TENS 3000 Review And Comparison – Buyers Guide

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No one wants to be in pain, yet many of us are. Pain comes from a variety of reasons, and dealing with it effectively is crucial to managing quality of life and moving towards recovery if at all possible. For many people, TENS, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, can be a low-cost, drug-free, and effective way of relieving pain. The TENS 3000 is one of the best available units on the market, and we’ve dug a little deeper to find out more about how it works and compare it to other similar products.

How Does TENS Work?

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A TENS unit works to relieve pain by targeting a mild electrical current at the nerves that cause us to feel pain. There are different theories about why this works to alleviate pain. Some believe that the electrical current “hijacks” the nerve and keeps it from sending a pain signal to the brain. Others believe that the mild current works on other nerves and forces the brain to accept those signals rather than the painful ones. Finally, other professionals believe that using a TENS unit like the TENS 3000 stimulates the body’s own production of endorphins, which naturally block pain signals.

Does TENS Work?

While not everyone agrees on how TENS works, most professionals agree that many people in pain will experience relief from using a TENS unit. This is particularly important since TENS is a very cheap treatment (it can be used indefinitely once the unit has been purchased), can be performed at home, and carries no risk of addiction like many drugs.

What Is the TENS 3000?

Black Tens 3000 in the floor

The TENS 3000 is one of the more popular units on the market today. It comes with dual channels that operate in three modes and eight intensities to target painful nerves with just the right pulse. The user can also adjust the pulse width and rate until achieving the desired relief. It is easy to use, affordable, and durable. While there are “sleeker” looking models on the market, the TENS 3000 performs well and is cost-effective.

Product Specs

The TENS 3000 comes with four pads and operates on two channels. It has an intensity range of 0-80 mA divided into eight levels that are easily adjustable with dials on top of the unit. The dials come under a protective cover to ensure they cannot be changed inadvertently or damaged by transport.

Simple, easy-to-understand switches control the mode and timer. It runs off a 9-volt battery and lasts about 50 hours at normal. Its size and weight are comparable to an iPhone 5.

Pricing

The TENS 3000 is by far the most economical of the bunch at around $25. That being said, it does lack some features of other units and that are more expensive.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare. We looked at the price of each and how easy they are to use. We discuss the options and features available with each model. We also looked at design quality and how long you can expect each TENS unit to last. Finally, we examined the warranties that come with each.

In addition to the TENS 3000, we also looked at these popular units:

  • Tens 7000 by Roscoe Medical
  • TENS Electronic Pulse Stimulator Unit by truMedic
  • FDA Cleared HealthmateForever TENS unit Pro15AB

Tens 3000 by Roscoe Medical

Current Solutions W56045 Select 3 Tens 3000 Kit

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The TENS 3000 is one of the most economical on the market. While it doesn’t have the bells and whistles of newer models, it has proven durability that makes it a real steal in terms of cost.

Ease of Use

The TENS 3000 is very easy to use. The dials and switches are intuitive and well marked. The pads are simple to use and the dual system can be figured out easily. The battery is not rechargeable, but it is replaceable easily and economically. The only possible issue is that the controls are a bit small and can be hard to operate for those with large fingers.

Features/Options

While many economical units don’t come with manual adjustment features for the rate or width of the pulse, this one does. The dual channels means you’ll be able to target different pulses towards the areas that hurt more.

Design Quality

There are little things here that make the TENS 3000 really stand out. The pads, for example, are standard sized. Nearly any replacement pads you can find on Amazon or in Walmart will work just fine. Another good design is the sliding cover over the controls that ensures you’ll never accidentally bump it up to maximum intensity without meaning to.

Warranty

The warranty is standard for the industry, but when you consider that this is one of the cheapest models out there, that warranty suddenly becomes more compelling. Other units comparable in price come with far shorter warranties.

Pros

  • Simple and easy to use
  • Three modes
  • Easy to adjust pulse rate and width
  • Hardshell case for storage and transport
  • Affordable
  • Durable

Cons

  • No screen
  • Not rechargeable
  • Dials may be too small for some to maneuver effectively
  • No auto shut off function

Tens 7000 by Roscoe Medical

TENS 7000 2nd Edition Digital TENS Unit with Accessories

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The newer offering by Roscoe Medical is a fitting upgrade from the TENS 3000. However, like the earlier unit, it has still been around for a while and has proven durability and reliability. This is definitely a model everyone should consider as they make a TENS choice.

Price

Only slightly more expensive than the TENS 3000, the TENS 7000 comes with a few impressive upgrades that make it worth the couple extra bucks. It offers five modes and three other adjustable settings.

Ease of Use

This is a very easy device to use and comes with a clear, self-explanatory manual. The buttons are a bit small, as with the TENS 3000, but they are farther apart and so easier to manipulate. The LED screen works well and is very clear though not large.

Features/Options

This unit offers dual channels so you can use two or four pads at once and target separate areas at separate intensities or pulse widths. It has an intensity range of 0-100 mA with eight levels to choose from. There’s no rechargeable battery, but there is an intelligent auto-off function that lets you determine the length of your session.

Design Quality

The TENS 7000 also comes with protective covers for the dials on the device which is a nice feature that some TENS units completely miss. The battery can be swapped out for a rechargeable one if you prefer, but the 9 volt it comes with is decent, if not outstanding, and easy to replace. The hardshell case keeps it safe, and the whole thing is about the size of an iPhone 5 and easily portable. As with the TENS 3000, you can swap out the pads for any you like.

Warranty

This unit comes with an industry-standard one-year warranty, which, for the price, is excellent.

Pros

  • Simple and easy to use
  • Five modes
  • Easy to adjust frequently and width of the pulse
  • Protected covers
  • Hardshell case for storage and transport
  • Affordable
  • Durable

Cons

  • Not rechargeable
  • Pads that come with it are not the best

TENS Electronic Pulse Stimulator Unit by truMedic

TruMedic TENS Electronic Pulse Unit & 4 Electrode Pads - For Muscle...

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The TM-1000PRO has five pre-programmed procedures the user can choose from, each designed to be most effective on a different area of the body. There’s one for back, shoulder, joints, leg, and hand/foot. You can also choose from massage, bead, or knead functions for a different feel according to your personal preference. Chose from a 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, or 120 minute session.

Price

This is one of the pricier units you can buy, but it does come with some features and functions that can take the sting out of the price for some people.

Ease of Use

This was very easy to use and everything was well-marked. The procedure buttons, on/off switch, intensity controls, timer, and function buttons are intuitive and in a protected place where they are unlikely to be knocked inadvertently to a different setting.

Features/Options

The dual channels mean you can target two areas of the body at once, and this unit allows you to use as many as eight pads at once. There are 20 different intensity levels, giving you complete control over how much you want to feel and where you want to feel it.

Design Quality

This unit feels well-made. The backlit screen is easy to see and very clear, giving accurate and understandable information. The buttons are not covered, but they are in a protected place. The rechargeable battery can be charged up through a USB or directly plugged into the wall.

The only possible problem is that this unit is a bit bigger and bulkier than some others on the list. The pads are truMedic’s own brand but can be changed out for many others available on Amazon or elsewhere.

Warranty

This unit also comes with a one-year warranty but considering the price that’s not really a steal. Also, you have to register the product to get that warranty: otherwise you’re only covered for 90 days.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Plenty of treatment choices
  • Large range of intensities
  • Rechargeable battery

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Must register to get a one-year warranty
  • No belt clip or protective case

FDA Cleared HealthmateForever TENS unit Pro15AB

HealthmateForever YK15AB TENS unit EMS Muscle Stimulator 4 outputs 15...

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This TENS unit offers wireless technology and comes with 15 pre-programmed modes that are easy to adjust. It is dual channel, offers 20 intensity levels, and has an adjustable timer for 10 to 80 minutes worth of relief. The HealthmateForever brand is considered an industry leader.

Price

This is the most expensive unit we reviewed, but it comes packed with features that aim to make consumers happy with that price.

Ease of Use

It’s easy to choose the intensity level you want and the programme modes, though the screen can be a little complicated to navigate. This unit also offers a massage function that works quite well. The isolated channels mean that you can use two completely different programs at the same time.

Features/Options

It’s hard to find a unit with more bells and whistles than this one. There are two channels and they are isolated so they can run completely different message or intensity programs. The rechargeable battery can charge up connected to the wall or to a USB, and the unit is slim and easily-portable. Choose from all kinds of features like massage, Chinese acupuncture, bodybuilding, or cupping.

Design Quality

This is the area where we have to dock this brand despite its general industry reputation. For the price, the unit ought to be made better. It has a cheap, flimsy feel. It’s not unheard of for a channel to go out unexpectedly. And the screen does not last.

Warranty

What does HealthmateForever offer? It’s hard to say. For some products, HealthmateForever offers a limited lifetime warranty for anyone who registers their product within 90 days of getting it. The warranty covers workmanship and materials. The warranty is voided by using it out of the USA or Canada, or by using any non-authorized parts. For other products, the warranty is only three months and only with registration. Until you buy, it’s anyone’s guess which warranty your product will come with.

Pros

  • Lots of variety
  • Isolated channels
  • Rechargeable, long-life battery
  • Small and easy to transport

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Poor quality design
  • Unclear warranty description
  • Not as easy to personalize
  • Less easy to use than some we reviewed

Conclusion

The HealthmateForever Pro15AB will set you back a good chunk of money, but it’s not really worth the price. The TENS 3000 is a great, solid unit for a very reasonable price. However, for our money, the TENS 7000 is the one to choose. It’s only slightly more expensive than the 3000 model, and for that extra few dollars, you get some great improvements to usability and some extra options for power and control. You could spend more; but why would you?

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