Uniprobe Lite

I recently went ahead and bought a Uniprobe Lite from Electricspa, the site that Uniprobe links to, and I tried it out last night. I have a question for anyone who has used one of these before. Why am I not feeling any pain? Upon receiving the unit, I checked to make sure all the needles and such were sealed, which they were. I was terrified at first and put it on the lowest setting, because I know how much the One Touch and professional thermolysis I’d had before hurt. I expected at least a rubberband snap or little pinch. Well, by the time I ended, it was turned all the way up on time/intensity, and I still felt barely anything at all! When I went with a bigger needle, it was just a teeny bit of a sting. Any suggestions or opinions would be helpful. I don’t know if I got a junk machine, or if I’m so used to the pain of the other, that this just doesn’t bother me. By the way, I’m doing my upper lip, so you see why I figured I’d feel something. In my situation, what would ya’ll do? I thought I was moving up in the do-it-yourself department. At this point, I feel like the One Touch was more effective. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" /> One more thing–I know there is some kind of electricity going through the machine, because my touch lamp plugged into the same plug kept going on and off when I applied the current. What the heck is that about?! I take that back. He just told me that they are not plugged into the same plug, but adjacent walls, so probably the same wiring.

After you apply the current does the hair slip out easily?
If you are doing it right it really doesn’t hurt much. If the insertion is to shallow it will really hurt and can burn the heck out of your skin. Becareful on the settings more is not always better.At first I set the settings lower with a longer treatment time. Don’t try this alone try to get someone to help.Some angles are really tuff…I have a few burns to prove it.
Now that you have the machine complement it with a book Thermoloysis and the Blend by Hinkel, Or Modern Electrolysis.
Most Electrologists spend 600 plus hours trying to figure this all out.
For tecnical advise ask Sir. James

When I said “he” above, I meant my husband. He had to reach behind furniture to plug it in, which I why I wasn’t sure. Anyway…
I did feel something a few times, but mostly I felt nothing at all. I am used to using the One Touch on myself, so the insertion part wasn’t a problem for me. I tugged gently, and if it didn’t budge, I hit it again. I know that’s what my professional usually does on the stubborn ones. I guess it must be doing something, because the hairs came out easy enough. It’s just that I thought to be a good kill, I should feel more, or at least SOMETHING. Won’t they just come right back without enough juice? Also, I guess I figured that something run by a 9v battery would hurt so much less than this, but it’s not the case. If anyone has any ideas about the lamp going on and off, please let me know. It was quite annoying. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

How long is it taking for the hairs to come free? I don’t know specifics about the Lite, but my Uniprobe will epilate the toughest hair in about five seconds on full RF power. The manual should have some suggestions about epilation times.

And yes, it should hurt like the dickens. Maybe you don’t have the probe connections quite right.

All it came with is the so called user’s guide (one small sheet), which gives the directions about plugging it in, etc. It doesn’t mention epilation times. It just says to set the power and length according to the patient’s sensitivity. However, one of the first sentences states that it is “effective and almost painless.” I guess they really mean it. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />
There’s only one way to put together the handpiece, cord, and needle that I can see, because they screw together. The metal wire running under the plastic of the probe doesn’t look big enough to run any current, and that’s how all of them are. It came with Uniprobe needles. I have no experience with other types of needles, but I think I read somewhere that this handpiece is only compatible with their own brand.
I’ve been so busy since I got it, I’ve only used it the one time, but I’m hoping to try again in the next couple of days.

Well, after reading about troubleshooting an epilator, I think the problem is in the handpiece wiring, so I emailed customer service at electricspa. I am happy to report that without any problem whatsoever, they told me to send the whole unit back and they’d ship me a new one. I even suggested that it may be in the handpiece, and the guy said it’s just as easy to resend the whole thing. They’re going to throw in a box of needles for my inconvenience. So, tomorrow I’m sending it back. Hopefully it won’t take too long to get the new one. I’m anxious, and my husband is even getting into the idea of working on his back hairs. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" />

The handpiece/stylus go out every 3-6 months so once you know the machine is working good you might wana buy a spare.

The handpiece/stylus go out every 3-6 months so once you know the machine is working good you might wana buy a spare.

Just so you know: You can put whatever handpiece and cable you want on that machine. It just has to have a connector that’s compatible.

I can’t imagine why a handpiece would “go out”. We’ve used a K shank handpiece for more than two years now. Sometimes the “chuck” wears, in my opinion from being overzealous about tightening. That comment doesn’t apply to the Uniprobe, which doesn’t use a chuck.

Well, after reading about troubleshooting an epilator, I think the problem is in the handpiece wiring, so I emailed customer service at electricspa.

I suspect the problem may be in how you put the Uniprobe needles into the holder. Don’t those needles have a little metal whisker coming off the back end - the part where it threads into the holder? That whisker has to contact metal in the holder.

I kind of didn’t like Uniprobe needles for that reason.

Yes, they are the uniprobe needles. For those of you who don’t know, they have plastic “male” part that screws into the holder, with a tiny hairlike metal tail that lays against the plastic to make contact with the metal inside of the handpiece. I initially thought the problem was because the wire is so darn small, it couldn’t be enough. I’ll probably go to another type once I’ve used up the needles that came with the unit. Unless of course, they surprise me by being great. I guess I’ll find out when I get my replacement unit…whenever that will be.