Medtronic Covidien Force Triad VS Covidien Valleylab FT10 Electrosurgical Unit

January 24, 2024
Medtronic Covidien ESU Compairison Valleylab FT10 vs Valleylab Force Triad

Electrosurgery is used routinely in eye surgery to cut, coagulate, dissect, fulgurate, ablate, and shrink the tissue. An electrosurgical unit (ESU) consists of a generator and a handpiece with one or more electrodes. Both the Medtronic Covidien Force Triad and Covidien Valleylab FT10 are amongst the most highly requested ESUs that offer unique features.

For a more in-depth understanding, I encourage you to read further as we highlight the comparisons between both ESU units.


Electrosurgical units (ESU) use a high-frequency electrical current to cut tissue and control bleeding by causing coagulation. Tissue resistance to the high-density current causes a heating effect which results in tissue destruction. Electrical current is delivered and received through cables and electrodes. The electrodes may be activated by either a handpiece switch or a footswitch. The ESU may use a monopolar or a bipolar mode.

In monopolar mode, electrical current is delivered to the patient via an active cable and electrode. Current returns to the unit through a return electrode plate to disperse the return current, thus preventing focused heat which can cause burns. In bipolar mode, two electrodes, typically the tips of a pair of forceps or scissors, serve as the equivalent of the active and dispersive leads in the monopolar mode.


SpecificationsCovidien Force TriadValleylab FT10
Dimensions (HxWxD)10 x 18 x 20 in. (25.5 x 45.8 x 50.8 cm)7 x 14.5 x 18.2 in. (17.78 x 35.8 x 46.2 cm)
Weight30 lbs (13.6 kg)22.3 lbs (10.1 kg)
DisplayThree touchscreens7 in. LCD touchscreen
  • ForceTriad Energy Platform cart (FT900)
  • Universal Mounting cart (UC8009), and/or UC8010 Overshelf
  • Operating-room boom systems
  • Any stable, flat surface such as a table or cart top
  • Valleylab Universal Generator cart (VLFTCRT)
  • Operating-room boom systems
  • Operating-room boom systems
  • Any stable, flat surface such as a table or cart top
  • Cut Modes: Pure, Blend
  • Valleylab Mode
  • Coag Mode: Fulgurate, Spray
  • Bipolar Modes: Low, Standard, Macro
  • Autobipolar
  • LigaSure Mode
  • Cut Modes: Pure, Blend
  • Valleylab Mode
  • Coag Modes: Soft, Fulgurate, Spray
  • Bipolar Effects: Low, Medium, High Effect
  • LigaSure Mode
  • Bipolar Resection Effect: Cut, Coag
  • Cut: 660 Hz
  • Valleylab Mode: 800 Hz
  • Coag: 940 Hz
  • Bipolar: 940 Hz
  • LigaSure: 440 Hz
  • Cut: 660 Hz
  • Valleylab Mode: 800 Hz
  • Coag: 940 Hz
  • Bipolar: 940 Hz
  • LigaSure: 440 Hz
Alarm Tone
  • Volume (not adjustable): > 65 dBA
  • Frequency: Reactivate/Regrasp, Check Instrument - Two Tones High = 985 Hz, Low = 780 Hz, Seal Complete = 985 Hz, Error/System Alert - Beep tone = 1421 Hz
  • Duration: REM - Two 1/2 second tones separated by 1/2 second for each REM event
  • REM: 660 Hz ± 5%
  • Regrasp/Reactivate: HIgh 784 Hz ± 5%, Low 587 Hz ± 5%
  • Seal Cycle Complete: 988 Hz ± 5%
  • High System Alarm: 784 Hz ± 5%
  • High System Alarm: 784 Hz ± 5%, 1568 Hz ± 5%, 2352 Hz ± 5%, 3136 Hz ± 5%
  • Medium System Alarm: 784 Hz ± 5%, 1568 Hz ± 5%, 2352 Hz ± 5%, 3136 Hz ± 5%
  • Low System Alarm: 784 Hz ± 5%, 1568 Hz ± 5%, 2352 Hz ± 5%, 3136 Hz ± 5%
Return Electrode Monitor (REM)
  • Interrogation Frequency (80 kHz ± 10 kHz)
  • Interrogation Current (< 100 µA)
  • Interrogation Voltage (< 12 V RMS)
  • Interrogation Frequency (64-76 kHz
  • Interrogation Current (< 100 µA)
  • Interrogation Voltage (< 12 V RMS)
Operating Temperature 50 — 104°F (10 — 40°C) 50 — 104°F (10 — 40°C)
Transport and Storage -22 — 145°F (-30 — +65°C) 14 — 140°F (-10 — 60°C
Battery Type Lithium battery-backed RAM Lithium battery (CR1620 or CR1632)
Battery Life 120 mAh 75 mAh (minimum)
  • 100-120 VAC (Maximum VA - 1056 VA)
  • 220-240 VAC (Maximum VA - 2080 VA)
  • 100-120 VAC (Maximum VA - 950 VA)
  • 200-240 VAC (Maximum VA - 950 VA)



The Covidien Valleylab Force Triad is a full-featured electrosurgical unit that gives the surgeon precisely controlled energy and improved tissue effect. With monopolar, bipolar, and vessel sealing, the Force Triad is an all-in-one unit for your operating room. The common user interface makes it easier for users to acclimate to the system. The touchscreen LCDs make selections and menus easy to use, and the backward compatibility of many common electrosurgical accessories means you can use your current industry-standard stock. The “Valleylab” mode provides monopolar hemostasis with dissection at a lower power setting. This results in less charring, less thermal spread, less arcing, and smoother passage through tissue. The Valleylab Force Triad ESU unit has a monopolar and a LigaSure footswitch.


Some of the features of the Valleylab Force Triad include:

  • Full features of an ESU unit with the LigaSure Vessel Sealing System
  • 5 Modes: Cut, Valleylab, Coag, Bipolar, and LigaSure
  • 3 LCD Touchscreens
  • TissueFect™ Sensing Technology
  • REM Ground Pad Contact Monitoring
  • 4 Coag Modes
  • Monopolar and LigaSure Footswitches included
  • Compatible with conventional electrosurgical instruments and all current and new LigaSure instruments


The Valleylab FT10 energy platform not only drives the full Covidien portfolio of energy-based devices, but it also makes them better than ever. Improving the performance of all devices with faster sealing and cutting times. The Valleylab FT10 energy platform delivers precise amounts of energy due to the LigaSure vessel sealing capabilities.

The Valleylab energy portfolio’s best-in-class advanced energy and electrosurgical units are all powered by Smart generators that manage energy delivery with precision-enabling algorithms. The technology progress created with the Valleylab FT10 ESU improves all surgical applications for the entire portfolio.


Several features of the Valleylab FT10 include:

  • Delivers precise amounts of energy
  • 7-inch LCD touchscreen
  • Up to 50% faster sealing times
  • Autobipolar has a faster activation time
  • Used for monopolar and bipolar applications
  • Improved monopolar performance
  • Smart TissueFect tissue sensing technology reads tissue composition in real-time


Soma Tech Intl offers both the Covidien Force Triad and Valleylab FT10 electrosurgical units (ESU) up to 50% below OEM prices with the same service and warranty as new ones. Soma Tech supplies medical equipment from top manufacturers. Furthermore, if you would like to request either of the two featured electrical units, you can contact us at 1-800-GET-SOMA or email us at [email protected]. One of our knowledgeable sales representatives can assist you with any further inquiries you may have.


Simply put, both the Covidien Force Triad and Valleylab FT10 high-frequency electrosurgical units (ESU) are cutting-edge devices in the industry. With unique capabilities, they use smart technology for real-time tissue analysis, ensuring precise results. After examining their features and specifications, what are your thoughts? Have you ever worked with either ESU unit before?

Feel free to leave us a comment below. If you desire to request more information regarding quotes and SOMA’s rental options, please give us a call at 1-800-GET-SOMA or send us an email at [email protected].


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