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BMC M1 Mini Automatic Travel Guide: The CPAP Sleeping Pill

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

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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 M1 Mini 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 M1 Mini. 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 M1 Mini into your trusted travel companion. 

M1 Mini Travel Specifications

When it comes to travelling with the BMC M1 Mini CPAP machine, understanding its specifications is essential to ensure a seamless experience on the go. In this section, we’ll delve into the key technical specifications of the BMC M1 Mini, including its size, weight, environmental conditions, atmospheric pressure range, power supply unit, and storage and transport conditions.

M1 Mini Size and Weight

The BMC M1 Mini is designed for portability and convenience, making it an excellent choice for travellers. Here are the dimensions and weight of the BMC M1 Mini:

  • Weight: Less than 400g
  • Dimensions: 159mm x 66mm x 72mm

With its lightweight build and compact dimensions, the BMC M1 Mini is a travel-friendly CPAP machine that won’t weigh you down during your journeys.

M1 Mini Environmental Conditions

The BMC M1 Mini is engineered to function effectively in various environmental conditions, ensuring that you can maintain your CPAP therapy while travelling. Here are the specified conditions:

  • Operating Temperatures: +5°C to +35°C
  • Operating Humidity: Up to 93% relative humidity, non-condensing
  • Atmospheric Pressure: 760-1060 cmH2O

The BMC M1 Mini is capable of providing reliable and uninterrupted CPAP therapy in different settings. It operates within a temperature range of +5°C to +35°C, with humidity levels of up to 93% relative humidity without condensation, and it can handle an atmospheric pressure range of 760-1060 cmH2O.

When you’re not using your M1 Mini during your travels, it’s crucial to store and transport it properly to ensure its longevity and optimal performance. Here are the specified conditions:

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

When you’re not using your BMC M1 Mini during your travels, make sure to store it within a temperature range of -25°C to +70°C and a humidity range of up to 93% relative humidity without condensation. Adhering to these environmental specifications will help ensure that your device remains in optimal condition and ready for use whenever you require it.

M1 Mini Power Supply Unit

Understanding the power supply requirements of your BMC M1 Mini is crucial for ensuring uninterrupted CPAP therapy while you’re on the go. 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 M1 Mini:

Power Supply Unit

  • AC Input Range: 100-240V, 50-60Hz, Max 1A
  • DC Output: 19V, 1.26A

The BMC M1 Mini’s power supply unit is versatile and can accommodate a wide range of AC input voltages. It accepts input voltages between 100V and 240V at a frequency of 50-60Hz, with a maximum current draw of 1A. The DC output is a stable 19V at 1.26A, ensuring that your M1 Mini receives the necessary power to operate efficiently.

By understanding these specifications and adhering to the storage and transport conditions, you can confidently use your BMC M1 Mini during your travels, knowing that it will provide consistent and effective CPAP therapy, regardless of your destination’s conditions.

Making the M1 Mini More Portable

Travelling with your M1 Mini 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 M1 Mini, 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 M1 Mini 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.

How do I prevent my mouth getting dry while using the M1 Mini 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.

With the M1 Mini, BMC offers Waterless Humidification through their HME (Heat Moisture Exchange) component for comfort and convenience. HME (Heat and Moisture Exchange) filters are designed to provide comfortable and effective humidification, in dry or high altitude environments (like aircraft), without the need for a traditional water based heated humidifier.

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.

CPAP Online Australia has three mask options available for the BMC M1 Mini:

  1. BMC N5H Nasal CPAP Mask
  2. BMC P2H Nasal Pillow mask
  3. BMC N5AH Nasal Mask

M1 Mini Travel Accessories

When it comes to travelling with your M1 Mini, 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 M1 Mini 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.

M1 Mini Travel Bag

Investing in a dedicated travel case for your M1 Mini is a smart choice. These cases are designed to protect your device during transportation and provide organised storage for your CPAP essentials. Thankfully, your M1 Mini 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.

If you need a second bag or a replacement, you can find them available for purchase separately here.

Battery Pack for AirSense 11

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 M1 Mini is compatible with the Medistrom™ Pilot-24 Lite Battery and Backup Power Supply for 24V PAP Devices. You will need to purchase a BMC M1 Mini cable to enable compatibility as the Pilot-24 Lite Battery does not come with an S.Box cable out of the box.

M1 Mini 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 M1 Mini 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.

M1 Mini Cleaning Accessories

Maintaining your CPAP machine is crucial for the effectiveness of your CPAP therapy and this is not an aspect of your therapy that should be neglected while you are travelling. We recommend that you pack travel-sized CPAP wipes or a portable cleaning kit to ensure your M1 Mini remains clean and operational during your trip. If you’re looking for something to start with, CPAP Online Australia offers a wide range of cleaning supplies for CPAP cleaning and maintenance.

It’s best to avoid using tap water to clean your M1 Mini, especially in unfamiliar locations. Tap water might contain impurities that could harm your machine or irritate your airways. Instead, use distilled water or pre-packaged CPAP wipes to ensure safe and hygienic cleaning on the go.

Running the M1 Mini during travel

Using the M1 Mini in a caravan or RV

For travellers exploring the open road in caravans or recreational vehicles (RVs), charging the M1 Mini battery is convenient and seamless. Most caravans and RVs are equipped with electrical outlets, making it easy to connect the M1 Mini to the vehicle’s power system. This ensures a stable and consistent power supply for your CPAP therapy while you’re on the move.

Before setting off on your journey, ensure that your vehicle’s electrical system is compatible with the M1 Mini’s power requirements (discussed in detail above). Caravan charging offers a reliable solution for M1 Mini who prioritise comfort and leisure during their travels.

Using the M1 Mini in the car

When you’re travelling by car and want to keep your M1 Mini’s battery charged while on the road, a cigarette lighter charger may be your best option. Some CPAP battery packs, like the Medistrom Pilot Lite batteries are also equipped with a DC adapter that allows you to charge the battery using your vehicle’s cigarette lighter port.

While using the cigarette lighter charger is convenient, especially during road trips, it’s essential to be mindful of your vehicle’s battery. Charging your CPAP battery from the car’s battery can drain power, which might affect starting the car later. To avoid this, consider charging your battery pack while the engine is running or use a separate portable power station designed for CPAP machines.

Refer to the above section about the DC/DC converter if you wish to consider this as an option while travelling.

Using the M1 Mini while camping or during outdoor activities

You can use your M1 Mini while camping or during outdoor activities by using a portable power source, such as a battery pack or a solar charger. These power solutions allow you to enjoy CPAP therapy even in remote locations without access to electricity.

Medistrom offers a solar charger designed to recharge their CPAP battery packs using solar energy. Their solar charger is portable and efficient, providing a sustainable power solution for users who are constantly on the go.

These portable solar panels are lightweight, foldable, and easy to take almost anywhere with you. However, although solar charging is an eco-friendly option, its effectiveness can vary depending on weather conditions and available sunlight so make sure you make plans accordingly!

Using the M1 Mini on a plane

You can use your M1 Mini device on a plane as it meets the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements.  However, 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 M1 Mini 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.

How to activate Airplane Mode on the M1 Mini

To turn on Airplane Mode:

When connected to power, disable Bluetooth (enter airplane mode) by double clicking the Bluetooth button.

By considering these essential factors while travelling with your M1 Mini, 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 M1 Mini, 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 M1 Mini is ready to deliver the restful sleep you deserve.

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.