Breathalyzers can determine blood alcohol content from a sample of breath. Usually, only cops on patrol carry these. But it can be useful to have one around the house, especially if you are medically required to measure your own BAC. You can buy a budget breathalyzer for less than $40. The best cheap breathalyzer I have, the Greenwon Professional Breathalyzer, cost me only a few bucks. Read the below list for more budget breathalyzers.
10 Best Cheap Breathalyzer – 2017
I’d say this is the best cheap breathalyzer currently available considering its price. It’s very small and cwithes in a keychain. It can measure acetone and ethanol levels in breath. As such, it’s good for measuring ketosis as well. The little breathalyzer is good to get a general idea about your BAC or ketosis numbers. It does not by any means provide highly accurate numbers. You will need a blood test or a medical-grade breathalyzer for that. But this is very convenient to have on person.
This breathalyzer is very convenient and highly portable. I use this keychain for my car keys as well. It has a large, red LCD display to show numbers, which is even more convenient for far-sighted people. It offers numbers in approximation, which is not that bad when it comes to accuracy. It’s powered by AAA batteries, but I have to say this device is a bit power hungry. If you conduct tests without allowing the device to cool down for at least 10 minutes, the battery will be drained. Also, it’s recommended to be calibrated every year. However, I really liked the ease of use of this device and highly recommended it to everyone.
This breathalyzer is similar to the one above, but it’s more compact and sturdy. It displays results in blue on an easy-to-read display. The mouthpiece can be folded so this is very easy to carry around. The device is powered by Advanced MicroCheck Sensor technology, so results are accurate by and large. It is powered by a AAA battery and I got about 75 results per battery. It meets all the requirements for FDA (501K) approved alcohol screening device, so this is a neat little thing to carry around.
This is the first “smart” breathalyzer I used. Considering the price, it’s not so bad. It has a large backlit LCD screen. The breathalyzer comes with 20 mouthpieces so it can be shared without worries. I had to wait about 20 minutes after the last drink to use this breathalyzer, which is rather standard waiting time. The recommended waiting time between tests is 3 minutes. This device is kind of cool. If my BC is above 0.05%, it gives an audio and a video warning alarm. It’s powered by 3 AAA batteries, but has energy saving features so the batteries last longer.
This tiny breathalyzer is easy to carry around and gives test results almost instantly. it has an audible alert system too. The smallness makes it very discreet as well. I liked the design and the display, but I warn users to be cautious of results. My first test results came back with seriously differing numbers. But after multiple uses, the device seems to have calibrated itself. The numbers are not exact but the device provides reliable approximates.
This breathalyzer cost me just a few dollars. It’s dirt cheap, so I was skeptical at first. I can’t complain about the design; it’s quite well made and came with a hand harness. I only had an issue with the battery compartment, which was a bit stiff to open. The device to me was very easy to operate. It has an auto power off feature. Warm up is only 10 seconds. The results, as far as I could tell, was approximate. They weren’t way off so I guess I’ll call this one of the best cheap breathalyzers you can buy.
This breathalyzer is quite new so I had fun testing it. It’s designed well, so it’s very easy to carry around. It has features like smart control, where an audio and video warning is given when test results are above the recommended levels. What I really liked is the fact that this came with 5 mouthpieces, so I could use it with friends after leaving the bar.
I didn’t pay much for this but this breathalyzer is surprisingly accurate. The numbers are not exact, but they are the closest to the real thing I have gotten on a budget breathalyzer. It’s very convenient to use as well. I was surprised by how fast the breathalyzer worked. It works with a single press of a button. I get readings in about 15 seconds. It’s very useful to have on the road after a night out with friends.
This breathalyzer isn’t exactly small and compact, but it makes up for those things in accuracy. Plus, I got a little zipper bag to keep the breathalyzer in. The device delivers fast results and wait time after turning on is only 5 seconds. The directions that came with the product are really terrible, so I recommend going online and seeing what others did. It comes with 5 spare mouthpieces as well.
This one can be connected to a smartphone app. I purchased this just out of curiosity. The breathalyzer is small and compact and is about as reliable as any other budget breathalyzer. Keep in mind that the tech is not police-grade, so I wouldn’t depend too much on the results. Take the numbers as rough estimates. The smartphone synching just displays your test results on the phone. It’s quite neat to compare results.
Tips for Buying the Best Budget Breathalyzer
Here’s what you should keep in mind when shopping for cheap breathalyzers:
Don’t expect high levels of accuracy. Budget breathalyzers are only good at giving approximate values that are closest to the accurate numbers. Don’t rely too much on the numbers you get. When shopping, look for breathalyzers designed using police-grade technology to get the best results.
Buy a compact breathalyzer as they are very easy to carry around. Most budget breathalyzers are small and come in key chains for carrying convenience.
Read instructions carefully. Check for things like waiting time between tests and waiting time after turning on before purchasing a device.
There are energy saving options for budget breathalyzers. Some quickly drain the batteries. Others have features like auto off to save battery power. Choose one of these to not waste money buying new batteries.
Buy a newly released budget breathalyzer if you can. Breath testing technology has vastly improved in recent years so the newer products are more accurate than older ones.