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Tips for Caring for Your CGM MiniLink Transmitter

By Naomi Kingery

Social Community Manager

Posted:  8/29/2013 3:00 PM


If you’re planning to not use your transmitter for a little while, it’s important to remember to properly store your transmitter during that time in order to retain optimal battery life. This is a topic that not a lot of Medtronic customers have really thought about, so I touched base with my co-workers Kristin, a CGM Product Specialist, and Rob, a Customer Experience Driver from the 24-Hour HelpLine, to get their tips on some things to consider when storing your transmitter:

•    Always store the CGM MiniLink transmitter in the charger when you aren’t using it.
•    Store the transmitter, charger and tester in a CLEAN, DRY location at room temperature.
•    Make sure you have a fully charged battery in your charger.
           - The charger uses AAA batteries.
           - The light on the charger will flash RED once every 2 seconds if the battery needs
           - A new AAA battery contains enough power to recharge the MiniLink more than 40 times.

Note: During infrequent usage, remove the transmitter from its charger for at least 1 minute every 1-2 months. So you don’t forget, mark it somewhere on your calendar or set a reminder on your phone.

Not sure where to store the transmitter and charger so it doesn’t get lost? We’ve heard of folks storing their transmitters near their regularly used diabetes supplies (serters, strips, meter, etc.) in a drawer at home or at work, even in their backpack or purse in a side pocket. But the key is to store it in a place that is easy to find. I personally keep mine in my “diabetes drawer” in my bedroom along with all of my supplies.

Tell us your tips for how to store their transmitter! Post in the comment section below or on our Facebook page.

Ready to start using your CGM transmitter again? Depending on how long it’s been, there are a few steps we recommend you take before connecting your transmitter to a new glucose sensor.

First, make sure your transmitter is fully charged. This is important if you want your transmitter to last for the full 3 days of the sensor. If you’re storing your transmitter on your charger this may not be an issue, but it can take up to 8 hours to charge a new or fully depleted transmitter.

In fact, in between sensor changes (every 3 days), you should try and charge your transmitter 20 minutes or less before connecting to a new sensor.

Second, check to make sure the correct transmitter ID is entered in to your pump/monitor. Usually, the transmitter ID can be found here:  HOME Screen > MAIN MENU > SENSOR > EDIT SETTINGS > Transmtr ID

Now you’re ready to go!

For more information about how to care for your transmitter, including cleaning your device, visit the Customer Support section of our website

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Hildaivette Irizarry

Posted on Thu Aug 29 23:34:42 GMT 2013

I nedd Diabetes for 16 years please information fpr Gluscose Monotirin and Pums I

Roger Wofford

Posted on Thu Aug 29 23:51:07 GMT 2013

I once started having problems with the CGM MiniLink Transmitter. If you look at the end where it connects to the battery charger (you may need a light and magnifier to see) you will see 3 little pins sticking you. One of the pins was lower that the other. I took a small piece of wood (sliver from a tongue suppress) and use it the push the pin back up. The Transmitter started working again.

Monica Short

Posted on Fri Aug 30 03:27:50 GMT 2013

The information provided was interesting, but I've never actually "not use(d) my transmitter for a little while" since I've gotten it. I've never "stored" it. I charge it completely when I change it out, but that's not enough time to forget where I put it. Simply put, I can't live without the CGM so it's always with me!


Posted on Fri Aug 30 16:42:16 GMT 2013

Hi Hildaivette, thanks for reaching out. We have a team of people here who would love to help you explore your options. I’ll have someone reach out to you shortly. In the meantime, you can visit our website at to learn more.

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