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AlcoSense Elite 2 Breathalyzer (Multi Alert Level)

Product Review (submitted on 15 November 2010):
The big question is 'Is it accurate?' I doubt whether any home reviewer is in a position to answer that question with authority. All I can say is that based on reports I have read and on my own experience (the results are what I would have expected them to be) I have quite a high confidence in its accuracy.The point to realise is that there can be massive variations in the readings which have nothing to do with the accuracy of the instrument. The makers explain this clearly so take notice of the instructions!If you have any residual alcohol in the mouth it will affect the reading; you need to allow at least 30 minutes before testing. So as the makers make clear, this is definitely not a 'test yourself before driving home' tool. The readings can also fluctuate according to your breathing pattern. The reading can seem quite low after vigorous exercise, but rise considerably even a few minutes later when breathing normally. To be confident of an accurate reading you need to get into a normal breathing pattern and achieve consistency in at least three consecutive tests.Technically the instrument is fine and easy to use, very much resembling a slightly old fashioned mobile phone. My only problem is an inability to understand the scrolling menu! Thankfully it isn't often needed, but when it is I have to refer to the instructions.