Accuracy of Relion Prime meter

By mspiggy81 Latest Reply 2018-07-06 12:04:27 -0500
Started 2014-01-21 15:31:00 -0600

I finally managed to save up enough to get the Relion Prime meter I've been wanting. I don't like the meter itself as much as I do my Bayer Contour, but you just can't beat the price of the strips - $9 for 50 strips. It has a cable and app for uploading data, but sadly it's only mobile format and I don't have an Ipad or smartphone so I manually add my results to my Bayer Glucolog.

I am curious though since I've noticed the strips don't appear to have gold in them like all the other brands do. This is probably why they are so much cheaper, but I wonder if it affects accuracy. I've done a lot of googling and came back with varied remarks. Some say it's off (higher) by around 10 pts. others say it's just as accurate as other meters. I generally question online reviews because many companies pay people to leave positive reviews online so you're never quite sure how valid the reviews are. I don't have any strips for my other meters to compare it to and was wondering if anyone here has done their own comparison. It seems to be fairly accurate in regards to how I feel, but I have insomnia issues and exhaustion sometimes mimics feelings of being "high" so it can be hard for me to judge sometimes if I'm high or just desperately need sleep.

7 replies

Alice the T1
Alice the T1 2018-07-06 12:04:27 -0500 Report

I have used the ReliOn Prime meter for years now, maybe 4 or 5 years. Since I used to have to pay out of pocket for all my supplies, I was attracted to the super low price. 17 cents a strip compared to $1 or more per strip. I have done comparisons and found them to be just as accurate as the high priced ones. Consumer Report did a study and gave them high marks for accuracy. I test 6-12 times a day because I am type 1 on insulin. I have very good A1c's, sometimes as low as 5.7, usually in the mid 6's. Over the years I have learned that the biggest influence on successful control of blood sugar is weight. The closer you are to your ideal weight the better control you have. This is especially true for type 2 diabetics. I have never met a T2 that got to his/her ideal weight and still had diabetes. (I have been observing this phenomenon for 20+ years) I am jealous. I wish T1's enjoyed the same blessing!

Lodeee 2018-04-24 12:27:57 -0500 Report

I have compared the Relion glucose monitoring device with the Accu check device and the results are startling. The Relion device was ten points higher. You are correct when you say they are cheap. Ten dollars vs. 100$ at rite aid. The good ones are much cheaper on Amazon. I think I paid $50.

jigsaw 2014-01-23 19:12:49 -0600 Report

I have 1/2 dozen meters! Some tend to read high, others seem to read low, and I even have one that seems to be in the middle. Most are within the +/- 20% margin of error allowed by the FDA.
My endo has been uploading my meter results every 3 mos. for a couple of years, and taking my A1c lab results. Consequently, and over time, I ended up using a meter that comes close to my A1c lab results. Happens to be the Contour (Bayer) meter. Since most meters have an inherent amount of inaccuracy, they are simply tools to help you see your response to foods and meds. It is still necessary to get laboratory A1c results to accurately know how you are doing with your blood glucose mgmt. and how your meter is performing.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-22 13:46:12 -0600 Report

I stopped comparing meters because each can have varying accuracy rates. I use my Bayer Contour. I got rid of the Relion because it never seemed to be as accurate as the Bayor when I was comparing.

I don't read reviews because odds are as you said the company could be paying people and the people may not have used the item.

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-21 15:48:08 -0600 Report

I don't know about the comparisons with other meters, but the price alone makes me want one. I like the cheaper price strips. Even though my husband is not diabetic, we are testing him as if he were, but only once per day. With these strips, it will help keep the extra cost down.

I googled and found Wal-Marts sells them for $9.00, and the meter from $14.98 to $16.24. Thanks for the info!

I still have my Contour Meter and Strips, so I'll be able to compare when I get the Relion.

mspiggy81 2014-01-21 16:04:41 -0600 Report

The meter itself is very basic, no bells or whistles at all. But most features from the bayer meter such as the alarm and note functions (logging how you feel at the time you tested) can be remedied other ways with written log book and alarms on my watch when I'm out and my pc for when I'm at home. Just make sure you get the strips from Walmart directly, Amazon has a decent markup on them for some stupid reason. I didn't bother to get their specific lancet device as I have 3 already and really like the one that came with my Freestyle Light meter, Bayer's lancet bruised my fingers horribly on every setting even with a brand new needle and the Nova Max had to be set on the deepest setting to get sufficient blood.
The biggest downside to Relion's system that I've noticed is it doesn't support adding additional blood to the strip so you have to make sure you get plenty the first time or you waste a strip.

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-21 16:18:33 -0600 Report

My Bayer Contour doesn't allow me to add blood either. It's just a wasted strip too.

I just get the basic reading from the meter. I have a Blood Sugar Log I made on my computer, and I keep a blank one so every month I just start a new one. I can see no reason to buy a log book when I can make my own. They don't need to make any more money off me than they already do!

I don't need all the bells and whistles. I just want to make sure I am doing okay. Thanks again!