mattfirme wrote: LSAT wrote:
You are not getting much response to your post...either there are not very many that have had this problem..or..noone cares. I personally have been using this mask for 9 months and have had no problems. By the way Dave and Fritz...why arn't you registered users ??? or...are you the same person?
Hi, everyone -- Dave and Fritz, I'm a new forum user, with a tiny head, and I don't overtighten, and I have never had one of the comfortgels with the clips last me longer than three (3) WEEKS! I have no idea what the problem is, nor has anyone else. But I went through five of them before dumping the mask (and my DME) altogether....
I will say this, though - if it weren't for that damn clip breaking everrty couple weeks, I'd still be using that mask. It fit better, and was more comfortable, than anything I've used since.
LSAT, any search will turn up widespread complaints on this issue. The cpap.com folks will confirm, people do report breakage problems w/those clips. And many never have any trouble, either. But why attack those who report something you haven't experienced?
The mask isn't fool proof, and it built a little cheap, (In China)... To insert the ball in the clip holder you snap in the clip from the top downward and it's done. Suprise to remove it you must do the opposite, rotate the ball UP
out of the TOP
of the clip, making a effort not to try to pull the ball through the clip. It's the trying to pull the ball out of the clip incorrectly that breaks the ears off the clip. Doing this correctly along with being a little gentle doing it will go a long way to keeping the mask in working order. You can also brake the mask by tightening the straps too tight, it also causes unneeded mask pain. The mask also breaks at the "T" Headrest, usually from the straps being to tight, or there's a Bull in your China Shop. I put mine out for the night.
It pays to have spares for everything you need to use, old masks can be robbed for extra parts. Respironics isn't going to make this mask or any mask "Bullet Proof", They are cheaply made, and they are in the business of selling more, for them it's a win-win. I will continue to use this mask, because it works well for me, and I can control how I put it on and take it off, to cut down on having a broken mask. (I am up to 4 months on this last mask, a personal record) I don't wash it, unless I change the seals, which I do every month or two. Jim
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