Not sure how old each of my meters are, but they are definitely no older than 3.5 years since this is how long our house has been dealing with diabetes.
I had two One Touch Ultra Mini's that I got rid of recently because they were giving readings that were pretty far off the others. I do not buy the solution, I just test the different meters against each other. Since I have about 4 meters at any given time, I will test on all at once with the same finger poke (just put the depth to 'vampire' depth so I bleed a lot) and if one is too far off the others it is a goner. Not sure if this is a good technique; I just figured it should work.
I have to trust my meter. Therefore, the three that I use have to come close to each other, and all of them have to match how I feel. If I know very well that I'm confused, therefore low, my meters have to tell me I'm low. If they try to tell me something else, they are useless -- first and foremost, they have to match my feelings so that I can trust them. That's the acid test!
I've never had a meter "run out" on me, or become inaccurate with time (to my knowledge). I have several, and the oldest is probably about 5 years old. It's seemed like pretty sturdy technology for a long time... in my experience.
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