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Guide to Buying the Best Breathalyzer

AlcoHawk Precision breathalyzerThis website does not advocate drinking and driving. If you are driving, you are better off not drinking at all.

But if you do sometimes drink and drive, then some kind of personal alcohol breathalyer can be an invaluable device for helping you know your limits.

There are, essentially, two kinds of portable breathalyzer - fuel cell and semiconductor. The former is the kind used by law enforcement authorities. It is expensive, but far more reliable.

By contrast, semiconductor devices can be very cheap, can give false readings and may not last long.

Nevertheless, even semiconductor-based alcohol testers - which make up the bulk of the home breathalyzers on the market - are very useful in giving you a fairly good idea of whether you should be driving.

In fact, as technology advances, semiconductor models are becoming increasingly reliable, even as prices fall.

There is unfortunately no source of up-to-date, objective, independent reviews of a full range of personal breathalyzers. Websites like this one probably provide some of the best guidance. Some of the leading manufacturers, like Q3 Innovations (who make the AlcoHawk range) and Lifeloc Technologies have websites with a lot of detailed information. Otherwise, check out sales sites for customer reviews.

For example, Amazon.com has (at the time of writing) more than 50 user reviews for the AlcoHawk Slim Digital Alcohol Breath Tester, 40 for the BreathKey Breathalyzer and more than 25 for the AlcoHawk Pro Digital Alcohol Detector.

And here are links to reports I've written, summarizing reviews of popular models:

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

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.

Updated: December 6th, 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


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