Residents of Ireland and the United Kingdom can obtain a free OneTouch Ultra 2 meter from the manufacturer, according to LifeScan. U.S. and Canadian residents can obtain a free OneTouch meter simply by filling out a form with their personal information. Instructions about how to obtain the meter are then forwarded to the applicant. However, the free meters in these countries are the OneTouch Verio meters, not the Ultra 2 meter.
Residents of the United States can purchase an Ultra 2 meter for only $19.99, says LifeScan. The Ultra 2 meter is a small device, weighing only 1.5 ounces and measuring 3.12 x 2.25 x 0.90 inches. It uses OneTouch Ultra blue test strips. In comparison, the free Verio meter weighs 3 ounces and measures 0.99 x 2.04 x 3.15 inches. It uses OneTouch Verio test strips. It does have a very large viewscreen, which may be helpful to individuals with visual limitations.
Glucose meters all work the same way, says the Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Engineering. The user pricks a finger and deposits a drop of blood on a test strip. The test strip contains glucose oxidase, which reacts with the glucose in the blood to generate an electrical signal. The test strip is inserted into the meter, which reads the electrical signal and converts it into an estimate of the amount of glucose in the blood.