Yikes, it has been a long time since I have been on here, but I knew I could count on my tudiabetes community to give me some feedback. My Animas Ping warranty is just about up, so I am looking into whether or not I should update the Ping, or go with the new t:slim that comes out in a month. I love the size and ease of the new t:slim, and I also like that it actually has the capability of downloading to a Mac, something the Ping cannot do. My doctor also gets frustrated with the length of time the Ping takes to download when I am at his office, and he is the one encouraging me to look into the t:slim. However, most of the time with the Ping I use my One Touch as a remote. I hardly ever bolus from the pump itself, and I think I might miss this convenience. Anyone have first hand experience with the t:slim and can give me some feedback on it?
I have been wearing Animas' pumps for 10 or so years now. My doctor, a well known endo with T1 himself, is the one who told me to check out the T:slim before making my next purchase. There's a good chance he has worn it himself, so I am going to email him some questions before making my decision.
I too have considered upgrading to the t-slim after playing with it at the Seattle ADA expo this last April. I've decided to stay with my Deltec even though it has been out of warranty for 3+ years. The reasons not upgrade now is for several big reasons. Biggest reason is the battery issue. I've often lost Dexcom use because of being away from electricity for several days (no problem with the better Navigator CGM AAA batteries).
The t-slim does have other options for electricity because of USB charging from a 12 volt or solar adapter but still a hassle compared to AAA battery.
Another reason is insurance because then I'd be locked into the t-slim and something else better will be on the market before I'm eligible again for replacement. The t-slim doesn't offer anything much better than what I have now. Also the t-slim rep, that was at the ADA Expo, told me that they will be upgrading the t-slim to work from a smartphone very soon.
I bet your Ping will be dependable long after the warranty expires and even if it does fail it's not hard to get temporaries somewhere, I still have my old minimed that still works, and my Doc has even offered temps. I'd even go to MDI rather than give up that insurance benefit. Technology is snowballing, better options are around the corner, or already in Europe.
Frank from Camano
I am in the procsses of making the change from accuchek to the new tslime just sent the paperwork in today. i an not wait
I hope you will keep us informed about how it works for you. I am interested because it is hard to find pumps that holds 300 units of insulin and water proof. I am thinking about asking my endo's nurse to look into it for my insurance. please let us know!
I do not believe the t:slim is waterproof or even water resistant. There is nothing on their site saying so.
The screen add just to the right says it is IPX7 rated...that means you can submerge it to 1 meter for 30 min without any damage. I personally do not like the rechargeable battery, or the Luer lock connection hanging out of the pump.
That would be my hesitation. The technology is a little different and while it may prove safer in the long-run, I'm not sure I want to test that out. That said, the pump looks awesome, but seriously doubt it can withstand the abuse that my Minimed Revel endures each day. The rechargable batteries also give me pause. But I am very curious to hear from some who are brave enough to give the t:slim a try.