Fuel Cell Breathalyzer Q&A
The device reads your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) on your breath to the 3rd decimal point. The notifications on the digital display represent 3 ranges: (0.000-0.049%) (0.050-0.400%) and (0.400 and upwards).
Wait 20 minutes after eating or drinking anything (including alcohol or mouthwash-which often contains alcohol). This way the air in your esophagus will be clean of alcohol and other substances, and it gives time for any alcohol to disperse. Not waiting 20 minutes may cause damage to the sensor of the device, which is not covered by the warranty.
You can reuse the mouthpieces many times until they degrade or breakdown. Also, you can clean them simply with soap and water and letting them air dry. If you need to purchase more, you can find them HERE.
No, the device is not defective. This is merely a notification to let you know you may be blowing out too quickly or hard. “FLO” is a notification to let you know you need to blow out steadier and more continuous, not necessarily hard or fast. You will know when it worked for a proper reading because you will hear a double click sound.
Calibration is a process of checking and adjusting as a form of maintenance to make sure your device maintains its accuracy. For calibration service, please visit www.healthcare-manager.com or contact customer service at 1-855-822-6999. Calibration is needed in 6 months or after 500 uses, whichever comes first. There is also a display error notification “CAL” that appears on the device as a reminder calibration is needed.
The device is very comparable to the science of many breathalyzers used in a professional setting. It uses fuel cell technology like many of these devices for increased accuracy and quick readings.
It is a chemical reaction process that oxidizes the alcohol in the sample to produce an electric current. The current will be greater the more alcohol that was oxidized. The current is measured, and this determines the BAC level for the individual who tested.
Fuel Cell Technology has many benefits over semiconductor sensors including increased accuracy (especially at higher BAC concentrations) and sensitivity. Results will be more consistent time and time again and results range all the way to the thousandth decimal as opposed to hundredth. The device will remain accurate longer before calibration is needed and will not show a false positive for someone who is diabetic or a on a low-calorie diet (which can occur with semiconductor sensors).
Absolutely not. Breathalyzers are for informal reasons and monitoring. Under no condition are personal breathalyzers providing any information to determine if you can drive or operate machinery. The breathalyzer is a guide for indication of alcohol on the breath. The manufacturer and supplier to not warrant that this product can give you an exact numeric value to make any decisions or actions. The individual would be liable in this case taking this risk, not the manufacturer or supplier. It is never recommended to use this in your decision-making process to take actions.