The best breathalyzers 2022

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The best breathalyzers 2022

We has stud­ied the mar­ket for breath­a­lyz­ers that are avail­able for sale in 2022. We talk about the best devices, their fea­tures and cus­tomer reviews
The best breathalyzers 2022
The best breath­a­lyz­ers. Pho­to: Svet­lana Makovee­va

Often the morn­ing after the hol­i­day there is a need to go some­where, but first it is impor­tant to under­stand whether it is already pos­si­ble to dri­ve or the alco­hol has not yet com­plete­ly dis­ap­peared. To find out for sure, they use spe­cial devices — ana­lyz­ers of the con­cen­tra­tion of ethanol vapors, and in a sim­ple way — breath­a­lyz­ers. How to choose a good breath­a­lyz­er for home use, we will dis­cuss with pro­fes­sion­als.

 

Editor’s Choice

Inspector AT750

Inspec­tor AT750

Breath­a­lyz­er Inspec­tor AT750 is a handy device that fits in your pock­et and is use­ful for assess­ing the lev­el of alco­hol in exhaled air vapor. The breath­a­lyz­er from the South Kore­an man­u­fac­tur­er is dis­tin­guished by reli­able assem­bly, qual­i­ty and mea­sure­ment accu­ra­cy. At the same time, the scale step is only 0.01 ppm, which not every mod­el of breath­a­lyz­ers can boast of. There is also a set of 6 mouth­pieces in the kit — it is bet­ter not to lose them, since the mouth­pieces are not sold sep­a­rate­ly.

The breath­a­lyz­er is pow­ered by two AAA alka­line bat­ter­ies. The sen­sor readi­ness takes only 10–15 sec­onds, the purge time is 5 sec­onds, and the test itself lasts 3–10 sec­onds. The mem­o­ry is designed for 10 tests, so you can com­pare the results. How­ev­er, cal­i­bra­tion is required only after 500 tests, which is usu­al­ly more than 12 months.

Sep­a­rate­ly, I would like to note the styl­ish appear­ance of the breath­a­lyz­er — a black glossy case, an intu­itive inter­face.

Characteristics

breath­a­lyz­er per­son­al
Sen­sor elec­tro­chem­i­cal
Mea­sure­ment up to 2.5 ppm
Indi­ca­tions visu­al, sound
Auto pow­er off there is
Low bat­tery indi­ca­tor there is

Pros and cons

High build qual­i­ty, mea­sure­ment accu­ra­cy, fast test­ing time, styl­ish appear­ance.
Mouth­pieces are not sold sep­a­rate­ly.

 

Top 9 rating

1. Delta AT-600

Delta AT-600. Pho­to: Delta

In a neat box they sell the device itself, instruc­tions along with a table of the ratio of alco­hol in blood and in exhaled air, as well as a set of sealed mouth­pieces. Pow­ered by an AAA bat­tery, you can charge it via microUSB, which is includ­ed. The analy­sis process takes about five sec­onds. The device has a mem­o­ry for the last ten mea­sure­ments. If you do not touch the device with­in 20 sec­onds, it will turn itself off. When alco­hol is detect­ed in the blood, the screen begins to flash red uneasi­ly, and the device emits a series of sig­nals. The result can be switched to dif­fer­ent units. Buy­ers note the qual­i­ty assem­bly. The details here are real­ly tight­ly fit­ted to each oth­er. The plas­tic is pleas­ant to the touch. How­ev­er, in the reviews, users com­plain that the device does not detect resid­ual alco­hol in the blood — the one that per­sists 8–10 hours after drink­ing.

Characteristics

breath­a­lyz­er per­son­al
Sen­sor semi­con­duc­tor
Mea­sure­ment up to 2 ppm
Indi­ca­tions sound, visu­al
Auto pow­er off there is
Low bat­tery indi­ca­tor there is

Pros and cons

Fits com­fort­ably in the hand
Suit­able for oper­a­tional mea­sure­ments only

2. Dingo E‑010

Din­go E‑010. Pho­to: Din­go

Characteristics

breath­a­lyz­er semi-pro­fes­sion­al
Sen­sor elec­tro­chem­i­cal
Mea­sure­ment up to 4 ppm
Indi­ca­tions sound, visu­al
Auto pow­er off there is
Low bat­tery indi­ca­tor there is
PC/phone con­nec­tion there is

Pros and cons

Device qual­i­ty
You need to pay extra for con­nect­ing to a PC

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3. Ritmix RAT-310

Rit­mix RAT-310. Pho­to: Rit­mix

This is a sim­ple appli­ance from a Chi­nese brand of small house­hold appli­ances. But it’s wild­ly pop­u­lar in 2022 due to its afford­able price, which is why we could­n’t help men­tion­ing it in the rank­ing of the best breath­a­lyz­ers. The man­u­fac­tur­er also has even cheap­er mod­els, but there are too many ques­tions about the qual­i­ty of the mea­sure­ment. It comes with five plas­tic mouth­pieces in the pack­age. They are not dis­pos­able. You are expect­ed to process them after mea­sure­ment and reuse them. In prin­ci­ple, giv­en the posi­tion­ing of this device as a per­son­al device, there is noth­ing wrong with that. He pre­pares for the launch for 10 sec­onds and offers the same amount of time to blow into the mouth­piece. Ready for the next mea­sure­ment quick­ly enough. Users con­duct­ed exper­i­ments by blow­ing inside imme­di­ate­ly after drink­ing kvass. The device reacts to vapors in the oral cav­i­ty, but if you wait a few min­utes, it does not detect alco­hol in the blood. This is a kind of indi­ca­tor of good accu­ra­cy of the device.

Characteristics

breath­a­lyz­er per­son­al
Sen­sor semi­con­duc­tor
Mea­sure­ment up to 1.9 ppm
Indi­ca­tions sound, visu­al
Auto pow­er off there is
Trin­ket there is

Pros and cons

flim­sy body

5. Alcogran AG-100

Alcogran AG-100. Pho­to: Alcogran

This breath­a­lyz­er is equipped with the most pop­u­lar sen­sor for mea­sur­ing the lev­el of alco­hol in exhaled air — elec­tro­chem­i­cal. Mea­sure­ment accu­ra­cy up to a thou­sandth ppm. Accord­ing to the instruc­tions, the sen­sor is enough for at least 1000 mea­sure­ments. After that, the device must be giv­en for inspec­tion to a tech­ni­cal ser­vice, where they will cal­i­brate or state unsuit­abil­i­ty for fur­ther oper­a­tion. It can show that the resource is not so big. We has­ten to dis­suade that by the stan­dards of breath­a­lyz­ers, this is a very good “mar­gin of safe­ty.” Local mouth­pieces are equipped with a check valve. Due to this, it will not be pos­si­ble to sim­u­late exha­la­tion. It is pow­ered by only one “lit­tle fin­ger” bat­tery. There is no way to charge the bat­tery from USB. Although one ele­ment for per­son­al use is enough for sev­er­al years, if the bat­tery is of high qual­i­ty. If the sen­sor detects intox­i­ca­tion, the device starts to emit a char­ac­ter­is­tic squeak, and the dis­play is high­light­ed in red.

Characteristics

breath­a­lyz­er per­son­al
Sen­sor elec­tro­chem­i­cal
Mea­sure­ment up to 1 ppm
Indi­ca­tions sound, visu­al
Auto pow­er off there is

Pros and cons

Dura­bil­i­ty
Despite the high price, not cer­ti­fied

6. DRIVESAFE II

DRIVESAFE II. Pho­to: DRIVESAFE

A high-pre­ci­sion device from Cana­da that mea­sures the con­cen­tra­tion of ethanol vapor in exhaled air. It has an elec­tro­chem­i­cal sen­sor. You can buy for enter­pris­es to per­form, for exam­ple, pre-trip inspec­tions of dri­vers. For this, it has the nec­es­sary cer­tifi­cates. If the sub­ject exhales insuf­fi­cient­ly, the device will not work and will sig­nal this. This way you can avoid cheat­ing. LCD dis­play with bright green back­light. The col­or changes, depend­ing on the degree of intox­i­ca­tion of the patient, to orange or red. The inscrip­tions on the case are Rus­si­fied

Characteristics

breath­a­lyz­er semi-pro­fes­sion­al
Sen­sor elec­tro­chem­i­cal
Mea­sure­ment up to 9.99 ppm
Indi­ca­tions sound, visu­al
Auto pow­er off there is
Low bat­tery indi­ca­tor there is

Pros and cons

Ade­quate and fast work

7. SITITEK PRO2

SITITEK PRO2 (with clock). Pho­to: SITITEK

One of the most rel­e­vant devices on the mar­ket for the best breath­a­lyz­ers in 2022. The sen­sor here is a semi­con­duc­tor — you can read more about their fea­tures in our review below. Mouth­pieces are not includ­ed, and there is nowhere to put them. Exha­la­tion must be done in a spe­cial hole. The device is com­pact and, thanks to its round­ed shape, lies well in the hand. The main fea­ture that dis­tin­guish­es this breath­a­lyz­er from its com­peti­tors is the watch. For them, a sep­a­rate screen is dis­played above the main one. It dis­plays not only the cur­rent time, but you can dis­play the air tem­per­a­ture and the timer. Or set an alarm. To be hon­est, the feel­ing that the man­u­fac­tur­er sim­ply stuffed an elec­tron­ic watch into the case does not leave, but maybe this will come in handy for some­one. Between tests, you need to main­tain an inter­val of one minute. The results are dis­played as a per­cent­age of alco­hol in the exha­la­tion or ppm. On one charge of two AAA bat­ter­ies, it can with­stand 200 tests.

Characteristics

breath­a­lyz­er per­son­al
Sen­sor semi­con­duc­tor
Mea­sure­ment up to 1.9 ppm
Indi­ca­tions visu­al
Auto pow­er off there is
Clock, timer there is

Pros and cons

Watch
Incon­ve­nient exha­la­tion port

8. Alcohol detector Mark V

Alcov­etor Mark V. Pho­to: Alcov­ec­tor

An inter­est­ing device, rem­i­nis­cent of a flip phone from the last decade. It is imme­di­ate­ly clear that Chi­nese engi­neers worked on the hull. Although, judg­ing by the char­ac­ter­is­tics of the man­u­fac­tur­er, this is a joint devel­op­ment with a com­pa­ny from the Unit­ed States. The device has pecu­liar elon­gat­ed mouth­pieces resem­bling a pipe. They are reusable. The device comes in a sol­id case. It has a col­or dis­play. You can order a pow­er adapter to work from a wall out­let. If more expen­sive kits with cable and soft­ware to enter all the results into a data­base of a com­put­er pro­gram. Up to two thou­sand last mea­sure­ments are stored in mem­o­ry. The device con­trols the dura­tion of the exha­la­tion and, in case of insuf­fi­cient time, will prompt you to repeat the pro­ce­dure. Oper­ates on four “lit­tle” bat­ter­ies.

Characteristics

breath­a­lyz­er pro­fes­sion­al
Sen­sor elec­tro­chem­i­cal
Mea­sure­ment up to 4.4 ppm
Indi­ca­tions sound, visu­al
Auto pow­er off there is
PC con­nec­tion there is

Pros and cons

Rich func­tion­al­i­ty
High price

9. Airline ALK-L-01

Air­line ALK-L-01. Pho­to: Air­line

We do not urge to take seri­ous­ly such a sim­ple device. It is rather a curi­ous sou­venir-toy. It comes with a key­chain and can be hung on a key­chain. And it also has a built-in LED flash­light — a nice bonus. You need to hold down the pow­er but­ton through­out the pro­ce­dure. Mouth­piece instal­la­tion is not pro­vid­ed here. The patient exhales direct­ly into a spe­cial hole on the body of the breath­a­lyz­er. There is no screen here. The result will show one of the LEDs. If you are clean, it will turn green. If the con­cen­tra­tion of alco­hol in the exhaled air does not exceed 0.2, then the mid­dle yel­low light will light up. For oth­er indi­ca­tors, red col­or. Between tests you need to take a break of three min­utes. The man­u­fac­tur­er also rec­om­mends Do not eat or smoke for 20 min­utes before the test. Although he accu­rate­ly deter­mines intox­i­ca­tion, so if you need the most bud­getary device, you can pur­chase it.

Characteristics

breath­a­lyz­er per­son­al
Sen­sor semi­con­duc­tor
Mea­sure­ment up to 0.2 ppm
Indi­ca­tions visu­al

Pros and cons

Torch
No dis­play

 

How to choose a breathalyzer

We asked a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the MedPoint24 com­pa­ny, which man­u­fac­tures and installs com­plex­es for pre-trip med­ical exam­i­na­tions of per­son­nel, to tell about the rules and cri­te­ria for choos­ing the best breath­a­lyz­ers. The com­po­si­tion includes a breath­a­lyz­er, since the deter­mi­na­tion of the con­tent of alco­hol vapor in the exhaled air is a manda­to­ry pro­ce­dure, with­out which dri­vers are not allowed to board the flight. Says the com­pa­ny’s lead mar­keter Eka­te­ri­na Galustyan.

What to look out for

In the lan­guage of pro­fes­sion­als, a breath­a­lyz­er is called an ethanol vapor con­cen­tra­tion ana­lyz­er in exhaled air. Here’s what to look for when choos­ing a device:

    the ability to switch the display from mg / l to ppm and vice versa;
    the presence of conventional batteries and a power supply;
    the ability to change the funnel to the mouthpiece from the kit.

Types of breathalyzers

    With semiconductor sensors. The smallest group. The sensor itself is a porous substance. When a person blows air through it, it absorbs alcohol molecules. The volume of the sensor changes, and the degree of intoxication is determined. The main disadvantage of such breathalyzers is that the sensors absorb not only alcohol molecules, but also other substances that are similar in structure.
    With electrochemical sensors. Very common. They work quickly, are selective to ethanol and almost do not depend on the ambient temperature. Inside is an electrochemical cell with platinum electrodes, which determine the amount of exhaled ethanol.
    With infrared sensors. They have high measurement accuracy. Absorb IR radiation from ethyl alcohol vapor. Such devices have absolute selectivity for ethanol, but the readings are highly dependent on environmental parameters. The disadvantages include a long analysis time

The difference between professional and amateur breathalyzers

We use pro­fes­sion­al devices, as We need high accu­ra­cy. They dif­fer from ama­teur ones in the abil­i­ty to trans­fer infor­ma­tion to a serv­er or com­put­er, the num­ber of mea­sure­ments between sen­sor cal­i­bra­tions, mea­sure­ment accu­ra­cy and price. At large enter­pris­es, the pos­si­bil­i­ty of installing pro­fes­sion­al devices at the check­points and the pos­si­bil­i­ty of inte­grat­ing them into access con­trol and man­age­ment sys­tems is also impor­tant.

Can an ordinary person competently use a breathalyzer

Every­one can use the breath­a­lyz­er if you fol­low the instruc­tions for use. In terms of com­plex­i­ty, it can be com­pared with a tonome­ter when fol­low­ing the rules, the result will be sta­ble and accu­rate. If the rules are vio­lat­ed, the read­ings will be incor­rect.

In pro­fes­sion­al breath­a­lyz­ers, man­u­fac­tur­ers try to exclude the pos­si­bil­i­ty of cheat­ing a breath­a­lyz­er; in ama­teur ones, this task is not worth it.

By Yraa

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