Easy to use for beginner
I am not a typical user – I need to check my blood sugar because I am taking a medication that can cause blood sugar instability and my doctor recommended getting a blood sugar meter for short-term/occasional monitoring. Therefore I am a newbie and was a bit intimidated by the process, especially after the first meter I bought had a lot of problems.
This meter has been problem free for me. I cannot speak to accuracy because I don't get regular back-up blood tests like a person with diabetes would. However, it is easy to use and doesn't seem to...take much blood at all to get a good reading. In fact, I haven't had a single error since I started using it. I just write the readings down, so I don't know what it offers in terms of memory or data download. I haven't even set the time and date on it! It comes in a decent storage pouch. If I was using it long term, I might get a different lancet from another brand (Accu-Chek has one that people recommend), but for my purposes the lancet that comes with the meter is fine.
Purchased in June 2020.
Best metre I have used....
This meter may not be as fancy as others...but it suits me perfectly...small...compact packaging....easy to use and handle test strips....long battery life...I test a few times a day...
The only thing I do not like ...hence only 4 stars...is the lancing device....I replaced it with my Accu-Chek Soft Clix pen from my old Performa....I purchase this because of the TV recommendation from Rob Palmer....It is still my favorite even though I was given one from another company free.
Purchased for A$35.00.
Good BGL Meter
I really like my Freestyle Lite. Its small and the package is compact, but I absolutely hate the lancet gadget, so I am using my old softclix from Accuchek. (I had previously used a Performa and a Go, neither of which seemed particularly accurate.). I had bought it from the local chemist, and then when I registered with Abbott Diabetes care, I bought the special cable to connect it to the computer and oh dear, at the time, no Mac software (there is, now, but I don't require it anymore, since using Glooko on my iPhone). There are times I wonder about the accuracy, but when I get my HbA1c done, I find that my expectations, based on my meter readings, are pretty much on target.
Its possible to obtain a meter for free, now, from Abbott.
Abbot Freestyle Lite glucometer
I have found that this meter gives very low results compared to those of my health fund laboratory.. To be fair it gives the "in range" values when tested by the standard test solutions supplied free of charge by Abbot . I have since purchased another meter,the Freestyle Optium and am very satisfied with its performance. The results are in good agreement with the health funds results. I have tested at the same time a drop of blood using both meters, the Freestyle lite generally gives results 25% lower than the Freestyle Optium.
it may be precise but its not accurate.
Price is great and readings have been accurate
I have been using the FreeStyle lite Meter For several months and can't be happier. I have tried a few other big brand meters but so far this is the best of the them. I purchased the meter from www.discountdiabetes.org and their prices were the lowest compared to the other big online companies.
Accurate readings, and the price.
Has some faults
It was well priced and worked well, however I live in rural Victoria which is hot. I accidentally left it in the car and now I always get the same reading so need to purchase another. It is not as sturdy as the more expensive machines. For its price it worked well but if you have type one I would buy one of Freestyle's upper market products.
Worked well before overheating. Easy to use and read.
Overheated in the car and resetting didnt fix the issue
Units of measurement
I like my Freestyle Lite blood glucose monitor. It works perfectly just as described in the handbooks except for one factor. The instructions talk about mg/dL which I take it is milligrams of glucose per decilitre of blood. Whereas, as far as I am aware, everyone in Australia uses the units mmol/L, which is millimoles of glucose per litre. fortunately the actual metre gave its readings from the start in mmol/L so no worries. But for someone using a glucose moniter for the fist time and trying to get the hang of it by reading the instruction man...ual this would be terribly confusing. Also it is difficult to get the bottle of test strips and the lancet back into their respective elastic holders in the pouch. Convenient Instruction booklet and pouch
Small and compact, easy to use. No coding required
Having been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in January, I was at first worried about all that might go along with that, including the continual blood testing each day but with the use of the Freestyle Lite this hasn't been a problem. The monitor was given to me free of charge through the Diabetes Education people who came to see me at the hospital - I was there for something else when it was discovered I had this condition. It has a lifetime guarantee and when the battery requires replacing, Abbott will replace it free of charge and even the z...ip-up case it comes in will also be replaced if necessary free of charge. There's a log book with it for keeping note of the readings and once that gets near to the end, Abbott will sent out another - again free of charge. To get a reading, only the smallest pinhead sized blood sample is required and it gives the reading within seconds. You can also use other places on the body for testing to give your finger tips a rest. My local pharmacy supplies me with testing strips which come in a box of 100 and are subsidised through the NDSS (National Diabetes Service Scheme). Easy and quick to use
Questions & Answers
Are there any special provisions for pensioners on the NDSS
My system check screen is clear. When inserting test strip the screen remains clear. I have changed the battery and the use by date of strips is 2021/03. Your assistance please.
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