Q. Which test strip takes the smallest blood sample?
The average blood sample size taken from most test strips is .6 microliter (µl). However, the Abbott brands (Freestyle
, Freestyle Lite
, and Freestyle Insulinx
) and Nova brand (Nova Max
) requires the smallest sample of only .3 µl.
Q. Which is the most affordable test strip?
On DiabetesSupplies4Less, test strips can range anywhere from $8 per box of 50 test strips to $40 per box. Prodigy
has the most affordable test strips at $7.99. Get them in a bundle deal for as low as $7 each!
Q. Who makes the best test strip?
The best test strip is going to depend on your specific priorities. Some brands are more accurate like Roche Accu-Chek Aviva Plus
while some brands require less of a blood sample such as Easy Touch
, Nipro TrueTest
and Infopia Element
Q. Which test strips are no coding?
Most of the brands have switched over to no coding, requiring no code key to operate. For example Accu-Chek Aviva Plus
, Freestyle Lite, Prodigy, Embrace and Contour are all no coding.
Q. What does not for retail sale mean?
Not for retail sale or Nfrs. refers to the packaging that the product comes in. It means that that particular packaging is not to be sold through retail outlets.The product inside is the same materially in all boxes, the box is just different for mail order shipping purposes. There is also a substantial difference in the pricing. See Aviva Plus Retail
and Aviva Plus Nfrs.
for the price and packaging differences.
Q. I tested 3 consecutive times and my readings were different each time. Why is this?
Assuming that the same meter is being used each try, there are a few possible reasons that boil down to user or mechanical errors. These possible errors could be broken meter, unclean testing area or meter, ineffective alternate site, expired/wrong test strips, blood sample amount, or meter quality. Try to always use the same meter (different meters will yield different results) and test the meter regularly with their corresponding control solution