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    • #6055
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      I was wondering if anyone else hereabouts uses a One Touch Ultra meter. I lost mine last week & have over 200 strips I can no longer use. My lovely DSN provided me with a shiny new Contour Link, which necessitated a trip to see the nice pharmacist to secure an emergency supply of the new strips. When I asked him if I could return the old strips, he told me that they would just bin them. Seems like an awful waste considering they are still sealed in their box & cost the dear old NHS at least £20 a pop…

      So free to a good, or at least usable, home 200+ strips. I will cover the post within the UK.

    • #8706
      Tim
      Keymaster

      Arrrgh! The Contour Link is the worst meter in the world! (In my humble opinion!) Rather than being a meter it seems to be a random number generator. I’ve tested and got a result of 28, tested again one minute later and got 6.5 – the most inaccurate meter I’ve ever used.

      But don’t let me put you off ;-)

    • #8707
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      @tim I’ve only been using it a few days & it is already beginning to irritate. That said, 28 to 6.5 in minutes is not totally outside the bounds of probability for me.. ;-)

    • #8710
      Tim
      Keymaster

      Blood glucose graph looks like a profile of the Swiss Alps, eh? That’ll be fun ;-)

    • #8711
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Alps? That’s a good day. It’s more like the Rockies or even the Himalayas…

    • #8713
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      I rock a pink One Touch. But I live in Ireland, so maybe there’ll be someone in the UK which would be better. Also, I think One Touch will send you a free meter if you ring them, they did for me (from England) so that I have an extra one for my car.

    • #8714
      lizz
      Participant

      Actually, if you do a lot of tests (sounds like you do) then practically any meter company will send you a free meter.

      At the moment I have the Bayer contour USB, the Accuchek mobile and an Accu-chek aviva.

      The accu-chek aviva has been reliable and gives good results quickly. It has a clear face and can be seen in sunlight. But not the dark.

      The Accu-chek mobile is a meter and lancet device in one – the strips are put in a drum inside the meter, so all you have to do is pick up one device. It is bulky and ugly and heavy and I stopped using it. However the lancet device I removed and use it as it is the best finger pricker I’ve ever had, quite gentle.

      The Bayer Contour is a disaster. I thought it was brill at first… but when I took it out I realised it is unreadable in even moderate light. It’s awkward to use – long and thin and the test strip goes in one end – but then you have to turn it upside down to read the reading. It does light up at night – but I only do one est in the actual night which requires putting the bedside lamp on… having a meter readable by day outside is much more needed by me.

    • #8715
      lizz
      Participant

      Sorry about awkward phrasing in that last comment. But it is bedtime.

    • #8716
      Tim
      Keymaster

      Hmm, if only there were some sort of website with meter reviews on it…

      About our reviews

    • #8718
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Similar to lizz, always used accu-check & have got meters from them for free because they don’t like supporting the older ones.

      Top tip, always make a note when meters come out, call customer service & give them one which hasn’t been on the website for years.

      Top tip #2 it seems manufacturers treat I test x times a day the same way as doctors treat I smoke x cigs a day, better to over estimate.

    • #8719
      Hairy Gnome
      Participant

      Sorry everyone, and our Beloved Leader @Tim in particular, any meter that isn’t an Accu-Chek Mobile is total rubbish! 😆 @Lizz, it’s OK, I forgive you! :P

    • #8781
      Ella
      Member

      is it too late to ask for the strips? do you want cash as i have 1 touch ultra.

    • #8790
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      @olddiabetic Of course not! If you message me your address, I will get them in the post to you

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