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"Drink Responsibly" Was Never Easier :: The AlcoMate Revo Breathalyzer Is Legit

01 May, 2016

This little breathalyzer just made it on to our Bat Belt of life. The AlcoMate Revo is DOT approved for Law Enforcement use and widely used in the Medical, Military and Corporate landscape because of it's accuracy, so it’s legit. It’s also a popular addition to the evening it turns out. On a night where we did some in-depth reporting with a few friends and it was time to bust out the Revo to check for accuracy the little breathalyzer immediately became a “I'm next” center of attention moment at the party.

Over the years we’ve tried the breathalyzers you find at the checkout of BevMo or a Total Wine & More. One use of the AlcoMate Revo and you quickly realize all others are flat out inferior.

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Use is simple - click the center power button, wait a few seconds for the LED screen to tell you to blow, blow until you hear a “click” and a few seconds later your BAC level appears on screen. The actual breathalyzer is small, slick, light. It’s about the size of an iPod, but considerably lighter. It has only one button and a simple display on the front. A hole on the side is where the disposable mouthpiece goes.

The best part, the AlcoMate Revo does not require calibration. For the “other brand” cheaper models this is usually a “ship back” situation which really turns into a “toss it” situation. According to the AlcoMate website, “The AlcoMate Revo combines the revolutionary innovation of PRISM technology with state-of-the-art fuel-cell precision to offer the most reliable, convenient and accurate commercial breathalyzer available on the market.” After about 1000 “tests” or one year the internal calibration unit should be replaced. Replacement sensors are available on their website for $89.99.

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The Revo ships with five mouthpieces, batteries, travel/carrying case and a pre-calibrated replacement cartridge. You can also upgrade to a hard case if you like. The drawback is minor, the cost. At $219.95 it’s not impulse buy but if this little device helps keep you out of the courts then you might agree it’s actually priceless. The most consistent reaction we got from friends who tried it was “I got to get one of these.”

The AlcoMate Revo does not have any smart functions like being able to connect to a smartphone to store readings, but we didn’t miss or want that. It’s simply designed for quick and easy blood alcohol readings, and it does that quite well and is small enough to keep handy in a car’s glove compartment.

So when they say “drink responsibly” on every alcohol TV commercial, print ad and bottle/can, this is a big part of what they are talking about. Have fun, be safe and have fun being safe.

 

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