The OneTouch® Ultra®2 is an updated version of the OneTouch® Ultra® meter, one of the top meters used by CWD families. a small, easy to use and very fast meter, producing results in five seconds. The OneTouch Ultra uses end-fill test strips that are very easy to fill and take only 1 microliter of blood. The strip is is touchable and is approved for alternative sites (e.g., the arm instead of the finger tip).
The OneTouch Ultra2 has a redesigned user interface with three buttons instead of two which makes it easier to program and enter data. Also, the Ultra2 adds the ability to mark a reading as pre-meal or post-meal to help you learn about the effects of various foods. Combining small blood volume, small size (3.12" x 2.25" x .90", 1.5 ounces with battery) and the short, 5-second test time, the OneTouch Ultra2 is highly recommended.
Testing with the OneTouch Ultra2 is easy. You must first be sure the meter is calibrated to the vial of test strips. With that out of the way, you simply insert the test strip (the meter turns on automatically) and touch the blood sample to the strip. You can touch the strips while inserting them into the meter. Your test result will be displayed in 5 seconds. The OneTouch Ultra2 is easy enough to use that even young kids will be able to use it by themselves. The test strips are very thin and flexible, however, and thus require a little more attention when inserting into the meter than test strips for some other meters.
Personal computer users can use OneTouch Diabetes Management Software, LifeScan's diabetes management software, to produce an array of detailed analysis of blood sugar data downloaded from the OneTouch Ultra2. A special data interface cable is required which can be purchased, along with the software, for $29.99 plus shipping. See the OneTouch Diabetes Management Software web page for details. Note that you can now order a USB interface cable -- very important now that many new computers do not come with serial ports.
Finally, the user's manual comes in both English and Spanish and is very easy to read. Lots of color is used to highlight important points, making it easy for first time users to learn how to use the meter correctly.
Key features of the OneTouch Ultra2 include:
- Fast test results -- 5 seconds
- Small blood volume (1 microliter)
- Alternative site testing
- Small size and weight (easily fits in a kid's T-shirt pocket)
- End-fill test strips that can be touched
- Widest temperature range of any strip
- A 500-test memory for storing blood sugar readings
- 14- and 30-day averaging
- Large, easy-to-read display
- Data interface port
- Uses two lithium watch batteries, one for the meter (rated for approximately 1,000 tests) and one for the backlight
- Displays blood sugar readings in mg/dL or mmol/L (factory set per country)
- Three year warranty
Like the original OneTouch Ultra, the OneTouch Ultra2 is easy to use, produces results quickly, and takes very little blood. The addition of the pre-meal and post-meal marking capability could help you determine how meals impact blood sugars more easily than with the original Ultra. The OneTouch Ultra2 is Highly Recommended.
- Ease of use: 10
- Features: 10 (500-test memory, data port, pre- and post-meal averaging, battery, touchable capillary action test strips, end fill, alternate site)
- Speed of results: 10 (5 seconds)
- Suitability for use by children under ten years old: 10 Highly recommended
- Suitability for use by children over ten years old: 10 Highly recommended
- Cost: 1 (about $90 per 100; $1,970/year at 6 tests/day)
- Overall Rating: 51
The OneTouch Ultra2 meter. Click for a larger image.
OneTouch meters side by side: UltraSmart, Ultra, and Ultra2. Click for a larger image.
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Last updated September 22, 2007
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Last Updated: Saturday September 22, 2007 15:20:04
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