Car and Driver held a breathalyzer showdown in their April, 2014 issue, judging a spectrum of devices from different manufacturers according to their design, performance, accuracy, and ease of use.
The clear and undisputed winner of the test: BACtrack.
The methodology used was actually quite similar to what BACtrack employs for its internal accuracy testing—they had four individuals of differing genders and body types consume alcohol then breathe into a “professional grade” unit. This served as the control reading. From there, the volunteers breathed into the breathalyzers for an idea of each unit’s accuracy in comparison to the control.
The major difference between what the Car and Driver team did and what BACtrack does is the caliber of the control. Car and Driver employed a high end, $500 fuel cell sensor unit—a good, accurate device in its own right, no arguments there. But striving for the very highest level of accuracy, BACtrack takes things one step further by using an infrared spectrometry breathalyzer so accurate its results can be used in a court of law. Our control device, the DataMaster, is the type of desktop device you find at police stations. With a $7,000 price tag, you can’t blame the Car and Driver staff for using a relatively less expensive unit.
BACtrack Mobile was the first smartphone enabled device they reviewed, and it received high marks all around.
“When your drinking buddies see you pull out the BACtrack Mobile,” they declare, “with its Bluetooth hookup that allows it to communicate wirelessly to the nicely constructed app on your smartphone, they will be under no illusions as to your seriousness for testing your breath. The unit is quite accurate...”
The BACtrack Keychain was also included in the evaluation. “It’s quick and easy to use,” they said, and went on to give it high marks for its performance across a range of BAC levels.
We are very excited to see an outside, unbiased party confirm what we already knew from internal testing: that BACtrack Breathalyzers really are the most accurate units available for both personal and professional testing.
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