Which Pump Do You Recommend?


BEING OVER 60 one of the things in choosing a new pump for me was the ease of reading the data on the screen. I can do that with my Tandem 2x slim.

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I’m curious. If someone is successfully using Basal-IQ and then upgrades to Control-IQ and doesn’t like it, will it be technically feasible to return to the previous Basal-IQ software? I think if Tandem enabled this ability to revert to previous software, it would go a long way toward easing user concern with the Control-IQ upgrade.


I feel 99% confident in my guess that the answer is No.

I like Tandem. One might even call me a fan.
Regardless, I don’t think Tandem cares about this point. Not even a little.


If that attitude comes from confidence that their new software will deliver better performance for almost everybody, then, in a way, they care a lot about what the user will experience.

Tandem has made some great technical decisions in recent years. I’d like to see them run the table with this upgrade.


You may have misunderstood me.

My opinion has zero to do with which algorithm is better nor which algorithm the users like better. This has nothing to do with what I want or don’t want. If that was your question than I obviously missed the mark of what you were asking.

I am only answering to what I expect the company will do in actuality.


I got that.

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My guess is they will leave Basil IQ for now. No reason to remove it. Hoefully it’s a choice where you can choose Basil IQ, Control IQ or none. We’ll see…

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Yeah, this is why I will stay on Basal-IQ until I hear plenty of reviews. Then weigh my options about updating.
I REALLY want the better options that Control-IQ has, I just want to set my own BG parameters for what I consider low, target, etc.


Tandem!!! I used medtronic for 19 years and the switch to the tslim last August was phenomenal. I am so happy that I switched and that I began using cgm. Can’t say enough good things about it tandem pump and dexcom g6.


I am in the same situation but I am on Medicare. I was told that Medicare does not cover the G6. Anyone know details about Medicare coverage for a new pump and CGM when the Medtronic warranty expires?

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That is definitely a choice.

Both Basal-IQ and Control-IQ are easily turned off as well as easily turned back on.

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Medicare has indicated G6 is approved, but Dexcom is not shipping to Medicare patients until later this year. But its possible your case would be exception, due to integration with pump. Suggest you check with your HC provider and Dexcom to confirm.

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Medicare has approved to cover the G6 but Dexcom is still unable to meet reliable production needs for Medicare patients so in the meantime Dexcom is shipping the G5 until they have worked out their technical and production bugs with the G6 and then will start shipping G6 out to medicare patients as the patient’s G5 transmitters expire. Current expectation is for that to happen 4th quarter of this year,


Trust me, you will not mind a bit when it stops your basal during an over night low. You can control the parameters, and opt in it out of the control iq. Like the G5, you can “restart” the G6 foe extended wear without calabrations or fingersticks. I was hesitant, have had Medtronic and animas vibe. Love it.

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I am presently using the Dex 5 with my new Tandem x2 slim with basal iq.


Not if you are on Medicare. I am using Dex 5 with new Tandem x2 pump and waiting for my G6. I’m told I will have it in May.


In the USA, there are a few sets of software available for the X2 depending on when it was purchased and whether or not an update was installed.

In any event and across all the X2 software option choices in the USA, it is not possible to run the G5 integrated with the X2 while the X2 also has the Basal-IQ algorithm installed.

I certainly may have misunderstood the exact meaning of your post.


Yes, you are right. . .the G5 is not “integrated” with my Tandem x2. I should have made that clear. It runs independently from the pump.


Welcome to the community @Patty22, Thank you for joining the conversation.


I’ll join those recommending the Tandem X2. I switched when Animas went belly up.

The user interface is clean, well organized and easy to use. The bright touch screen is easy to see in the dark and the type face is large enough to read even when I don’t have my glasses available.

The pumping mechanism is novel. Basal delivery is slower and it really appreciate that. I often had problems with stinging at the infusion site with even the slowest delivery speeds on my previous pumps. The pump head is replaced with each reservoir so I don’t need to worry about the relatively complex pumping mechanism fouling or requiring maintenance.

Customer service and technical support are great.

The only minor downsides in my book are the reservoir filling process (a bit complex) and the insulin volume estimates (very crude when at higher volumes with increasing resolution as the volume decreases).

I haven’t used G6 integration and Basal IQ yet, but will be trying it shortly. If I don’t like it I just won’t use it. But I’ll still be happy knowing I have what in my opinion is the most innovative and easy to use pump I’ve seen.