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Review: Verio Flex Meter.

For years, my love for the One Touch Verio Sync meter knew no limits.  Despite a slightly MS-DOS interface that only showed me one result at a time and didn’t let me scroll back to other results unless I loaded them to the Reveal application, I loved this meter.  It was small, it was accurate (as compared to my Dexcom CGM, which I feel is my personal gold standard), and it was covered my by insurance.

I really liked how it worked with the Reveal app the most, though.  I have always struggled with maintaining a blood sugar logbook, and being able to bluetooth my results to my phone and have them collect in an at-a-glance and also an in-depth data map took the heat off my data angst.

But not everyone loved the Sync.  And recently, it was scrapped and replaced by the Verio Flex meter.

I resisted the Flex mostly because I hate change (<– curmudgeon font), but a few weeks ago, I finally switched over (after putting my two Verio Syncs into a cryptex).  Here are my initial thoughts:

PROS:

The Verio Flex turns off immediately after you take the test strip out of it.  This is a nice change from the Sync, where it would either have to time out or be pushed off using the button after each blood sugar check.  The auto-off helps conserve battery (more on why that matters in the CONS section).

There’s a small color chart on the bottom of meter screen (on the actual housing of the meter – see picture) where an arrow shows up underneath each BG result to indicate low, high, or in range.  While this isn’t as useful for me because I’m familiar with the ranges recommended for me, this could be a really useful feature for folks newly diagnosed or who aren’t as familiar with in-range and out-of-range.

It comes with a Delica lancing device, which is my favorite, if you can say such a thing about a device meant to pierce skin.

It’s durable and decently priced.  I paid $19.99 for mine at CVS and when it dropped onto the hard kitchen tile that same night, it did not smash to bits.

CONS:

The battery life doesn’t appear to be awesome.  My glucose meters in the past have taken over a year to burn through a battery, but I’ve already replaced the Flex battery after about a month.  I’m sure the bluetooth transmission cycles the battery quickly, but it was irritating to have to switch out the battery so soon.  I like my t:slim pump because it can be plugged in and charged versus needing to keep a stash of AA batteries, and I liked the Sync for the same reason.

No light!  On the Sync, there was a light at the top of the meter that was bright enough to test in the middle of the night without turning on the lamp.  This was an awesome feature, and I have no idea why it was removed from the Flex, but it’s SORELY MISSED.  Never underestimate the value of a little light that keeps you from putting blood on the strip in a mangled way, wasting the strip.

And the syncing feature takes a while.  I feel like the Sync synced faster while the Flex takes more time to flex its bluetooth muscle.  The way the data maps on the app is identical, so that’s fine, but getting that data there is something I have to remember to do, so every second matters.

Overall, the Flex is similar enough to the Sync that I won’t bust the cryptex back open yet, but hopefully the next iteration will be better on battery, upload automagically to my pump, and the light will return!

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. I am a big fan of the Accu-Chk connect. It is more type 2 meter, but it seems accurate (maybe too accurate) and it is light as a feather. I am looking forward to the next iteration of this one as well.

    01/9/17; 9:31 pm
  2. Sandy Brooks #

    Nice review! I just switched pumps and meters to the T Slim X2 & Sync meter. I also very much LOVE LOVE LOVE my Verio Sync!! Especially the light at the top!!! WHY get rid of such an awesome feature?????? I’m as perplexed as u r as to why they got rid of it. It’s a step backwards for me. Thanks for ur review. I think I’ll stay w my Sync, mostly because it’s brand new but I’m not happy about the Flex taking longer to sync.

    Hope those two adorable kiddos r keeping u smiling!!

    01/9/17; 10:08 pm
  3. Our one big CON from changing from Verio to Bayer Contour NextLink was the loss of the light! Wonder why they would get rid of that feature!? I have 3 Verio IQ’s I’m trying to send to new homes (not sync) and have no takers. What have you done over the years with all the leftover diabetes tools you no longer use?

    01/10/17; 12:51 pm
    • So many of them are sitting in a closet. We moved two years ago and I finally threw out a pile of meters and other crappy gadgets from the 1997 – 2010 range. I’ve collected a lot of diabetes shit over the last few years.

      01/10/17; 5:14 pm
    • Jennifer #

      The Bayer Contour NextLink does have a light if you double click the on button before inserting a test strip. The downside is if you don’t get enough blood on your first try the light turns off when the meter asks you to add more blood. But at least it’s something.

      01/23/17; 4:02 pm
  4. Richard Pepin #

    I find the packaging of the One Touch Verio and Flex meters cannot handle travel, if you open the case the needles fly all over the place, in the bottle the flimsy strips bend and I lose about 30 strips per 100 give me back the ultra please….

    02/26/17; 10:39 am
  5. Emily Scott #

    save all the old stuff to open a museum to show how efficiently we manufacture more gadgets, but how inefficiently we find a cure!!!!

    03/2/17; 4:58 pm
  6. John #

    I for one do not like the flex and find that the iq and the flex show different results so who knows if the new meter is accurate. I have to go the onetouch route because that is what Kaiser pushes to it’s patients. I for one would have liked the light, the rechargeable battery, and being able to put before or after meal in the meter instead of having to sync and hope you remember what each reading was and add it later. I also do not like the control test you have to use the up and down arrows to show a C which I have not been able to get the C to show up. For the IQ version you do not need to do this as it knows it is a control test and even shows that it is. Why make some thing next in line and make it worse then what came before it.

    03/11/17; 1:54 am
  7. John #

    Here is some thing I found that shows the information from the FDA testing this glucose meter. It is not to bad in the controlled test but when they let normal people use it then the accuracy went down.

    https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/cdrh_docs/pdf15/K150214.pdf

    03/11/17; 2:30 am

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