What nebulizers are best for travel?
The best nebulizer for travel depends on several factors. First, will you be traveling in a car or by plane or train? In a car, there is typically a DC (previously called a cigarette outlet) auto outlet. Many travel nebulizers like the Deluxe model NebXP Portable Nebulizer by Mabis come with a DC car adaptor. This adapter is less important if you are traveling by other means, as there will not be access to a car outlet. If you are traveling by train or plane, a battery may be more important.
If you are looking for a nebulizer with a battery, there are several options to choose
from. The Omron Micro Air
runs off of two disposable AA batteries. Since AA batteries can be purchased and replaced anywhere, you do not have to worry about charging the Omron MicroAir portable nebulizer. The PARI Trek S Combination Pack runs off of one rechargeable lithium ion battery. The advantage of a lithium ion battery is that you do not have to worry about draining the battery before recharging, which allows you to keep a full battery charge at all times. With tradition NiMH batteries, you must allow the battery to fully drain periodically to prevent the battery from loosing its overall power.
If you are going to be traveling overseas, be sure to purchase a nebulizer which will work with multiple voltages. The Pari Trek S
has a built in multi-voltage converter, so you only need a plug converter and you are ready to travel all over the world. Since the Omron Micro Air runs off of batteries which can be found in most countries, this nebulizer is great for travel as well.
When traveling with a portable nebuliser, be sure you are prepared for any environment. Assuming you will have access to a power supply when you are unfamiliar with the environment put you in a risky situation. By purchasing a nebulizer with the most power supply options, you will have confidence knowing you can receive you treatment regardless of conditions.