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True2Go Meter - It's THAT Small.

It's kind of like Review Week here at SUM, because I have a lot of diabetes-related products and goodies that I've received over the past few weeks and wanted to talk about here.

One of the items I received was this teeny True2Go meter.  Pictured heeyah:

True2Go - wicked tiny.

I am usually very good about making sure I have my on me at all times, successful mainly because I always carry a purse (even in the woods) and I am usually the group "pack mule" for any event.  Very rarely do I forget my meter, but it has happened. 

(I realize I've just tempted fate to have me leave my meter behind sometime in the near future.  Fate, please forget I said that.)

This little True2Go meter is super small, and with the meter attached to the actual bottle of strips, it's very easy to stash anywhere.  Glove compartment, desk drawer at work, mother-in-law's house, shoved into that extremely small beaded purse that your license barely fits into - teeny meter may do the job.

It seems to be reasonably accurate, and by "accurate," I mean it was just a few points off from my OneTouch UltraLink and in tune with my Dexcom graph.  For a meter the size of a silver dollar, the display is decent.  It took longer to show my result than I'm used to, but it eventually popped up on the screen after 15 seconds or so, I think.  

For true travel convenience, I could just throw a lancet into the strip bottle and be emergency-ready.  I used my OneTouch lancing device for most of my tests, though.

Having different meters is nice, for convenience, but the main drawback is that most insurance companies only cover one kind of test strip.  For me, my insurance covers my Lifescan strips, but they aren't hip to covering a second brand.  I have used a Lifescan meter for several years now, but I wonder how much of that is due to the fact that I have a stash of strips already, whereas I don't have any more of these little True2Go strips.

Points to ponder.  But this meter definitely gets high marks on size and portability, and I daresay it's a bit cute. 

For a few photos with the meter in a size comparison pose-down with my UltraLink and the ubiquitous quarter, scope out Flickr.

Comments

I always wonder about having one of these kind of meters for when I'm out with a really tiny handbag. Or when I'm going running and don't want to carry much. It's the two types of strip issue that's likely to be a problem.

And fate... I wrote last week about preparedness, and then just yesterday found myself caught short with an empty pot of strips and no spare. Pesky thing, fate!

I imagine that would be nice to have if I had a formal event and was carrying a small evening bag. When that's been the case though, I put what I can fit into my purse, and Jason becomes the appointed "carrying mule" for the night since suit and tuxedo jackets usually have more pockets than evening dresses. Although, if we went dancing, I don't like to carry a purse at all, so just the meter with the lancet in the bottle would fit in his pocket. Like you, I stick with OneTouch meters ordinarily though simply because I don't want to keep track of or keep multiple brands of test strips on hand.

Nice to see they are getting into the wild. I saw the press release in August about these and wrote about it

http://ydmv.blogspot.com/2008/08/son-of-sidekick.html

But I couldn't find one and the manufacturerr didn't return calls.

I just don't understand why no one seems to think that the backlight is important... ugh! I agree with you that this would be cool to have but not practical because of insurance reasons.

My son was dx'd 2.5 years ago and we bought the Walgreens version of this immediately. We were hoping to attach it to a key chain for mom and dad to always have supplies on had if the boy ran out or misplaced his "diabetes bag". Worked like a dream. Only $20.00, but now we just stash batteries and freestyle strips everywhere.

At least the sausage-meister doesn't wink at you. My cat would stare, then wink, then sometimes give a double wink (not a blink - it was definitely on purpose!) that I think he learned from my dad and my brother to try to get himself out of trouble.


Hopefully he doesn't start winking now.. hehe

I must have gotten a bad one. 10 strips 3 good readings, 7 with error codes. My one touch never had a single error in over 200 strips used. It's a POS in my humble opinion. At that error rate, the saving on strips would turn out to be at least twice as expensive. cheaper strips with no coding is what tempted me give it a try in the first place.

This meter sucks, it was way out of range and the company would do nothing about it. DO NOT BUY THIS METER!

I have a problem with the strips. Out of 2 boxes of 50 strips MORE than half were in error an E-2. I got this for my mom also and she's in her 80's had to stick herself sometimes 2-3 times to get a reading, same problem with error code. Don't waste your money!!!! What you think you save for the cheaper priced test strips actually cost more in the long run. I'm going back to my Accu-Chek Aviva, at least I've never had a problem with their strips, not once.

Tested with this meter last night it said I was at 21. Knew that was wrong cause I'd be in a coma. Tested again it said 64. Then a 3rd time it said 117. hummmm, which ones correct? Not precise at all. Why couldn't you make a lancet device just an inch smaller so that it either snaps on the side or fits in the canister?

Have 2 meters...True2go and Accu-Chek Performa. Accu-Chek very reliable readings but True2go almost always significantly different...and inaccurate.

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