Date: July 18th, 2006
Article by: Mike Carter (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Q3I Innovations
Electric Pressure Sensor: The AlcoHAWK® Slim contains an electronic airflow sensor to ensure that the user exhales through the mouthpiece with the required force for over five seconds. This is a vital function because only samples of air from the deep lung are proportionate to blood alcohol content. This is an important feature for professional screening to prevent an intentional short exhale which can affect accuracy.
Sample Concentration Sensor: The AlcoHAWK® Slim contains a software upgrade to allow the unit to track if an even alcohol concentration is detected in the sample. This cutting-edge technology provides another method of ensuring breath sample integrity.
Folding Mouthpiece Design: The AlcoHAWK® Slim features a folding mouthpiece design that allows the unit to be easily carried in a pocket or a purse while maintaining the benefits and accuracy of a mouthpiece air capture system. The Slim also comes with replaceable mouthpiece covers to enable sanitary testing on multiple individuals.
AlcoHAWK Slim Specifications
Dimensions 5 x 1 .75 x .75 inches (L*W*H)
Weight .3 lbs
Housing Shock Resistant, Molded Plastic
Batteries Two (2) AA Alkaline Batteries
Battery Life 150-300 tests
Sensor Sensitive Semiconductor Sensor
Warm-Up Time 30-45 Seconds
Blowing Time 5 Seconds
Response Time 5 Seconds
B.A.C. Range .00 - .40% BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration)
Air Sample 5 Seconds
Sensor Accuracy +/- 0.01% at 0.02% B.A.C.
Calibration Calibrated by Q3 Innovations, LLC
Operation Single Button
Warranty 1 Year
The AlcoHawk Slim will be available for around $80 USD.
Once I opened the shipping envelope the Man In Brown brought me, I was presented with a standard, point-of-sale box with the AlcoHawk prominently displayed through the plastic front.
The back of the package lists all of the features and specifications, for easy browsing on the store shelf.
Opening the box, you will find the AlcoHawk, an instruction manual, and three mouthpieces. Nothing really complicated here.
Let's take a look at how this thing works.