AlcoSense Ultra breathalyser review

With around 20 per cent of the UK’s drink drive convictions coming the morning after alcohol consumption, it’s clear that there is a significant number of people driving under the influence who don’t even realise they are inebriated.

It was this very realisation that led Hunter Abbott to launch AlcoSense in September 2007. Their ever-improving range of personal breathalysers has stopped 50 per cent of their customers inadvertently drink driving.

Now, after three years of extensive research and development, they have released their best breathalyser yet: the AlcoSense Ultra, using the same 200mm2 professional fuel cell alcohol sensor as units used by many UK, US and European police forces.

The police-grade fuel cell censor gives the AlcoSense Ultra unrivalled accuracy for a publicly available breathalyser.
The police-grade fuel cell censor gives the AlcoSense Ultra unrivalled accuracy for a publicly available breathalyser.

While this does make it one of the most expensive personal breathalysers on the market – with an RRP of £249.99 – it also means that it is the most accurate over-the-counter device currently available.

Even compared to the hugely complicated static devices found in police stations (worth upwards of £10,000), the reliability and accuracy of the AlcoSense Ultra is hugely impressive, partly thanks to a new software calibration technique that prevents the device from under-reading.

However, as impressive as the hardware is, it is the day-to-day usability of the AlcoSense Ultra that should be its main selling point to the majority of customers looking to protect their driving licence.

Thanks to the AlcoSense Ultra (and it's baby brother, the Pro) taking an alcohol reading has never been easier.
Thanks to the AlcoSense Ultra (and it’s baby brother, the Pro) taking an alcohol reading has never been easier.

In order to work, breathalysers require a steady breath, something some people struggle to manage. This is where the trademarked BlowCoach technology comes in. Providing real-time breath pressure and volume monitors (as well as feedback when the device can’t read your breath) the Ultra makes it incredibly easy to start measuring the alcohol in your system.

If you are over the limit, the device provides an estimate as to when it should have cleared, allowing you to set an alarm when you want to retest. What’s more, upon start up, the device enables you to select literally any drink drive limit from around the world (from Australia to the UAE), making it the perfect partner for cross-country road trips.

Combined with its stylish and ergonomic design (the blowhole, for example, lights up for ease of use in the dark), the AlcoSense Ultra more than justifies its price point making it a must-have for those who truly value their licence.

Until the end of February, AlcoSense is offering 20% of the Ultra and Pro breathalyser models. Simply use the code ‘T911’ at the checkout of their online store, found at AlcoSense.co.uk.

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