The BACtrack Scout Breathalyzer Will Help you Drink Responsibly

Techno_Mark and I don’t do a lot of drinking, but we strongly encourage those who do to do so responsibly, and that includes knowing when you’ve had too much to drink before driving.

We’ve reviewed other BACtrack items in the past, but this one is a bit different from others we’ve reviewed.  The other ones have worked with your cell phones, but this one is its own device. It’s of high quality, though. “Police-grade accuracy” is the touted claim, using XtendⓇ Fuel Cell Technology.

The BACtrack Scout is easy to use- ready to be blown into after a touch of the button. It’s small and lightweight, and would fit in a pocket easily. It does have a carrying pouch that comes with it, so you can store it with a mouthpiece in your pocket or purse. It comes with six mouthpieces so other people can use it if needed as well.

This device does meet DOT/NHTSA Standards, but it cannot determine the exact blood alcohol concentration (BAC). The company has told us that a breathalyzer – any breathalyzer – ours, a police unit, etc. only provides an estimate. The only way to get a person’s exact BAC is with a blood test. You also want to make sure to get it calibrated every once in a while to make sure it stays precise.

The small print does say that you shouldn’t rely on results to determine your level of intoxication or how safe it is to drive or operate heavy machines. So even if the estimate comes up in the safety zone, it’s really up to you to determine how inebriated you are. Also make sure not to eat, drink or smoke 20 minutes before using it, as that can throw off results or damage sensors.

In conclusion, we would suggest that you can use this device, but know your limits, call a cab (Uber, Lyft, or whatever mode of transportation you have available to you these days) or have a designated driver with you. Remember, buzzed driving is drunk driving. Stay safe everyone!

Oh, if you want to purchase the BACtrack Scout, go to the company website and buy it for about $84.99, which is an apparent (and possibly temporary) markdown from a $99.99 price.

The BACtrack Trace Pro

bactrack-trace-proOkay, at the risk of sounding too much like an after-school special, I will have to say that we are heading into the holiday season, which will create a lot of trips to the bar, which will create the toxic by-product of drunk drivers. Every once in a while, there comes some device that can test a user’s Blood Alcohol Level, and BACtrack makes a lot of them.

The BACtrack Trace Pro (or simply Trace) is a police-grade sensor that is apparently used by the police. I realize that this sounds redundant, but if law enforcement and hospitals trust it, then a regular user can trust it too. Just to let you know, it meets the requirements for a breath alcohol screening device.

There is a one touch operation, which is perfect for intoxicated people. You can get your results in seconds, and there is an easy-to-read display in bright LCD blue. You need to blow for 5 seconds, and the response time is about 3 seconds. It has Xtend Fuel Cell Sensor technology, and six mouthpieces for optimal breath capture.

You should be able to purchase the BACtrack Trace Pro on the BACtrack site for about $99.99, and it is good for 1,500 tests on 2 AA batteries. By the way, the batteries are included, so this BACtrack is really a good deal. In fact, this is one small investment that could save a lot of life, so you should check this out.

The BACtrack Vio Smartphone Breathalyzer

BACtrack VioIt has been a while since I reviewed a BACtrack product, because I honestly don’t really need them. That is not a slam on the product, because I highly endorse any product that will save lives. There is a kind of poetic justice as I first reviewed a BACtrack product one year ago after CES 2014, and I now am working on reviewing another with the BACtrack Vio.

When I first saw this version on the BACtrack, it was being held in a spokesperson’s hand. I commented that it is so small that it could be put on a keychain. At this point, that spokesperson moved her finger and I saw the keychain.

Like its predecessor, the Vio connects to your iPhone or Android smartphone via Bluetooth. Then there is a flip-up mouthpiece to collect a quality breath sample, and it allows you to get a blood alcohol content (BAC) and even estimate when your BAC will return to zero. Using its BACtrack Companion App, you can track BAC results over time, including optional photos, notes, and drink logs. Yeah, you got those handy graphs that let you know if you have a problem, and the app will keep it private.

If you want to get in on this BACtrack Vio, you can get it for a lower price on the BACtrack site for $49.99.

BACtrack Mobile Breathalyzer saves lives on a mobile level

BactrackMost of you who read my blog know that I target church-going audiences, so it seems odd that I am reviewing a mobile breathalyzer. Just so I can make a disclaimer that I probably don’t need to make, I will say that I don’t drink. However, there isn’t anything in the Bible that forbids drinking, just drunkenness. This BACtrack mobile breathalyzer will insure that you don’t abuse a habit.

The BACtrack connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth, and I am told that it is accurate than other models of its type with its Xtend Fuel Cell Sensor. I say I am told because I honestly don’t want to go to a place full of drunk people to test it. All you need to do is blow the unit, and it gives the Blood Alcohol Content, and the app shows how long it will take before you are sober again.

What is really interesting is that on the app is some interesting drink tracker. You can even take pictures of your favorite drinks and places, and share what you are drinking on social networks.

As I said before, I don’t recommend drinking alcohol, but I will have to say that there is a technological way to keep this under control. You can get this on the BACtrack site for about $149.99.