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Breathalyzer Accuracy

breathalyzer accuracyThis is the concern of those who are looking to buy a blood alcohol tester - just how accurate is it? Because even just a modest error can make the difference between a driver losing or retaining his or her license.

With advancing technology, even the cheapest bac tester can now be quite reliable, when used correctly.

Nevertheless, the fact remains that no breath analyzer can guarantee to give you a totally accurate reading every single time you use it. And for this reason, these personal alcohol breathalyzers should be used as a screening device only. Don't drive if you appear to be getting anywhere near the prohibited level, not simply when you are just a fraction below.

And having said all that, it has to be admitted that breathalyzer accuracy is always an issue. When you read reviews of any of the various personal alcohol detectors - either in magazines, or customer reviews at websites like Amazon.com - you will invariably find that their accuracy is one of the key topics.

For example, here are excerpts from a Popular Mechanics test on three popular personal breathalyzers:

BreathKey G10 - inconsistent, with a tendency to give lower scores than the other models. Worst of all, it failed to detect when the subjects reached illegal levels of blood alcohol content.

AlcoHawk Slim - problems with consistency, as compared to the higher-priced AlcoMate and the much pricier control unit. When it was wrong, by as much as 0.02, it skewed high, reporting DWI levels of alcohol when subjects weren't quite there yet.

AlcoMate Prestige - big, expensive and highly accurate, coming within just 0.004 of the control unit's readings on average. Its only mistake came at the end of our test, when it registered one subject as having a BAC of 0.081 - he had actually soared to 0.115.

Concerned about breathalyzer accuracy? Then don't drink and drive.

I have compiled summaries of breathalyzer reviews for many of the main alcohol breathalyzers, as follows:

AlcAlert BT5500 Personal Alcohol Detector
AlcoHawk ABI Breathalyzer
AlcoHawk Elite Breathalyzer
AlcoHawk Micro Breathalyzer
AlcoHawk Precision Breathalyzer
AlcoHawk Pro Breathalyzer
AlcoHawk PT500 Breathalyzer
AlcoHawk Slim Breathalyzer
AlcoMate Breathalyzer
AlcoScan AL2500 Breathalyzer
BACtrack B70 Digital Breathalyzer
BACtrack Select S30 Breathalyzer
BACtrack Select S50 Breathalyzer
BACtrack Select S70 Breathalyzer
BACtrack Select S80 Pro Breathalyzer
BACtrack S75 Pro Breathalyzer
BreathKey Keychain Breathalyzer
LG LP4100 Cell Phone with Breathalyzer
LifeGuard Breathalyzer
Lifeloc FC10 Breath Alcohol Tester
Lifeloc FC20 Breath Alcohol Tester

See also my report Guide to Buying the Best Breathalyzer. Check out Amazon.com for its breathalyzer best seller list and for lots of customer reviews. And go to Breathalyzer.net for the latest information on personal breathalyzers, along with promotions and special offers.

December 7th, 2009

 

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See Also:

Reviews
AlcAlert BT5500 Personal Alcohol Detector
AlcoHawk ABI Breathalyzer
AlcoHawk Elite Breathalyzer
AlcoHawk Micro Breathalyzer
AlcoHawk Precision Breathalyzer
AlcoHawk Pro Breathalyzer
AlcoHawk PT500 Breathalyzer
AlcoHawk Slim Breathalyzer
AlcoMate Breathalyzer
AlcoScan AL2500 Breathalyzer
BACtrack B70 Digital Breathalyzer
BACtrack Select S30 Breathalyzer
BACtrack Select S50 Breathalyzer
BACtrack Select S70 Breathalyzer
BACtrack Select S80 Pro Breathalyzer
BACtrack S75 Pro Breathalyzer
BreathKey Keychain Breathalyzer
LG LP4100 Cell Phone with Breathalyser
LifeGuard Breathalyzer
Lifeloc FC10 Breath Alcohol Tester
Lifeloc FC20 Breath Alcohol Tester


Articles
AlcoHawk Digital Alcohol Detector
AlcoHawk Precision Digital Alcohol Breath Tester - What People Are Saying
AlcoHawk Slim Digital Alcohol Breath Tester - Why Is It So Popular?
BACmaster Breath Tester - Teaching Us When It Isn't Safe To Drive
Blood Alcohol Tester or Breathalyzer?
Blood Alcohol Testers - Getting Smarter
Breath Alcohol Analyzer Alcohawk Slim Breathalyzers - What People Are Saying
Breath Alcohol Testing and Underage Drinkers
Breathalyzer Accuracy
Breathalyzer for Sale - Looking for the Best
Breathalyzer Machine for Lung Cancer
Breathalyzer Reviews
Car Breathalyzer - What Can We Expect?
Cheap Breathalyzer - How Low Can You Go?
Coin Operated Breathalyzer Devices - Do They Work?
Guide to Buying the Best Breathalyzer
Home Breathalyzer - Resources Guide
How to Beat a Breathalyzer
How to Pass a Breathalyzer
Personal Alcohol Detector - Tips for Choosing the Best
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