Instructional Video


  1. Insert the battery into the back of the meter. Confirm that the "+" is facing towards you.
  2. Insert the orange code chip into the back of the meter. The code chip calibrates the meter for each unique box of test strips.
  3. Power-on procedure: The device is turned on by inserting a test strip. Test strips should be stored in the refrigerator, but allowed to reach room temperature before use. DO NOT USE A COLD TEST STRIP.
  4. After inserting a fresh test strip, the screen should immediately show the tester's key code. Important: If the screen shows "t lo" or "t hi", this indicates that the ambient temperature is too low or high to give accurate results and the test will need to be performed between 50° F - 104° F. Verify that the code on the screen matches the code on the test strip packaging.
  5. The meter is ready for testing only when the blood droplet on the screen blinks.
  6. Wash hands thoroughly with soap (we recommend a dishwashing soap such as Dawn) and warm water, and dry well. It is important to remove all oily residue from your hands, especially hand lotion. Then make a fist 10 times and shake your hand vigorously to increase blood flow into your hand.
  7. Set the lancing device to its highest level (6), and use a new lancet to obtain a drop of blood. Do not reuse lancets. Using a new lancet for each test helps to avoid infection and ensures accurate test results.
  8. Gently squeeze your finger, and wipe away the first drop of blood. Use a clean paper towel to remove any contaminants.
  9. Gently squeeze your finger again to obtain a fresh new drop of blood. Don't squeeze too hard, which can allow fluid from surrounding tissues to dilute the blood sample.
  10. Within 10 seconds of obtaining a fresh drop of blood, apply it to the reaction zone on the test strip, on the edge of the strip. The test strip should not be touched with your finger, only the drop of blood. Be sure that it fills the test strip QUICKLY and COMPLETELY. The meter will then beep, indicating that blood has been received for testing.
  11. The meter screen will display timing bars "-----". The bars will flash and gradually diminish for countdown.
  12. After the timing bars disappear (approximately 45 seconds), the screen will display the test result. The test result is also automatically stored into the meter's memory, which can be accessed by pressing both SHIFT and ENTER simultaneously. To turn the meter off, hold down the power/SHIFT button.

Tips and Guidelines - Very Important!

  1. Test strips are sensitive to temperature. Strips should be stored between 39° F and 86° F, and should not be exposed to heat or direct sunlight, or freezing temperatures. We recommend storing test strips in your refrigerator (on the door).
  2. Some people choose to perform back-to-back tests to test the meter itself for consistency. If you are doing so, it is Critical to perform both tests within a minute or two of each other and use SEPARATE puncture locations for each test.
  3. Expect that results may vary slightly from test to test. Readings that vary by a few mg/dL are not significant.


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