I have been thankful to Tandem for coming out with the t:clip so soon after launching their t:slim pump and hearing the complaints of the t:case and t:slider being so bulky. While I’m sure some didn’t mind it, a lot did and they listened.. and I’m glad. I am the proud owner of 9 t:clips (I think?) and still want yet one more… the orange.
But one thing I wish they would fix is how far the clip sticks off of the case. I’ve written about this before, but the design of the clip adds bulk to the pump that I wish weren’t there. After all, one of the attractive features of the pump itself is just how slim it actually is.. and the t:clip takes away from that. Not just that, but it’s not particularly a sturdy clip.
I had an idea from something someone posted on a forum. They linked the Hip Clip and told what they did with it. I’m going to buy another one just for my Dexcom either way, but I bought one this week to try a little experiment. I took the t:case that came initially with the pump (basically the t:clip without the clip part), cleaned it, and stuck the Hip Clip to the back of it. The instructions are to leave it for 72 hours to strengthen the bond between it and the clip’s industrial tape.
I like the clip a lot, and I hope it sticks well. (If not, I’m going to try to glue it to the case) It was thin. It felt very similar to how my Animas pump felt… secure. Very secure.
It didn’t feel like the clip top was going to poke me (because, technically, it’s not there to do it…) It felt like the pump was thinner too.
The way the tape was placed on the clip from the factory allowed it to stick just a bit above the connection between the two pieces, allowing it to sit lower on the waistline was well.
My wish would be to see a revised t:clip with this type of clip. A thin, slide-on piece without that irritating belt wrap thing at the bottom. Even if they still offered the current one and maybe came up with a new name with this one. Maybe t:clip slim or t:clip2 or make this one the t:slider since technically it would slide onto a garment.
Please, Tandem.. Consider this as your design for the clips. It keeps the sleek, thinness of the pump, which is, after all, why you named it the t:slim, right?