Review: Accu-Chek Mobile


The Accu-Chek Mobile is absolutely the most convenient meter available. It has some outstanding innovations that make it a must-have

The entire unit weighs 129g (4.55 ounces) with the batteries, 50 test cartridge, FastClix lancing device and lancet cartridge. This meter will retain 2000 tests in memory. 

If you are away from home quite a bit, this is what you want to take with you. The batteries are AAA size and available anywhere. The screen is high contrast and can be read in virtually any light source.

It is one of the few meters that requires only 0.3 uL blood droplet. The way the test cartridge works is that a blood droplet is absorbed onto the test strip and can accommodate anywhere from 0.3 uL to 5.0 uL blood droplet. In my tests, it absorbed most of the blood droplet leaving only a little bit of residue. This is one feature not mentioned in most reviews -- and a great feature. With most test strips, the blood absorbed into the reservoir can leave quite a bit of blood on your finger. With this unit, there is hardly anything left (if any at all). Makes cleanup an easy task.

There is nothing to insert, nothing to throw out, nothing to "stick" you inadvertently. It is a self-contained unit that aptly named "Mobile", well, because it is quite mobile. At 129 grams (4.55 ounces), it also compares favourably with all other meters. The size of the unit (121 x 63 x 20 mm, or 4.76 x 2.48 x .78 in -- with the attached lancing device) is also quite comparable to other meters that are in cases and actually may be smaller than most units in their case. The entire unit can be operated with one single hand if you want.

This may sound a bit strange, but not having any "consummables" in separate containers and no case needed is an absolute bonus. The test strips are in the meter - contained in a cartridge - and advance to a new test strip area by the included batteries. The lancet needles are contained in a cartridge and there are six needles in each cartridge. To test, all you do is flick open the cover at the bottom, use the FastClix (1-Click action), move the end of the meter to the blood droplet. In no more than 5 seconds you have your results, then flick shut the cover at the bottom. With all of this functionality built into the unit, I was surprised that the batteries will last for up to 500 tests -- equivalent to most other meters' batteries.

Accu-Chek glucometers are known for superb accuracy, this is another reliable unit from Roche. The box is not labelled "Test & G0" like other Accu-Chek meters, but it sure is the most mobile and ready to test and go than any others. No buttons to press for blood test readings. There is a power button, and a toggle scroller to view memory results.

The meter is pre-coded, no muss, no fuss. It takes about 5 seconds to get your test results. The meter holds 500 test results and provides 7, 14, 30 and 90 day averages (pre- and post-meal). Two AAA batteries power the meter and last for about 500 readings. The meter has both visual and audio hypo indicator. There are a total of seven test reminders that you can customize. You can also set a post-meal test reminder.

The monitor is incredibly high contrast with large numbers. It is easy to view in any light – and is superb for those with eye sight challenges. The package includes a FastClix lancing device and includes two lancet cartridges, each with six needles. It is worth noting that almost all of the Accu-Chek meters come with either the SoftClix or SoftClix Plus. Only the Accu-Chek Mobile includes the FastClix. The FastClix lancing device is one highly recommended by parents of children that have to test by themselves -- it is reported to be the only lancing device that is so relatively pain free that children do not object to using it.

To connect the Aviva Mobile to a computer, you will need to get additional software (Accu-Chek 360) and a USB cable to connect to your computer -- it is not clear from the specifications if this is a specialized IR cable or a simple USB cable. Accu-Chek 360 software is compatible with most Windows systems (and not compatible with Mac). I have not tried this functionality, but would easily assume it is as reliable and easy to use as all other Accu-Chek (Roche) products.

I was asked to review this meter by a user. The user also asked about the claim on the Accu-Chek website that this meter is for insulin users. There is nothing specific to this meter that makes it unique to insulin users -- anyone with diabetes can use this meter as they can any other meter.

I highly recommend this either as your main meter particularly if you are not always at home to do your testing. I need to point out that there are two Accu-Chek Mobile devices available. The first one was released in 2010 and has won industry awards. The one I tested (and pictured above at right) was released in 2012 and is an upgraded version. Not only do I highly recommend this, I have switched to using this meter on an on-going basis. It is both my backup all the time and my main meter when travelling. I plan on getting a case for this as well as the software so that I can share the data with my endocronologist.

I need to point out that I requested this meter from Roche as a result of a user request that I test this meter. Roche supplied this at no cost to me with no requirements or conditions attached. I did not receive a case or software with the test unit.

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