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I am looking for the best price for the Data Cable for a Freestyle Lite Glucose meter. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks
 

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Hi John,

That was the price I was finding as well. I went ahead and ordered one. Thanks for the reply.

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Freestyle lite data cable - how to buy it cheap.

I have been searching a data cable for use with the FreeStyle Lite meter, and kept finding the price with shipping up around $40. The cable turns out to be just a standard serial cable, with a DB9 Female connector on one end and a 2.5mm phone plug on the other end. It is also used for some cell phones. The cheapest place I found it was on Ebay. $4.50 plus $3.50 shipping. This is a good quality cable, and works fine on the FreeStyle Lite and other testers that use this type of cable.
Search for "DB 9 female to Stereo 2.5mm Plug Cable/ Cell Phone"
or "DB 9 female to Stereo 2.5mm Plug Cable"
Keep in mind that most of the newer computers DO NOT have serial ports on them, just USB ports. I have not seen any information about a USB cable that will work with the FreeStyle meters....so if you have, please post it.

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I have been searching a data cable for use with the FreeStyle Lite meter, and kept finding the price with shipping up around $40. The cable turns out to be just a standard serial cable, with a DB9 Female connector on one end and a 2.5mm phone plug on the other end. It is also used for some cell phones. The cheapest place I found it was on Ebay. $4.50 plus $3.50 shipping. This is a good quality cable, and works fine on the FreeStyle Lite and other testers that use this type of cable.
Search for "DB 9 female to Stereo 2.5mm Plug Cable/ Cell Phone"
or "DB 9 female to Stereo 2.5mm Plug Cable"
Keep in mind that most of the newer computers DO NOT have serial ports on them, just USB ports. I have not seen any information about a USB cable that will work with the FreeStyle meters....so if you have, please post it.

Fgem
I just ordered a USB to 2.5mm Charging and Data Cable for $1.45 shipped from Deal Extreme. There is a product review that says..

Pros:

A great cable, well-made and well worth the cost.

Cons:

None

Other Thoughts:

I purchased this as a data cable for a glucometer. The manufacturer referred me to another vendor charging $30.00-US for essentially the same thing.
For those of you who eBay regularly, you'll see these cables being resold from various vendors. The mark up from them is usually 500%.

Bottomline:

It just doesn't make sense to buy these cables from Radio Shack or other sources, and pay a 500-1000% mark-up. With a little bit of sleuthing, you can find them much cheaper
When mine arrives I will report back if it works. I can't post links yet. Google "Deal Extreme" go to the site and then search "USB to 2.5mm Charging and Data Cable."
 

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Does anyone know what the connections are for the Aviva monitor?
 

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I have found several of the cables priced at $50. Best price I SAW was $25 on the Amazon marketplace merchant best and fast. Ordered cable with expedited shipping on November 1. It should have shown up no later than Nov. 14 because I paid for the special S & H. 2 emails to the merchant later, I have yet to receive the cable. merchant claims to have sent it and will send another or refund my money. Very suspicious sounding.
 

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I have found several of the cables priced at $50. Best price I SAW was $25 on the Amazon marketplace merchant best and fast. Ordered cable with expedited shipping on November 1. It should have shown up no later than Nov. 14 because I paid for the special S & H. 2 emails to the merchant later, I have yet to receive the cable. merchant claims to have sent it and will send another or refund my money. Very suspicious sounding.
I'd say so too . . . keep us posted how this shakes out.
 

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A One Touch Ultra Mini is about $10.79 at Walmart. The cable (I got mine and it works great) is free here:

https://www.onetouchzoom.com/cables

Some doctors give out meters on request. Then the only thing you'd have to pay for would be strips.

Loving the software so far.

I realize it'd be nice to use the Freestyle if it's full of readings already, just offering options.
 

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Hmm, my pharmacist told me that if you contact the company, that would send u the data cable fee if charge.

I would check into it if I were u

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AcadianFury said:
Hmm, my pharmacist told me that if you contacted the company, that they would send u the data cable free if charge.

I would check into it if I were u

Mars

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Acadian Fury - a representative of a local medical supply told me their sales reps will give cables to corporate accounts but not private individuals.
 

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Getting out cheap.

Following a previous poster's advice I went to eBay and found the correct data cable and ordered two fo them for a total of $5.50 with free shipping. Then a quck Google for the software and I found a link from Abbott Labs that had the driver download and software. So for less than $6 and like a 20 minute time investment I am now a very orgainized Type 2 diabetic and be able to watch my numbers as well as any trends.
 

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Acadian Fury - a representative of a local medical supply told me their sales reps will give cables to corporate accounts but not private individuals.
Here in Canada, I've always been able to get free cables for my meters when I contacted customer service--that includes companies like Bayer, Medtronic, and Freestyle.
 

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usb cable for freestyle lite

I just ordered a USB to 2.5mm Charging and Data Cable for $1.45 shipped from Deal Extreme. There is a product review that says..



When mine arrives I will report back if it works. I can't post links yet. Google "Deal Extreme" go to the site and then search "USB to 2.5mm Charging and Data Cable."
It looks like the usb cable for an ipod. I am going to steal my son's ipod usb cable (4 pole stereo 2.5 and usb) and see if it works. Cable costs less than $4.00.

If it works, $35-$40 less $4.00 = 50-75 free test strips.

Software from abbott can be downloaded from their website for free (requires registration). Saves another $10 on package ($50).

Will keep you posted in a few hours.
 

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cheap cable FAIL

So I just got my $3 ebay cable, setup the software, and plugged it into my 1 month old meter and it is fried - literally. It went blank and I could actually smell it burn or melt or something. Abbott was good about replacing the meter with a local pharmacy and the software tech guy says that the meter will only connect with their special cable that has the light on the USB end. Normally I would not believe that (thus my cheap cable purchase) but after frying my new meter I must assume they know what they are talking about. they really should engineer these things to be more universal or at least include the cable for free IMHO. :mad:
 

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So I just got my $3 ebay cable, setup the software, and plugged it into my 1 month old meter and it is fried - literally. It went blank and I could actually smell it burn or melt or something. Abbott was good about replacing the meter with a local pharmacy and the software tech guy says that the meter will only connect with their special cable that has the light on the USB end. Normally I would not believe that (thus my cheap cable purchase) but after frying my new meter I must assume they know what they are talking about. they really should engineer these things to be more universal or at least include the cable for free IMHO. :mad:
Hmm, good to know. I ordered 2 cable for $4, basically a 2.5 to usb for standard MP3/MP4 players. I wonder if disconnecting the power wire would make it work, since the cable allows charging to the device, but the meter does need charging,only data. Will let you know in a week.

The LED only indicates a connection and not significant, but the wiring is most important. I will have to check the schematics.

CAN SOMEONE OUT THERE WHO HAS THE PROPER CABLE, GIVE ME THE WIRING? VERY SIMPLE. CONNECT A CONTINUTITY TO EACH POINT ON THE 2.5 PLUG AND TELL WHERE IT COMES OUT ON THE USB CONNECTOR.

The freestyle lite can be bought on Ebay for 5-10 dollars. I have 3, so I can afford to fry 1 or 2 (hehe).

I have found that the Abbott software is too complicated. It only allows you to auto input the glucose readings from the meter (time and reading). Other medications and times of eating must be imputed by hand. Unless you test glucose multiple times a day, I find it does not have any advantages (for me).

Using Excell would problem be better for me (reading 2x/day) and inputing the times and readings from the meter is just as simple.

Just my 2 cents.

Will let u know about the 2.5 to usb cable. Hopefully ur post and mine, will save some people some money.

thanks for the comeback.
 

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So I just got my $3 ebay cable, setup the software, and plugged it into my 1 month old meter and it is fried - literally. It went blank and I could actually smell it burn or melt or something. Abbott was good about replacing the meter with a local pharmacy and the software tech guy says that the meter will only connect with their special cable that has the light on the USB end. Normally I would not believe that (thus my cheap cable purchase) but after frying my new meter I must assume they know what they are talking about. they really should engineer these things to be more universal or at least include the cable for free IMHO. :mad:
Checked the pinout for 2.5 to usb (for ipod). As there are only 4 wires, disconnecting #1 wire (power) should work, leaving the ground (#4), and data wires (#2#3).

It will require slitting the cable and cutting #1 wire.

At the very least, it will not burn out the freestyle lite.

Will let u know as soon as I receive usb cables. If it works, I will give exact instructions.
 

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Checked the pinout for 2.5 to usb (for ipod). As there are only 4 wires, disconnecting #1 wire (power) should work, leaving the ground (#4), and data wires (#2#3).

It will require slitting the cable and cutting #1 wire.

At the very least, it will not burn out the freestyle lite.

Will let u know as soon as I receive usb cables. If it works, I will give exact instructions.
OK. Did some homework. It seems that the cheapie USB cable WILL NOT WORK so I save some time.:mad:

The original cable 9 pin serial (Abbott), to use USB needs a USB-Serial adapter, which costs $10-$15, and needs to end with a 4 pole stereo 2.5mm male plug.

Abbott offers the new USB cable for (cheapest) $40. there is a black box on the end (w/ LED) which is the usb to serial adapter.

There is a company in Texas, that sells the usb (w/ serial) cable that works with the freestyle lite for 26.95. :smile: Google celeritous dot com
freestyle compatible.


As being now obessed, will try to find a simple solution for $15-$18.
 

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OK. Did some homework. It seems that the cheapie USB cable WILL NOT WORK so I save some time.:mad:

The original cable 9 pin serial (Abbott), to use USB needs a USB-Serial adapter, which costs $10-$15, and needs to end with a 4 pole stereo 2.5mm male plug.

Abbott offers the new USB cable for (cheapest) $40. there is a black box on the end (w/ LED) which is the usb to serial adapter.

There is a company in Texas, that sells the usb (w/ serial) cable that works with the freestyle lite for 26.95. :smile: Google celeritous dot com
freestyle compatible.


As being now obessed, will try to find a simple solution for $15-$18.
Update. Just bought a usb to rs232 (serial adapter) to DB9 for $5 and a DB9 to 2.5mm (3 Pin) cable $7 (includes shipping).

total cost delivered $12. It should work and only thing to do is to connect the two cables together and plug into usb port on computer. Depending on ur Windows, it may need a driver (mabe not).

Will report in about a week, if it works.
 
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