General information about the pads
What should be considered when buying electrode pads?
Pay attention to the following product-specific features:
- Compatibility: The suitable connection to your stimulation current device
- Adhesion and conductivity: (For improved adhesion there is the contact and cleaning spray)
- Matching shape: For the respective application on the body (head, foot, hand, ...)
You can find more information on this topic in our electrode guide.
You should also note the following quality features:
- CE mark: Valid certification as medical machine
- LOT number (batch number)
- Expiration date of the pads
- Information on the manufacturer or the EU representative
- Comprehensible operating instructions
How can I recognize a valid certification for pads?
Look for the proof of a CE mark on the packaging of the pads. Know how you can distinguish good from bad quality pads here.
Why are there different numbers of pads in TENS machines?
With larger muscles, a larger number of pads is usually required to ensure a large-area coverage. For smaller muscles often fewer pads are necessary. For particularly large areas such as the back, there are special electrode pads like the electrode against back pain. For smaller areas such as fingers, the finger electrode and for mobile areas such as the elbow, the special electrode against joint pains.
Which advantages do TENS machines with more pads have?
For some applications two pads are sufficient for the treatment. The back or thighs can usually be treated better with 4 pads or 8 pads. With our STIM-PRO X9+ you can use up to 8 pads simultaneously thanks to 4 channels.
Do the pads fit your machine?
Our pads are sorted by connections. On our electrode overview page you can choose between pads with a 2 mm plug connection, a 3.2 mm snap-on, a 3.5 mm snap-on and a 3.75 mm snap-on connection. In addition, our pads are compatible with almost every stimulation current device of other brands such as Beurer, Schwa-Medico or Sanitas.
How can the adhesive properties of the TENS electrode pads be improved?
Before each use you should clean your skin with water, not with soap. Care for your TENS electrode pads after each use with a few drops of water, but not with a damp cloth. By using a contact spray you can additionally improve the adhesive properties of the electrode pads. For more information, please refer to our guide.
Do you need a contact gel for the pads?
That depends on whether you use the self-adhesive or the permanent pads. For the permanent pads you need a contact gel.
Do you need a contact spray for the pads?
No, basically you do not need a contact spray to use the pads for TENS or EMS applications. But with the contact spray the pads last longer.
What material are our TENS EMS pads made of?
Our pads are made of carbon. Read more about the structure and quality of our pads.
Where should the pads be stored?
To ensure a long lasting quality of the pads, keep them in the packaging sent to you. Pack the pads airtight.
Placement and use of the TENS EMS pads
May you place the pads on the wounds?
No, the pads must never be applied to open wounds.
Why is the placement of the pads so important for a TENS treatment?
Only if the pads are placed correctly, the pain can be effectively relieved. Instructions for the correct placement of the pads with over 30 application examples can be found on our TENS application page.
How should the pads be removed?
To remove the pads, pull them slowly and carefully off the skin.
Can the pads be reused?
Yes, both the self-adhesive and the permanent pads can be reused. If you clean the skin before use and store the pads carefully, they can be used more often.
How often can the TENS EMS pads be used?
Normally the pads last for 20 applications. With good skin care and careful storage of the pads, they can last up to 30 applications.
Do you have to clean self-adhesive pads after use?
No, stick the pads on the packaging after use and pack them airtight.