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Frugal Living Hack: How to Make Self Adhesive Electrodes for TENS Unit Last Longer?

If you use TENS or any similar electrotherapy device to manage pain, you may be using self adhesive electrodes.

The adhesive usually wears off after using the electrodes for a few times and then you will have to purchase another set of electrodes. Depending on the manufacturer and your usage pattern, the cost of these electrodes may become more than $ 50 per month.

To make the adhesive last longer, follow these three simple steps:
  1. Purchase an ultrasound gel container. For example, you can buy this at Amazon for about $ 7.
  2. Apply a thin layer of gel on the electrode 
  3. Refrigerate for about half an hour.
The electrode will recover its adhesive property. After use, you can keep the electrodes in the refrigerator if you want.


 With this method, I have been able to almost double the life of the electrodes that I use with my TENS unit.





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