This is a summary: download the full report (PDF) here.
What we tested
- We looked for portable breathalysers that we felt the average consumer would consider buying. For example, we didn't test wall-mounted units such as those found in pubs and clubs. We also didn't test car ignition interlock units, or the more sophisticated portable models like those used by police, even though some such units are available to the general public (at a cost of several hundred dollars or more).
The tested models from left to right: the reusable FIT 168R, ALCOSCAN AL-2500, SAFE DRIVE (with keyring) and ALCOSCAN AL-5000 (with pouch); and the disposable BREATHSCAN and REDLINE.
* Recommended or average retail, as advised by distributors in September 2005, unless noted otherwise.
(A) Gave one false negative, measuring someone with a BAC of 0.057 as 0.03–0.04.
(B) Also marketed as Check 05.
(C) Also for sale on other websites.
(D) The price we paid in July 2005.
(E) $13 for a pack of three.
(F) $59 for a pack of 12.