The longest I used a meter was seven years. I used a Bayer Dex from about 1996 to 2003. And before that I used a small black meter I can't recall the name of from 1991 to 1996. But then, in the '90s I don't think they had a slew of new meters coming out every year.
I have no fewer than 5 meters floating around my house at any given time. I usually try to replace them around the 2 year mark, or sooner if I notice I'm getting some wacky readings. I generally use all One Touch meters, but have a Bayer one somewhere around here too...
Sounds like most of us have a collection of the blood suckers!! I use the bayer usb model, love it., have a few around for backup meters..also since I am in florida I have one in my hurricane pak and go kit....
I have had an Accu-Chek Aviva for about 4 years now. I have never had to replace the batteries and has seemed to always work great for me until the other night when I tested with a One Touch Mini meter and the Accu-Chek was about 10 mg/dl higher than the One Touch. I know all meters differ some but maybe it is time to get a new one? I would say about 4-5 years is the lifespan of most meters if they are not having any problems. New technology comes out almost every year so replacing an old meter with a newer model might also have some benefits in testing or more accurate numbers.
1 Wavesense Presto is my main meter, 2 years old, replaced batteries once. 1 same brand as a backup still in the box. 1 Bayer USB that I use to check my main meter. So far my main meter still seems to be accurate.
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