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Meter accuracy

Find out how Roche Diabetes Care, the maker of Accu-Chek products, ensures accurate blood glucose results—and why it's so important. Learn more.

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How to use the Accu-Chek Compact Plus meter

Checking blood glucose
Slide and release the power button to turn the meter on and advance a strip. A test strip will automatically emerge, and a flashing test strip and blood drop symbol will appear on the display.

Use the lancing device to prick the side of a fingertip. Gently squeeze the fingertip to produce a small drop of blood.

Hold the meter so the test strip points down. Touch and hold the drop of blood to the black notch on the end of the test strip—do not apply to the top of the strip or window. A flashing hourglass indicates when enough blood has been applied. If necessary, more blood can be applied within 25 seconds. Your result will appear in the display.

Slide and release the power button to turn the meter off and eject the used strip.

Alternate site testing
To check blood sugar from a non-fingertip site, place the clear plastic Accu-Chek Softclix Plus cap on the lancing device and press until it clicks. Firmly press the clear cap against the selected site and click the release button. Continue to apply pressure to the selected site for a couple of seconds. You can watch the drop of blood form through the clear cap. When you have enough blood, apply it to the test strip. The measurement starts automatically.1

1Talk with your healthcare professional before deciding if alternate site testing is right for you.


Frequently Asked Questions

General questions

Rest assured, Accu-Chek products are still covered by Medicare Part B.1 To preserve your choice and ensure you're not switched to a low-quality product, ask your healthcare provider to always write a branded prescription for Accu-Chek test strips. Click here for more details.

1Coverage may vary based on your condition and other factors.

Your blood glucose can change quickly, especially after eating, taking medication or physical activity. If you test yourself in the morning, then go to your healthcare professional's office for a blood glucose test, your results will probably not match, even if you are fasting. This is typically not a problem with the meter, it just means that time has elapsed and your blood glucose has changed. If you want to compare your meter result to the laboratory result, you must be fasting. Take the meter to your healthcare professional's office and test yourself by fingerstick within 5 minutes of having blood drawn from your arm by a healthcare professional. Keep in mind that the laboratory uses different technology than the meter and that blood glucose meters for self-testing generally read somewhat lower than the laboratory result.

If you are fasting and you do a fingerstick test within 5 minutes of having your blood drawn, here are the general guidelines to compare the meter result to the laboratory result:

  • If your blood glucose is below 75 mg/dL, your results generally should fall within ±15 mg/dL of the laboratory result.
  • If your blood glucose is equal to or over 75 mg/dL, your results generally should fall within ±20% of the laboratory result.

Test strips, coding and control tests

The Accu-Chek Compact Plus system is compatible with Accu-Chek Compact Plus test strip drums. 

A control test using your meter's specific control solution ensures that you are performing tests correctly and receiving accurate results.

Testing with control solution is much like a blood sugar check, except you fill the window on the test strip with a drop of control solution instead of blood.

Run a control test:

  • Before using your meter for the first time
  • When you open a new vial of test strips
  • If you leave the cap off the vial of test strips
  • If you drop the meter
  • Whenever your result does not agree with the way you feel
  • Whenever you want to check the way you are performing your blood sugar checks
  • If you have repeated a test, and the blood sugar result is still lower or higher than expected
  • When you want to check the performance of the meter or test strips

Using test strips that are expired can cause your results to be inaccurate. If your test strips have expired, throw them away and begin using a new vial of strips that are not expired. The expiration date is printed on every vial of test strips.

The system will not automatically detect control solution. You must manually flag the measurement when you run a control test. 

Accu-Chek Compact Plus test strip drums use Accu-Chek Compact Plus clear control solution.

There's no need to code the meter, so you have fewer steps in testing.

Checking blood sugar

Yes. You have 25 seconds to reapply a blood sample. To ensure an adequate sample is applied the first time, hold the finger to the black notch on the test strip until the hourglass appears in the display, indicating an adequate sample has been applied.

There are a few ways you can improve blood flow and make blood sugar checks easier:

  • Warm your fingers by washing with warm, soapy water, then rinse and dry completely.
  • Let your arm hang down at your side to increase blood flow to the fingertips.
  • Grasp finger just below the joint closest to the fingertip and "milk" or massage gently toward tip of finger, then squeeze for 3 seconds.
  • Use an Accu-Chek lancing device set to the right Comfort Dial setting for your skin type. Refer to your User's Guide for additional information.

You can count on quick, 5-second results.

Meter care and batteries

Your meter comes with the batteries already installed and a preset time and date. You may need to change the time to your time zone.

To change the time:

  1. With the meter off, press S to enter the set mode. When the beeper symbol is displayed with your current selection flashing, press S twice to reach the year with the last two numbers of the year flashing. Press M to change the year. Press S to set your selection.
  2. The 12-hour or 24-hour time format appears. Press M to change the time format. Press S to set your selection.
  3. The hour flashes. Press M to change the hour. If you select the 12-hour time format, continue to press M to select a.m. or p.m. Press S to set your selection.
  4. Repeat this process until the minutes, month and day are set.
  5. Once you set the correct time and date, press the test (on/off) button to turn the meter off.
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Accu-Chek Compact Plus meter

Accu-Chek Compact Plus blood glucose meter
Item Description

Enjoy the convenience of all-in-one design. The big, glow-in the-dark screen helps in poor lighting. A load-and-go drum of 17 preloaded test strips means no more struggling with individual strips. And the lancing device can be used attached to or detached from the meter. 

Product Manuals




5 seconds


4.9" x 2.5" x 1.3"




Accu-Chek Compact Plus preloaded 17-strip drum


Accu-Chek Softclix Plus

Benefits and features
  • Bright, easy-to-read display
  • Load-and-go drum of 17 preloaded test strips means no more struggling with individual strips
  • No coding—for fewer steps in testing
  • Detachable lancing device
  • Comfortable design with nonslip rubber grips
  • Choice of 6 test sites on the body1
  • Compatible with Accu-Chek data management tools
Additional specifications

Organic light-emitting diode (OLED)

Sample size:

1.5 microliter

Test time:

5 seconds

Power supply:

2 standard AAA batteries

Battery life:

1,000 tests

Memory capacity:

500 blood glucose results 

Test averages:

7, 14, 30 days


2.7" x 1.7" x 0.8"


Approximately 5.2 oz with batteries, lancing device and test strip drum

Data transfer:

Infrared (IR) window

Additional features:

Auto power on when test strip inserted; Auto power off

1Talk with your healthcare professional before deciding if alternate site testing is right for you.