AlcoSense Elite 2 Breathalyzer (Multi Alert Level)
- Product Review (submitted on 8 November 2013):
- Bought this as I thought it would be great to have as you hear about so many morning after drink drivers.It does require a bit of setting up that I wasn't expecting and the brief instructions seem a little daunting the first time you read them but read a few more times and it all makes sense. You really just need a bottle of white wine and a little common sense. The setup went very smoothly, drank the rest of the wine (naughty) and waited half an hour (you have to have nil by mouth for half hour before to help keep the sensor clean and prolong it's life). Blew just under the limit, receiving a yellow/red flashing screen advising me not to drive due the the high risk. Very impressed. Have conducted experiments with drinking different amounts and the results seem consistent and the unit is very easy to use. I do seem to clean alcohol faster from my system than alot of my friends, but still have to intention of driving unless I feel fully sharp.The instructions with the unit are due for high praise as they contain alot of facts that I didn't know, detailing the time it takes for alcohol to filter into your system and the cumulative effect this has. And to use it and see these effects in action is a real eye opener. After one night out my BAC kept rising for just over an hour after doing my first breath test peaking over and hour and a half after I stopped drinking. It really is a very educational and worthwhile product to have. It's also reassuring to know that if I do have two or three pints the night before that I'm ok though some people may not be. It's remarkable how differently people process alcohol than others though and I would thoroughly recommend this product as it's best just to be safe.Looking after it is fairly simple too. It will do a "quick clean" after every blow, and you can manually run an extended cleaning cycle which they recommend doing every couple of weeks. You also have the option of sending off for an annual service/deep clean which isn't too expensive and detailed in the documentation.