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Frequently Asked Questions

General questions

Yes, but you need to manually flag the control measurement.

If a used test strip drum is inserted the code on the test strip drum is first read automatically. The Accu‑Chek Compact Plus blood glucose meter then searches for the next chamber containing a test strip, always starting with the first one. For example, if just 1 test strip is left in the test strip drum, the meter checks 16 chambers before it finds the last test strip.

Warning: The 90-day period quoted for using up the test strip drum is no longer valid because the test strip drum compartment was opened, and the meter can no longer recognize how long the test strip drum was used (see “Error messages” in the User’s Manual)

Yes, by pressing the S button, the second step within the setup mode is the adjustment of brightness. Three levels are selectable with the M button.

Since the batteries do not complete the circuit and the meter is not turned on, nothing can be damaged.

No. The meter cannot be used for neonates.

The Accu-Chek Compact Plus blood glucose meter checks each test strip for quality before a test. Because of this check, the meter’s test strip advancing mechanism needs to pause briefly before ejecting the test strip completely. If the test strip is ruined, an error message appears.

Warning: The test strip quality check can only check the test strip, not the whole system. (When the meter boots, the electronics and battery will be checked). For this reason it is not possible to completely eliminate performance checks in addition to the inbuilt test strip quality check. Checks are made to ensure that the test area changes color in a particular way, e.g., when moistened.

Since the 17-test-strip-drum determines the thickness of the meter, this was not possible. To ensure stability and robustness of the test strip drum the round shape and size of the test strip drum could not be changed.

The meter is delivered with preset time and date. A power supply is necessary to retain pre-settings.

Not if the meter is handled as instructed. However, if it is misused (the ejected test strip is not held slanting downwards when drawing up blood or control solution) the optics part can become dirty.

The meter is performing the test strip quality check. Test strip position and other details are tested before the test strip is advanced in total. The total time required is about 1.5 seconds.

Yes, the meter has a re-dosing option within 25 seconds.

The meter has a test button which prevents the system from being switched on inadvertently. Otherwise a test strip would be wasted each time this happens, because switching on the meter with the test button immediately starts the test strip advance mechanism.

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Accu-Chek Compact Plus

Item Description

The Accu-Chek Compact Plus blood glucose meter and the Accu-Chek Softclix Plus lancing help to make testing fast, easy, and convenient. The lancing device is virtually pain-free to use. The blood glucose meter comes with a drum of 17 preloaded test strips, and does not require coding. Plus it can report your test result averages over time.

Product Manuals


500 test results


147 g (with lancing device, batteries and test drum)




Bright, monochrome yellow


125 x 64 x 32 mm (with lancing device)


Accu-Chek Compact


No coding required

Sample size:

1.5 µL

Measuring time:

5 seconds

Memory capacity:

500 test results with time and date, average, highest and lowest test result

Test averages:

7, 14 and 30-day

Measuring range:

0.6 to 33.3 mmol/L, 10 to 600 mg/dL




2 AAA required

Battery life:

Approximately 1,000 test results


125 x 64 x 32 mm (L x W x H) (including lancing device)


Approximately 147 g with batteries, test strip drum, and lancing device

Data port:

Infrared (IR) window for wireless data transfer

Automatic power-off:

60 seconds after test if test strip is not ejected
After 5 minutes if meter is on but not in use

System operating conditions:

10 °C to 32 °C (50 °F to 89.6 °F)

Meter storage conditions:

With batteries and test strip drum: 2 °C to 30 °C
With batteries, without test strip drum: -10 °C to 50 °C

Relative humidity:

20% to 85 % relative humidity

Hematocrit range:

25 % to 55 %

How to use the Accu-Chek Compact Plus blood glucose meter

The Accu-Chek Compact Plus meter comes with pre-installed batteries and a pre-set time and date. It requires no coding. Just insert a test strip drum, and test.

5 simple steps for inserting or replacing a test strip drum

  1. Open drum compartment cover
  2. Press the red drum release button
  3. Tip the meter forwards so that the old test strip drum drops out
  4. Insert a new drum
  5. Close the drum compartment cover (automatic coding)

4 simple steps for testing blood glucose

  1. Slide and release the Test button to release a test strip
  2. Lance to obtain a blood sample
  3. Hold the meter so the test strip is pointing downwards. Apply your blood sample to the black notch of the test strip. Read the blood glucose result.
  4. Slide and release the Test button to eject the used test strip