The Penlet II lancing device came free with the One Touch series of meters by LifeScan. It's about the size of a pen, very lightweight (about three-quarters of an ounce), and is very easy for even young kids to use. The Penlet II uses standard lancets, such as the B-D Ultra Fine and ComforTouch.
To use the Penlet II, you pull off the top to expose the spring-loaded lancet holder. You then place the lancet into the lancet holder, using your finger to keep the lancet holder steady. After removing the safety top of the lancet, you slide the top back on the Penlet II. Two tops are included: the "regular" top and an "extra-depth" top. Little kids usually use the regular top, but sometimes the extra-depth top helps ensure a good drop without a lot of sqeezing.
Cocking the Penlet II is easy: you hold the shaft of the unit and pull back gently on the cocking handle at the end of the unit. You'll notice the trigger raise ever so slightly from the body of the unit, indicating the Penlet II is cocked. Only four ounces (100 g) of pressure is needed to release the trigger. You can recock the Penlet II for another stick if you need to without exposing the lancet.
To remove the lancet after testing, you slide off the top and pull up on the lancet removal slides beneath the lancet holder. This is an excellent safety feature, since you never have to touch a lancet once you've removed the lancet's protective cover.
The Penlet II is fine lancing device. However, newer, adjustable lancing devices, such as the Penlet Plus, are better.
- Comfort: 5
- Ease of Use: 10
- Safety: 9 (manual removal of lancets)
- Overall: 24
The Penlet II
Inserting a lancet
Cocking the Penlet II
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Review updated August 28, 2005
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