Driving drunk is for the birds. Meaning you’d be an idiot to do so, especially in this day and age of Uber and Lyft. But let’s face it. We’ve all done it: head to the a bar or restaurant, plan on having just one and end up slugging back three or four. Not good. And that’s why every one should carry a portable breathalyzer, such as the Breathometer Breeze. Always get the best breathalyzer.
Now, the Breathometer Breeze isn’t the first portable breathalyzer I’ve reviewed. But it’s the first that doesn’t require charging. Powering the keychain sized device is an included watch battery. To install, just unscrew the top half of the Breathometer Breeze and pop it into place. I struggled for a few minutes to get it back together, but with some trial and error did so.
Included in the box are a few mouth pieces an attachments. I immediately tossed the mouth pieces aside since they just mean more to lose, which will surely happen, and more to carry around. As alluded to, there is a keychain attachment, but since I drive just one car I’ll be storing the Breathometer Breeze in my car for those “just in case” moments of weakness.
With the battery installed, it’s as simple as hitting the button near the mouth piece to power it on. You’ll know you’ve done so when the LEDs light up. The last few steps are pairing it to your phone and downloading the Breathometer app. Both are a quick and painless process, so no qualms there.
To begin a reading it’s a single button press on the app and then blowing into the Breathometer Breeze. Comparatively speaking the Breathometer Breeze works very fast; it only requires that you breath into the device for 5-seconds, where as other Breathylyzers require more time. Moreover, the device resets fairly quickly after each use, though it will error out if used too many times in a row (this only happened once after excessive testing).
Because the Breathometer Breeze runs off a watch (cell) battery, which is good for up to 16 months, it does shut off automatically fairly quickly. I never measured the actual amount of time, but it’s a moot issue since it powers on just as fast.
Compared to other Breathylzers, it tended to understate my BAC (that, or the other ones overstated it). But only marginally. And since the exercise isn’t to determine how drunk I was (well, sometimes) but whether or not I was close to or had exceeded the legal limit. Regardless, it seems to be a strong indicator of this, though I would have prefer to have it overstate my BAC; a “better safe than sorry” mentality.
You can buy the Breeze Breathometer direct for $100.
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