Dario Blood Glucose Meter Review – Daniele Hargenrader, Diabetes Dominator

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Have you tried new the Dario meter? What are your thoughts on this type of glucometer versus the kinds we use now?

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  1. I was excited by the concept when I bought one for trial immediately they became available in Australia in 2015. I contacted the company following some earlier difficulties with my Dario; eventually they replaced it. Recently I was asked by the company rep for feedback. I sent them a copy of a reply I posted to a person excited by the meter on reddit. As I mentioned to that person I’m not as enthused as you are.

    Below is a copy of that report, followed by their response:

    I have been lax in posting my report on Dario. I’m not quite as enthused as you are. Possibly you can give me feedback on the points I miss.

    The first problem was compatibility with my phone.

    It worked initially, during which time I did the testing which led to the first report below. Then I had a lot of problems getting it to communicate with my Samsung galaxy S4. It took many emails to convince the company rep in Australia to send a replacement.

    I posted this initial report to them based on those earlier tests:

    * Small, lightweight and compact, a major improvement in that respect over other testing systems.
    * The lancet lid arrangement is awkward. When changing depth setting or lancets it is too easy to catch the thumb on the installed lancet as the cap is flicked off.
    * Damp fingers after washing in readiness for the test made it difficult to load the lancet device. I learned to slide it back just enough to get a thumbnail over the end of the slider for extra purchase. Possibly adding some roughness to the smooth plastic sides of the sliding section would be an improvement.
    * The inner cap on the strips container section is redundant and adds an unnecessary extra step to the testing process. The outer cap was sometimes quite difficult to get off.
    * Both end caps would be better if hinged for retention on the body instead of fully removable. Eventually many users will lose the strips end cap but probably not bother replacing it. They are less likely to lose the lancet end cap as frequent testers do not change lancets with every test.

    The interface with the smartphone would be much better if less steps were required to start the app. For my phone the steps are:

    * Remove tester section from Dario and insert in phone
    * Press start button on the side of the phone
    * Swipe screen
    * Go to the page with the Dario icon
    * Start app
    * Open and retain detachable end cap, then container cap for test strip
    * Replace detachable cap
    * Insert test strip
    * Load lancet and lance
    * Add blood droplet to strip.

    Ideally insertion of the device into the headphone jack should bypass most of those phone app steps and automatically start the app on the “insert test strip” page. Hopefully that is a future change. The steps may seem simple, but they would be not so simple for someone suffering a hypo.

    Several times I wasted a test strip when my phone went to black screen if I touched the wrong button or it timed out normally and the app had to be re-started.

    Unfortunately all that became irrelevant when it stopped working.

    When the replacement meter arrived I had very high (over 20 mmol/l or 360 mg/dl) results with tests using strips opened a couple of months before when compared with normal results on the Freestyle Lite. That problem was solved by new strips. High readings appeared again about a month after that strips pack was opened.

    I have not used it for several months now as I lost interest. I’ll re-start my comparison testing to see if things have changed.

    Cheers, Alan

    Their reply:

    Your feedback is very important for us and I’m forwarding your comments to our development team, they will have now a number of challenges.

    I’m sure they will be extremely receptive to the points you mentioned below and I hope we will see improvements soon.

    If you need further assistance on the actual Dario, I will be happy to assist you.

  2. Richard says:

    I was very disapointed in this meter because if you use an Otterbox Phone case the meter will not slide far enough in to the jack to make a connection to read your blood sugar levels. A complete waste of time and money

  3. Rich Cunrod says:

    I have an otter box case on my Iphone 6 plus and I can not get the meter to seat in as well. Thinking I might have wasted my money

  4. I got mine yesterday and successfully tested my levels twice. This morning I’ve wasted 10 strips cause it kept giving me errors saying not enough blood was added. My old meter (OneTouch VerioIQ) worked flawlessly with the same amount of blood.
    Maybe it’s this batch of strips, if not this product is pretty much useless.

    • DiabetesDominator says:

      Sorry to hear that Frank. I would definitely contact customer service so they can replace those strips.

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