Minimed transmitter

I have a mm transmitter using enlite sensors. That’s right I’ve had this system for 6 years. I started on those bloodletting sensors and switched to enlite. My pump is also old and I have to reset my sensors every 3 days cause that was the limit back then. So my transmitter has lasted 6 years with no issues. Until now it won’t charge anymore so I’m getting a whole new system. But. Is it possible to change the battery in the transmitter. There must be a rechargeable Battery in there and it has to be replaceable.
I really just want to see if it’s possible because I hate that they make these things to become obsolete.
If it was still working I wouldn’t replace it. I’m thinking about cracking it open to see what’s what, but if anyone has tried it is would love to know what you found out.
I have 4 boxes of sensors I want to use them. Call me cheap but I really just hate waste.

Maybe this ???

Yes. However it has created more questions. Like why is he putting a guardian battery in a mini link. And how did he crack it open. So I guess I’m going to just open it and maybe I’ll make a video.

Check this one…

Dexcom is so much easier !!!

The fact that the Minimed transmitters are rechargeable and use a reusable insertion device are really appealing to me. I’m considering the 780G as my next pump, depending on what reviews are like… The Dexcom and Libre just create so much waste with having a single-use battery in the transmitter and/or sensor and giant, single-use insertion devices.

The insertion device is brutal. I’ve never used it u can take it apart and just stick it in. The transmitters don’t last any longer than Dexcom about a year. Somehow I got lucky and mine lasted for ever. I bet the battery in the Dexcom could be changed too if someone tried.

The Libre inserter is a masterpiece of engineering - Be happy that something like it exists, waste or not - I would think it impossible to do it any more efficiently. I took one apart because I was looking into trying to put back in a sensor when it triggered when I dropped it. There is no other way then to have a single use battery.

Interesting, why is it brutal? I’ve used numerous insertion devices for sets and sensors over the years (including once a Medtronic sensor for a week-long trial) and haven’t found any of them to be brutal.

Oh, that is too bad. I thought it lasted four or five years, like the pump warranty…

Obviously Medtronic has a rechargeable battery…?

I tried the Libre, but unfortunately react horribly to their adhesive, so have given it a break. It’s the only device my insurance covers, though, so I do wish I could use it. Even through several layers of protection, the reaction causes unbearable itching and takes a week or two to heal after the sensor is removed.

I dislike all the spring loaded devices because they hit you so much harder than is needed all the companies have something similar. Also if you manually insert you can feel when you are over a vein and abort. With the spring loaded devices you don’t know till you see the blood and stinging.
I used needles for so many years So I got used to sticking myself. I just prefer inserting manually where I can see everything. I also put my insulin sets manually. I. Think it hurts less too.

You might want to try putting a tape down before the sensor I use a iv3000 patch. I apply to my skin and insert the sensor on top of it poked through the center. It holds well and the adhesive never gets to my skin. I also have allergies to the adhesive and that’s the method I use.
Minimed guardian sensors come with an over tape. But you can use it the same way putting it under instead.

Why would you have a rechargeable battery where a single use serves the purpose?

It’s too bad you react to the Libre - it works great for my wife. Maybe one day they will change it to work for the folks that react. I had a horrible experience with Medtronic ( the company ) never mind the garbage random number generators they peddled to diabetics - one of the greatest scams in medical history - bar none (IMHO)

I’m a Dex G6 user, and they recently changed their adhesive and now I’m horrifically allergic to it. Never once had a chemical sensitivity before. Someone elsewhere gave me the tip to try Flonase (the seasonal allergy nasal spray) sprayed on the skin, under the sensor, and it’s been absolutely amazing thus far. I’m about 2 weeks into this sensor and NO itching. I’m at the stage where the adhesive is starting to peel up and it’s time to apply more Skin Tac, and I can see there’s no rash under the sensor for the first time in several months. Yay!

  1. Clean skin with alcohol like usual, let dry.
  2. Spray entire area where you’ll be applying the sensor with Flonase, let dry.
    3 Apply Skin Tac over the area you applied the Flonase, let dry until tacky. (Or skip this if you don’t need the extra strength adhesive.)
  3. Apply sensor like normal.
  4. Enjoy CGM without wanting to claw your skin off!

Yep, even through Cavilon barrier spray and two layers of tape (Opsite Flexifix, which is similar to IV3000) I still get a reaction. The first few days are fine, but then it starts itching like crazy and when I take it off, if I can survive the full 14 days (which I often can’t), the resulting rash takes weeks to heal.

My allergist thinks I’m allergic to the acrylate in the ingredients. And there are lots of adhesives that I can’t use (like Tegaderm, IV3000, Skin Tac), so I’m probably allergic to multiple ingredients that are common in adhesives. But have to wait till the pandemic is over to get tested.

I react to the plastic cannula and steel needles on infusion sets, and tried Flonase and Flovent (steroid asthma inhaler) on them without much success, but that might be because I was reacting to the part of the infusion set that was underneath the skin and not so much the adhesive. I haven’t tried either on the Libre sites. My allergist suggested using the steroid cream that I have for atopic dermatitis, but I haven’t tried that yet, either. I’m using up some old Dexcom G5 sensors and will re-attempt the Libre after they’re used up. It’s too bad they changed the G6 adhesive, since that’s what I might want to use if I switch to a Tandem pump.

Big bummer I’m sorry. From what I was told, though, these formulations change all the time. Quite a few people were complaining recently about the new allergy, so I’m guessing it won’t stick long. I got new sensors this month and they’re packaged entirely different. I’m hoping they changed more than just the box!

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Jen, my son used to react to the Dexcom tape horribly. (Now that they changed their tape, he doesn’t anymore.) Anyway, you have to use a non-permeable dressing under the sensor - that’s why Tegaderm and Opsite doesn’t help. We used Band-Aid Tough Pads with a hole cut out for the sensor to go through, and it worked wonders. I think they discontinued the Tough Pads, but CVS brand has an equivalent. Worth a shot.