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Fora Care Glucose Meters Reviews

By on June 29, 2013

There are over 15 Fora Care Glucose Meters. Seriously, to be exact, the company produces 16 blood glucose monitors. WOW! This is the most of any company in the industry. Why so many?

The company does have some innovative testing options, but the differences between many of the meters in the same series are miniscule at best.

Let’s take a look at the major types of Fora Glucose Meters and the differences between any given model.

There are three major categories of meters. The G Series is the basic blood glucose monitors. The V Series is the talking glucose monitors. Lastly, the D Series are combination glucose meter and Blood pressure monitor. Let’s take a look at each series in more depth.

G Series – Entry Level Options

fora g20 meterThere are five (5) G Series meters. I will cover the highlights in this section, but you can compare all the major technical features at the end of the article.

G20: The G20 is the entry level option. This model is not widely available.

Key Differentiating Features
Longer Test Time (7 Seconds)
Bigger Blood Sample (0.7 microliter)
No Pre-Post Meal Sampling

 

meter-fora-g30aG30a: This is the next step up. There are not really a lot of distinguishing features of the meter. Essentially, it is a basic, inexpensive testing option.

Key Differentiating Features
Shorter Test Time (5 Seconds)
Smaller Blood Sample (0.5 microliter)
Allows Pre-Post Meal Sampling

 
fora g31 meterG31: This is a nice meter and has some very nice features. It has the backlit screen, more memory and allows you to transfer the test results wirelessly to your computer.

Key Differentiating Features
Backlit Screen
More Memory - 1,000 Tests
Wireless Data Transfer

 

Fora G71G71a: The G71a, as you can tell from the picture, is the ultra small portable meter from Fora Care. It has some nice features, like small blood sampling (0.5 microliter) and quick test time (5 seconds). But, the memory is only 20 tests, which is a little low considering other portable options. This meter is not widely available.

Key Differentiating Features
Small Sample Size 0.5 microliters
Fast Testing Time 5 Seconds
Portable
Not Much Memory - 20 Tests

 
Fora g90G90: The G90 is a unique offering. It has a GUI (Graphical User Interface), which is supposed to make using the meter intuitive, negating the need for a manual. I am not aware of any meter on the market marketing itself in this manner. I would note that most meters are icon driven, but this particular meter does make it easier to operate. The G90 also is the only meter in this series that has a rechargeable battery.

Key Differentiating Features
GUI Interface
Rechargeable Battery

Remember, see the bottom of the page for a detailed comparison of all meter in this Series.

V Series – Talking Glucose Meter Options

The V Series also has five (5) different glucose meters. The key attribute for this series is that all of the meters are talking meters. The V20 and V22 are the more comprehensive and advanced talking meters. This means that more features of the meter can be verbalized. By comparison, the V10, V12 and V30 are still talking glucose meters, but not as many features can be verbalized.

Fora v10Premium V10: The Premium V10 meter is the newest monitor from Fora. There is not yet full information on the model (as of March 2012). What I do know is that the meter can speak in Spanish and English. It has a smaller blood sample than the old V10. I will update the article when I get further information. As of this review, this model is not yet available to purchase.

Key Differentiating Features
Pending
Pending

 
Forsa v12V12: The V12 was remarkably similar to the old V10, wich may be why the V10 was discontinued. I have noted the key differentiating features of this meter below. However, I am not sure what good they will do you. I have not been able to locate a place where this meter can be purchased. It may be better to pick a different Fora meter. Overall, these meters aren’t expensive, so maybe go with the V20 or V22.

Key Differentiating Features
Basic Talk Function
No Pre/Post Meal Recording

 

Fora v30V30a: This meter is also has a basic talking function in both English and Spanish. It is faster, allows pre/post meal tracking and utilizes a small blood sample than the other two basic taking meters. This meter is not widely available.

Key Differentiating Features
Basic Talking Function
Small Blood Sample 0.5 microliter
Faster Test Time 5 Seconds
Allows Pre/Post Meal Tracking

 

meter-fora-v20V20: This glucose meter is one of the advanced talking meters on the market today, not just for Fora Care. It has a more comprehensive talk function, and even has a “Repeat” button. This means that if you missed the last message, you can press the repeat button and repeat it. This meter is essentially the same as the V22, except it does not have a rechargeable battery.

Key Differentiating Features
Key Differentiating Features Advanced Talking Function - See more at: http://www.diabeteswellbeing.com/fora-care-glucose-meters.html#sthash.awgwp3SF.dpuf
Repeat Button
Strip Ejector Button

 

fora v22 meterV22: This meter is essentially the same as the V20 except it has a rechargeable battery.

Key Differentiating Features
Advanced Talking Function
Repeat Button
Strip Ejector Button

Remember, see the bottom of the page for a detailed comparison of all meter in this Series.

D Series – 2-in-1 Blood Pressure and Glucose Meter Option

The D Series is another unique group of Fora Care Glucose Meters. The series is a 2-in-1 glucose meter and blood pressure device. The company reasoned that it was a good product idea given that some studies show that over 70% of diabetics also have high blood pressure.

Fora d10D10: The D10 is the smallest combo device and is meant as a portable option. It is the only model that checks your blood pressure it the wrist. The model also has a basic talking feature in either English or Spanish.

Key Differentiating Features
Basic Talking Function
Portable Unit
Wrist Blood Pressure Cuff

 

Fora d15gD15g/b/z: There are three different D15 models. The only difference is how you want to download your test results to data management software. (z=zigbee, b=wireless, g=cable). Also, please note that the D15 devices are NOT talking models. Every other D Series model is a talking device. This model is not widely available.

Key Differentiating Features
Multiple Data Download Options
No Talking Feature

 

meter-fora-d20D20: This meter has a normal talking function. This means that many of the meter’s standard functions can be spoken, but not all of them. This device also is downloaded with a cable, compared to the D30 which is wireless.

Key Differentiating Features
Basic Talk Feature
Cable Download

 

meter-fora-d30D30: This is the premier offering in the D Series. It has advanced talking features and offers wireless download capabilities.

Key Differentiating Features
Advanced Talk Feature
Wireless Download

 

Remember, see the bottom of the page for a detailed comparison of all meter in this Series.

Test Strips

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Data Management Software

Fora Care has some good management software options. They have an online version and one that you can download to your own computer. Both offer nice graphs and a pleasing interface look and feel. They do not support Apple operating systems, however.

Website and Product Literature

The website and product literature is good. I was able to find everything I needed about the meters. I would recommend that they add some videos showing how to use their products.

Company Overview

Fora Care focuses on diabetes care devices, although it also has a high end line of electronic thermometers. The company is located in California.

Bottom Line

I think that Fora Care could trim the product line a bit and offer fewer choices. Some of the differences between the meters are very small.

I spent hours studying the differences between the glucose meter offerings. I am not sure most consumers would have the time or the inclination to do so. Thus, it would be nice to have more clarity in the product offerings.

That being said, I like the innovative nature of the company. Their taking meters, particularly the V20 and V22 are exceptional. Moreover, the 2-in-1 glucose meter and blood pressure device is a very good idea. Overall, good job.

Technical Information

G Series

Model
G20
G30a
G31
Auto. Shut OffNA2 min. 2 min.
Battery Type1 CR20321 CR20322 AAA
Battery LifeNANANA
Alternative Site TestingYesYesYes
Memory Capacity450 Tests450 Tests1,000 Tests
Storage Temp.-4° - 140° F-4° - 140° F-4° - 140° F
Operating Temp.50° - 104° F50° - 104° F50° - 104° F
Result Range20 to 600 mg/dL20 to 600 mg/dL20 to 600 mg/dL
Sample Size0.7 microliter0.5 microliter0.5 microliter
Test Time7 seconds 5 seconds 5 seconds
Weight (battery)0.11(lbs.) (no)0.11(lbs.) (no)0.22 (lbs.) (no)
Size (Inches)3.42" x 2 x 0.553.34" x 2.04 x 0.593.74" x 2.236 x 0.86
Backlit DisplayNoNoNo
Warranty5 Years5 Years 5 Years
Coding RequiredNoNoNo
Software AvailableYesYesYes
Model
G71a
G90
Auto. Shut Off2 min.3 min.
Battery Type1 CR2032Rechargeable
Battery LifeNANA
Alternative Site TestingYesYes
Memory Capacity20 Tests400 Tests
Storage Temp.-4° - 140° F-4° - 140° F
Operating Temp.50° - 104° F50° - 104° F
Result Range20 to 600 mg/dL20 to 600 mg/dL
Sample Size0.5 microliter0.7 microliter
Test Time5 seconds7 seconds
Weight (battery)0.04 (lbs.) (no)0.1 (lbs.)(no)
Size (Inches)0.34" x 1.07 x 0.463.3" x 2.3 x 0.67
Backlit DisplayNoYes
Warranty5 Years5 Years
Coding RequiredNoNo
Software AvailableNoYes

V Series

Model
Prem. V10*
V12
V30a
Auto. Shut Off? 3 min.3 min.
Battery Type? 3 AAA2 AAA
Battery Life? NANA
Alternative Site TestingYesYesYes
Memory Capacity450 Tests450 Tests450 Tests
Storage Temp.? -4° - 140° F-4° - 140° F
Operating Temp.? 50° - 104° F50° - 104° F
Result Range? 20 to 600 mg/dL20 to 600 mg/dL
Sample Size? microliter 0.7 microliter 0.7 microliter
Test Time 5 seconds7 seconds 5 seconds
Weight (battery)? 0.11 (lbs.) oz. (no)0.11 (lbs.) oz. (no)
Size (Inches)3 3.75" x 2 x 0.443.75" x 1.96 x 0.39
Backlit Display? NoNo
Warranty5 Years5 Years5 Years
Coding RequiredNoNoNo
Software Available? YesYes

*The Premium V10 is a new release and technical specifications have not yet been released.

Model
V20
V22
Auto. Shut OffNA2 min.
Battery Type1 CR2032Rechargable
Battery LifeNANA
Alternative Site TestingYesYes
Memory CapacityYes Yes
Storage Temp.-4° - 140° F-4° - 140° F
Operating Temp.50° - 104° F50° - 104° F
Result Range20 to 600 mg/dL20 to 600 mg/dL
Sample Size0.7 microliter0.7 microliter
Test Time7 seconds7 seconds
Weight (battery)0.13 lbs. (no)0.11 (lbs.) (no)
Size (Inches)3.69" x 2.25 x 0.783.75" x 2 x 0.44
Backlit DisplayNoNo
WarrantyLifetimeLifetime
Coding RequiredNoNo
Software AvailableYesYes

D Series

Model
D10
D15
D15
Auto. Shut OffNA3 min.3 min.
Battery Type2 AAA4 AA4 AA
Battery Life NA NA NA
Alternative Site TestingYesYesYes
Memory Capacity450 Tests352 Tests480 Tests
Storage Temp.-4° - 140° F-4° - 140° F-4° - 140° F
Operating Temp. 50° - 104° F 50° - 104° F 50° - 104° F
Result Range20 to 600 mg/dL20 to 600 mg/dL20 to 600 mg/dL
Sample Size0.7 microliter0.7 microliter0.7 microliter
Test Time7 seconds7 seconds7 seconds
Weight (battery)0.35 (lbs.)(no)0.82 (lbs.) (no)0.77(lbs.) (no)
Size (Inches)2.48" x 2.95 x 1.575.74" x 3.62 x 2.26.14" x 4.37 x 2.79
Backlit DisplayNoNoNo
Warranty5 Years5 Years5 Years
Coding RequiredYesYesNo
Software AvailableYesYesYes
Model
D30
Auto. Shut Off3 min.
Battery Type4 AA
Battery LifeNA
Alternative Site TestingYes
Memory Capacity400 Tests
Storage Temp.-4° - 140° F
Operating Temp.50° - 104° F
Result Range20 to 600 mg/dL
Sample Size0.7 microliter
Test Time7 seconds
Weight (battery)0.61 (lbs.)(no)
Size (Inches)3.54" x 1.38 x 0.69
Backlit DisplayNo
Warranty5 Years
Coding RequiredNo
Software AvailableYes