BodyMed® Analog TENS Unit with Timer vs. TENS 3000

Analog Tens unit

Pitting these two electrotherapy units against the other is more than just about whether the TENS 3000 will be scarce for a few days. It also is about which analog device reigns supreme. The BodyMed® Analog TENS Unit with Timer wears the word analog badge proudly in its sleeve, and there is good reason for that. The superficial similarities between the two products are rather obvious. Both are a throwback to an era before the digital age. What with backlit, LDC screens and fancy press buttons digital units are certainly user-friendlier – though the generation gap dictates that older users prefer more old-school technology. However, analog units have the basic mechanism of action and work as effectively underneath the seemingly archaic dials and knobs.

BodyMed® Analog TENS Unit with Timer vs. TENS 3000

Technical Specifications



BodyMed TENS

TENS 3000

  • Channel

Dual, isolated between channels

  • Pulse amplitude

Adjustable 0-80 mA peak into 500 ohm load

  • Pulse rate

2-150 Hz (adjustable, 1Hz/step)

  • Pulse width

30-260 μs (adjustable, 10 μs/step)

  • Waveform

Asymmetrical bi-phasic square pulse

  • Timer

15-30 minutes, continuous

  • Power source

9 volt battery

  • Treatment modes

Normal, Burst, and Modulated


Additionally, both units include lead wires, electrodes, carrying case, battery, and instructions. As you can see, the differences are negligible. It could be said that the BodyMed® Analog TENS Unit with Timer is a palette swap of the TENS 3000. Then again, Reptile was a palette swap of Scorpion and that didn’t stop it from becoming one of the greatest Mortal Kombat characters. The main, if not the only difference, is that the BodyMed Analog Unit is pricier. This, rather than a flaw, may even be viewed as a virtue. If it’s more expensive then it must be better. Truth be told, if it isn’t better it is at the very least just as good, and the price difference is negligible – five dollars won’t make you any richer or poorer.

The bottom line is that if your doctor has prescribed treatment with the TENS 3000, there is no reason that the BodyMed Analog unit shouldn’t be able to do the job. Furthermore, despite its somewhat austere outward appearance, the Analog TENS Unit with Timer is actually very easy to operate. In summary, if you had your mind set on the TENS 3000 but simply can’t – or won’t – wait to get your hands on a TENS device, then you may want to consider giving the BodyMed® Analog TENS Unit with Timer a shot.

Related Read:

- Choosing a Digital TENS Unit or Analog Tens Unit.