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Anyone been told you have to buy pump batteries now?

Discussion in 'Insulin Pump Forum' started by VickiT11979, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. VickiT11979

    VickiT11979 · Well-Known Member

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    I've had an Animas pump for 4 years & am about to switch to a new Animas Vibe in 2 days as it's out of warranty.

    I phoned to request new supplies & Animas say that due to changes in postage regulations they can no longer supply the Duracell Energiser Lithium AA batteries & patients need to buy these themselves.

    In normal use one of these batteries lasts 4-5 weeks, but I want to self fund CGM, and when I used this for 4 weeks on a trial basis the batteries only lasted 7-10days. I'm worried about the extra cost of about 40-50 of these batteries a year as CGM is expensive enough!

    I can see them available on the Internet for cheaper than the shops, but these retailers post via 1st or 2nd class, and I can't for the life of me understand how this is different from Animas posting them to me - they're usually in a large box with cartridges & infusion sets, not in a Jiffy bag.

    Has anyone else been told your pump company can't supply batteries, and what reasons have they given for this?
     
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    iHs · Well-Known Member

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    I still get my lithium batteries for the Combo delivered to me with all my sets through Parcel Force and with the battery sticker on the box.

    Must admit I do find this battery thing a bit weird as one company seems to be able to deliver and yet another one can't.
     
  3. VickiT11979

    VickiT11979 · Well-Known Member

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    I've just had a look on the Royal Mail website & they do seem to be saying they won't accept lithium ion batteries through 1st class, 2nd class, Parcelforce UK or special delivery http://www.postoffice.co.uk/prohibited-items.
    Perhaps other transport companies are accepting them & it depends on which company they use?

    Thing is, if no-one will accept lithium batteries for air or road transport, how are the manufacturers going to supply them to shops across the country?

    I don't know whether to try challenging Animas's decision, or just buy a bulk supply of batteries online fast, before the companies stop sending them out! Not sure if I can get them VAT free if they're for medical use, have sent an e-mail to the company to ask. I have to fill in a VAT exemption form to buy the CGM sensors VAT free, will see if it's only for Animas or if I can print another copy & use it for other medical use items I have to buy myself.
     
  4. Sid Bonkers

    Sid Bonkers Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    If you have to fund your own batteries then I recommend you look at Budget Batteries which sell very cost effective batteries and I would advise rechargeable MiMH AA as they tend to last longer and are obviously much cheaper over a year.

    http://www.budgetbatteries.co.uk/
     
  5. VickiT11979

    VickiT11979 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Sid, they certainly are a lot cheaper - are they any good though?

    Lithium batteries are supposed to be the longest lasting (well Animas used to send Duracell & they claimed to be the world's most powerful battery), though I've never used rechargeable - have you compared them to lithium for lifespan? I could manage if it's not significantly less, but the pump + CGM really do drain them very fast.
     
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    phoenix Type 1 · Expert

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    The literature with my Medtronic says specifically not to use rechargeable batteries. I know that you cannot put part used batteries back in so that may be part of the reason.
    (and my pump supplies here in France come by post and still include batteries but they aren't lithium (Varta 'industrial Alkaline)' )
     
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    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    My cgm ... Abbott Navigator.. Pre implosion... They would only let you use their recommended batteries in it. Yes they up until implision sent them ok, but they were 1 watch battery and 2 AAA batterys. Depending on checking and recordings, and how dreadful the connectors were... You could be exchanging batteries every 10 days.
     
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    Stefano Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm relatively new with the insulin pump ( October 2012) but I was never given batteries. I always had to buy myself. Got a Medtronic paradigm veo and the only battery I should use is Energiser AAA.....that's at least what Medtronic rep told me.


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  9. VickiT11979

    VickiT11979 · Well-Known Member

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    Have checked my Animas pump info & it says rechargeable's shouldn't be used, states Energiser Ultimate lithium are the ones recommended & I've checked with Which? & they say these lasted the longest of all those tested.
     
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    Riri Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    No such problems with Medtronic batteries - delivered some to me in Feb ok.
     
  11. Cody

    Cody · Active Member

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    Medtronic sent me them last month fine too riri. Stefano if u ask Medtronic next time u order inserted etc they will send u free batteries
     
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    mark5745 Type 1 · Active Member

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    Hi I've got to place an order with Medtronic tomorrow ill let you know what they say


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  13. Stefano

    Stefano Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    The reason you can not always use rechargeable batteries is the voltage is different

    A standart aa battery will be 1.5v. Whereas rechargeables will be 1.2v. For most things this doentnt matter, but there is a change with some complex and precise electronics that the under voltage could cause a problem
     
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    I just use standard alkaline batteries .. There's an option to pick wen loading them on the pump .. So it should be ok to use any batteries, I used the lithium ones that were sent to me but they ran out so I didn't bother to call animas x


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    MushyPeaBrain Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Animas just told me the same thing and said the change is due to new EU regs regarding lithium batteries. They told me just to get them from my local supermarket instead but I'm not happy about the decision. Not sure if it's just cost cutting on their part.
     
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    mark5745 Type 1 · Active Member

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    Medtronic are still sending battery's out


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    JANROU Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    iHs · Well-Known Member

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    Really ????

    If that's the case, the Combo remote/bg handset eats up the lithium AAA batteries like nobodies business and usually needs replacement batteries every 30 days. Time to saving up the pennies.....
     
  20. JANROU

    JANROU Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Meant they are still delivering batteries just got my latest order



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