1. Get the Diabetes Forum App for your phone - available on iOS and Android.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Guest, we'd love to know what you think about the forum! Take the Diabetes Forum Survey 2021 »
    Dismiss Notice
  3. Diabetes Forum should not be used in an emergency and does not replace your healthcare professional relationship. Posts can be seen by the public.
    Dismiss Notice
  4. Guest, stay home, stay safe, save the NHS. Stay up to date with information about keeping yourself and people around you safe here and GOV.UK: Coronavirus (COVID-19). Think you have symptoms? NHS 111 service is available here.
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community »

Looking for a smaller meter

Discussion in 'Children & Teens' started by Irish_farmer, Apr 3, 2014.

  1. Irish_farmer

    Irish_farmer Type 1 · Member

    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Does anyone have a small handy sized meter I have a freestyle optimum neo but I'm looking for something smaller as it is a bit big in school
    Anything would be helpful
     
  2. michaeldavid

    michaeldavid Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    387
    Likes Received:
    109
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Hello,

    You said 'anything'. And most of the time, I don't use a meter at all. (I only unfailingly use a meter first thing in the morning and last thing at night.)

    I mostly use visually read strips. They come in a small pot.

    And if (like me) you are so inclined, you can cut them with a good pair of scissors to make them last longer.

    There are two kinds, which are both excellent: Betachek Visual and Glucoflex-R. (You may find only the latter currently available from the chemist.)

    http://www.betachek.com/uk/

    I find them to be very accurate for anything below 8mmol/l.

    The lower the blood sugar, the more precise I find the reading to be.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  3. Irish_farmer

    Irish_farmer Type 1 · Member

    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Thanks for that I will definitely look into them
     
  4. michaeldavid

    michaeldavid Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    387
    Likes Received:
    109
    Trophy Points:
    83
    You're very welcome.

    Also, since you like stuff to be compact, then if you can do without the spring-loaded gadget to get the blood sample, and are prepared to simply jab yourself gently with the bare lancet, then you can pop your lancet (plus a spare, though I always use them more than once) into the small pot of strips.

    The lancets I use have a little plastic plug to stick on the end.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  5. Giverny

    Giverny Friend · Admin
    Administrator

    Messages:
    1,680
    Likes Received:
    1,386
    Trophy Points:
    198
    Hi @Irish_farmer - we're actually doing a giveaway right now for the Contour NEXT USB. These meters are pretty darn small and might be just what you're looking for. Here's the link for a free one: http://bit.ly/ContourNextUSB
     
  6. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
    Retired Moderator

    Messages:
    23,618
    Likes Received:
    19,618
    Trophy Points:
    278
    The smallest meter I've used to date is the Accu-Chek Aviva Nano.
     
  7. Indiana91

    Indiana91 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    706
    Likes Received:
    711
    Trophy Points:
    133
    What about the iBG star? Those are tiny and you don't necessarily need an iPhone to use it.

    Indiana x


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  8. searley

    searley Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    994
    Likes Received:
    360
    Trophy Points:
    123
    Aviva nano is nice and small as is the bayer contour USB

    The onetouch verio iq is a tiny bit larger but looks almost like an ipod

    The ibgstar is the smallest of meters but needs an iphone, and also needs a lightning adapter the the iphone 5




    Sent from the Diabetes Forum App
     
  9. Indiana91

    Indiana91 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    706
    Likes Received:
    711
    Trophy Points:
    133
    You don't need the iPhone to use the monitor, I had one and my phone was damaged so it wouldn't connect and it worked perfectly well without having to plug it in. You do have to store your readings elsewhere though I think.

    Indiana x


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  10. searley

    searley Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    994
    Likes Received:
    360
    Trophy Points:
    123
    I think the meter store the last 100 or so readings so yes for daily use you can use it without an iphone, but if you want the full experience then an iphone would be needed to download the readings

    But it is certainly small!


    Sent from the Diabetes Forum App
     
    • Like Like x 5
  11. Indiana91

    Indiana91 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    706
    Likes Received:
    711
    Trophy Points:
    133
    Minuscule!

    Indiana x


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  12. phoenix

    phoenix Type 1 · Expert

    Messages:
    5,672
    Likes Received:
    3,674
    Trophy Points:
    178
    The bgstar ie the one without the iphone connection is also small.
     
  13. Crimsonclient

    Crimsonclient LADA · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,080
    Likes Received:
    373
    Trophy Points:
    123
    You can also use it on the iPod touch and ipad


    Type 2 diagnosed 24/01/2013.
    Novomix 30, Victoza, metformin 2000mg sr (but not taking them as they play havoc with my insides,
     
  14. Irish_farmer

    Irish_farmer Type 1 · Member

    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    43
    thanks for the offer but I live in Ireland so can't apply
     
  15. Irish_farmer

    Irish_farmer Type 1 · Member

    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    43
    I might buy the Contour NEXT USB as it seems to be a good all round meter
    I have heard of these being inaccurate does anyone use one? If so please tell me what you think of it
     
  16. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
    Retired Moderator

    Messages:
    23,618
    Likes Received:
    19,618
    Trophy Points:
    278

    I don't use the Contour meters now but did use the Contour USB and the Contour Next USB before my present meter, I can't say I noticed them being inaccurate and its no worse than any other meter, overall it's a fantastic meter and the convenience of plugging it straight into the USB port is a big plus IMHO.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  17. searley

    searley Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    994
    Likes Received:
    360
    Trophy Points:
    123
    I have 3 or 4 bayer Meters and all are fine

    The USB can also double up as a small memory stick. It also carries a copy of glucofacts onboard


    Sent from the Diabetes Forum App
     
  • Meet the Community

    Find support, connect with others, ask questions and share your experiences with people with diabetes, their carers and family.

    Did you know: 7 out of 10 people improve their understanding of diabetes within 6 months of being a Diabetes Forum member. Get the Diabetes Forum App and stay connected on iOS and Android

    Grab the app!
  • Tweet with us

  • Like us on Facebook