Avoid this piece of over priced junk.
Why, poor test strip quality...had to use 14 in one day to get non error reading. That a load of poking my finger to get blood. Mine was free but I sure overpaid in frustration.
Dont like it.
3 out of 4 attempts read error, repeat test with new strip. Had help from nurse. Don't like, .followed directions in booklet. Will try again in morning. If no luck will return.
Not too bad a meter but it has very basic flaws
Having been a Type 1 sufferer for 56 years I've used a fair few BG meters. The One touch Verio IQ by Lifestyle on the face of it actually looks pretty good. It's neat and very modern looking meter which fits nicely in the hand and is relatively easy to work. I'm not good at reading instructions ( there is a comprehensive book included) but after pressing the ok button to switch it on it is fairly easy to "find your way about" the meter with its features-. and there are many. The personalised high/low pattern is one of the best features of the V...erio IQ along with being able to set the personalised tags for before and after meals. Tags can be attached to BG results with small Apple logos. All very twee! It has the usual huge memory capacity like modern competitive meters giving you weekly, 14 day, monthly, 3 monthly averages at a glance. Date, time, year etc are standard. Nice backlight and also large print figures complete the good points about this meter. Now, the bad points :- the Verio IQ has a RECHARGABLE BATTERY, which needs to be recharged at least once a week if you are doing 6-8 tests a day. If this meter was battery operated which lasted say 3 months then this downside would be rectified. It takes a few hours recharging on the mains to be able to get the Vario IQ to work. This frankly is a big problem as you need to carry the recharging gubbins around with you or have it handy- a bit like a mobile phone actually. If like me you like to have a number of meters about like one in your car and one in the house etc then leaving the Vario IQ in the car as a spare then 9/10 you will come to use it and the damn battery will be flat. If you are feeling low and want a test-.you want your meter to work- you cannot wait for the battery to get charged up can you? I rang the manufacturers over this point and the fact that it needed to be recharged all the time. They didn't seem to have thought about it from a diabetics point of view can you believe it?! That aside - the next downside is the FACT THAT THE VARIO IQ IS NOT ACCURATE, despite their claims. If I told you that my old Roche Meter gave me a reading of 4.6 mmols and the Vario IQ at the same time gave me 7.9 mmols. This discrepancy occurred consistently over a 2 week period when I compared my old Roche against the Vario IQ. To make it fair- I compared my old Roche to a new Roche Performa Nano ( see my previous review of the Nano posted recently). Both my old Roche and the new Roche were as near as damn it spot on together with their BG readings. My conclusion therefore Is that the Vario IQ reads consistently HIGH. This could be dangerous in the hypo stakes. You would think you were okay but whoops you could be a lot lower than Mr Vario IQ had just stated in his last test . If there's one thing I want in a meter -,its ACCURACY that's the most important, never mind the all singing all dancing features. One more downside of the Vario IQ- The metal test strips apart from being expensive actually stick together through static build up in the plastic case they come in. You end up getting 2 or 3 out at a time and they are very slippery- so easily dropped- a nuisance that. However once out and in the machine- a small amount of blood is all that's required to give you a reading - ALBEIT AN INACCURATE ONE! Switching the meter off is a bummer too if you don't want to waste that precious battery- albeit there is an auto/off after a while. For me it's the recharging thing and inaccuracy of this meter that makes me unable to recommend the Vario IQ to fellow diabetics. Shame really as it looks the part.
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Questions & Answers
Sorry typo error. Should read Verio IQ continuous glucose meter.
Is it possible to have cases for blood glucose meters made in bright colours, rather than in. ‘Easy to loose black cases’?
Hi Helen- that is a very good point. I myself am always losing things that are black coloured as well! I think Accuchek only make this in black at the moment though. Before retirement I used to be in plastic injection moulding and it's my opinion that merely changing the pigment in the material from black to say a red or blue pigment and the product will come out that colour. However, reds, yellows, orange pigments are more expensive than certainly black pigmentation with the advantage for the moulder that black can use cheaper recycled material in the first place - not virgin material . Says it all really - cheap and cheerful !!
Thank you. I have lost and misplaced many meters over the years....sometimes found ... for those meters I have now, put bright coloured electrical tape on both sides of the cases...this works very well but tape needs replacing every now and again, with frequent use and handling of meter case. I find the yellow and green striped tape stands out but that tape is much harder to purchase. Good luck!
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