Many people in their lives have faced the following situation: the day before they had to drink alcoholic beverages, and today they need to drive a vehicle. In this case, there is always the possibility that the traffic police officer will want to check the amount of alcohol in the blood. It is possible that the check will not show anything, but in any case, you will have to spend a decent amount of time and nerves. To prevent such a development of events, you can use a device such as a breathalyzer.
These devices will accurately show the amount of alcohol currently contained in the body. Today, a significant number of models of such devices are on sale. They differ from each other in terms of the principle of operation, overall dimensions, additional characteristics, and so on. To help you choose the best products, we decided to rank the best breathalyzers. In it, we will talk only about the best models that are available on the Russian market, as well as give a number of useful tips on choosing these products.
How to choose the right breathalyzer for personal use in 2022?
One of the key indicators is the frequency of use of the device – according to this parameter, breathalyzers can be divided into three groups: individual, special and professional. The former are capable of performing no more than 5 checks during the day, for a special such indicator it should not exceed 50, for professional ones more.
Particular attention is paid to the accuracy of the equipment – here everything already lies only on the conscience of the manufacturer. For example, it happens that individual breathalyzers are much more accurate than professional ones. It is also necessary from time to time to calibrate and test the device for underestimation and overestimation of the results. Today, breathalyzers based on semiconductor and electrochemical sensors are most often used. Such elements are able to give the most accurate result and withstand extreme loads for a long time.
The principle of operation of the product is simple: it is based on changing the parameters of the sensor when it is exposed to alcohol vapors. The percentage of error directly depends on the type of sensor. In particular, for semiconductor devices this parameter is 20%, and for sensory and photometric devices it is about 10%. Another error depends on the vapor concentration. If it is insignificant, then determining the exact value will be quite problematic.
When we selected products to be included in the ranking of the best breathalyzers, we mainly took into account all the above factors. However, we took into account some other factors – value for money and user reviews. We hope that our review of this product will be quite informative and useful for you.
5. KOTO BAT001
This electronic product is able to give a result on the presence of alcohol in the blood in just 6 seconds. This machine has been designed exclusively for personal use and is equipped with a digital electronic display. As an additional indication, the device has a visual and audible signal. All indicators displayed on the screen will be displayed on it for another half a minute, then the data is reset, after another couple of minutes the device turns off automatically. This breathalyzer has a thermal catalytic sensor that allows you to calculate the degree of intoxication with very high accuracy. The error in this case will be minimal. According to users, this breathalyzer is very convenient to use.
The device is placed in a housing made of high-strength plastic, it does not leave fingerprints and other contaminants. The handle has an ergonomic shape, so the device is easy to hold in your hand. With the help of this breathalyzer, you can make up to 8 measurements during the day – this is quite enough even for a large company.
- Decent measurement accuracy with minimal errors;
- Powered by a lithium-ion battery;
- Compact overall dimensions;
- Long service life.
- Quite often there are defective copies – they do not want to turn on, they turn off spontaneously.
electronic breathalyzer KOTO BAT001
4. Breathalyzer IPEGA PG-IH209
Although this device is characterized by a very reasonable cost, it allows you to provide excellent measurement accuracy, fast operation. The device itself is simple and quite informative, so it was included in our rating for good reason. The device can be used not only for personal use, but also in office conditions, when the manager thinks to control his subordinates. Directly on the case there is a dock connector through which the device can be connected to Apple products – iPhone, iPad and some others. The analysis of a person’s condition takes only about 5 seconds, after which not only digital data is displayed on the device’s display.
In addition, the diaplay is painted in the appropriate color – green, yellow and red. Such signaling devices allow you to instantly assess the degree of intoxication. In addition, the breathalyzer has the ability to process and fix data. As users note, the product is also interesting because it absolutely does not need to be connected to power. If the device is synchronized with a smartphone, it will immediately enter the measurement standby mode.
- Does not need power supplies;
- Works fast;
- Good measurement accuracy;
- Acceptable cost of the device.
- To work with the device, you need a smartphone running on the basis of the iOS operating system.
Breathalyzer IPEGA PG-IH209
3. Airline ALK-HW-03
The portable apparatus is designed to calculate the total volume of ethyl alcohol vapor in the air exhaled by a person. For this, an ultra-modern ultra-sensitive NM sensor is used. The device allows you to achieve maximum accuracy, the range of its operation is in the range from 0 to 2 ppm, and the measurement results are almost instantly displayed on the liquid crystal display. It is quite large, has a LED backlight, due to which the device is comfortable to use even in low light conditions.
The kit comes with five mouthpieces at once, so the device can be used not only for individual use, but also for checking friends or relatives. Determining the current degree of intoxication will require a small amount of time – the device will warm up for about half a minute (this especially applies to the sensor) and about 4-5 seconds will be spent on the test itself. The given results will be fixed on the screen within 10 seconds.
- Compact overall dimensions;
- Excellent workmanship and assembly;
- Long service life;
- The most modern sensor is used, which allows obtaining very accurate information.
- The ergonomics of the device could have been better thought out.
Breathalyzer Airline ALK-HW-03
2. Delta AT-300
The appearance of this device was developed by Chinese designers. The result is a beautiful and very stylish model that stands out with its attractiveness among many other similar devices. There are also no special complaints about the quality of the internal filling. A carefully calibrated semiconductor sensor is responsible for the accuracy of the readings; after turning on the device, it comes into working condition in about 20 seconds. The liquid crystal display has a backlight, so you can work with this device even in the dark. Immediately after turning on the product, the automatic self-diagnosis system starts working, which does not allow the influence of extraneous factors.
An audible notification is triggered if the exhaled air contains more than 0.25 mg/l of alcohol. The product runs on three AA batteries, and one set is enough for a very long time, but the manufacturer comes with a breathalyzer and a network adapter.
- Compact dimensions;
- Attractive appearance;
- Extended functionality;
- Acceptable cost;
- Can be used at night.
- Calibration is not always accurate.
Breathalyzer Delta AT-300
1. Alco Stop AT 109
One of the most popular models, and most drivers note that the device is very easy to use. There were practically no reviews affecting the inaccuracy of the results – this is usually due to improper exhalation. The deviation from the norm of alcohol content in the blood is determined using a semiconductor sensor. This device does not require any special preparation for operation, it also does not have to be recharged, since it is powered by batteries. On the front panel, in addition to the working display for displaying test results, there is another built-in clock monitor.
It is worth noting that such a breathalyzer can also be used as an alarm clock. Some users note that the battery charge is consumed quite quickly. The measurement accuracy is really on top, which allows the device to be used not only for personal use.
- Very high measurement speed;
- Controlled by a special microprocessor;
- There is a built-in clock and alarm clock, as well as a timer;
- In the presence of the function of automatic shutdown and diagnostics;
- Runs on batteries.
- Not detected.
Breathalyzer Alco Stop AT 109
3. GARIN DAT-1
One of the most affordable electronic type models among all presented today on the domestic market. The device is suitable for personal use only. The fact is that the installation of individual mouthpieces is not thought out here – you will need to exhale air into a special slot in the body. After switching on, the device undergoes self-diagnostics for some time and warms up; the user will be informed about readiness for operation using a characteristic sound signal.
According to users who have given preference to this model, the speed and accuracy of measurements are at a very high level. It takes only 10 seconds to get the data. In addition, this model is equipped with a flashlight, so you can carry it with you if you wish. The device operates on two AA batteries. Energy is spent sparingly, after only 10 seconds of inactivity, the device simply turns off.
- Low cost;
- Excellent production and assembly quality;
- Warms up within a few seconds;
- On one set of batteries it can work for a long time.
- Suitable for one person only, as there are no individual mouthpieces.
Breathalyzer GARIN DAT-1
2. BLAST BAT-250
Another very compact model, which also has an ergonomic body – it fits comfortably in your hand, all controls are located in the most suitable places. Overall dimensions allow you to carry the device with you in your pocket all the time. For a full measurement of the alcohol content in the exhaled air, it is necessary to use a disposable individual mouthpiece. Included with the device are only five of them – for personal use it is quite enough.
If the plans include testing several people, for example, company employees, then the required number of adapters will have to be purchased additionally. This device allows you to determine the level of alcohol with maximum accuracy up to tenths of a ppm, and the measurement limit is 2.5 ppm.
- Quite quickly responds and displays the result on the display;
- Screen backlight is provided;
- The power turns off quickly when the machine is not in use;
- Quality sensor;
- Well-thought-out body ergonomics;
- Acceptable cost.
- Only 5 mouthpieces included;
- Batteries need to be purchased separately.
breathalyzer BLAST BAT-250
1. Ritmix RAT-303
Indeed, the most popular personal breathalyzer, which is practical, it is powered by ordinary batteries. The device is equipped with a large monochrome display, the results are displayed on it in just 20 seconds. As users note in their reviews, at such an acceptable cost, the accuracy of the data is quite decent.
The device is easy to use, it has a compact size. The design is calm, almost never gives out false information
- Acceptable cost;
- Compact overall dimensions;
- Simplicity and ease of use;
- Power turns off automatically;
- There is a battery indicator and a clock.
- Batteries have to be changed quite often;
- The device is intended solely for self-monitoring.
breathalyzer Ritmix RAT-303
2. AlcoHunter Professional X
These products of domestic production often take high places in a variety of ratings. This is the latest generation model, which is a modified version of the Professional+ device. The creators of the equipment were able to take into account all the shortcomings of the previous version, so this breathalyzer turned out to be more accurate, reliable and convenient to use. According to experts, the product is able to record even ultra-low concentrations of alcohol in exhaled air (up to 0.01 ppm). The measurement accuracy is very high, the interface is user-friendly.
The device is equipped with a full-color LCD display, it also has an extended measurement range. Without pre-calibration, the device is capable of performing up to a thousand tests. All these characteristics make the device quite suitable for use by traffic officers.
- Very convenient to use;
- Excellent measurement accuracy.
- High price;
- Breathalyzer warms up for a long time;
- Mouthpieces are weakly fixed.
breathalyzer AlcoHunter Professional X
1. Infracar AT-101
The leaders of this part of the review turned out to be a model with an electrochemical sensor, which has an increased sensitivity. The sensor is able to capture even a concentration of 0.05 ppm. The purge quality control system independently determines the required air volume. Up to 48 tests performed are stored in memory.
The display is convenient, informative, all the information is displayed on it very large – everything will be clearly visible even to people with poor eyesight. The user name and the exact time of the measurement can also be stored in the memory.
- Easy to enjoy;
- A very informative device;
- Voice accompaniment of the results is provided.
- The price is somewhat high.
In conclusion, a useful video
Our review of the best breathalyzers on the Russian market in 2022 has come to an end. If you have experience with such devices, share it with other readers in the comments to this article so that they learn how to use such a device correctly as soon as possible.