If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to try TENS for the first time and don’t want to compromise too much on features (who does!?) our budget pick, TechCare’s Plus 24 is a tantalizing proposition.
Plus 24 has (you guessed it) 24 TENS stimulation modes, more than you’ll find on most units, our other two picks included. The modes are categorized into six groups with names such as ‘kneading’, ‘cupping,’ ‘reflexology’. Each of the groups has four modes within them and while some of the modes in the same groups may be similar to each other, none of them are overly similar. (We documented this in the full review of Plus 24.)
The device is dual channel which means you can treat two body parts (or for example, both sides of the back) at the same time. It has 20 intensity levels and while not as many as our other two picks it’s certainly enough to be able to control the level of current and we were never found wanting for any more. The round A / B button on the controls toggles between the two channels and then you simply press + or – to increase or decrease the strength of treatment.
A standout feature of this model that we love is the 20-hours of use its rechargeable battery provides. This is substantially longer than most of its rivals so ideal for those who want portability and to not worry about it running out of charge on them.
We found the unit to be unit to be simple and easy to use, with no unnecessary controls. The default treatment time is 20 minutes, this can be increased though with just a push of the T key. After the session is complete the unit automatically switches itself off to preserve (that splendid) battery.
Another feature that impressed us immensely was the screen. It’s backlit (so you can use it in the dark) and really big (3.75 inches to be precise) and covers almost the entirety of the front of the unit.
While it doesn’t come with a dedicated carrying case like our top pick does, it ships in a lovely box that’s sized perfectly, giving you somewhere to store the device between uses.
Plus 24 offers superb bang for the buck, making it a popular choice for those wanting a feature-rich device without having to make a larger investment.
Could it be improved?
The only slight flaw we think worth noting is that there aren’t any pad placement diagrams in the instruction manual.