How do I keep my continuous glucose monitor charged?

William Lee Dubois
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
CGM monitors come in two flavors: those that use throwaway “AAA” batteries, and those that, like cell phones, need to be recharged. If your monitor uses the garden variety Coppertops or Bunny batteries, it’s easy enough to carry a spare set with you, or if you get caught with your pants down, you can buy these universally available power cells almost anywhere.

If you have a rechargeable system, you need to have both your charger and a wall socket handy when you get into trouble. All the systems have battery life indicators, and you can help keep yourself out of trouble by paying attention to them and taking care of your system’s energy needs before it becomes a crisis. When using a rechargeable system, I just plugged it in overnight every three days, running the cord under my pillow.
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