Reli On Meters

By MEGriff1950 Latest Reply 2011-09-16 11:42:25 -0500
Started 2011-09-13 21:11:05 -0500

I noticed today at WalMart that the reli on meters and strips are fairly inexpensive…not their ultimate but regular. Does or has anyone used one of these? Are they reliable?
I use Freestyle Lite but my medicare only allows for 2 test strips a day. I guess we are not supposed to get lows when getting our sugars under control. I am asking about the reli on meter as a back up for when I cant get my regular strips 50 for $61.00.
If I remember the meter is $9 and 50 strips $19.00
Thanks for input,

35 replies

Doryian 2011-09-16 11:42:00 -0500 Report

I use the Glucocard Vital. I found it on a popular diabetic supplies website. Research on the company shows that they've won a few awards on their meters (for what that's worth). I did a review on this site to try to get some feedback from other users - but no one responded. So, I'm not sure how popular the meter is. The meter and strips are cheaper than Reli-on - but you have to order it on-line. The comparison I did between the Glucocard and the Breeze I was given at the hospital showed 1 point difference. I hope it's a good meter and working well. I'll find out when I get my first A1C back. <3

rebeccaeagerton 2011-09-15 22:46:23 -0500 Report

I don't know anything about the meters they sell in the stores. I use the freestyle light (I got mine for free from my nutritionist when I was diagnosed and then a new one from requesting one online last week) so I can stick my hands and arms. My test strips are 45.00 for 50 strips.

jayabee52 2011-09-15 22:23:48 -0500 Report

Meter accuracy has been a subject of much discussion since DC was first started.

I looked up "meter accuracy" on the discussions home page and found a good explanation from KDroberts on meters and meter accuracy. look at his post on Jan 31, 2010 toward the top of the discussion page.

KD's post is good as it tells us the acceptable limits of accuracy as the FDA considers it, and how that differs from how it is done in the lab.

If you want to see more discussion of meter accuracy, or lack of it see

I pray this is useful to you


Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-09-15 22:07:04 -0500 Report

I use the Relion Micro meter, it seems to be just as accurate as my Free Style and my Accu Chek meters were.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-15 16:33:25 -0500 Report

Here is the reportcard for Reli on..Test Reli on 143, 159. 158 Freestyle 107 all from the same blood poke. Then I poked a different finger Reli on 133. I am sorry that I bought the reli on, no wonder I was able to get the meter and 50 strips for $30 less then the strips for my Freestyle lite. This test was 4 hours after breakfast and a shopping trip. Does not look like I can Rely on Reli-On. UGH

grandmaducky 2011-09-15 14:19:57 -0500 Report

i did buy a relion meter because my insurance only cover testing twice a day so i use the relion when i am out of one touch strips i find it works okay it runs higher than my one touch but the relion strip are the cheapes i have found

DonHenault 2011-09-15 12:52:05 -0500 Report

I am not a fan of WalMart I did notice the price. I don't have health Insurance I have two meters I use the Freestyle and Accuchek I have worked with both manufactorers and have been able to get a reduce rates on supplies I have also used American Diabetes Wharehouse as well for supplies to keep my costs down.

Kuai Princess
Kuai Princess 2011-09-15 10:32:51 -0500 Report

I've used the RelOn meter and found it to be less than accurate. . . Especially on the high and low end of the blood glucose spectrum. These less expensive meters have a tendency to make BGs look "euglycemic" so you get lulled into believing your BG never goes high!

Raeguerney 2011-09-15 00:13:29 -0500 Report

Hi Mary, I've been using the Reli-On Ultima meter and strips for several years. I've had no problem with them. My insurance does pay for the strips—I use about 150 strips per month. This has been the cheapest and most reliable system for me although I would love to have some of the features offered with other systems.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-15 00:21:46 -0500 Report

Thank you Raeguerney, I have the bells and most whistles on my Freestyle lite but do not use them. I keep a journal with foods and BG readings.

dds317 2011-09-14 22:20:30 -0500 Report

yes i know the feeling very will i don't have insurance and i pay out the nose for my strips they cost me for 50 strips about $65.00 and that a lot when you don't have it…

robbins7eggs 2011-09-14 21:00:18 -0500 Report

I wish that all the test strips that are out there would fit every meter. But I guess that is how those companies make there money is by making all of them different.

Carol2x 2011-09-14 16:46:11 -0500 Report

I use the Acuuchek Aviva meter. I got the meter for free and my medical insurance covers the strips mostly-they just cost me $5.00 for 50 strips. Thank goodness for the insurance.

margokittycat 2011-09-14 16:43:51 -0500 Report

This is one of many meters I tried and the readings on it were way off. I had good luck with the One touch meters and the breeze meters the one touch mini meters are under $20.00 and strips are farely reasonably priced as well. The company does have an assistance program for the test strips if you need it. I currently have three of the one touch mini meters. I have one I carry in my purse, one at my bedside and one in my office where I am 90% of the time.

Carol2x 2011-09-15 16:33:17 -0500 Report

I tried the one touch before and it's readings were off as well. But, I found the Aviva to be right on with it's readings. One has to do the quality control on them as well. All Meters need the controls done to check out.
My machine downloads to my computer and it all syncs to my doctor's office.

realsis77 2011-09-14 13:39:19 -0500 Report

Hi. You know you can test the meters reliability by using the dye that comes with the meter? If its within the "normal" limits on the numbers on the back of the test strips bottle it should be fine! I'm also on medicare and did you know they WILL cover testing up to four times a day? You have to fill out a seprate form they send and record your frequency and numbers of your tests for two months. I test 4 times a day and did this and now my strips are covered for four times a day! The catch is you MUST use a generic medicare approved meter and strips. But hey, they are covered! So that's the important part! I test my generics meters accuracy about once a month. It seems to be doing fine. The big name company's make their money off the test strips and this is likely why the name brand strips are NOT covered.if you want to get medicare to cover your testing up to 4 times a day follow these tips ! :) I hope I've helped in some way! God bless

margokittycat 2011-09-14 16:40:47 -0500 Report

Not all meters come with the dye anymore like they use to and a lot of pharmacys have to special order it because they no longer keep it on hand do to the lack of sales in it.

Carol2x 2011-09-15 16:36:46 -0500 Report

They are called quality control reagents-not dye and are specially set for doing the quality controls on the meters to keep checking the accuracy of the meters.

realsis77 2011-09-14 16:57:35 -0500 Report

That's too bad! My meters still come with it. I just had to get a new one and they sent the dye.well that's a shame I think I would complain to the meter company, personally! How do they propose to test their accuracy???

margokittycat 2011-09-14 19:59:43 -0500 Report

Exactly. I got a new meter three weeks ago and was surprised to see no dye in it. It just so happened I was calling to register the meter and said something to the represtative and he sent me a free bottle of it.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-14 17:49:15 -0500 Report

Their test solutions only have shelf lives of 3 months usually and it was the stores that complained about throwing it away. At least that is what my WalMart pharmacy employees told me.

realsis77 2011-09-14 18:21:45 -0500 Report

Yes, my company sends me a new one evey three months with my supplies. I guess I'm fortunate. That's very frusterating when you can't check your meter or they are running incorrectly. I would speak to the meter company about the problems with the meter. Perhaps they will send a new one? Good luck and God bless!

realsis77 2011-09-14 18:21:40 -0500 Report

Yes, my company sends me a new one evey three months with my supplies. I guess I'm fortunate. That's very frusterating when you can't check your meter or they are running incorrectly. I would speak to the meter company about the problems with the meter. Perhaps they will send a new one? Good luck and God bless!

MEGriff1950 2011-09-14 19:44:52 -0500 Report

After the second one did not work correctly they got rude with me. I got rude and yelled back. I did not use bad words though. Only got very loud. LOL

MEGriff1950 2011-09-14 14:28:02 -0500 Report

I am on Molina Options which is a Medicare HMO and they refuse more then 2 a day even when my dr prescribes 3 a day. Also the one meter they approved was True Track, I had to buy the meter. It read about 40 higher then my original meter. I complained to the company that makes True Track and they sent me a replacement that also ran 40 above my meter and the lab test. They made many excuses but it is my life and 2 strikes and they are out. I did test both of their meters with their testing fluid even with the company on the phone instructing me how to do that. It is not rocket science or do they think because we are diabetic we have no brain cells. This was a 2 month hassle with my insurance, True Track company, my doctor and me. Now they will only give me 2 a day for my freestyle lite. I just need something more affordable for all the extra testing to keep my lows in check. About every 2 weeks I am dropping meds while getting better control. Mornings running 80 to 90 and highs are below 130. I will be looking at a different HMO in November when we can change again. This company states in their books it will pay something but when it comes down to it they lie. I will be sending a complaint to Medicare when I am signed with a new company.
Thanks again,

byrun 2011-09-14 11:33:35 -0500 Report

I use the Relion brand because I don't have insurance and it is the least expensive option for me.

ShellyLargent 2011-09-14 10:50:56 -0500 Report

I use the ReliOn Micro. No problems and it works great. Very comparable to the One Touch Mini. The only problem I am having is that if I use more strips than my "allowed" amount, it can be hard to find them at the store. Walmart hasn't caught on that they need to stock more of these in the store.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-14 11:10:56 -0500 Report

Thank you Shelly, this looks like it might be a good back up for mine. The people at my local Walmart pharmacy bend over backward to help their customers.

Carol2x 2011-09-15 16:39:43 -0500 Report

Walmart has a good pharmacy. I use them and my own pharmacy at the hospital I work at-it gives me an extra discount on all meds, diabetic supplies, etc..

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