I’ve been using the Blucon Nightrider for about a month and a half and since I think I’ve got it all figured out I am going to list my pros and cons along with the app that I’ve been using with it.
It allows you to eliminate the 12 hour warm-up that the Libre has in the US .
It extends the sensor past the full 14 days that you can get in the UK (but only for a few hours) versus the 10 days in the US.
The Spike app that I have mostly been using with it allows me to calibrate the sensor which is good if you are one of those people who have spotty accuracy with the Libre or if you have a funny sensor.
It has alarms.
The Spike App is only a beta app at the moment but they are constantly updating it so it improves all the time.
The Blucon is bulky, it makes the Libre sensor a little more than twice the height of just wearing the sensor.
It’s not waterproof.
Because it isn’t sealed I am having one major problem with the Blucon and that is that dust or dead skin cells get into the Blucon and disconnect the battery so I have to remove it from my arm (one handed mind you) , find a coin to open the cover, blow out the dust and then get a SEWING PIN to restart the thing. Unfortunately this seems to frequently happen while I am asleep so I don’t always know that it has disconnected until I wake up in the morning (I turned on the alarm in the spike app that alerts to a low battery this morning so we’ll see if that helps). As a result I haven’t been able to rely on the alarms.
The company is atrociously slow at getting the device shipped out (it took them almost 2 weeks to get it to the post office and they charge you $20-$30 for shipping).
All that being said I still appreciate having the Blucon and I use it 24/7.
If I had realized the MiaoMiao was available in the US when I decided to get an add-on to the Libre I would have tried to get it instead even though it is $100 more because it is waterproof and it lies flat against the side of the sensor so it doesn’t make the sensor so tall. I am thinking about using some sort of lightweight glue? (any suggestions?) to seal the Nightrider shut so that I am not dealing with this very annoying issue. I promised on one of the other Libre topics that I would give an update on the Nightrider so I hope this helps anyone else who is interested in getting one.