Respironics DreamStation Go vs ResMed AirMini Travel CPAP

Travel season is officially here! Whether you are flying across the country or driving down the street, a portable, travel friendly CPAP machine is smaller, lighter, and easier to carry while guaranteeing that you get the sleep you need. Plus, today’s technology gives you nearly all the features of a home-based unit in a small, sleek, and portable design. But all travel machines are not created equal. Here’s a side by side comparison of two of the advanced and effective units now available: the Philips Respironics DreamStation Go and the ResMed AirMini.

ResMed AirMini vs DreamStation Go CPAP devices.

In this video, we showcase both units side by side and walk through the different components and accessories of the Philips Respironics DreamStation Go, DreamStation Go Auto and the ResMed AirMini Auto Travel CPAP.

Dimensions

To start, let’s look at the design. Both units are incredibly small and lightweight. The ResMed AirMini is 5.4” x 3.3” x 2.1” and weighs 10.6 ounces while the Respironics DreamStation Go is 6.1” x 3.5” x 2.8” and 1.86 pounds. These travel machines are approximately 50% smaller and 75% lighter than regular CPAP counterparts! Given these dimensions, their portability factor is quite high and it’s a breeze to get through airport security.

ResMed AirMini Travel CPAP

• Provides all the comfort and convenience provided by your home auto CPAP in a small, travel-ready package

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Design

The Philips Respironics DreamStation Go features an on/off button and an intuitive color touch-swipe screen. The filter cartridge is on the bottom of the machine and easy to access. This machine even is able to recharge your mobile phone through its USB charging port. More importantly, the power block is built right into the machine. No carrying around a power block as big as the machine; its just a power cord! An optional FAA-approved lithium ion battery integrates into the side of the unit for camping, biking, or boating.

The ResMed AirMini is the smallest CPAP available and literally fits in the palm of your hand. It features a one start/stop button and has no screen. Use your mobile app to control the machine. The small 20 watt power cord is unique with a built-in block and a thin, flat cord making it compact and easy for travel.

Both the Philips Respironics DreamStation Go and ResMed AirMini feature the latest built-in Bluetooth technology to easily integrate with free downloaded apps and share sleep data directly from the machine to your phone. Furthermore, both machines have a flex option—making it easier to breathe out against, auto altitude adjustment, auto pressure, and ramp feature.

Philips Respironics DreamStation Go Auto

• Half the size of the larger at-home DreamStation machine with many of the same powerful therapy options

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Humidification

The Philips Respironics team has promised a humidification system for the DreamStation Go no later than January 2019. It will be the first travel unit with a true integrated heated humidifier.

The ResMed AirMini includes HumidX, a small disposable waterless humidifier that is about the size of the diameter of a quarter. It improves moisture levels without a fully integrated humidifier. However, it can only be used with the N30 and AirFit P10 masks.

Pressure Range

The Philips Respironics DreamStation Go and ResMed AirMini both have a pressure range of 4-20 cm H2O.

Voltage Range

The Respironics DreamStation Go and ResMed AirMini both have a voltage range of 100-240 VAC.

Mask Compatibility

The Respironics DreamStation Go comes with a 12mm tubing, which is extremely lightweight, flexible, and portable. The machine is compatible with any current mask available today.

The ResMed AirMini comes with a unique 6-foot slim line tube and is only compatible with three ResMed masks: AirMini P10 Nasal Pillow Mask, AirMini N20 Nasal Mask System, and AirMini F20 Full Face Mask.

Sound Level 

The Respironics DreamStation Go measures 30.7 dBa. The ResMed AirMini measures 25 dBa with tubing and the N20 or P10 mask and 27 dBA with tubing and the F20 mask. However, there has been some issues with mask noise on the AirMini.

Pricing

Currently, both the Philips Respironics DreamStation Go and the ResMed AirMini are available for $849 each. The DreamStation Go Auto is $889.

Warranty

Both machines come with a 2-year warranty.

Return Policy

The CPAP Shop offers a 30-day guarantee on the mask purchased with the ResMed AirMini and a 30-day risk free trial for the Respironics DreamStation Go and Go Auto. However, ResMed does not offer non-warranty returns for the machine itself.

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The CPAP Shop and its knowledgeable staff would be happy to assist you and answer other further questions. Give us a call at 866-414-9700.

Chris Vasta is the president of The CPAP Shop and an expert in sleep and respiratory therapy. He often provides insights on product design and functionality on various manufacturers’ prototypes and is frequently tapped to provide reviews on new releases.

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Over a 10+ year career at PHH Mortgage managing a $100 million portfolio, Chris Vasta learned the ins and outs of the business world. He learned how to establish business relationships, lead a multi-prong team, and implement strategies for long-term growth. In 2007, Vasta used that experience to transition his role into president of The CPAP Shop. Over his tenure, Vasta has been involved in everything from website design to warehouse layout. His hands-on approach with customers has evolved into an in-depth understanding of the challenges of beginning and adhering to sleep therapy. He often provides his insights on product…


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  • Dolores

    Does this work as an asv bipap machine also?

    • Chris Vasta

      No, the Philips Respironics Dreamstation Go and ResMed Airmini are CPAP machines and do not have the ability to function as a Bipap machine. If your prescription is for an ASV BiPAP, you will need to get that type of Biap machine. An ASV Bipap has a backup rate and is primarily used to treat central sleep apnea (CSA).

  • Thomas Nicolai

    I am trying to figure out what the amp rating is for the dreamstation go. I am in the process of purchasing a portable power station as the dreamstation battery pack will not last for the time I am usually off the grid. I just need to figure out the size I will need so I can use the dreamstaion go off the grid for up to 6 to 7 days at a time. Voltage is easy (around 120 here in the USA). However, to figure out the wattage, I need to the amp output of the device and I can not seem to locate it in the literature that was included with my dreamstation go. Would you know the answer to this. Once I have this, I can easily figure out which portable power station I will require to serve my needs. Thank you if you know this information.

    • Chris Vasta

      Hello, Thomas. You would not be able to use a power station with a travel cpap machine and get that much time. With the Dreamstation Go you would have to use an inverter, which uses a third of the battery energy just to power the inverter. It would be heavy but that is the only way you might be able to get a couple of days, depending on what your pressure is and if you are using any other items. Electrical requirements: (100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz) Compacity 62Wh and Output power (max continuous)50W.

  • Annette

    Is this covered by Medicare?

    • Chris Vasta

      Hello, Annette. No, we do not work with Medicare. We are a strictly out o pocket company and are not in net work with any insurance companies. We do provide an invoice with the codes to submit to your insurance for a possible reimbursement if you did wish to purchase from us.

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