Length of meter use

By peg50 Latest Reply 2011-12-23 09:10:31 -0600
Started 2011-07-17 19:22:13 -0500

Can anyone help me by telling me how long a meter lasts for? I have been using the free style light meter for 1 1/2 years and it's starting to give random results

25 replies

Type1Lou 2011-12-23 09:10:31 -0600 Report

I've used various meters throughout my 35+ years as a Type 1. Some lasted as long as 5 years. If the meter is misbehaving, call the manufacturer. They will likely replace your meter at no cost because they want you to continue using their strips. I've had wonderful responses both from AccuChek and LifeScan in replacing meters for me.

Caroltoo 2011-12-13 00:29:56 -0600 Report

I've had 2 meters (One Touch Ultra, and O.T. Ultra Light) over the last 8 years. My first one I passed on to a friend who is still using it. My second one I have just replaced because I can get strips (free to me via insurance) from another manufacturer.

Only trouble I have ever had is needing to replace the batteries every couple of years. That will cause random readings, then no readings.

peg50 2011-07-26 18:33:40 -0500 Report

Thanks everyone. I will contact the manufacturer to see if I can get a replacement, or else I will replace the batteries.

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diabetes control 2011-07-25 23:10:09 -0500 Report

I use up to three meters, using spaceshuttle technology, but if you get a reading out of range, I depend on taking two reading in a row for confident. Of course I am a Lab rat! Some say you should change them out every year.

Pamtime 2011-07-25 23:05:11 -0500 Report

i contact the manufacturer that I registered my meter with. They are usually more than willing to upgrade me with a free meter. I have been most fortunate.

berrykins0 2011-07-19 14:00:20 -0500 Report

i would say as long your blood sugar numbers match up with how your feeling i way the meteer has to be working right.plus i would say if numbers match up with your ac 1 that would be a other way of knowing your meter is working right.

peg50 2011-07-19 14:58:57 -0500 Report

Thank you. I think it was just a freak thing. I was also ill for the past few days, so that may also have something to do with it.

Auburn Bill
Auburn Bill 2011-07-18 10:55:14 -0500 Report

Check the battery, very critical. You should be able to get TEST samples to check your meter for accuarcy or a problem. Grandpa Bill

peg50 2011-07-18 10:41:19 -0500 Report

Thank you everyone for all of your help and suggestions. I will try all of the options everyone recommended.

juannales816 2011-07-26 16:07:21 -0500 Report

as long as your Blood Sugars readings Match with the way you feel,I believe the meter is good,I think they sell a solution tester that you could use,also changing the battery frequently is great too,or you could try the manufacturer and see if you can get a replacement,I hope that Helps

Type1Lou 2011-07-18 10:37:21 -0500 Report

I'm on my 4th AccuChek Compact meter and had several others prior to the AccuChek. I think how frequently you use the meter could be a factor as well. I use mine 4 to 6 times a day. I think I average about a 4 to maybe 5-year life to my meters. When my AccuChek starts acting wonky and it's not just replacing the battery, follow Flustrated's advice…call the meter-maker. They will either help you diagnose the problem or replace your meter at no cost. No muss/no fuss. After all, they want you to keep using their strips! Sometimes, they will ask that you ship them the old meter and will provide the shipping packaging. I've been very impressed and satisfied with AccuChek.

Flustrated 2011-07-18 08:50:21 -0500 Report

Anytime my meters don't seem right, I call the phone number on the back and they help me through trying to find out what's wrong and than they would send me a replacement. Even if was the battery.

Roy531 2011-07-18 06:17:04 -0500 Report

At one of my support group meeting this was brought up when they had somebody talking to us from Accu-Chek. They said it should be replaced every 3 years. I guess might be because where you put the test strips it begins to wearout and may not give a good reading. I had mine for about 4 years and when I would insert a test strip it would give me an error, changed meters and the strips worked ok in it.


VaHermit 2011-07-17 20:02:01 -0500 Report

My friend has had hers since 2005 and it is going strong but I remember when battery started to go bad she got weird readings but after battery change it worked fine. I have I got several years ago and it just laid unused until may this year, and it worked ok. I agree I would ask my insurance or my doc for a new one. If its been dropped, wet or extreme heat exposed could be damaged. Also if you have had it in your car or been outside and its really hot or cold you should wait until it comes to room temperature before using it. There are also many places online where you can register to get a new monitor and they either send you one or email a form that all you do is get your Doc to sign and you take to Pharmacy anf get your monitor. Hope this helps.

tabby9146 2011-07-17 19:49:06 -0500 Report

I have two ultra touch mini meters and one I have had for just over 2 1/2 years, that I got at the doctor's office the day I was diagnosed and so far so good, but then after about a year, I got this other one, and I have traded a little. Sometimes to be sure they are working well and giving me a correct reading, I wll test on one and then the other, especially if I start to feel strange and need to see if I am going a little low.

jayabee52 2011-07-17 19:35:35 -0500 Report

I don't rightly know Peg. I have used glucometers which are over 5 years old and they seemed dependable to me. I have even had to change the batteries.

How do you know you are getting random results?

If you are having trust issues with your meter, perhaps you could ask your insurance co. to send you a new meter. I had done that in the past, and they sent me a entirely new setup.


peg50 2011-07-17 20:17:26 -0500 Report

Thanks everyone. My numbers suddenly went a little higher than usual over the last two weeks, although I had two medical issues this week. Tonight my reading before dinner was 159, when it usually is 130 or below. When I tested 2 hours later it said 431. I knew that couldn't be right, so I tested 2 more times and the readings were 169 and 171. Most of the time my numbers go down, or when they do go up it is no more than 10-20. How do I get a new battery, or should I try and get a new one?

jayabee52 2011-07-17 20:42:39 -0500 Report

it could also be that the 431 came from a little bit of sugar or other sweet substance on your finger. (another discussion just posted about that) I have had that happen to me before too.

As far as batteries, it depends on the type of meter you are using. Most of them I have used have those big button type batteries. I had to go to a drugstore to their battery display to find a replacement battery. Check your meter to see what kind it uses and they should be found in the pharmacy's (like walgreens) battery display.