Alcohol Tests 6 & 7

BigMentalDisease’s breathalyzer reviews continue with the Alcohawk Precision (left) and Elite (right) models. PC Magazine’s Whitney Reynolds tested the Precision, while PJ Jacobowitz tested the Elite. In Jacobowitz’s own words, he describes both the Precision and the Elite as the “Olsen Twins of breathalyzers: firm bodies and almost identical to the eye, but with different personalities.” (I think he only said that because he wants to score a date with them.)The Precision has a yellow “ready” light that flashes when warming up, and turns steady when it’s okay to blow into it. It does not display a countdown like the other AlcoHawk models (except for the Micro), but we counted about 60 seconds until it’s ready.The AlcoHAWK Elite dons a crisp blue LCD screen that allows for more information to be displayed. It shows a countdown, and when it reaches zero, it displays the word “wait,” and then “RDY” at which point it’s ready to test.Precision Test. Reynolds took the Precision to Kenka, her fav Japanese Restaurant, for some heavy-duty alcohol testing. She downed four beers at dinner. She was anxious to see what her BAC level was, so she rinsed her mouth out with water and tested at a .100%. When she arrived home, she tested herself again, and received a very different reading: a .058%!

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Clearly, there was something wrong with the device. She then had six more beers 4 hours later (damn this girl could drink me under the table) and tested at 0.117%, which seemed more reasonable.Just so you don’t think Reynolds is a lush that flies solo, she dragged both her roommate and PC Magazine’s Arielle Rochette along for the ride. Her roommate had several glasses of Plum Wine and reached .030%; Rochette reached 0.010%, only after 2 glasses of wine, which didn’t make much sense.Accuracy. Readings varied greatly depending on if you had any alcohol residue in your mouth, or if you used a mouthpiece that had been used by someone with a higher BAC.  The device didn’t really seem very accurate to Reynolds because of this…too many other factors could lead to a false reading. Overall Impressions. Reynolds found the Precision to be fun and entertaining to see quantifiably how drunk she was.

When she was at 0.058%, she figured one more drink would put her over the legal limit to drive (although she doesn’t drive), and it was interesting because she wasn’t very tipsy at all. Her BAC was always higher than she thought it would be. The device’s size was a little unwieldy to have in a pocket or a purse, and the mouthpieces seem like they’d be easy to lose (and you’d really need to wash them regularly to get accurate readings).Elite Test. Jacobowitz’s experience was much difference with the AlcoHAWK Elite, considering he couldn’t remember exactly how many drinks he had. But, he believes that it’s somewhere around 6 beers and 2 shots over the span of 3 hours. His BAC level reached 0.13%, which definitely seemed accurate. When he was out partying with the Elite, it was as if he was a celebrity, because everyone wanted to meet him and blow into the breathalyzer. Unfortunately, the Olsen Twins were nowhere in sight.Get the AlcoHAWK Precision for $79.99 or the AlcoHAWK Elite for $130.Stay tuned for a final test of all 7 breathalyzers against the FC10–the breathalyzer that law enforcement uses.-Alcohol Test 5: AlcoScan AL6000-Alcohol Test 4: Brookstone Digital Alcohol Detector-Alcohol Test 3: AlcoHAWK Micro-Alcohol Tests 1 & 2: AlcoHAWK Slim & AlcoHAWK ABI-Alcohol Safety Month Intro

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