HealthmateForever YK15 Review: Is This Unit for You?
Introducing the HealthmateForever YK15
This HealthmateForever YK15 review will not only look at the YK15, we will briefly mention and compare a few other very similar units, mainly the YK15AB and the YK15RC. The appearance of the YK15 is different than other HealthmateForever tens units. It more resembles the truMedic PL-009 model but there are still some big differences we will mention in this HealthmateForever review.
Dual Channel TENS Technology
15 Pre-set TENS Modes
20 Intensity Levels
Use with 2 Pads or 4 Pads
HealthmateForever YK15 - Features
9 Modes 6 Therapeutic Methods
This unit is interesting as it technically contains 15 pre-programmed electronic pulse massager massage modes and they are divided into nine custom designed modes and six therapeutic methods.
The modes are made for specific body parts, and they are:
|9 Custom Designed Modes|
|6 Therapeutic Methods|
This is a great selection to choose from and it's perfect for you if you want modes that cover both body areas and therapeutic techniques.
YK15RC and YK15AB have the same modes but the TruMedic PL-009 has only five modes.
The HealthmateForever YK15 electronic pulse massager has four outputs or channels and two can be used at the same time. This allows you to utilize eight electrodes in order to stimulate multiple areas of your body or one large area. Evidently 4 outputs have the same100% power, without reducing strength in the other outputs.
I don't believe I have ever seen a unit with so many different outputs, and I find this fairly impressive.
YK15RC and YK15AB have two independent channels and four outputs.
20 Intensity Levels
There are 20 levels of intensity and speed which may be adjusted. One of my favorite things about HealthmateForever is that many of their units feature a large number of intensity levels which gives you plenty of options for finding the best strength.
The unit also has an adjustable timer which can be set 10-80 and includes an automatic shut off.
YK15RC and YK15AB have the same number of intensity levels, but TruMedic PL-009 only has 10.
Is the YK15 Easy to Use?
From what I have seen this Healthmate tens unit is quite easy to use and very straightforward. This video will give you a brief introduction to the unit and teach you how easy it is to use it. The video explains what each button does, how to operate the unit, and electrode placement.
Along with the video you can also refer to device instructions.
Modes are clearly labeled on the front of the device along with buttons to control the speed. Intensity levels are indicated on the side of the unit beside the on/off switch. All you have to do is hook up the leads, place the pads where it hurts, and pick your settings.
The YK15RC model combines the functions and features of the YK15AB and YK15, making it easier to use and smaller.
Mobility and Size
The unit is 7.75" L x 2.75" W x .75" T . It isn't a super small unit, but it is still small enough to take with you pretty much anywhere you need to go. The device itself somewhat resembles a television remote and is around the same dimensions.
One thing that makes the unit a little more mobile is the belt clip which is noted as one of its features. Although it isn't quite a protective as a carrying case, this clip should make it easier for you to tote the unit around.
Three AAA batteries power this device. A lot of the other tens units I've been reviewing from HealthmateForever run on a rechargeable lithium battery which can be a lot more convenient than going through AAA batteries.
I don't exactly know what the battery life is for the unit, but it seems pretty good for the other models from HealthmateForever. I have only seen a couple of reviews about the batteries but they seem to say they last a while.
The YK15AB also uses AAA batteries but the YK15RC has a removable lithium rechargeable battery.
Tens Unit Accessories
Along with the this tens electrical stimulation device you will get: 8 piece electrode pads for the tens unit, 4 sets of electrode wires, Acupuncture placement point chart, Lifetime Warranty Card, and the Operating Manual.
At some point you will need to get new replacement pads.
According to the manufacturer site the snap on electrode pads are only compatible with the wires included with the purchase of all models, except for the YK15AB and YK15. Inserted pin electrode pads are compatible with HealthmateForever YK15 or YK15AB TENS EMS units.
This electrical stimulation machine is included with a limited lifetime warranty. Most other units come with a warranty that lasts a year or two, and generally that is still pretty decent. I consider this to be one of the better warranties for a tens unit, and it comes with all HealthmateForever TENS and EMS devices.
Cost of Tens Unit
This device is not available on Overstock, Walgreen or WalMart, but it is pretty cheap where you can find it. The manufacturer is selling the unit for $41.99 and ebay generally lists it for between $35 and $45. At this time Amazon is also selling the device so you may consider checking there too.
YK15AB is the cheaper unit, listed on the manufacturer site for $34.99, and YK15RC is definitely the more expensive option, listed on the site for $119.99.
I haven't read any reviews stating that the unit is too weak—on the contrary one of the biggest complaints is that the device is too strong even on the lowest setting. By comparison, however, most of the reviews claim that it is powerful and effective at relieving pain.
The overall rating on the unit is positive and many people seem to recommend it.
YK15 vs Other HealthMateForever TENS Units
|Battery||3 x AAA||Rechargeable lithium||Rechargeable lithium||Rechargeable lithium|
|Size (inches) (H x W x D)||7.75x 2.75 x 0.75||3.5 x 1.75 x 0.25||3.25 x 1.5 x 0.25||3.5 x 1.75 x 0.25|
|Warranty||Limited Lifetime Warranty||Lifetime Warranty in US and Canada||Lifetime Warranty in US and Canada||Limited Lifetime Warranty|
HealthmateForever YK15 vs TENS Units By Other BrandsHere we compare HealthmateForever YK15 TENS device with TENS 3000, XFT-320A Electrical Massager and InTENSity 10 Digital TENS.
XFT-320A Electrical Massager
InTENSity 10 Digital TENS
|Battery||3 x AAA||1 x 9V||-||1 x 9V|
|Size (inches) (H x W x D)||7.75x 2.75 x 0.75||3.74 x 2.6 x 0.92||5.12 x 5 x 1.06||4.5 x 2.55 x 0.9|
|Warranty||Limited Lifetime Warranty||1 Year Warranty||-||1 Year Warranty|
Summarizing All Major Points
The Bottom LineThis over the counter tens unit is well priced and includes a pretty admirable list of features and qualities. It gives the user a pretty big range of flexibility with the abundance of intensity levels, modes, and the ability to adjust speed and use up to eight electrodes. Although the device could possibly be a bit smaller it is still designed well and portable.