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We were looking at flights again tonight (which I imagine we'll do every few days until the trip is actually booked), and as we discussed the subject, I started doing some research into traveling with my CPAP. I was relatively certain that it won't count against my carry-on allowance, but I figured there were probably other details that hadn't occurred to me.

Most of the flights we've looked at thus far (particularly if we're able to get the upgraded seats) will have power outlets, but the recommendations all seem to say "carry a back-up battery with you." My current back-up is NOT something I can take on the plane with me, so I started pricing actual batteries.

I'm better off staying awake for 13 hours on the damn flight.

([personal profile] gridlore asked me if it would be possible to rent a battery, instead; the one place I found wanted a refundable deposit that was twice the cost of buying one outright.)

I thought we'd set our goal with a good cushion for something I once heard described as "expected unexpected expenses." I can see now that we're going to need every penny.

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ashbet
Oct. 14th, 2015 02:30 pm (UTC)
I don't have a link offhand, but according to the FAA Travelers with Disabilities rule, a bag with medication/medical equipment does not count against your carry-on allowance, CPAP included.

I'm sorry that batteries are so expensive -- is your current battery against FAA regulations somehow?

Might your insurance pay for part of a compliant battery, if you tell them there is something wrong with your current one?

**hugs**

-- A <3
kshandra
Oct. 14th, 2015 03:40 pm (UTC)
The facehugger did not come with a battery backup when I first purchased it. My current "battery" is one of these, which works beautifully as a failover when the generator stops running on-playa, but so not something I would want to try and schlep as carry-on luggage even if the FAA wouldn't have kittens over it.

I do have a message in to the doctor who prescribed it for me originally, since I want a fresh copy of the script to carry with me in any case; once I have that in hand, I can see if insurance might cover part.
catnip13
Oct. 16th, 2015 01:26 am (UTC)
http://www.amazon.com/RAVPower-23000mAh-Portable-Charger-External/dp/B00HFMUBYG/ref=pd_sim_107_16?ie=UTF8&refRID=17ZYZFBCSF95V90RXXA8

So this little portable pocket-sized battery for $100 has 5aH more power than the big one you have. If we can figure out how to work the appropriate adapters, I think you'd be set.
kshandra
Oct. 16th, 2015 02:38 am (UTC)
/nods

One of my FB friends made the same basic suggestion; he has the specs for my machine and is working out the technical details.
catnip13
Oct. 16th, 2015 02:40 am (UTC)
I have the slightly smaller model that is 16aH, and it is really nice - it will keep my cellphone charged for a week.
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