Tens 3000 Review About Why It Is a Great Product for the Price

Overview of the Tens 3000

In this Tens 3000 Review I will tell you all about this product, the features it offers, the pros and cons, and anything else you may need to know before deciding whether or not this tens machine is for you.

People also search for this device as Current Solutions tens 3000, which means that it is the same thing from a different company, specifically roscoe medical. All of these devices: balego tens 3000, lg-3000 tens unit, mpo-3000 advanced tens system, and the impulse 3000 tens (sold with prescription) are, as far as I can see, the same unit sold by different manufacturers. All of them share the same features.

This Tens device is designed to alleviate pain and it allows for a more customizable experience. It is also good for first-time tens unit owners because of its price. Tens used for pain management is a great alternative to pain medication.

When you purchase the Tens 3000 you will receive 1x TENS 3000 Analog TENS Unit, 1x package of high quality 1.5" x 1.5" Self-Adhesive Electrodes, 45" Lead Wires, 1x 9V Battery, and a Hard Plastic Carrying Case.


TENS 3000

Dual Channel TENS Technology

3 TENS Modes

8 Intensity Levels

Use with 2 Pads or 4 Pads


  • Hard shell carrying case included
  • Great value for the cost—affordable
  • Simple and easy to use
  • Long-lasting batteries
  • Cons

    • No screen
    • Device isn't rechargeable
    • No auto-shut off at the end of a session
    • Small controls on the front of device

    Functions and Advantages

    Three Distinct Modes

    The three modes belonging to the Tens Unit 3000 are Burst, Constant, and Modulation, and they are indicated as B, N, and M. You can customize your experience to a much more significant degree because there are pulse width and pulse length dials on the front of the device.

    3 Pre-set TENS Modes

    You can either run your device on continuous or one of two fixed session lengths. These fixed sessions last the duration of either 30 minutes or 15. I urge you to be cautious before using a tens unit on continuous, however, as there may be certain risks associated with misusing or overusing the machine.

    I have heard several people explain that they do not generally even need to use the device for 30 minutes. Of course, that also depends on your personal preference and needs.

    Other Tens manufacturers suggest using a Tens device for up to 3 times a day, and no more than 30 minutes each session. If you would still like to use the unit on continuous I suggest setting an alarm on your phone, just to make sure you don't lose track of the time.

    Customizable Dual Channels

    Like many other Tens units out there, the Tens Unit 3000 is a dual channel device.

    Each channel has separate intensity controls. Just choose one of the channels and turn the analog dials in order to find the right degree of pulse amplitude, pulse frequency, and pulse width. Once you have done this you can repeat this same process for the other channel.

    You can use either one or two pads on each channel simultaneously. This lets you target different pain regions in your body at the same time. You may be surprised by how useful it is to have a dual channel device, just like many others out there—you never know when you might need to use the unit on two different places at the same time.

    Dual Channel & Use with two Pads or four Pads

    You can also use all four pads to treat the same area, especially if the pain is spread out over a big region. If you are using the device on your back, for example, you could use four pads. This also enables you to use a stronger level of intensity through one channel if one side of your back hurts worse than the other.

    Some other tens units may also be dual channel devices, but they will only allow you to adjust the overall intensity for both channels. This tends to be the case in cheaper devices.

    Eight Intensity Levels

    With an intensity range of 0-80 mA the Tens 3000 is actually fairly standard. Some machines may put out less, while others, like the TENS 7000 put out more; in this case 0-100 mA.

    8 Levels of Intensity

    There are eight different intensity levels to choose from with this electrotherapy pain relief device.

    The intensity levels or power levels are the same thing as the pulse amplitude. The pulse width of this device reaches from the values of 30-260 microseconds. This means that each increasing or decreasing turn of the knob is 10 microseconds. The pulse frequency goes between 20 and 150 Hertz; when you turn the knob you will increase or decrease the frequency by 10 Hertz.

    You can adjust the level by turning the dials found on the top of the device. The dials are protected by a cover.

    This type of cover is a very smart idea, in my opinion, because it means that you won't accidentally bump the dials and either select a lower intensity level or, worse, a higher level that meets you with an unpleasant shock.

    Operating and Using the Device

    Besides the intensity levels, which are located on top of the device, there are also four controls found on the front under a slide-down cover. Two of these controls are twisting dials which relate to pulse width and pulse rate, and the other two are simple switches which control the timer and mode.

    Many tens units that you can get over the counter, and are quite inexpensive, tend to have a pre-programmed pulse rate and width. This isn't the case with this electric stimulation device, which is a big benefit, because you can manually adjust these functions.

    This is something I really like, because I like to have optimal control over my device, truly customizing my treatment.

    I should tell you that the switches and dials on this device are on the small side. Some people may find this a little bit frustrating, but this isn't something that I would personally be concerned about. If this is an issue that you are looking to avoid, I suggest the TENS 7000 which also happens to be more powerful.

    You could also check out my review on the PM3030 by Omron, which has large, easy-to-operate and simple controls. This device isn't quite as powerful, however, and its features are not as good as the Tens 3000. Another possible option is the trumedic pl-009 model.

    Aside from the small issue of the dials I think that the device is pretty straightforward and simple to operate. Wondering how to use the tens 3000?

    To begin treatment all you have to do is twist the intensity dials and then pick the mode you want. After your session has started you can tweak the pulse rate and width until you find a good balance that works for you.

    The device also comes with a belt clip which can be attached to your waistband or belt, making it much more mobile.

    The other thing you should know is that the TENS 3000 doesn't have a screen. This particular device is somewhat old-fashioned and doesn't have the same appearance or design that newer tens units do—but that isn't necessarily bad. This device has in fact been around a pretty long time, and that's why it looks as it does.

    This also means, however, that it has endured the changing times. Why should it be altered if it has had such success? If it can actually do its job and provide genuine pain relief then I don't think its appearance should have too much bearing on whether or not it is a worthy device.

    Mobility and Dimensions

    The TENS 3000 is 3.74 inches in height, 2.6 inches in width, and 0.92 inches in diameter. In these respects it is just about the exact same size as the TENS 7000. It's complete weight is 4.06 oz including the battery.

    If you want portability (like many people who are interested in tens units) then the Tens 3000 fits the bill in basically every way that matters. Aside from being lightweight and compact, it also has a battery which can last for a fairly long time.

    TENS 3000 - Size Comparison

    Speaking of being mobile, we can't forget about the hard carrying case which comes with the device. This case gives the unit a perfect home, exactly suited to its dimensions. Aside from this it gives you a place to put the accessories which come with the device, and it keeps it all safe.

    I have noticed that very few tens units come with cases, and if they do, it is usually just a fabric pouch that doesn't offer much protection. That being said, a protective case is a really good thing to have, and I think this is an important aspect of the tens 3000 machine.

    Battery and Battery Life

    You will be equipped with a 9V battery when you acquire this device, which is the type of battery it requires to run. It is not rechargeable, unlike many of the other tens units available.

    According to the manufacturer the battery is expected to last around 50 hours if you use the normal settings. When I first saw this I thought—how would you define the normal settings? This could vary from one person to the next as far as intensity levels and modes are concerned.

    From the reviews I have seen there seems to be no fundamental issue with the batteries, however. Generally people seem to say that the batteries last a pretty decent period of time. The same has also been said about the Tens 7000.

    I think one reason the device is so efficient with its battery life is the fact that it doesn't have to power a screen—this, as you can imagine, can drain a battery much faster.

    If you want to have your device ready to use whenever you need it, I suggest having extra batteries on hand so you never have to worry about this situation.

    You can choose to stock up on 9V batteries if you want or buy them when you are out, or almost out of batteries. Another possible option you may want to consider is purchasing some rechargeable batteries and a charger. I recommend these batteries if you are interested or looking around for some.

    What Comes With the Tens 3000

    TENS 3000 - Package Contents

    Everything you get with the TENS 3000 will come safely stored away inside the carrying case. You will find an instruction manual, a 9V battery, lead wires, four pads, and of course your TENS 3000 Unit.

    The manual for this device has clear, easy-to-understand instructions.

    The tens 3000 electrodes that come with the device are not of the highest quality, but they are a universal fit so it is easy to find replacement pads at different vendors for a good price. If you are interested in getting some better quality replacement pads for this tens unit, that not only last last longer, but have a more pleasant texture, I recommend this 40 pack of re-usable electrode pads on Amazon.

    Although the device doesn't come with these nicer pads, if you use the unit you will definitely need tens 3000 replacement pads eventually, and it is nice to have the option of choosing better quality if you want it.

    In my opinion the quality of the pads is just about as important as the unit, so if you want to have the best experience you might want to get good pads. Having insufficient pads may be uncomfortable or even interfere with the performance of the device.

    One of my favorite expression is, "if you don't want to spend too much, make sure you don't spend too little", this essentially means that by going the cheapest route you may actually end up spending more money than if you just invested in a higher-quality product. Remember that better quality means it lasts longer and endures more.

    One-Year Warranty Covering Labor and Parts

    1 Year Warranty

    The Tens 3000 comes with a one-year warranty. This warranty covers both the labor and parts of the device. This unit comes at a pretty inexpensive price, but it is also a fairly standard device. There are a lot of other similar Tens units that cost more and have a warranty that doesn't last nearly as long.

    How Much You Should Expect to Pay

    Curious about the tens 3000 price? Considering how competitively priced the Tens 3000 is you can actually get this device for somewhere in the ballpark of $25 as long as you price shop. If you look around at other tens units that sell for the same amount I think you will agree that the Tens 3000 offers a pretty good quality for the price it goes for.

    If you went to a medical supply store to get a similar tens unit you would find yourself paying a minimum of $100.

    Aside from the unit itself you will also have to factor in the cost of batteries and replacement pads, so that is something to consider too.

    How Much does a TENS 3000 Cost?

    Unfortunately, at this present time (April 12th, 2016) I can't find the Tens 3000 at Walgreens, Walmart, or Amazon, nor can I find it on the roscoe medical manufacterer website. You can, however, find it at overstock and at this time it is being sold for $28. It is on ebay.com for $22-$24 and tenspros.com for $16.95.

    Customer Reviews and Opinions

    There is a common trend among tens reviews—people seem to think that, for the price you pay, you get a pretty good machine with the Tens 3000. Tenspros.com had the most reviews with 192, 177 of which were five stars for the product.

    On overstock there are 56 tens 3000 reviews, 43 of which were five stars. I should note that the Tens 7000 is significantly more popular with 731 reviews on overstock, and out of those 594 are five stars.

    Not many people have a lot of complaints, check out what this individual thinks: "My only gripe is the carrying case. The clips do not lock firmly enough." There are plenty of other tens machine reviews out there that are easy to track down.

    According to another person :“I prefer the analog units like this instead of digital units because less complicated parts means less to worry about breaking down. Rotary knobs & slide-adjustments are easier to use that push-button set-ups.”

    Online Store Number of Reviews 5 Star 4 Star 3 Star 2 Star 1 Star
    eBay.com 87 74 8 2 2 1
    OverStock.com 56 43 8 3 1 1
    TensPros.com 192 177 12 2 0 1

    Other Tens Units to Consider

    TENS 3000

    TENS 7000

    truMedic PL-009

    HealthmateForever HM6ML
    Modes 3 5 5 6
    Channels Dual Dual Dual Dual
    Pads 4 4 4 4
    Intensity 8 8 10 20
    Touch Screen No No No No
    EMS No No No Yes
    Battery 1 x 9V 1 x 9V 4 x AAA Rechargeable lithium
    Size (inches) (H x W x D) 3.74 x 2.6 x 0.92 3.98 x 2.4 x 0.96 7.8 x 2 x 0.8 3.25 x 1.5 x 0.25
    Weight (oz) 4.06 5.29 6.4 1.1
    Warranty 1 Year Warranty 1 Year Warranty 90 Day Warranty Lifetime Warranty in US and Canada
    Price $ $ $ $$
    Rating 7.1 8.2 7.1 7.7

    Tens 7000

    You have already heard me mention the Tens 7000 several times in this review. The two are similar in some respects and have some of the same qualities; they can both use 4 pads, are dual channel devices, inexpensive, and run on 9V batteries. The difference between the tens 3000 and the tens 7000 are: the Tens 7000 is more powerful, more popular, and it has a more modern look, featuring a screen.

    Tens 3000
    • Inexpensive
    • 9V batteries
    • Dual channel
    • 8 Intensity levels
    • 3 Modes
    • No screen
    Tens 7000
    • Inexpensive
    • 9V batteries
    • Dual channel
    • 8 intensity levels
    • 5 modes
    • More powerful
    • Screen

    truMedic PL-009

    This is also an inexpensive dual channel device which has a screen and can be operated with 4 pads. It uses 4 AAA batteries and has more options for modes and intensity levels than the Tens 3000, with five modes and ten intensity levels. It also has a screen.

    Tens 3000
    • Inexpensive
    • 9V batteries
    • Dual channel
    • 8 Intensity levels
    • 3 Modes
    • No screen
    -truMedic PL-009
    • Inexpensive
    • 4 AAA batteries
    • Dual channel
    • Ten intensity levels
    • 5 modes
    • Screen

    oHealthmateForever HM6ML

    This device has more features and a higher quality, but it is slightly more expensive. With this unit you will get dual channels, a screen, four pads, EMS, six modes, 20 intensity levels, and rechargeable lithium batteries. This many intensity levels, and the rechargeable batteries, are really what sets this device apart from the Tens 3000. There are obvious advantages to having a rechargeable tens unit.

    Tens 3000
    • Inexpensive
    • 9V batteries
    • Dual channel
    • 8 Intensity levels
    • 3 Modes
    • No screen
    HealthmateForever HM6ML
    • More expensive
    • Rechargeable lithium batteries
    • Dual channel
    • 20 Intensity levels
    • 6 Modes
    • Screen
    • EMS

    Final Thoughts

    The older brother of the Tens 3000 is the Tens 7000 and I believe this unit to be superior. It doesn't cost very much more but it is a higher quality product when looking at power, modes, and intensity levels. We prefer the Tens 7000 and I suggest you look it over and see for yourself how it compares to the Tens 3000.

    TENS 3000

    The Bottom Line

    When viewing this device as a whole I definitely think it is a great choice, considering the accessories it comes with, its customizable sessions, and its price. Being able to fine-tune your own therapy, and the traveling case, are two slightly rare things about this product that I think makes it stand out so much.

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