Mendor Discreet

The Mendor Discreet blood glucose meter is one of the first blood glucose meters to offer an-in-one meter which contains the test strips and lancing device, preventing these from being needed to carry separately.

This functionality makes blood glucose testing whilst out and about easier.

All the way from Finland

The Mendor Discreet is an interesting little meter which originated in Finland from a group of people whose expertise cover industrial desig, IT, business and information technologies, technical physics and industrial economics – and one of the team also has Type 1 diabetes.

Calling themselves Mendor, ‘the new diabetes movement’, together they focused in the idea of making daily blood glucose measurement easier with a new type of discreet, integrated and portable meter.

The team worked on the idea with local diabetics and diabetes professionals and created the meter and its web-based software.

Mendor Discreet in black or white

The end result is this neat little meter which comes in either black or white.

The metercounts down in 5 seconds and uses one 3V lithium battery (CR2032), which should last for 1000 tests. It can hold 250 blood test results and integrates data download via a USB data-cable.

Integrated cassettes

The test strips come in cassettes of 25 which slip into the base of the meter. The meter provides a running countdown of how many test strips you have left so you can stay prepared.

Users of the meter have experienced difficulties that have led to wasting test strips when first using the meter.

Once you get used to the meter, you can minimise the number of times this happens.

On the left side of the meter is the lancing device. The built in lancet is handy for use when travelling, however, one disadvantage is that it is relatively fiddly to replace the lancets.

All-in-one and Mendor Balance

It means that this is literally all-in-one – finger pricking, sensor, result. Mendor Balance is the name of the web-based software application.

It is another tool to help you take control of your diabetes by helping you determine possible problem areas in your diabetes treatment.


This is the Discreet meter by Mendor – looking to all the world like a shaver. This comes at blood testing from quite a different angle. It’s got all the normal bits – but it’s all in one place.

There’s two sliding parts – up and down. With the down part, there’s two movements. When you come down once, it pulls out the strip and the second time it primes the lancing device. So you put your finger up against the side, that pings, and then you pop the blood onto the lancet and it counts down. So there’s your result and you can pull the test strip out and close it all down again. This is the bit where the lancing device sits. We’d need a really close up camera to show you this. It’s tiny; it’s not going to lance you unless you want it to. It’s perfectly safe.

There’s no accidental stuff there. And that’s all you need – which is quite interesting. You can also download this onto a computer and look at your blood glucose readings. It’s from a group of people who came up with an idea to look at blood testing and come up with a different way of doing things. It’s the second model that I know of that’s all-in-one.

Various blood test machines claim to be all-in-one but then there’s always to one side or the other.

With the Mendor Discreet’s sensors inside it, and the lancing device inside it – it really is just all one thing. You might need a spare cartridge of sensors lurking about somewhere and some spare lancing devices to go in when you change it per test, or once a day, however you feel. Those are the only external bits. You can certainly put this in a bag or pocket and that would be all you need so long as nothing runs out which, of course, we all have to be prepared for spares.

There are 25 strips in a cartridge. Even if you’re testing 5 times a day, it should last you 5 days. That’s the Mendor Discreet.

Technical specifications

  • Blood sample size: 0.5 microlitres
  • Time for result: 5 seconds
  • Memory: 250 results
  • Averages: 14 days
  • Battery: 3V lithium battery
  • Battery life: 1,000 tests (without the backlight)
  • Measurement range: 1.1 to 33.3 mmol/L
  • Haematocrit range: 20~60%

Operating ranges

  • Operating temperature: 10-40 °C (50-104 °F)
  • Operating relative humidity: 10-90%
  • Haematocrit range: 20-60%

Storing ranges

  • Storage temperature: 8-30 °C (46-86 °F)
  • Storage relative humidity: 10-70%
  • Test strip cartridge storage temperature: 8-30 °C (46-86 °F)

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