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Cheap Breathalyzer - How Low Can You Go?

cheap breathalyzerRapidly advancing technology means that prices for personal breathalyzers continue to fall, while their accuracy and range of functions grow. It means that you can pick up a good breath tester for a very reasonable price. But be careful - you very often do get what you pay for, and certainly cheap breathalyzers could have issues with accuracy.

Check out breathalyzers at Amazon.com and you will find some that sell for as cheap as $8.95 (at the time of writing). An example is the Wingman Sport Breathalyzer Alcohol Tester.

According to a product description:

Keep this portable Digital Alcohol Tester in your purse or car so you'll always know how close you are to the legal limit. The tester is very easy to use and will give a quick and accurate reading. It can detect a range of 0.00~0.19% BAC & 0.0~1.9g/l. Includes hand lanyard for easy carrying. Please Note: While this product is a useful tool in determining your BAC, it does not take the place of common sense.

However, it has received eight user reviews at Amazon.com, with only one user awarding it five stars (out of five) and one four stars. Here is the latter:

I purchased this as a stocking stuffer. Friends were over having a few drinks and we tried it out. It seemed to work fine, (although I don't know what anyone would have blown on a police tester). No one blew above a .05 and that seemed about right. I like that you don't have to put your mouth directly on the device, so that various people were able to try it.

And here is a one-star review:

Do not waste your money on this piece of junk. I have still yet to receive an accurate reading on this. It'll give me a reading, 2 minutes later a different reading, 10 minutes later a different reading, 30 minutes later another different reading, etc. Several times it came up as 0.00 even after a few drinks. Not reliable whatsoever. It's very cheaply made and the instructions have either really bad grammar or bad translation. Here's a quote from the instructions: "The 'Blow' symbol is displayed when warm-up is succeed." And another: "When after drinking, it is recommended to last after 20 minutes, because 20 minutes is approximate for alcohol to be absorbed into blood from the digestive organs, and residual alcohol remaining in the mouth takes this long to dissipate."

A cheap breathalyzer with a solid reputation is the AlcoHawk Slim (picture), which has received 52 customer reviews at Amazon.com, with more than three quarters of them four-star or five-star reviews. It retails for under $50 at Amazon.com and at Breathalyzer.net.

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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