Drinking when you’re thirsty can be enjoyable and even life-saving, depending upon the situation. But imbibing in alcohol at the local bar can be downright dangerous if you plan to drive yourself home. Next to a good friend, a breathalyzer can be a useful and simple means for determining how sober you are — and in this day of smartphone apps taking over, it’s good to have a device that doesn’t depend on anything but itself to work. That’s exactly why the portable AlcoHAWK Elite Slim Digital Breathalyzer can be of aid the next time you’re wondering as to how much alcohol you consumed.
The device itself is small, with the handle that uses replaceable mouthpieces being of a folding design. So what you start off with/end up with is a piece of rectangular shape somewhat bigger than a large candy bar, one that has rounded corners for being pulled out of a pocket with less chance of snagging. Powered by replaceable “AA” batteries, it features a digital readout LCD panel and beeps when turned on and it’s ready for use.
To use the Elite Slim, you blow in it — make that blow into the mouthpiece which has been pulled out from its folded position — and then read the results on the display panel. About 5 seconds of “blowing” is needed, with the accuracy of the device confirmed through its being calibrated prior to being boxed. The sensor (which wears out over time as is the case with all devices of this type) has circuitry to check for its working correctly, and the results come via the 3 digit number that are presented once the check has been completed. Since you can replace the mouthpiece (and there’s 3 included), one can be pulled off and another added on, should others wish to join in on the testing. Plus you can use it without a mouthpiece, although that will be highly unsanitary if anyone else joins in (just clean it off with more than a passing swipe of the hand after a use, ok?). And yes you do need to read and follow the directions for the first time it’s to be used so you know what to do in the correct order and how to interpret the numbers that appear on the blue back-lit display.
Now it’s important to note that no electronic device can be 100% accurate — even through the device has been cleared for use by the powers-that-be for testing your Blood Alcohol Concentration [B.A.C.] — and “better safe than sorry” should always be the byword. There is no shame in letting a friend drive you home or the barkeep calling for you a cab. Being safe, not sorry is always the best way to proceed and, with all the caveats in mind, AlcoHAWK’s $79.99 Elite Slim Digital Breathalyzer can be a helpful tool for getting a handle on how your body is doing as regards the alcohol that’s been poured in.