- The FreeStyle Lite uses new test strips that do not require coding.
- The bottom of the meter is made from a soft rubber that keeps it steady in your hand or on a surface
- Lite uses one battery compared with two for Flash
- The front buttons are larger and easier to use on Lite
FreeStyle Lite is essentially the same size as FreeStyle Flash, and both are tiny. FreeStyle Lite maintains the very important strip lite, allowing glucose checking in low or no light conditions, such as in the middle-of-the night or while at a movie. FreeStyle Lite uses its own strips that require only 0.3 microliters of blood and produces results in an average of 5 seconds. The FreeStyle Lite is Highly Recommended.
Key features of the FreeStyle Lite include:
- Smallest blood volume required for testing (0.3 microliters)
- Alternative site testing
- Test results in an average of 5 seconds
- Test strip light and display back light allowing testing in the dark
- A 400-test memory for storing blood sugar readings
- 7-, 14- and 30-day averages
- Four alarms (time alarms for testing reminders)
- Data interface port
- Manual in English and Spanish
With the smallest blood volume and very fast results, FreeStyle Lite would rightly be highly ranked. But the real test of FreeStyle Lite, like FreeStyle Flash, is testing in very low light conditions. We were able to check blood sugars at night, in near darkness, with ease, due to the strip light and display back light. (You'll still need a light if you write down blood sugar values in a paper log.) Checking blood sugar in near darkness is easy with FreeStyle Lite.
The Lite's four alarms can be set to alert when a blood check is needed, such as at school for kids or in the middle of the night for older kids and adults. Programming the alarms requires careful reading of the well-written user's manual, but is easy if you follow the directions.
The FreeStyle Lite, with its test strip light, brings day time convenience to nighttime testing -- or anytime you need to check your blood sugar in low light. Its small blood volume makes alternate site testing very easy and is therefore an excellent choice for anyone who dislikes or is tired of finger sticks. The small size of FreeStyle Lite also makes it very easy to carry too -- it fits easily in pockets or purses. Building on the already highly rated FreeStyle Flash, FreeStyle Lite is the new standard for small meter size, low blood volume, fast test results, and no strip coding. The only shortcoming is cash-pay cost, which is high at $92. Your actual cost will vary according to your insurance policy. The FreeStyle Lite is Highly Recommended.
- Ease of use: 10
- Features: 10 (strip light, 400 memory with averaging, data port, alternate site testing, very small blood volume)
- Speed of results: 10 (5 seconds)
- Suitability for use by children under ten years old: 10
- Suitability for use by children over ten years old: 10
- Cost: 0 (about $92 per 100; $2,036/year at 6 tests/day)
- Overall Rating: 50
Abbott Diabetes Care
1360 South Loop Road
Alameda, CA 94502
September 22, 2007
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