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AlcoHawk PT500 Breathalyzer

AlcoHawk PT500 breathalyzerThe AlcoHawk PT500 is a new breathalyzer from Q3 Innovations, a leader in this field. According to a product description at the company website:

The AlcoHawk PT500 is the newest, patented, cutting edge, breakthrough unit in Q3's handheld AlcoHawk Series line of breath alcohol testers. It incorporates our PT Core fuel-cell sensor, which is not subject to interference from acetone and offers enhanced linear accuracy over traditional semi-conductor sensors. The simple menu-driven operation allows you to quickly and accurately screen for the presence of alcohol up to 0.400% BAC. The AlcoHawk PT500 also features a large, easy-to-read back-lit LCD display.

The AlcoHawk PT500 is the ideal unit for law enforcement roadside screening, corrections, probation officers, substance abuse clinics, boating, military, and many other areas of professional testing in which fuel-cell accuracy and reliability is required.

The AlcoHawk PT500 is a DOT / NHTSA Conforming Breath Alcohol Screener. Has obtained FDA 510K Premarket Clearance.

Some further detail comes from the website:

The PT Core sensor is an exciting new technology available exclusively in the AlcoHawk PT500. This new technology incorporates an electro-chemical fuel-cell detection system. PT Core Technology offers many advantages over semi-conductor based technologies such as:

* Better linear accuracy away from the point of calibration.

* Less chance of getting false positives from interfering substances such as keytones, which can be seen in conditions such as diabetes or people on fad diets.

* Improved sensor life – The PT Core sensor is designed to be robust and last for thousands of tests in fields such as Law Enforcement.

The PT500 is so new that it is difficult to find independent reviews. sells the product and has five customer reviews, all but one highly favorable.

Here is one:

I ordered this unit through and received it within 2 days of ordering and best of all, shipping was free! The unit works great, very easy to use and seems to be much more accurate than other cheap models I have owned in the past. 100% recommended to anyone out there who drinks and has thought about driving afterwards.

And another:

After negatively reviewing and returning the BACtrack breathalyzer, I ordered this one as a replacement, hoping for better results. Yes, it is a lot more expensive, but it works and it works great. It has several settings and keeps count of the total number of readings. So far it has seemed to be very accurate. The only minor downside is that although the blow time can be set from 3 - 8 seconds, it always resets to 5 seconds every time the unit is turned off and back on.

The From Concept to Consumer website reviewed the product:

In the interest of my readers, I tried it before having a drink and it registered .000 percent. I then drank about three ounces of wine and took a second test 20 minutes later. It registered 0.020 percent BAC. Twenty minutes later it fell to .014 percent. The legal level of driving while intoxicated in California is .080 percent BAC.

The AlcoHawk PT500 costs $299. It comes with a hard case and 50 extra breathing tubes. It's a useful device to offer guests at your parties, for use in bars and lounges, and for educational purposes. It easily demonstrates the effects of alcohol on BAC to your driving age kids and should leave a lasting impression.

The AmazingTechBlog website has awarded the PT500 its Amazing Tech Product prize.

* Get the Latest Price on the AlcoHawk PT500 Breathalyzer.

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

Updated December 3rd, 2009

September 2013 Update - See a review of the AlcoHawk PT500 Breathalyzer at my new Personal Health Monitors blog.




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