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Transcend Micro Travel Guide: How To Travel With The Smallest CPAP Machine

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 Transcend Micro 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 Transcend Micro. 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 Transcend Micro into your trusted travel companion. 

Transcend Micro Travel Specifications

When planning your travels with the Transcend Micro CPAP machine, understanding its specifications is vital for a smooth and worry-free experience. In this section, we’ll delve into the key technical specifications of the Transcend Micro, including its size, weight, environmental conditions, power supply unit, as well as storage and transport considerations.

Transcend Micro Size and Weight

The Transcend Micro is engineered for optimal portability, making it an ideal companion for your travel adventures. Here are the dimensions and weight of the Transcend Micro:

  • Weight: 219.5g
  • Dimensions: 91mm x 91mm x 91mm

With its lightweight design and compact dimensions, being the smallest CPAP device on the market as of the time of writing this article, the Transcend Micro is tailored to accompany you on your journeys, ensuring you can uphold your CPAP therapy without sacrificing ease of use or mobility.

Transcend Micro Environmental Conditions

The Transcend Micro is built to deliver consistent performance across various environmental conditions, guaranteeing uninterrupted therapy during your travels. Here are the specific conditions:

  • Operating Temperatures: The Transcend Micro remains reliable within a temperature range of +5°C to +35°C, accommodating a wide range of climates you may encounter on your journeys.
  • Operating Humidity: It can function effectively within humidity levels ranging from 10% to 80% relative humidity, ensuring your comfort and preventing condensation during therapy.
  • Atmospheric Pressure: The Transcend Micro is calibrated to operate within atmospheric pressure levels ranging from 760-1060cmH2O, providing consistent therapy regardless of your destination’s altitude.

When it comes to storing and transporting your Transcend Micro, the device is designed with convenience and durability in mind:

  • Storage and Transport Temperature: The Transcend Micro remains safe and functional within a temperature range of -20°C to +60°C, ensuring secure storage and reliable transport in diverse environmental conditions.
  • Storage and Transport Humidity: It can also withstand humidity levels of 10% to 90% relative humidity without condensation during storage and transport, making it suitable for various travel settings.

Adhering to these environmental specifications will help ensure that your device remains in optimal condition and ready for use whenever you require it.

Transcend Micro Power Supply Unit

Understanding the power supply requirements of your Transcend Micro is essential to ensure uninterrupted CPAP therapy while travelling. Whether you plan to use a standard AC power source or explore portable power options, here are the essential details regarding the Transcend Micro’s power supply unit:

Power Supply Unit

  • AC Input Range: Accepts a wide range of AC input voltages, spanning from 100-240V at 50-60Hz, with a maximum current draw of 1A, ensuring compatibility with various power sources.
  • DC Output: Operates efficiently on a stable DC output of 19V at 2.1A, guaranteeing reliable and consistent performance.

By familiarising yourself with these specifications and considering storage and transport needs, you can embark on your travels with confidence, knowing that your Transcend Micro will provide consistent and effective CPAP therapy, regardless of your destination’s conditions.

Making the Transcend Micro More Portable

Travelling with your Transcend Micro 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 Transcend Micro, 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 Transcend Micro 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 Transcend Micro 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 a portable CPAP device like the Transcend Micro, you will find that the removal of a heated humidifier was necessary to achieve its compact size. To resolve the absence of a humidifer, using a Heat and Moisture Exchanger (HME) mask is recommended. 

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.

Transcend offers their own AirMist HME adapter which can be purchased separately from your machine and allows the insertion of a HME filter between your device and your mask. Alternatively, BMC HME masks can be used with any machine, although they may not be as comfortable as regular masks. However, it’s important to note that ResMed’s HME masks are only compatible with the AirMini machine. 

Transcend Micro Travel Accessories

When it comes to travelling with your Transcend Micro, 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 Transcend Micro 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.

Transcend Micro Travel Bag

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

Transcend recommends that you use the travel pouch 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 Transcend Micro

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 Transcend Micro, such as the Transcend P8 Battery, for reliable, portable power. Transcend themselves advise that you only power the Transcend Micro with Transcend-supplied power supplies or batteries.

Transcend Micro 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 Transcend Micro 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 Transcend Micro, 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 Transcend Micro during travel

Using the Transcend Micro in a caravan or RV

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

Using the Transcend Micro while camping or during outdoor activities

You can use your Transcend Micro 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.

Transcend offers a solar charger designed to recharge the Micro using solar energy, providing a sustainable power solution for users who are constantly on the go.

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 Transcend Micro on a plane

You can use your Transcend Micro 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 Transcend Micro 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.

Transcend recommends that you carry a copy of their air travel compliance letter to present if necessary.

How to activate Airplane Mode on the Transcend Micro

To turn on Airplane Mode:

When connected to power, disable Bluetooth (enter airplane mode) by pressing the Bluetooth button until the indicator light is white. Do not use the MySleepDash app while you are in flight.

By considering these essential factors while travelling with your Transcend Micro, 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 Transcend Micro, 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 Transcend Micro 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.