Pharmedoc Tens Unit - Is it Another PL-009 Clone?
The PharMeDoc tens unit is sold by PharMeDoc, as you could probably imagine. This company sells much more than just tens units, however. In fact, they sell fitness equipment, such as workout bands and jump rope, and health and personal care, such as dental hygiene kits and pillows.
Re-Branding and the PharMeDoc Unit
Recently on Amazon the PharMeDoc tens unit was announced as a brand new 2016 design. When we look closely at the product design, it looks like another PL-009 model. We have talked about PL-009 models when we reviewed the SantaMedical electronic pulse massager in detail.
A lot of different vendors practice re-labeling. Essentially a big manufacturer will sell one specific product, in this case a tens unit, to multiple different companies who will resell the device to the public. These companies will give the device a new name, and this is what we call re-branding.
So you may be looking at tens units, all with different names, from different companies, but when it comes down to the brass tacks, the units are identical. Even though it has a different name it will have the same power, modes, size, channels, and overall specs. A good explanation and example of this can be found in my other review "PurePulse Electronic Pulse Massager."
These other tens unit reviews may prove to be useful to you.
PharMeDoc Electronic Pulse Massager
Dual Channel TENS Technology
5 Pre-set TENS Modes
10 Intensity Levels
Use with 2 Pads or 4 Pads
Looking At the PL-009 Model
Below is an image of several different PL-009 models, put together, to be compared visually. As you can see from the image, truMedic PL009, Prospera PL009, PurePulse Electronic Massager, and Santamedical LFM-110 all have the same buttons and functions, and basically look identical.
Everything about how the machines operates is the same.
Since we are looking at the same product from different vendors, the best thing would be to consider things like which one is cheapest and which one has the better company support.
Since I have already talked about his, I recommend you check out the PurePulse Tens Review for a detailed discussion of choosing the best options for yourself. This review will give you all the facts you need to know about choosing the right seller.
This medical tens unit device is not available on walmart, walgreens or overstock.
When talking about the price of this tens unit, it is in the same range as other brands like truMedic and SantaMedical. The only cheaper option was one from Prospera.
The price is okay on Amazon, but you may actually find a cheaper unit at medicalsuppliesmarket.com or ebay.com, depending on the rates on Amazon (check the current price on Amazon). On ebay the unit goes for $25-$45 and it is $24.99 at medicalsuppliesmarket.com.
Compare PharMeDoc with Other TENS Units
Here, we compare the features of PharMeDoc TENS unit with Omron Electrotherapy Max Power Relief, truMedic TM-1000PRO Deluxe Tens Unit and TENS 7000.
PharMeDoc Electronic Pulse Massager
Omron Electrotherapy Max Power Relief - PM3032
truMedic TM-1000PRO Deluxe Tens Unit
|Battery||4 x AAA||2 x AAA||Rechargeable lithium||1 x 9V|
|Size (inches) (H x W x D)||7.8 x 2.2 x 0.9||4.25″ x 2″ x 0.8″||6 x 1.8 x 0.5||3.98 x 2.4 x 0.96|
|Warranty||-||1 Year Warranty||1 Year Warranty||1 Year Warranty|
A Few Last Words
On the PharMeDoc website they make a statement that they will refund the PharMeDoc tens unit electronic pulse massager if you aren't happy with it and send a new one, so that is obviously a good advantage. You will want to consider company promises such as this, although I do not know whether PharMeDoc honors this policy or not.
The Bottom LinePrice and customer support would be the important factors to consider since we are talking about the same product from different brands. Overall, his seems to be a decent machine to get if you are looking for a quality home tens unit.