017 Via Francigena 2018 -(2019)
Good to hear your on the mend Jim keep up the determination your a breath of fresh air.
 

Risky

Member, Brisbane Australia.
Camino(s) past & future
Porto, VDLP, Le Puy, Del Norte, Primitivo, Vezelay, Frances & Via Francigena - C'bury to Rome
I'm planning to walk beginning in August this year. I use a CPAP machine at night and have discovered the Transcend II which weighs less than a pound. Also available are a solar charger and a chargeable battery. Has anyone had experience with this? Thanks for your help!
G'day,
I have just completed the Caminho, from Porto, with my CPAP machine and I had no issues. I haven't slept without my machine since about 2012 so I was a bit nervous before we started but every Albergue (communal and private) that we stayed at had electrical outlets next to the bunks.

I took my Philips System 1 (without the humidifier), an extension lead (did I mention I was nervous) and a multi-outlet adaptor all of which weighed just under 5 kilos (11 lbs) and whilst some may think this a burden I just saw it as part of my Caminho.......

Other than the odd look (more curiosity than anything else) no one payed me any attention and for what it is worth I was probably the quietest sleeper most nights. One night another Peregrino who was worried about his snoring (obviously bad) asked the manager if he could sleep in the boot airing / drying room rather than disturb everyone. I felt sorry for him as the boots stunk, he had everyones washing drying around him and everyone noticed him.

If anyone is worried about taking their CPAP machine, don't. My wife, daughter (type 1 diabetic) and I thoroughly enjoyed our Caminho and we are now planning our next for 2016.
 

Stephen Nicholls

Steve Nicholls, Suffolk, U.K.
Camino(s) past & future
Too many caminos to list in the permitted 100 characters!!
Very interesting forum.
Mind you, I clicked onto it because I thought it was headed "CRAP on the Camino" and was pleased someone was doing something about it. :eek:
 

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