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BMC Luna G3 Travel Guide: Navigating CPAP and the World

Written By: Bobby Afshari (B.Pharm.MPS)
Last Updated: 25/10/2023

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You should be able to use your Luna G3 device on a plane, although BMC does not specify in its User Manual for the Luna G3 whether or not the device specifically meets Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements.  To avoid any issues, we recommend that you contact your airline in advance to inform them about your medical equipment and ensure you meet their specific guidelines. 

If you are travelling to a different country with your CPAP machine, make sure that you are aware of the travel guidelines for your device. Familiarising yourself with airline regulations will allow you to ensure a smooth experience during flights and will equip you to keep your Luna G3 in the safest possible conditions throughout the entire duration of your journey. Be sure to inform security personnel about your CPAP machine at airport security checkpoints and carry a copy of your prescription or a doctor’s notes to avoid unnecessary complications or questions about the purpose and function of your machine.

When using the device on a plane:

  • Make sure the humidifier is completely empty and it is inserted into your device. The device will not work without the humidifier inserted.
  • Ensure that there is no cellular module attached to the machine.

By considering these essential factors while travelling with your Luna G3, you’re well-prepared to embark on a stress-free journey. With the right planning, backup power solutions, and adherence to airline regulations, you can enjoy your adventures while prioritising your sleep apnea therapy.

As you prepare to embark on your journeys with the Luna G3, remember that the right accessories can be your allies in maintaining a consistent and effective CPAP therapy regimen. Whether it’s ensuring the safety of your device, adapting to varying power sources, or optimising your comfort, these travel accessories are here to support you. By investing in the right tools and making informed choices, you can enjoy the freedom to explore, rest, and rejuvenate—all while knowing that your Luna G3 is ready to deliver the restful sleep you deserve. 

Embracing the spirit of adventure doesn’t mean sacrificing a good night’s sleep. If you’re an avid traveller who relies on the BMC Luna G3 for uninterrupted CPAP therapy, then you have found your hub for all of the information you could possibly need. 

In this dedicated travel guide, we’ll unlock the secrets to a seamless journey with your Luna G3. Whether you’re planning a cross-country road trip, jetting off to exotic destinations, or simply want to be prepared for unexpected travel, we’ve got you covered. Join us as we explore the travel-specific features, expert tips, and essential accessories that will transform your Luna G3 into your trusted travel companion. 

Luna G3 Travel Specifications

When planning your travels with the BMC Luna G3 CPAP machine, understanding its specifications is essential for a hassle-free experience. In this section, we’ll delve into the key technical specifications of the BMC Luna G3, including its size, weight, environmental conditions, and power supply unit.

Luna G3 Size and Weight

The BMC Luna G3 combines performance with a portable design, making it a suitable companion for your travels. Here are the dimensions and weight of the BMC Luna G3:

  • Weight (device and humidifier): Approximately 1700g
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 265mm x ~145mm x 114mm

With its manageable weight and compact dimensions, the BMC Luna G3 is designed to accompany you on your journeys, ensuring that you can maintain your CPAP therapy without sacrificing convenience.

Luna G3 Environmental Conditions

The BMC Luna G3 is engineered to perform effectively in a range of environmental conditions, allowing you to rely on consistent therapy during your travels. Here are the specified conditions:

  • Operating Temperatures: +5°C to +35°C 
  • Operating Humidity: 15% to 93% relative humidity (non-condensing) 
  • Operating Altitude: Sea level to 3,000m

Whether you’re at sea level or in elevated locations, the BMC Luna G3 is designed to provide reliable and uninterrupted CPAP therapy. It operates within a temperature range of +5°C to +35°C and a humidity range of 15% to 93% relative humidity without condensation.

Storage and Transport Conditions

Properly storing and transporting your BMC Luna G3 is essential to maintain its performance and durability. Here are the specified conditions:

  • Storage and Transport Temperature: -25°C to +70°C
  • Storage and Transport Humidity: 15% to 93% relative humidity, non-condensing

When not in use during your travels, store your BMC Luna G3 within a temperature range of -25°C to +70°C and a humidity range of 15% to 93% relative humidity without condensation. These conditions ensure that your device remains in optimal condition and ready for use whenever you require it.

By adhering to these environmental specifications for storage and transportation, you can confidently use your BMC Luna G3 during your travels, knowing that they will provide consistent and effective CPAP therapy, regardless of your destination’s conditions.

Luna G3 Power Supply Unit

Understanding the power supply requirements of your BMC Luna G3 is crucial for ensuring uninterrupted CPAP therapy during your travels. Whether you’re using a standard AC power source or considering portable power options, here are the essential details regarding the power supply unit of the Luna G3:

Power Supply Unit

  • AC Input Range: 100-240V, 50-60Hz
  • DC Output: 24V

The BMC Luna G3’s power supply unit is versatile and can accommodate a wide range of AC input voltages. For standard use, it accepts input voltages between 100V and 240V at a frequency of 50-60Hz. The power supply delivers a stable DC output of 24V, ensuring that your Luna G3 receives the necessary power to operate efficiently.

By understanding these power supply specifications and environmental conditions, you can confidently use your BMC Luna G3 during your travels, knowing that it will provide consistent and effective CPAP therapy, regardless of your destination’s conditions.

Making the Luna G3 More Portable

Travelling with your Luna G3 CPAP device opens up a world of possibilities, allowing you to explore new destinations while staying committed to your sleep apnea therapy. To make the most of this freedom, it’s essential to optimise the portability of your Luna G3, ensuring that it seamlessly fits into your travel lifestyle.

From compact travel cases and power options to innovative accessories and packing strategies, we’ve got you covered. Let’s embark on a transformative journey, unlocking the full potential of your Luna G3 as your trusted travel companion. Discover how to make your device as portable as your sense of adventure, ensuring that nothing stands in the way of your restorative sleep while exploring the world.

Emptying and Disabling of Luna G3 Humidifier

The Luna G3 does not include a removable humidifier or a side cover that can replace the humidifier like other machines, such as the ResMed AirSense 11. However, when travelling with this machine, it is still recommended that the water tub be emptied and humidification settings be changed to off.

To empty the water tub, push down on the water chamber to release it from the machine. This will allow you to take the water chamber off of the device. The water chamber can be opened as simply as lifting the lid using the hinge mechanism. If you intend on travelling with this device, empty the water chamber and then return it into the device by pushing it back down in place over the heater plate.

To disable the humidifier, press the Home button until you are on the home screen on which the settings menu is located. Turn the dial to reach the settings option and press it in to open the settings menu. The first option on this page is “Humidifier”. Press the dial in while “Humidifier” is highlighted and then turn the dial until “Humidifier” is set to Off.

How do I prevent my mouth getting dry while using the Luna G3 on the go?

The comfort and fit of your mask play a significant role in the effectiveness of your CPAP therapy. When travelling, it is important to consider mask options that are suitable for your needs.

When using battery power, the option of using a humidifier is limited as it may drain the battery quickly. In such cases, using a Heat and Moisture Exchanger (HME) mask is recommended. However, it’s important to note that ResMed’s HME masks are only compatible with the AirMini machine. Alternatively, BMC HME masks can be used with any machine, although they may not be as comfortable as regular masks.

These waterless humidifiers provide users with extra comfort by retaining the moisture and heat from the air you breathe and delivering it back into the sleep therapy breathing circuit. When you exhale, the HME filter captures heat and moisture and stores it within its tiny paper ridges. When you inhale, this heat and moisture is released to humidify the air you breathe in, offering relief from possible dryness and congestion. HME is ideal when travelling without a humidifier to environments where the humidity levels are low.

Luna G3 Travel Accessories

When it comes to travelling with your Luna G3, the right accessories can make all the difference in terms of convenience and comfort. In this section, we’ll explore a selection of travel accessories specifically designed to enhance your Luna G3 experience while you’re on the move. Whether you’re embarking on a cross-country road trip or jetting off to exotic destinations, these accessories will ensure that your CPAP therapy remains seamless and effective.

Luna G3 Travel Bag

Investing in a dedicated travel case for your Luna G3 is a smart choice. These cases are designed to protect your device during transportation and provide organised storage for your CPAP essentials. Thankfully, your Luna G3 comes included with a compact and lightweight travel bag that fits snugly into your luggage or carry-on, ensuring that your device is well-protected while travelling.

BMC recommends that you use the travel bag when travelling to prevent damage to the device. It is also highly recommended that you empty the humidifier and pack it separately in the travel bag if you intend on bringing it with you.

Battery Pack for Luna G3

When it comes to travelling with a CPAP machine, the first order of business is to find a power solution that will keep your therapy uninterrupted during the night. Thankfully, CPAP battery packs, such as those made by Medistrom, are here to save the day.

What is Medistrom?

Medistrom is a well-known company that specialises in providing innovative power solutions for CPAP machines. They are known for their high-quality and reliable backup power options that ensure uninterrupted therapy for CPAP users, especially during travel or in areas with limited access to electricity.

Medistrom’s CPAP battery packs are compact, lightweight, and compatible with various CPAP machines from popular brands. These battery packs act as a backup power source, allowing users to continue their therapy even in situations where mains power is not available, such as camping, road trips, or during power outages.

Not only is the CPAP battery great for travel, it’s an ideal backup power solution for home too. Attach the Pilot-24 Lite or Pilot-12 Lite series between your CPAP and the wall and then the rest is simple… If your power goes out, due to a storm or other anomaly, the Pilot Lite will take over automatically ensuring you continue to receive restful, uninterrupted sleep therapy. When the power comes back on the Pilot Lite will automatically recharge so it’s ready the next time you need it.

Current FAA regulations allow Sleep Apnea Therapy Devices (CPAP & BiPAP Machines) and Lithium Ion Batteries (like the one in this battery pack) to be carried onboard commercial flights and are usually not counted toward your weight limits; however it is always important to check with your airline prior to travel to determine exactly what requirements they have for carrying medical equipment on board.

The BMC Luna G3 is compatible with the Medistrom™ Pilot-24 Lite Battery and Backup Power Supply for 24V PAP Devices. However, you will need to purchase the Medistrom DreamStation Go/BMC Luna Kit for Pilot-24 Lite to be able to power your device.

Luna G3 DC-DC Converter

Another accessory that can help on the road are DC/DC Converters. These converters plug into a cigarette lighter socket and convert their output to one that is suitable to power your CPAP machine. BMC offers a DC/DC converter for the BMC Luna G3 which can take the power from a 12V output cigarette lighter socket and convert it to a 24V output (drawing approximately 1 amp of current). Alternatively, if your source of DC power is already 24V, the converter will ensure a cleaner, more consistent output so that you do not damage the sensitive electronics in your device.

Bobby Afshari (B.Pharm.MPS)

Bobby Afshari (B.Pharm.MPS)

Bobby Afshari studied a Bachelor of Pharmacy and is a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. Bobby is the sleep technician at CPAP Online Australia.