Electrode gels convert the upper ‘dead skin’ into a conductive surface for carrying out various procedures pertaining to monitoring the vitals of the body. These conductivity gels work with ECG monitors, Tens units, hospital monitoring equipment, medical equipment and paediatric controls.
This article walks through the best electrode gels available in the market right now.
NuPrep Electrode Gels ($30.95)
NuPrep Gel effectively lowers impedances with minimal skin irritation and discomfort to patients. It incorporates a mild abrasive action that strips away dry and dead skin and moistens the corneum skin layer. This improves conductivity and helps you achieve maximum efficiency with your equipment saving time and money. Instead of blurting out, the tube dispenses only the amount required for operation.
Can be ideally utilised in EEG exams, evoked potential procedures, stress tests, Holter monitoring, cardiac rehabilitation monitoring, cardiac catheter monitoring, ECG telemetry, sleep tests, audiology tests, intraoperative monitoring
“Use this to prep the human skull before applying the conductive paste to hold neurofeedback sensors in place. It truly helps. Though I don’t much like all the warnings on the label.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
Pour Moi Electrode Gel ($18.00)
This is Pour Moi’s hypoallergic, salt-free electrode gels and bacteriostatic electrode gels. The gel contains special polymers that conduct muscle stimulation efficiently. For use with Apex, ApexM, and Intensity.
InControl Medical Electrode Gel ($9.95)
This is InControl Medical’s 2 oz, hypoallergenic, salt-free, and bacteriostatic electrode gel. It also contains polymers that conduct muscle stimulation efficiently. It effectively makes the process easier and makes the skin incredibly responsive to the electrodes.
“Works as well as the more expensive gel In-tone. Will order again.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
Balego Electrode Gel ($7.42)
This unit by Balego is a 2oz, highly conductive, chloride free, hypo-allergenic electrode gel. This gel can be used in physical therapy for TENS and electrical muscle stimulation. Its non-thinning formula will resist breakdown from body heat and salts in perspiration and will remain moist, thick and uniformly conductive throughout the most prolonged procedure or wearing period.
TheraSonic Electrode Gel ($8.88)
This is TheraSonic’s conductive gel by Roscoe Medical. This unit accommodates for the broad range of frequencies used and is made hypoallergic, bacteriostatic and non-irritating. It is water-soluble and is made for external use only. Spreads evenly and is an active coupling gel for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
“This was my second purchase of this gel. I use it while using my ultrasound device. It is ideal for this use. It is easy to dispense and has no fragrance, which is another plus to me. The price is more economical than buying the smaller containers.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
Laser Touch One Electrode Gel ($13.99)
This is Laser Touch One conductive gel by Renewal Technologies. The gel is made fragrance-free, colourless, hypoallergenic, non-irritating and water soluble. Specially formulated for use with Laser Touch One device.
“I have not used other conductive gels to compare, but it did what it was said to do and lasted long enough to get my treatment finished.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
Tac Gel Electrode Gel ($9.19)
This is Tac Gel, an electrically conductive adhesive gel that is water-soluble and non-staining. The gel neither flows nor leaks and ensures uniform prolonged contact. It firmly secures the electrodes in place and eliminates the problems of irritating tape and patches. For use with carbon electrodes.
“I have been using TENS electrical stim for about two years and experiment with different styles of electrodes. I’d recommend anyone who uses TENS electrodes, regardless of the brand, buy the TENS gel that revitalises the electrode and gives it a longer life. Use it VERY SPARINGLY and leave it to ‘dry’ for quite a while unless you want a big mess on your skin.
It will leave some sticky residue. I use TENS on my back and always wear an undershirt anyway, so there is no risk to my shirts, but just a heads up that you don’t want to use this product when wearing good clothes…YOU WILL STICK TO THE CLOTHES!” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
Signa Gel Electrode Gel ($6.00)
This is Signa Gel by Parker Laboratory. Made non-greasy, it gives a good contact and wipes off nice and clean. A small tube will last a long time because of the minimal application need.
“I recently purchased a heart rate monitor for use during my power walks and hikes. I had been using water (and sweat once I got going) to maintain a connection, however as my walks and hikes have become more strenuous the connection would drop out (it doesn’t help that my chest is pretty hairy).
I finally found a local shop that carried electrode gel. The guy said it was what comes with their high-end fitness machines. The only downside was the local store only had a 60-gramme tube, and they charged me more than the cost of this tube on Amazon.
Just a couple drops spread out on the pads of the strap make a great reliable connection. I put the gel on the pads, put the belt on and as soon as I launch the app on my phone I have a reading.
The first time I used it I used way too much (worked great, just made a bit of a mess). While I imagine the small tube I have will last quite a while, I will be placing an order for this large tube as soon as I finish typing this review.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
Tensive Parker Labs Electrode Gels ($6.52)
This is a 50 grammes adhesive conducting gel by Tensive Parker Labs. It causes no irritation and is ready for use as soon as you apply on your skin. Made non-flammable and odourless and is hypoallergenic and bacteriostatic.
“I bought this product to re-sticky my TENS unit electrodes. Wow does it work! One word of caution — apply a tiny amount to the electrodes and try to spread that little bit around. Keep doing this until you get the electrode covered. THEN do not use it immediately. It will leave a tonne of sticky residue on your skin when you take off the electrode. But first put it back on the plastic sheet where you store your electrodes. Leave it for a day or two to set. Then after a couple of days, it will be set and won’t leave much of a residue on your skin when you remove the electrode. It washes away easily with water, no big deal. I did just use my electrode (4×6 butterfly) that I used this gel on, and it left a tiny bit of stickiness in one area. So it’s not foolproof. BUT I think next time I use it there will be no residue left on my skin. So we’ll see. But it’s a great product! I highly recommend it to those who want to continue to use an electrode(s) that otherwise works fine except it lost its stickiness. It’s entirely conductive. I did not notice any strange feeling when using my electrodes and used the same intensity that I usually use for that spot on my back. Recommended!” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
Spectra 360 Electrode Gels ($9.11)
The Incredibly popular Spectra 360 is a salt-free and chloride-free electrically conductive gel, recommended for all electromedical procedures, except defibrillation. It’s salt-free characteristics make it particularly suitable for long-term applications. Spectra 360 differs significantly from all other electrically conductive media. It works by wetting the skin, thereby reducing skin resistance.
“I have an abdominal stimulation belt, and my wife uses a TENS unit. Both of these devices are used several times a week, and after a few weeks, either the pads need changing, or they need an application of electrode gel. To replace the pads for both devices costs about $25-$30. After replacing them a couple of times, I started checking into electrode gels as a much less expensive alternative, and I ordered the Spectra 360 product. Putting only a little smear of gel on each electrode did the trick to get the devices working again. Needless to say, I’m very pleased with the effectiveness of the electrode gel and as big as the two tubes are, it may be years before I need any more.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
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