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Monday, June 10, 2019

Post Tour Review: ResMed Air Mini

This was the first bike tour using the ResMed AirMini. As noted previously, I bought this mostly for the weight, and while I was doing point to point touring this year carrying my own luggage, I still had to fit the luggage within the weight limits of a cheap flight.

My biggest concern about the device was the noise, and I have to say that it was great. The device was as quiet as the big machine from the perspective of Mike, who had to share the room with me. Furthermore, the auto-on/auto-off feature meant that if the mask bothered me (which wasn't frequent), if I took it off I didn't have to go hunting for the button to turn off the machine.

The humidifier wasn't quite enough for Mallorca, but was too much for a camping trip in California during a humid period in Spring, resulting in a wet nasal pillow in the morning. I'm guessing that you would need the HumidX plus for Mallorca and California when it's dry, but otherwise the rest of the time you should be ok with just the regular Humid X.

The app was great, eliminating the need for a display on the unit, and also the need to download data to the computer. I did wish it output something to SleepyHead, but I'm guessing that's not going to happen any time soon.

Once in a while I think I should buy a backup for my 7 year old ResMed S9 (which I still like better than the S10), but this experience has taught me that the AirMini is more than an adequate backup device. I'd be happy to use it long term if I had to, and stop hunting around for distilled water. Highly recommended.

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