Originally Posted by Stella_Omega
Are you saying that I could connect this to a TENS unit that is not a PES?
What would you recommend?
All single pole TENS units come with one set of leads. Double pole TENS will come with two leads. The difference in manufacturers is how the leads connect to the attachments. Attachment manufacturers sometimes specify the TENS unit they are made for, but that only means the method of connection is one of the many different kinds. There are pin jacks, banana jacks, alligator clips, PES connectors and snap connectors to mention most of them. Unfortunately, there is no standard or rule of thumb when purchasing an attachment or a TENS unit.
What you have to think if is how the attachment connects to the lead and how the TENS unit connects to the lead. Those two connections will have to be how they are. Then, you can have any kind of lead and even an adapter if necessary, to get that connections accomplished.
Electricity only needs a connection. If you wanted to and knew how to do it, you could even make your own leads. There are electronics stores that sell banana jacks, and many TENS units have a basic stereo (double pole) or mono (single pole) 1/8th inch jack like you'd have on headphones.
Some can be sneaky and make their jacks a little different so you have to purchase them specifically from a certain company, but those are not the norm. But, even with audio jacks which are all suppose to be standard, I've seen plugs and jacks that don't quite match up as well as they should, resulting in a poor connection. A poor connection when talking about electricity means you won't get the electricity from point A to point B.
And, when talking about a TENS unit, they are all pretty much the same, with a few exceptions. There could be an output juice thing to deal with, but unless you have a really cheap TENS, most of them will be able to provide enough juice. And they have their specialties in some cases, but they are all usually a single TENS or a double TENS. That means they should all work the same, in that respect, as long as you have the proper connections on the leads. It can get confusing, but a little shopping around can get you the necessary combination of leads that allows you to use your favorite attachment with your favorite TENS unit. The difficult part is finding that combination.
And many online pics don't show the leads up close enough to allow you to see how they connect. They want you to buy their whole product line, so they give you the complete package from their store instead of telling you an attachment from someone else will work, too.
Basically, if you have a TENS unit, you have half of the problem solved. Then, you need to see how the attachment you want to purchase connects to a lead. Then, you need to purchase the correct lead for that attachment, and if it doesn't connect to your TENS without an adapter, you will need to get an adapter so it will. Yes, it can seem complicated, if you don't know anything about adapters and leads.
The one thing you really need to make sure of is to purchase leads that connect to your TENS as they should. Of course, when you purchase a TENS, it will usually come with a set. If not, you really should look for another TENS. Then, you might find adapters or leads with different attachment ends on their web site, or on some universal site that carries all brands.
If nothing else works, in many cases you can splice your own wires. It takes a little know how and I wouldn't recommend it, if you don't have that know how, but it isn't difficult. And it takes some equipment that isn't normally sitting around the house.
There's always the chance you won't find attachments, adapters or leads that you want and that is always to the advantage of the different brands. They want you to purchase their TENS, their leads, adapters and attachments as if no other company exists. But, if you've purchased an older TENS and you want to try one of the new attachments that is out, you are going to have to connect the two.
I can't recommend any brand, because they all have their benefits. Just like purchasing a DVD recorder, all brands work. They have their little differences and are priced accordingly. But, they are all still DVD recorders. If you don't understand the differences between a single pole and a double pole, just keep single pole TENS and their attachments together and double pole TENS and their attachments together. Single pole TENS won't correctly work with a double pole attachment. But, usually you can control two single pole attachments with one double pole TENS.
I don't use a TENS that much any more. It's just too expensive for me. But when I did, I would splice my own leads to connect something. Now, I prefer my home made toys to the mass produced kind, because they tend to get a submissive's attention, if you know what I mean. There's the Frankenstein effect that goes with it.