Over time, your best-rated TENS unit will require additional care
For example, you might have to substitute the pads.
Rest assured, this is entirely normal, especially if you use the unit on a regular basis.
However, that doesn’t mean you cannot use the machine.
Plus, if you are careful with using the device and the pads, you could easily prolong their lifespan.
- To begin with, after each use, it is highly recommended to clean the pads using a moist, clean cloth. If you sense that the pads are less sticky than they should be, it could be because of oil and dirt.
- No paper towel please – Paper towels leaves a strong residue, and you don’t want that.
- Moving on, by moistening the pads, you can make them sticky once again. You may place a few drops of water for this purpose. But don’t overdo it.
- Another way to care for the electrode pads is to brush the top layer of hydrogel gently. Make sure you use a clean toothbrush. (Tip# Use the brush in a single direction only)
One of the primary reasons why electrode pads lose their stickiness is that they are oversaturated.
While it’s ok to use the TENS unit whenever you need, you should give your skin time to breathe, now and then.
The same applies to the electrode pads.
Our advice is to rotate the pads every 6-8 hours.
This way, you don’t give them a chance to dry out.
The bottom line is that even though you can prolong the life of the electrode pads, you’ll have to replace / refill them eventually.
We estimate that with our TENS unit InTENSity 12 you may get about 30 uses out of each.
Another way in which you may preserve the pads is by utilizing gels and electrolyte sprays.
Footnote – Please do make sure you store the unit in a cool and dry place.
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