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Löwenstein Prisma20A Travel Guide: Make Travel With CPAP Practical

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

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Welcome to the ultimate Löwenstein Prisma20A Travel Guide, your trusted companion for making the most of your travels with this exceptional device. Whether you’re a seasoned globetrotter or setting out on your first ever voyage with the Löwenstein Prisma20A, our comprehensive guide is meticulously crafted to equip you with the expertise and wisdom necessary to guarantee a peaceful and rejuvenating experience no matter where you choose to go.

Prisma20A Travel Specifications

Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway, a business trip, or an extended vacation, understanding the specific requirements and considerations for using your Prisma20A away from home is crucial. This section will discuss the size and weight of the Prisma20A, the environmental conditions under which it is functional as well as its power requirements.

Prisma20A Size and Weight

The Löwenstein Prisma20A boasts a set of technical specifications optimised for travel convenience. In terms of size and weight, the device and humidifier combined weigh approximately 1400g, and its dimensions are approximately 170 mm in height, 135 mm in width, and 180 mm in depth, making it a compact and portable companion for your journeys.

For those who prefer a more streamlined profile, the Prisma20A offers the option to shrink its total volume by swapping the humidifier tub for a side cover.

This flexibility ensures that the Prisma20A can come with you wherever you need to go while not sacrificing the option of a humidifier for when you are not out and about.

Prisma20A Environmental Conditions

When it comes to environmental conditions, the Prisma20A can operate within a temperature range of +5°C to +40°C, accommodating various climates and travel destinations. It also adapts to humidity levels ranging from 15% to 93% relative humidity without condensation, ensuring effective performance in diverse environments. Additionally, the Prisma20A’s operational altitude spans from sea level to 3,000 metres, making it suitable for use in a wide range of locations.

  • Minimum Operating Temperature: +5°C
  • Maximum Operating Temperature: +40°C
  • Operating Humidity Range: 15% to 93% relative humidity (non-condensing)
  • Operating Altitude Range: Sea level to 3,000 m

Storage and Transport Conditions

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

For storage and transport, the Prisma20A maintains its integrity within a temperature range of -25°C to +70°C, ensuring it can be safely stowed away and transported to your desired destinations. The device is also resilient to humidity levels of 15% to 93% relative humidity without condensation during storage and transport.

By adhering to these environmental specifications, you can confidently use your Prisma20A during your travels, knowing that it will provide consistent and effective CPAP therapy, regardless of your destination’s conditions.

Prisma20A Power Supply Unit

Powering the Prisma20A is a 90W Power Supply Unit with versatile compatibility. It accepts AC input voltages ranging from 100-240V at 50–60Hz, making it suitable for use with various power sources. Moreover, for air travel, it can accommodate an input voltage of 115V at 400Hz. The Prisma20A operates on a stable DC output of 37V.

AC Input Range

  • Standard AC Input: 100-240V, 50-60Hz, 3A-1.5A
  • Aircraft AC Input: 115V, 400Hz 

These specifications combine to make the Löwenstein Prisma20A a dependable and adaptable CPAP device for your travel needs, ensuring your sleep therapy remains uninterrupted and effective while you explore the world.

DC Output

  • DC Output Voltage: 37V, 2.5A

By familiarising yourself with these power supply specifications, you can confidently ensure that your Prisma20A remains powered and operational throughout your journeys, whether at home, on an aircraft, or in any other travel setting.

Making the Prisma20A More Portable

Travelling with your Prisma20A 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 Prisma20A, 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 Prisma20A 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.

Removal and Disabling of Prisma20A Humidifier

As we mentioned earlier, the design of the machine includes an optional side cover that can replace its 400mL PrismaAQUA humidifier tub, effectively downsizing the device. However, you may not know how to go about doing this.

To remove the humidifier from your device, press the unlocking button on the top of the device and pull the PrismaAQUA module away from the main device. Please make sure that you handle the humidifier tub with care. The humidifier tub can be replaced as simply as gently inserting it into the side of the device until it clicks into place. 

The side cover can be inserted into the Prisma20A with the same simplicity as with the humidifier and there are no special instructions or differences for how to use it with your Prisma20A.

To disable the humidifier, press the humidifier key during therapy. If there is no water in the humidifier, the humidifier will switch off automatically. 

How do I prevent my mouth getting dry while using the Prisma20A 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.

Prisma20A Travel Accessories

When it comes to travelling with your Prisma20A, 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 Prisma20A 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.

Prisma20A Travel Bag

Investing in a dedicated travel case for your Prisma20A is a smart choice. These cases are designed to protect your device during transportation and provide organised storage for your CPAP essentials. Thankfully, your Prisma20A 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.

Löwenstein 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, replacing it with the included side cover instead.

Battery Pack for Prisma20A

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. We recommend that you purchase a battery pack that is compatible with the Prisma20A for reliable, portable power.

Prisma20A 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 Prisma20A 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 Prisma20A, 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 Prisma20A during travel

Using the Prisma20A in a caravan or RV

For travellers exploring the open road in caravans or recreational vehicles (RVs), charging the Prisma20A battery is convenient and seamless. Most caravans and RVs are equipped with electrical outlets, making it easy to connect the Prisma20A 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 Prisma20A’s power requirements (discussed in detail above). Caravan charging offers a reliable solution for Prisma20A who prioritise comfort and leisure during their travels.

Using the Prisma20A in the car

When you’re travelling by car and want to keep your Prisma20A’s battery charged while on the road, a cigarette lighter charger may be your best option. While there is no specific cigarette lighter charger offered by Löwenstein for the Prisma20A, some CPAP battery packs, like the Medistrom Pilot Lite batteries are equipped with a DC adapter that allows you to charge the battery using your vehicle’s cigarette lighter port, although this particular machine is not compatible with the Medistrom Pilot Lite batteries.

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.

Using the Prisma20A while camping or during outdoor activities

You can use your Prisma20A 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.

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 Prisma20A on a plane

You can use your Prisma20A device on a plane as it complies with RTCA/DO-160G chapter 21, Category M and is therefore suitable for use in airplanes.  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 Prisma20A 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, separated from the machine and that the side cover is inserted in its place.
  • Make sure that there is no modem connected to the device.

By considering these essential factors while travelling with your Prisma20A, 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 Prisma20A, 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 Prisma20A 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.

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