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TENS electrodes

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in Pain Management
I need more electrodes for my TENS unit and am wondering about people's experiences with different brands. There are foam pads that cost a little more - are they worth it? I use them on my lumbar region and want something that'll stick well and for many times if I'm sweating on the heating pad. I found few reviews on the web - the Dura-Stick II seem to have a good reputation. What about the PALS foam, Valtrode or Uni-patch brands? Thanks.


  • I use RS Medical 2 3/4" pads, they seem big but stick well and work about a thousand times better than the 2" circles. They also last 3-4 times longer. I also have some hypo-allergenic ones that are 2" square, they're really goopy & stick to my clothes so I don't like them as much.

    My TENS is RS Medical and my insurance covers pads so I haven't used any other brands.
  • I dug out my hypo-allergenic pads, and they are made by PALS. They're definitely substantially built and they hold on real well. I do like the bigger pad better but these aren't bad at all. They are the Platinum blue model.
  • my skin is knackered through using my acticare 24/7 and the only electrodes that i can use are the PALS blue TPN 150 they cost 5 pounds for 4 i get them from physiomed in glossop in the UK .i did use the PALS valutrode for years but then i developed an allergic reaction to the adhesive so i switched to the blue ones the value trode were a good purchase because i could buy 20 for 15 pounds
  • Thanks for the responses. I found the PALS platinum blue ones for $17 including the shipping. That's for the 1.5" x 4" ones, which sound better than the 2x2 for the lower back. They only make the two sizes, BTW. They cost a lot more than some of the other brands but it sounds like they'll last far longer than the 10-20 uses usually promised in the ads for other types.

    Straker, I guess I'm not that good at my British English, though, because I have no idea what happens when your skin gets "knackered" :-). Is that anything like knackered up? Oh, wait, that's knocked up. I'm familiar with the differences between bonnets and boots, napkins and serviettes, and think it's pretty funny that there's a town here in Oregon called Wanker's Corner (and one called Boring, too - been to both!). I guess knackered means a getting a rash?
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