This meter is no longer being sold. The review remains online for historical purposes.
January 2002: LifeScan will no longer manufacture or sell the FastTake meter. They will continue to manufacture and sell FastTake test strips.
The ONE TOUCH FastTakeTM was LifeScan's first electronic test strip blood glucose meter. It's use of electronic test strips represent a departure from the traditional reflective strips used in the OneTouch series of products. The FastTake also brings to LifeScan's product line a meter that competes favorably with the other highly rated meters that use electronic strips, such as the Glucometer Dex, the Glucometer Elite, and the Precision QID.
The FastTake ups the ante in the race for the meter that requires the least amount of blood, with new FastDraw test strips that require only 1.5 microliters and are approved for alternative site testing (e.g., arm instead of finger tip). By comparison, the Glucometer Elite uses 3.0 microliters and the AccuCheck Advantage uses 4.0 microliters. In the speed race, the FastTake displays test results in 15 seconds, second only to the AccuCheck Instant (14 seconds). With a small blood volume, small size (3.12" x 2.25" x .75", 1.6 ounces with battery) and fast test time, the ONE TOUCH FastTake is a good meter. However, we prefer the new ONE TOUCH Ultra, which uses similar test strips and produces results in only five seconds.
Testing with the FastTake is easy. You must first be sure the meter is calibrated to the vial of test strips, much like you do with the ONE TOUCH Profile. With that out of the way, you simply insert the test strip (the meter turns on automatically) and touch the blood sample to the strip. You can touch the strips while inserting them into the meter. Your test result will be displayed in 15 seconds. The FastTake is easy enough to use that even young kids will be able to use it by themselves.
Key features of the FastTake include:
- Test results in 15 seconds
- Small blood volume (1.5 microliters)
- Alternative site testing with latest test strips
- Small size and weight (easily fits in a kid's T-shirt pocket)
- Test strips that can be touched
- A 150-test memory for storing blood sugar readings
- 14-day averaging
- Large, easy-to-read display
- Data interface port
- Uses two standard watch batteries (rated for approximately 1,000 tests)
- Displays blood sugar readings in mg/dL or mmol/L
- Three year warranty
Comparison of Test Results with Other Meters
For 12 blood tests, our tester used a LifeScan FastTake, a Glucometer Dex, and an AccuCheck Complete. The results from the three meters showed that the FastTake produces results that are, on average, 8% higher than the AccuCheck Complete and 3% higher than the Glucometer Dex. The difference between the FastTake and the AccuCheck complete reflects the fact that the FastTake is calibrated to serum glucose values and the AccuCheck Complete is calibrated to whole blood values.
LifeScan has a "Conversion Wheel" tool for customers that converts whole blood results to plasma equivalents, and vice versa. Call LifeScan Customer Services, 1-800-227-8862 (toll-free in the United States), or e-mail your mailing address and request to [email protected].
Insert test strip into the meter. Meter turns on automatically.
While the LifeScan FastTake lacks the sophisticated data management features of other, newer meters, its small size, ease of use, very small amount of blood required, and fast test results make it an ideal meter for anyone. The data port allows you to use diabetes management software to track blood glucose trends. However, since LifeScan is no longer manufacturing the The FastTake meter, we cannot recommend it. Instead, if you are looking for a LifeScan meter, we recommend ONE TOUCH Ultra.
Since the LifeScan FastTake meter is calibrated to serum glucose rather than whole blood, users of meters that are calibrated to whole blood will need to make an adjustment in their analysis of blood sugar readings if they begin using the FastTake meter.
- Ease of use: 10 (exceptionally easy to use)
- Features: 10 (150-test memory, data port, 14-day averaging, batteries, touchable test strips, end fill, alternate site)
- Speed of results: 8 (15 seconds)
- Suitability for use by children under ten years old: 5 (the Ultra is a better choice)
- Suitability for use by children over ten years old: 5 (the Ultra is a better choice)
- Cost: 0 (about US$82 per 100; $1,197/year @ 4 tests/day)
- Overall Rating: 38
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Last updated July 6, 2006
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