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13 Responses to Home

  1. Tony says:


    Is there anyone building a complete x-drip out there in the UK?



  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi Kev,

    I was hoping that someone who has maybe built a few….has gone through a number of improvements/redesigns etc would make one for me (Id pay ofcourse)….rather than me struggle getting parts and reinventing the wheel.



    • Kev says:

      Hey Tony, I can’t see that happening as they would be effectively making a medical device for someone else, which in my opinion makes it illegal. I certainly won’t make anyone else’s xDrip and I’m not sure you’ll find anyone who will. I learned to solder to be able to do this myself, I only bought a very cheap soldering kit and it took me a couple of test attempts to learn.

      • Al says:

        Is there a link out there to buy all the compatible parts from one place in UK? Sure I saw one…

        • Kev says:

          Not sure there is for all of the individual components but it’s not too much hassle to buy from multiple, there’s only a few components needed for xDrip. There is of xDripKit.co.uk but it’s not something I’ve used before.

  3. Anitajaneprice@gmail.com says:

    Hi Kev, we have been trying to complete xdrip – but we are struggling with the last step- please would you be able to help explain how to join the Bluetooth component (the Bluetooth part we have ordered from the list has come with silver pins that look already soldered in ) Do we solder the wires on to the pins? Many Thanks for any advice.

    • Kev says:

      Hi, yes you can directly solder onto the pins, it’s tricky holding the wires to the pins whilst soldering but I’ve done it. But I then felt more confident and desoldered the pins from the Bluetooth board and soldered wires directly to the board connectors (where the pins used to be connected).

  4. Steve says:

    Hi! I’ve bookmarked this page, your posts are extremely informative. Looking forward to more related posts.

  5. Mandy says:

    Hi Kev, would like to thank you , I am researching a trip to India, my husband has type 1 diabetes, and you have provided me with lots to think about. It can be very daunting traveling abroad without having diabetes, but you have inspired us with your blog.
    Thanks again

  6. Joanna Turner says:

    Hi I am interested in finding out more about looping. Have tried to email you on TalktoKev@diabetes.org.uk, but it was returned don’t know if you are still doing this work. iS here a good way to contact you? if not can you recommend how I get in touch with the looping community?

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