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The Must-Read Sefam S.Box Travel Guide: Optimise Sleep and Mobility

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

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Welcome to the comprehensive Sefam S.Box Travel Guide, your gateway to uninterrupted and revitalising sleep during your travels. We recognize the significance of preserving your sleep quality, whether you’re venturing on a work-related expedition, a short escapade, or a globetrotting odyssey. With the Sefam S.Box CPAP machine, you can relish the familiarity and ease of your own sleep haven, no matter where your adventures lead. In this guide, we’ll furnish you with invaluable advice and wisdom to help you maximise the benefits of your portable sleep companion while you’re on the go.

Sefam S.Box Travel Specifications

Whether your itinerary involves a quick weekend escape, a packed business agenda, or an extended leisure voyage, knowing how to use the S.Box while away from your usual sleep environment is of utmost importance. This section will thoroughly outline the dimensions and weight of the S.Box, the environmental conditions required for optimal performance, and discuss its power demands, ensuring you’re well-prepared for any travel scenario.

S.Box Size and Weight

In terms of size and weight, the Sefam S.Box is designed with portability in mind. The combined weight of the device and humidifier is approximately 1700 grams. Its dimensions measure 245mm in height, around 185mm in width, and approximately 110mm in depth. When the humidifier is replaced by the included Side Cover of the device, the Sefam S.Box dimensions become 245mm in height, around 140mm in width, and approximately 110mm in depth and the weight is reduced to about 1400 grams.

S.Box Environmental Conditions

The Sefam S.Box is engineered to perform admirably across a spectrum of environmental conditions. It operates effectively in temperatures ranging from +5°C to +40°C, depending whether used with the side cover or with the humidifier attached (in the latter case, the upper limit is +35°C). The operating humidity for this device falls within the range of 15% to 90% relative humidity, making it suitable for various climates. Moreover, it is designed to function efficiently at altitudes ranging from sea level up to 2500 metres, ensuring you can enjoy a good night’s sleep regardless of your location.

When it comes to storage and transportation, the Sefam S.Box is built to withstand a wide range of conditions. It can endure temperatures as low as -25°C and as high as +70°C without compromising its performance. Additionally, the device is designed to tolerate high humidity levels of up to 90% relative humidity during storage and transport, making it a dependable companion for your travels.

S.Box Power Supply Unit

To ensure reliable operation, the Sefam S.Box comes with a 75W power supply unit. This power supply unit is versatile, accepting a broad AC input voltage range of 100-240V and accommodating a frequency range of 50-60Hz. The DC output it provides is 24V, ensuring the Sefam S.Box delivers consistent and dependable performance during your travels.

Making the S.Box More Portable

Travelling with your S.Box 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 S.Box, 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 S.Box 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 S.Box Humidifier

To separate the humidifier chamber from the device, press the button on the top of the machine to unlock the humidifier chamber while simultaneously moving it away from the device using the integrated handle.

To return the humidifier to the machine, place the humidifier chamber back on the heater plate with the hinge side of the humidifier facing the inside of the machine. Push it against the device until you hear a click.

Similarly, the side cover can be installed by placing it on the rails in the side part of the device and pushing it against the device until you hear it click. The side cover is then removed by pushing the same button on the top of the machine.

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

S.Box Travel Accessories

When it comes to travelling with your S.Box, 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 S.Box 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.

S.Box Travel Bag

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

Sefam recommends that you use the included travel bag to store your advice when travelling with the device.

Battery Pack for S.Box

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

Sefam Car Charger Cable

Another accessory that can help on the road are car charger cables. These converters plug into a cigarette lighter socket and power your CPAP machine. Sefam offers a Car Charger Cable for S.Box which works with 24V power sockets.

S.Box 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 S.Box 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 S.Box, 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 S.Box during travel

Using the S.Box in a caravan or RV

For travellers exploring the open road in caravans or recreational vehicles (RVs), charging the S.Box battery is convenient and seamless. Most caravans and RVs are equipped with electrical outlets, making it easy to connect the S.Box 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 S.Box’s power requirements.

Using the S.Box in the car

When you’re travelling by car and want to keep your S.Box’s battery charged while on the road, a cigarette lighter charger may be your best option. However, 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.

Using the S.Box while camping or during outdoor activities

You can use the S.Box 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 S.Box on a plane

The SEFAM S.Box device complies with the Federal Aviation Administration RTCA/DO-160G section 21 category M and is suitable for use in airplanes. We recommend that you contact your airline in advance to inform them about your medical equipment and ensure you meet their specific guidelines and do not assume that you can bring your machine with you as carry-on luggage. 

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 S.Box 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.

By considering these essential factors while travelling with your S.Box, 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.

How to activate Airplane Mode on the Sefam S.Box

To access settings, tap the touch key when the device is in standby mode. Tapping this button will allow you to switch which menu you see on the display. Navigate through this menu and disable Bluetooth wireless communication as well as the PolyLink system, S.Box modem or S.Box Wi-Fi module. You will know that Airplane Mode is working when the plane symbol appears on the status bar of your device.

As you prepare to embark on your journeys with the S.Box, 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 S.Box 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.