|"Auto Express Magazine Best Buy 2016"
"AlcoSense has the edge... [the Excel] proved accurate at all levels. A great combination of price and performance."
At a glance:
- 64mm2 Fuel Cell Sensor – smaller version of Police sensor
- Almost twice as accurate as award winning AlcoSense Elite
- 48mm Full Colour TFT Screen
- Works with any drink drive limit in the world
- Re-calibration alert
- Award-winning housing design
Designed by AlcoSense in the UK, the Excel utilises the award winning chassis of the AlcoSense Pro and Ultra to bring an entry level fuel cell breathalyser with outstanding accuracy and functionality to the sub £100 price point.
Fuel Cell Accuracy
Breath Volume Sensing with Temperature Compensation
The Excel uses a 64mm² version of exactly the same 200mm² Fuel Cell sensor used in several UK, US & European Police Breathalyzers. Many brands claim they feature "Police Sensors" or similar, simply because they use a fuel cell sensor. But not all fuel cells are the same... The Excels sensor is identical to the law enforcement version, just smaller, giving the Excel unrivalled accuracy at this price point.
The most accurate way to measure breath alcohol is to measure the deep lung air, to get to this air the user must to blow out 1 litre of air before a reading is taken. If the reading is taken too early the breathalyser can give low or inconsistent readings. Most rival products at this price point rely on using a timer to estimate when 1 litre has passed but users blow at different pressures meaning the actual volume when the measurement is taken can vary wildly leading to the sample being taken at the incorrect time and an inaccurate reading being shown to the user.
The AlcoSense Excel senses the volume of breath exhaled during the test and takes a reading when 1 litre of air has been exhaled, ensuring the most accurate and consistent sample is always taken. To improve accuracy even further, readings are fine-tuned according to temperature – so whether were in a heat wave or the biggest snowfall for 30 years the Excel will compensate to ensure the best accuracy possible.
Every breathalyzer has an accuracy tolerance of +/- X.XX of the reading – the smaller the number the more accurate the breathalyzer claims to be but this means that the reading could be higher or lower than the true reading by this amount. The AlcoSense Excel has some clever software to stop under-reading – i.e. instead of having a tolerance of +/-0.10‰BAC, the AlcoSense Excels tolerance is +0.15‰BAC, -0.00‰BAC. This means the Excel will read a little on the safe side, not too low and more than twice as accurate as the award-winning AlcoSense Elite.
Any Limit in the World – Literally
Using the simple menu system the AlcoSense Excel can be set to any limit, anywhere in the world. You can adjust the units of measure between mg/L (breath alcohol) and ‰BAC (blood alcohol) readings, the drink drive limit and blood breath ratio. If youre travelling abroad all you need to do is set the three parameters according to the table in the user manual. Ideal for cross border or even cross continent travel.
If youre looking for something even easier, consider the AlcoSense Pro and Ultra which come with a pre-loaded database of over 40 limits around the world. Just choose your country in the menu and at the click of a button it will set every up for you according to the local legislation.
Award Winning Design
The AlcoSense uses the same housing as the AlcoSense Pro and Ultra – winners of the 2016 Red Dot International Product Design Award. Previous winners include Apple, BMW, LG, Porsche Design, Lenovo, Bose and Dell, and now AlcoSense!
Detailed, Easy to Understand Results
AlcoSense Excel features a full colour 1.8 inch (48mm) TFT screen which gives clear and detailed readings of your alcohol level in your choice of breath (mg/L) or blood (‰BAC) readings. If youre close to or over your chosen limit the Excel will alert you not to drive.
|Zero or trace alcohol
||Alcohol present but
under the limit
Close to or over the limit a
don't drive alert is given
with your reading
The Excel stores your last 24 readings in its memory for easy review at a later stage. If you require a larger memory, or with date and time stamp please consider the AlcoSense Pro and Ultra.
Easy to Use Graphical Interface
The Excels software is built upon the same easy to use platform as the award winning Pro and Ultra. The Excel gives you prompts and instructions on screen and a simple and easy to use menu system.
Backlit “Twin” Blow Tube Receptor
The Excel features a backlit blow tube receptor so its easy to put a blow tube even in low light. The Excel works with both the “Pro” mouthpieces which feature a one-way valve to eliminate contamination from previous tests for ultimate accuracy, or the “regular” blow tubes used by the AlcoSense Lite and Elite.
Any breathalyzer requires re-calibration after a period of use, the AlcoSense Excel has an industry leading calibration period of 12 months from the first time you use it. To improve reliability and user friendliness AlcoSense Excel reminds you to recalibrate after 11 months of use. When calibration expires just post it to us and we will recalibrate it using Police spec Breath Alcohol Simulators and return it to you within 5 working days.
If a breathalyzer is used outside its operating temperatures you can get erroneous readings due to temperature affecting the quality of the reaction inside the sensor. For your safety and protection AlcoSense Excel will alert you if the unit goes outside its operating range (note the operating temperature is the temperature of the unit, not the surrounding air temperature) of 5°C~40°C. This means that, unlike rival brands, the Pro will never let you perform a test when you could get an unreliable result.
Unlike rival brands, AlcoSense Excel also protects you from inaccuracy caused by “Sensor Saturation”. Sensor Saturation can affect any breathalyzer, including Police units and is caused when extremely high levels of alcohol are blown directly into the sensor. Normally this happens when a breath test is performed shortly after drinking when alcohol is still present in the mouth, the sensor can be overloaded, known as “saturation”. Readings taken after a saturation event can be unreliable until the sensor recovers. For your safety and protection, rather than allowing potentially unreliable readings to be shown, AlcoSense Excel will enter a protection mode which allows the sensor to recover before allowing further tests.
Quality & Reliability Assured
||Consumer Use, Workplace Use
||Auto Express Best Buy 2016, Auto Express Top Products of 2016, Red Dot Product Design Award 2016
|Sensor Size (sq. mm)
||64 sq. mm
||Smaller version of exactly the same fuel cell sensor used in several UK, US and European Police breathalysers
|Breath Sampling System
|Don't Drive Alert When Close to Limit
|Adjustable Dont Drive Alert Level
||Adjustable - Manual to Any Limit Worldwide
|Features - Ease of Use
||Backlit Mouthpiece Receiver, Don't Drive Alert When Close to Limit, Re-Calibration Reminder, USB Port for Updates & Improvements
|Features - Accuracy
||Breath Sampling Sensors, Sensor Overload Protection, Sensor Purge for Better Accuracy, Temperature Compensation
|Unit of Measure
||mg/L (Breath Alc), ‰BAC (Blood Alc)
||Up to 2 decimal places
|Max Reading (‰BAC)
|Screen Size (Diagonal)
||Full Colour TFT
||Blow Tubes, Professional Mouthpieces
||£19.99 inc VAT
||(H x W x D): 107 x 55 x 29 mm
||147g (Including Batteries)
|In The Box
||1 Breathalyzer, 3 x AAA Batteries, 5 Blow Tubes, Instruction Manual, Micro USB Cable