The Best Insulin Pumps on the Market

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By : dLife Editors

An insulin pump is a small computerized device that delivers insulin for the treatment of diabetes. The pump is programmed to release insulin in continuous small basal dose and a bolus dose. A pump has a control module, a reservoir, an infusion set that includes a cannula and tubing system.

Types of Insulin Pumps

There are a number of different types of insulin pumps available on the market.  In general, there are two types of pump devices:

  • A traditional pump uses a fine tube to connect the pump to the cannula. The pump is worn in the pocket.  The program controls are on the pump.
  • A patch pump has a small tube or no tube, and the pump is stuck to the skin. The controls are on a separate wireless device.

The following are types of pumps more commonly used:

Source: Medtronic Media Kit

Medtronic: The Minimed 530G System

  • Worn on your body, the pump delivers tiny drops of rapid-acting insulin to match your needs.
  • Fewer injections: Change your pump tubing only once every two to three days.
  • Bolus Wizard® calculator makes it easier to calculate mealtime insulin and may avoid insulin stacking.
  • Set temporary basal rates and patterns around your activities.
  • Continuous glucose monitoring.
  • Get readings every five minutes, right on your pump.
  • Track your glucose levels throughout the day, including the effects of food or exercise.
  • Helpful alerts: Get alerted when you’re trending high or low, so you can make adjustments.

Source: Medtronic

Medtronic: Minimed 630G System

  • The system has the features of 530 G system with a few differences.
  • Waterproof.
  • Color screen with auto-brightness.
  • Airplane mode for travel.
  • Polished black exterior finish; easily customizable with a wide variety of personalized skins.
  • Remote insulin dosing.
  • Highly accurate wireless CONTOUR®NEXT LINK 2.4 meter (a MiniMed™ system exclusive).
  • Quick, easy delivery of a bolus.
  • Fewer shots: A small device worn on your body that continuously delivers insulin.
  • Tubing changes needed only every two or three days.
  • Optional CGM with Guardian™ Sensor 3.
  • Multiple insulin delivery settings.

Source: Medtronic.

Insulet Corporation: Omnipod

  • Tubeless comes with a pod and Personal Diabetes Manager (PDM) to control pod functions and glucose release
  • Reservoir: 200 u with 88oz pod and PDM 4.4 ounce
  • Auto cannula insertion
  • A bright color screen on PDM
  • Food library
  • Software: Uploads to Diasend and CoPilot software
  • Power: PDM powered by 2 AAA batteries, Pod powered by 3 357 cell batteries that do not need to be replaced
  • Basal increments: .05u, Maximum: 30u/hour
  • Minimum bolus increment: .05u, Maximum: 30u
  • Duration of Insulin Action Increment: 30min
  • Waterproof
  • High alarm failure rates, pod error, if the PDM is lost-pump delivers basal program but not bolus functions.


Roche: Accu-Chek Combo

  • Reservoir-200u with 2.8 oz weight (lightest)
  • Bluetooth linked pump remote with full programming
  • Software: uploads to Diasend
  • Accepts any luer lock infusion set
  • Bright color screen
  • 1AA battery.  Accepts non-lithium as well as lithium batteries
  • Basal range: 0.01u in the range of 0.05 to 1.00u, 0.05u in the range of 1 to 10u, 0.1u in the range of 10.0 to 25.0u, Maximum: 25u
  • Minimum Bolus Increment: 0.1u, Maximum: 25u
  • Duration of Insulin Action Increment: 15 min
  • Low resolution, tiny screen, reliance on meters to use advanced features and difficult cartridge changes.


Tandem Diabetes Care: t:slim:

  • Reservoir- 300 u with 3.95 oz weight (heaviest)
  • Bright colorful touchscreen
  • Software-uploads to Diasend and web-based to connect software
  • Accepts any luer lock infusion set
  • Carb calculator for multiple and varied carb intakes
  • Powered by rechargeable lithium polymer battery via included micro USB cable
  • Basal range: 0.001u at programmed rates equal to or greater than 0.10u, Maximum: 15u
  • Minimum bolus: 0.01u at volumes greater than 0.05u, Maximum: 25u
  • Duration of Insulin Action Increment: 1min
  • Made of aluminum-metal detector sensitivity.
  • The touch screen allows more user input error despite many confirmation screens
  • An issue of air bubbles
  • Site changes take a lot of time


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