SCOPE OF DELIVERY
1 ACE Y Breathalyzer
1x 3V CR123A battery (integrated in the device)
1 Plastic Carrying Case
1 Short Instruction
1 Instruction Manual
All measured values determined with this alcohol tester are always only a guide value and are not legally binding.
ACE Instruments recommends that you test the alcohol tester at least once a week, regardless of whether you have drunk alcohol or not. The device should also be calibrated regularly to maintain measurement accuracy.
Why is a calibration necessary?
Calibration is not mandatory, but the accuracy of the integrated sensor decreases continuously without calibration and the warranty expires if the calibration intervals are not observed.
Any alcohol tester purchased from ACE Instruments can also be calibrated by ACE Instruments. Of course, we also calibrate instruments that have been purchased elsewhere, as long as these instruments are identical in construction to those sold by ACE Instruments. You can see the due date of the next calibration on the calibration sticker on your alcohol tester. If the sticker is missing, the calibration should be done 6 months after the purchase date: e.g. purchase date: 13.05. = next calibration on 13.11. and afterwards on 13.05. of the following year. You can send the instrument for calibration to the service address given under www.alkomat.net . There you will also find further information on calibration, the prices for the calibration service and the calibration return form.
Which factors influence the measurement accuracy?
- The more often the alcohol tester is used, the more the zero point shifts.
- At high alcohol concentrations, the zero point shifts more strongly.
- The sensitivity of the sensor also decreases in the case of devices that are used little or not at all.
- Amount of alcohol
- Period of alcohol consumption
- body size
- drinking habit
- Health condition
- Vitality of the liver
- lung size
- dietary intake during alcohol consumption
- Influence of drugs
Further influencing factors
Some substances contained in tobacco such as methanol and acetaldehyde, in sweets substances such as isoprene or the 2-butanol often present in flavours and perfumes can influence the measurement result. Some other residual gases (caused by cigarette smoke, mint, etc.) in the mouth can also affect the sensor and thus the test result. If you have eaten or drunk something before a breath test, we recommend rinsing your mouth with water or waiting at least 15 minutes before the test to get a correct result.
Important notes on test procedure and self-assessment
After the last sip of alcohol, you should wait at least 15 minutes, as there may still be residual alcohol in the oral cavity that influences the measurement result. Smoking should also be avoided before a test, as cigarette smoke damages the sensor. A new mouthpiece should be used for each test - not only for hygienic reasons, but also because an already used mouthpiece can influence the next measurement result. There could be residual alcohol in the mouthpiece, which will influence the new test result if the same mouthpiece is used again (e.g. if a person is sober, this could indicate alcoholisation).
If the display shows "FLO" or "Flow", the breath sample delivered was not sufficient or was terminated too early. Blow your breath constantly for about 4 seconds and preferably as if you were whistling without sound. The breath test is finished as soon as you hear a double beep.
If the same person performs 2 tests in a row, they should wait at least 3 minutes between the two tests, as too short a waiting time can result in different readings being displayed. After a test, the air exhaled from the lungs is no longer enriched with the same alcohol content as in the previous test. Therefore, an immediate second test will show a lower reading.
Why the perceived alcoholisation and the measurement result often doesn`t or cannot not coincide
In an alcohol test, there are many different factors that influence the level of the measured value. In addition to sex, age, height and weight, these include the percentage of body fat and the percentage of body fluid.
In addition, the general physical and mental condition as well as the respective daily condition must also be taken into account. In addition, the type of meals before the test (type of content and level of stomach) and the intake of medication can influence the measured value.
Other influencing factors naturally include the type of drink (percentage of alcohol content in the drink as well as its carbonic acid and sugar content), drinking speed and the individual length of time dependent on the test person with regard to alcohol build-up and breakdown in the body.
Some people quickly have an increased alcohol content in their blood, others take longer to detect alcoholisation. About 40-50% of the alcohol consumed is in the body within 15 minutes, after 30 minutes it is 65% and after 70 minutes at the latest the previously consumed alcohol is 100% absorbed in the body. However, it should also be noted that some people - partly genetically determined - quickly reduce the alcohol content in the blood again, whereas others still have an increased alcohol content in the blood even after a longer period.
The ACE Y scores triple:
- with a first-class sensor powered by Dräger
- as little brother of the German police pre-testing device
- as successor of the well-known Dräger Alcotest® 3000 Breathalyzer
Breathylzers manufactured by Dräger are known for their high quality and are exported all over the world. The ACE Y also scores with highest precision and is one of the top devices in the field of breath alcohol measurement technology. Note: The ACE Y is only available in the GERMAN language setting.
High-quality technology for precise measurement results!
The electrochemical sensor built into the ACE Y is characterized by short reaction times, high-precision measurement results and a long service life. With this device breath alcohol tests in the temperature range between -5 and +50°C and even at very high alcohol content are possible - no matter whether by means of active (user blows into the mouthpiece) or passive measurement (with this measuring method the alcohol content of the ambient air is measured). The test is carried out using individually hygienically packaged mouthpieces.
Due to its high quality, we were able to classify the ACE Y in accuracy class 1+, which also includes the pre-test devices used by the police! In order to maintain the best possible precision of your new alcohol test device, you should have it serviced and calibrated regularly.
Intuitive operation and handy design
Depending on the configuration, the ACE Y can be used within a few seconds after switching on, and the measurement result is displayed after three to ten seconds, depending on the breath alcohol content.
The navigation is self-explanatory, all measurement functions can be selected with just one button: the large green button in the middle is used to perform a measurement, the two menu buttons can be used for advanced functions such as displaying the last 100 test results.
The large backlit display of the ACE Y allows reading even in poor light and visibility conditions. Light-emitting diodes and acoustic signal messages help you to operate the device, which despite its precise and high-quality technology has a handy format and fits in any jacket pocket.
Practical mouthpieces for the simplest possible operation
The popular Dräger Slide 'n' Click mouthpiece allows hygienic operation of the ACE Y with several consecutive users and is easy and intuitive to set up even in the dark. The air outlet cannot be closed and thus puts a stop to manipulation attempts. The design of the mouthpieces includes a spacer so that the user's lips cannot touch the body of the alcohol tester. In addition, the spacer can be used to easily remove the used mouthpiece. As an option, we also offer mouthpieces with rebreather lock for this device. In order to ensure hygienic operation, you should always use a new mouthpiece for each application. ACE Instruments is not liable for damage caused by multiple use of the same mouthpiece!