Power draw of insulin pump?

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  1. MaeKay

    MaeKay Well-Known Member

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    My cousin’s pre-teen has Type 1 diabetes and has an insulin pump. Currently at home he just plugs it in while he’s in the shower and at breakfast. It’s USB powered so my guess is it doesn’t draw a TON of power. But they are gearing their 2003 Coleman Niagara for more boondocking (looking forward to the days we can go dry camping together!) She’s going to try to get me brand and info but does anyone have experience charging their pump on a 12V supply? She’s going to install a USB outlet to charge from the battery like we did.

    We have two 6V batteries from Costco and even with charging two iPhones daily, plus running LED lights, a little furnace and a little water pump, we can boondock 6 days with our setup.

    I’m just hoping I’m steering her in the right direction power wise. They also have solar panels but she’s not sure how much power they generate. It was enough to run incandescent lights and water pump for each weekly trip when her parents used the trailer years ago.
     
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    Not knowing what it is , except as a life saving device that needs electric. I would venture to say , have a back up plan. So something that can charge the pump if you cant get power. You need to kbow the power consumption first. Then plan accordingly.
     
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    Thank you. That’s what we’re trying to ascertain is the power consumption. It sounds like it pulls less than a cell phone so my guess is a backup power pack would work, too. Obviously she’s not going to head out and be fool hardy but I thought I’d start the conversation and see if anyone else had similar experiences.
     
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    I get it , maybe a make and model would be better to try to get information on that? Its hard to say , everything is diffent and uses diffrent amounts of power.
     
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    Yeah, I asked her to send me that info. I’m just so excited that she’s getting her family up and running finally. I’m stuck on near bed rest 32 weeks pregnant with twins so I’m living vicariously through her preparations.
    I just got excited, hence posting too precipitately.
     
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    I am glad you helped me think of a backup battery. You can get those for fairly cheap and that way if something happens he’ll have something. She also said they can just charge it from the car. But like us, she said when she goes somewhere remote to just relax she doesn’t want to have to turn the car on for an hour. (National parks where you’re driving more is a different story.)
     
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    Get the stats people will help you get to the power you need, If they can. And congrats on the twins.
     
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    Will do. Thanks!
     

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