DUI awareness and the dire consequences of driving while intoxicated have lead to a recent surge in purchases of breath alcohol testers, better know as Breathalyzer. Unfortunately, when it comes to understanding the differences between each make and model most consumers don't have a clue where to begin.
Here's What You Need To Know About Breathalyzers To Make An Informed Decision
1) How A Breathalyzer Works & The Legal Limit
To simplify the process, alcohol is absorbed through your stomach into your blood stream. The blood then passes through your lungs. Some alcohol evaporates in your lungs and shows up in your breath as you exhale. When you blow into a breathalyzer your breath passes over a sensor that interprets the level of alcohol and a formula is applied to extrapolate the blood alcohol content (BAC).
You may already know that the "Legal Limit" in all 50 states is .08 BAC. At .08 BAC or above you are considered legally intoxicated. But beware. Many people become impaired at .04 BAC (and lower) and you can be charged with "Driving While Impaired" at .04. Although it is a lesser offense, it can still be costly and cause some major aggravation. More importantly, you could endanger yourself and others even at these lower BAC levels.
2) Sensor Types
The sensor is the component inside a breathalyzer that reads and interprets your BAC. For personal use there are two types to consider, fuel cell sensors and semi-conductor sensors. When the breathalyzer is used correctly each of these types of sensors will yield accurate results up to approximately 1.5 X's the legal limit.
At higher blood alcohol levels (well over the legal limit) fuel cell sensors yield more accurate results. They are also considerably more expensive to manufacture. Fuel cell breathalyzers typically cost between $450 and $1500.
Semi-conductor sensors are more economical to make which helps keep the overall cost of the breathalyzer down. Depending on the quality of the sensor and other features, good quality breathalyzers with semi-conductor sensors cost between $55.00 and $300.00.
When you first receive your new breathalyzer the sensor is calibrated at the factory to deliver accurate readings. Over time residue will accumulate on the sensor causing increasingly inaccurate readings. All breathalyzers, with the exception of two models noted below, require recalibration approximately every 6 to 12 months depending on usage. This usually requires packing the breathalyzer up and shipping it back to the manufacturer then waiting a few weeks to get it back. The cost for this service runs between $20.00 and $50.00 plus the cost of shipping.
If you have a friend or relative leaving home for college, a breathalyzer from AlcoTester.com makes a great going-away present. It is practical and affordable, and encourages responsible drinking. By having this simple tool on hand, new drinkers can avoid making mistakes that can endanger themselves or others.
Every year, a significant number of college freshmen die in alcohol-related accidents. Fraternity and sorority rush weeks, birthdays, and even trips home can turn deadly when people don't know how to handle alcohol. College is an environment where many young adults are exposed to alcohol for the first time, which can make it hard to judge how much to drink and what to do while drunk.
Having a breathalyzer on hand will give your loved one the advantage of information. Alcohol affects people differently, but measuring BAC (blood alcohol content) is an objective way to tell just how much alcohol is reaching the brain. Knowing this can help someone decide when to stop drinking--and also when it's safe to drive home.
What's more, this gift shows that you place value on drinking responsibly. Being able to know your limits is important and is often an important lesson for first-time drinkers. Even those unfamiliar with the sensation of being intoxicated will be able to read their breathalyzers and make the right decisions. To find out more about our free shipping, call us at 810-919-1994 or email email@example.com today.