By Controlled Latest Reply 2012-09-27 20:56:47 -0500
Started 2012-05-30 14:11:51 -0500

I have only had one meter and was recently contacted by One Touch for a free Ultra Mini meter. It came with different lancets than I was used to and I was pleasantly surprised how much easier testing is. I was tired of having my fingers hurt every time I tested with my old meter and lancets. This one is great.

I suspect that a meter's longevity has a lot to do with how many times you test each day and how well you take care of it. Do you shop for meters and look for specific features or merely accept what the insurance company provides?

11 replies

shortysmalls 2012-06-03 22:58:14 -0500 Report

yea I do cause you never know when the one you always use breaks or something. Then can still ck sugar while your replacement gets sent. Learned that the hard way but always helps in a pinch. And can be a cheap one so that can get strips in store where you bought the meter if needed. Or can use that one for when are out somewhere or on vacation.

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red flower lady 2012-06-03 19:27:28 -0500 Report

I get what is good for me regardless of who is paying. I have quite a few meters and love my One touch mini's. I have the green one and got the blue one free last December. You can link it to the computer if you get the cable. The lancet device for Onetouch meters allows you to pick how deep you need the lancet to go in, so it can be pain free. They just offered me their new Verioâ„¢IQ meter free, it is geared for insulin users. I will probably get it to add to my collection, I all their other ones as well as some by other makers. I have to admit to being partial to the mini meter though, wish they made it in candy apple red:)

Irish1951 2012-05-30 17:28:33 -0500 Report

I was given a One Touch Ultra when I was first Dx'ed . This is the meter that the Pharmacy picked out after checking with my ins coverage. I got a free Ultra Mini when a Rep came to the D support group I attend. Both have served me well but I prefer the Mini as it is easier to carry. The real difference for me is the lancers. Tha One Touch Delica that came with the Mini works great. Before that I had switched to the thinnest lancet needles I could find and that helped with the pain from finger pokes. The Delica uses a thin lancet but also is supposed to have some new system/design that is less painful. It works for me.

shortysmalls 2012-06-03 22:05:56 -0500 Report

I use t he One Touch meter at home, dont have the mini but heard great meter. I use the ReliOn lancets, thinest ones I can find and seem to work ok for me. Its also the one my insurance at my job likes us to use but do have a ReliOn meter as a backup. Have heard bout the Delica and glad to know it works well. May have to try it sometime.

jayabee52 2012-05-30 16:33:24 -0500 Report

I have done it both ways. My current meter is a True Track bought from Walgreens for about $20. I chose that one because I had one like it years ago, and the test strips are inexpensive.

Back when living in CA and under the Kaiser Permanente med insurance plan I received a One Touch Meter from them. That was the only meter for which they'd buy strips. The meter was indeed good, no issues there, but when I left CA I couldn't continue with Kaiser since they had no facilities in NV. So, since the one Touch strips were expensive, and the co-pays were onerous, I went back to the Walgreens meter.

For me cost of the strips is the deciding factor when looking for another meter. The problem with free meters seems to be the meter companies sock it to you in the cost of the strips. You end up paying for the meter many times over through the cost of the strips.

Controlled 2012-05-30 18:22:48 -0500 Report

I have no doubt that you're right. Fortunately, I have a PPO and the strips cost $5 for 100. I have them mail ordered to me. I am very grateful this is working out for me. This new meter, and the lancets, are very good but remember, this is my second meter in my life.

I wish there was a place that you can donate used but perfectly good meters.
Is there? I realize there may be health concerns associated with that.

shortysmalls 2012-06-03 22:08:03 -0500 Report

I never heard that you can donate used but good meters. Thats so cool but dont know if there is such a place in existence. May have to ck at the hospital maybe they would know of something in your area I guess. Can also tell you bout the health concerns too

rcmodelr 2012-09-27 20:56:47 -0500 Report

Check with They accept supplies donated by individuals. Not sure whether they'll let you donate a used glucometer though. You'd have to ask them.

jayabee52 2012-05-30 18:29:47 -0500 Report

I have the same concern too about recycling meters, and haven't yet found a good resource to do that.