Breathalysers are valuable devices that measure a person’s Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) or intoxication level. The most prominent feature of a breathalyser is its sensor type. In addition, breathalyser uses a fuel cell and electrochemical sensors to examine the alcohol content in a breath sample. However, a breathalyser’s sensor is sensitive and may build up alcohol residue over time. Therefore, it needs proper usage and care to maintain its accuracy for longer periods. Thus, a breathalyser maintains its accuracy through periodic calibration. It may require time and effort, but it is vital to ensure your device is fully functional. Breathalysers Australia offers complete Australian calibrating services for all BACtrack breathalysers.
A breathalyser’s sensors drift over time, affecting the quality of BAC results. Therefore, inaccurate alcohol breath tests can lead to a false sense of security while driving. Additionally, this error may cost you a drink-driving charge or increase the possibility of getting into an accident. Thus, regular calibration is essential to ensure you get the most accurate alcohol breath test. The BACtrack breathalysers come with a recommended period for recalibration. Breathalysers Australian calibrating services include notifying you through email or text if your unit is due for recalibration. Other factors can also affect your device’s sensors, which will lead to a shorter recalibration period. The volume of use and blowing substantial alcohol concentrations are examples that can both affect when you should recalibrate your device.
Australian Calibrating Services: Why do we need recalibration
Breathalysers are accurate devices that give fast results. As a result, frequent use or extensive alcohol concentration build-up is on the sensors. However, there will be a point when the unit cannot take an accurate reading. As a result, a breathalyser needs Australian calibrating services to maintain the sensors. The frequency of use can affect the device’s sensors, and strong alcohol concentrations occur when the user does not wait 15 minutes after drinking alcohol. Alcohol residue results from a breathalyser’s frequent use, and substantial alcohol concentrations and the build-up will affect the sensor’s accuracy. Therefore when the residue builds up, recalibration is needed. And there are three steps for the breathalyser recalibration.
- Recalibration uses a special fluid to flush alcohol residue on the sensors.
- Testing the device for different blood and alcohol content levels will reset the device.
- The airway of the unit is cleaned and serviced.
Australian Calibrating Services: Who does the recalibration
Only trained professionals can perform the Australian calibrating services for Breathalysers Australia. Therefore, the technician adjusts the software inside the breathalyser to measure accurately. Typically, it involves flushing a special fluid into the sensor to clean it. Then, they test the sensors at various BAC levels until it conforms to the acceptable variance norms of the sensor performance. Consequently, do not try to clean or recalibrate the sensors yourself, or you will risk further damage to the sensors. In Addition, opening up your BACtrack breathalyser on your own will void the warranty.
As a general guide, personal use fuel cell breathalysers need recalibration every 12 months. Moreover, workplace fuel cell breathalysers need recalibration between 6 and 9 months, depending on the model and certification requirement. Additionally, if your BAC results fluctuate despite the alcohol consumed, it may be due to recalibration. Even if you do not use the breathalyser frequently, the accuracy will also drift in time. The Australian calibrating services send automatic emails based on your date of purchase, so you will not miss the best time frame for recalibration. Check the calibration procedure and policy of Breathalysers Australia before sending back the device. Breathalysers Australia complies with AS3547 local requirements to ensure high accuracy with your BACtrack personal breathalyser.
Breathalyser Recalibration guidelines
It is important to keep track of your breathalysers’ needs for recalibration. Personal use of breathalysers is mostly for avoiding road accidents. Therefore, Alcohol breath tests are only done after a social gathering to ensure that the user is within legal BAC levels. Thus, personal breathalysers are not frequently used, unlike workplace breathalysers in the company. As a result, Breathalysers Australian calibrating services advise that breathalysers for personal use should need recalibrating at least every 12 months. However, users that drink more and have a higher alcohol concentration have a different recalibration timeframe. Additionally, a high level of alcohol concentration can lead to alcohol residue build-up that will damage the sensors. For this reason, recalibration is significant when you own a personal breathalyser.
A Business with a zero-alcohol tolerance policy needs workplace breathalysers. Therefore, random alcohol breath tests are essential in high-risk industries to prevent accidents. Thus, breathalysers are great substitutes for alcohol blood, urine, saliva and hair tests. That helps with the company’s workplace alcohol policies implementation. Companies use alcohol breath tests more frequently to deter alcohol usage. As a result, recalibration is needed every 6-9 months. However, an important thing to remember is Breathalysers Australia may void the unit’s warranty if the breathalyser is opened or tampered with. In addition, Breathalysers Australia has their own Australian calibrating services. A workplace breathalyser’s recalibration can help companies provide accurate test results. Owning a calibrated breathalyser can provide safety to the workplace and its employees.
Australian Calibrating Services: How much does it cost?
A purchased unit from Breathalysers Australia has a unit serial number for tracking your unit needs of recalibration. Therefore, a monitoring program is in use to send you an email when your unit is due for recalibration. A recalibration is necessary to maintain your breathalyser’s sensors. Additionally, there will be a fee for the recalibration process. But how much does a recalibration cost in Breathalysers Australian calibrating services cost? The cost will depend on the sensor technology used by a breathalyser. A fuel cell sensor device will cost $55 inc GST and $74.95 + GST for the Platinum electrochemical sensor. The fee includes the pickup and returns courier to and from Northern NSW. Here are the lists for the devices
Xtend® or BluFire® fuel cell sensors
- BACtrack S80 Pro (Gen1 & Gen2)
- Mobile pro (Gen1 & Gen2)
- BACtrack Trace Pro (Gen1 & Gen2)
- BACtrack Scout
- C8 Smartphone
- C6 Keychain
Platinum electrochemical sensor
- Alcovisor Mercury Touchscreen
Sending Process for your Breathalysers Recalibration
Breathalysers Australia is the only accredited Australian calibrating services for BACtrack products. However, there is an important detail you need to remember before getting a recalibration. BACtrack products that have lapsed the calibration period for over 18 months are not available for calibration. But how can you send us your breathalyser for recalibration? Firstly send the breathalyser by waiting for a pre-addressed Australia Post satchel and place the breathalysers in its protective case and drop it at your local post office. Secondly, once the breathalyser is here, we will return it after 1-2 business days. A half-day laboratory recalibration is to check for consistency and maintenance. On the same day or 2nd business day, it will be repacked and prepared for dispatch. Lastly, Australia post is the way of delivery for your breathalyser. The process is hassle-free, and the breathalyser is now accurate and reliable.