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AlcoSense Excel

2018

Ocena: ★★★★★

The AlcoSense Excel came out top in Auto Express Magaziine's breathalyser Group Test featuring ten breathalysers from 6 different brands! Testing under lab and real world conditions they concluded:

"AlcoSense has the edge here... [the Excel] proved accurate at all levels. A great combination of price and performance."

Read the full article here


21/7/17

The AlcoSense Excel has been nominated by the German Design Council for the 2018 German Design Awards. It has recieved nomination to the Medical and Transport categories for Excellent Design. Judging will take place at the end of the year, with the winners announced in early 2018. 


Sunday Times Driving Review of the AlcoSense Excel

11/11/2016

"Christmas can be a boozy time of year and many revellers hit the road the morning after a drop too many. Do them (and other road users) a favour with this breathalyser from top brand AlcoSense. We tested the AlcoSense Pro before Christmas last year but this new model promises even more."

Read the full article here


Telegraph review of the AlcoSense Excel

16/12/2016

"the Excel was compared with the results from a £2,000 police breathalyser. The police unit gave a reading of 0.333mg/L... with the same alcohol sample, the Excel gave an exact reading of 0.339mg/L."

Read the full article here


The Guardian Breathalyzer Review

9/04/2017

“The AlcoSense Excel is [for] those who rely on their license for work or play, and who seek reliability and accuracy at an affordable price. We tested the accuracy of the AlcoSense Excel against a £13,000 evidential breathalyser used in Police stations and the readings were almost identical.”

Read the full review here (the article is below the Volvo Review)


19/12/2016

"it's easier than you think to unintentionally drink drive the morning after a boozy Christmas evening if you went a bit too far with the Bailey's the night before...the AlcoSense Excel brings a new level of accuracy and reliability for drivers, a great passive-aggressive Christmas gift for your favourite booze hound friend"

Read the full review here


21/12/2016

"Setup is straightforward...Using the device is incredibly easy. It's quick, clear and leaves you in little doubt about whether you're over the limit or not.... AlcoSense Excel offers far greater accuracy and can be used again and again, handy for anyone who drives for a living."

Read the ful review here


Evo Magazine

25/11/2016

"Class leading accuracy"


30th November 2017

 

Ocena: ★★★★★

 

“The AlcoSense Excel tells you unequivocally if you’re okay to drive. It’s reusable, looks great, and has earned a reputation as one of the best affordable breathalyzers on the market. It gives readings that reliably match those given by official (£13,000!) police readers; incredible given that it costs less than 100.”

Read the full review here


18th May 2017

Ocena: ★★★★★
Winner: Recommended Award

“AlcoSense Excel and Pro review: Are these the best breathalysers in the business?”

“Yes. The AlcoSense Excel and especially the Pro are great products. They’re easy to use and packed with thoughtful features and, most importantly, they’re accurate. But is it worth your while spending up to £150 on one? … Absolutely. These devices will tell you unequivocally and, with absolute clarity, if you’re okay or not to drive.”

Read the full review here


19th May 2017

Ocena: 9/10 

“The AlcoSense was consistent in both tests when compared to the calibrated alcometer [Lion 500 Police Breathalyser]. That's quite impressive… In the few weeks I've had the unit I've had no issues with testing, the unit has consistently produced a reading that matches what I expected given the drinks consumed.

It's compact, easy to use and reliable. If you're in the market for a breathalyser then you can't go wrong with this one.”

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12/07/2018

"Overall the Excel is incredibly simple to use, lightweight and can offer a sense of reassurance when you wake up. Although the AlcoSense Excel retails for £99.99, the sound of mind this product can provide is priceless."

Read the full review here


Total 911 AlcoSense Excel Breathalyser Review

May 2017 Issue

"AlcoSense Excel is the perfect travel partner"


 

 

07/12/2016

"It's extremely simple to use and fairly foolproof.....its accuracy and reliability make it a good choice.....the AlcoSense Excel is a reasonably priced way to get an accurate gauge on blood alcohol level" 

Read the full review here


Motorverso Review of AlcoSense Excel

24/11/2016

"If you are looking for a personal breathalyser, then get the AlcoSense Excel breathalyser...a high quality fuel cell breathalyser which has outstanding functions and accuracy to a sub-£100 price point."

Read the full review here


MMM Breathalyser Award

July 2017 Issue of Motorhome Motorcaravan Monthly

“highly accurate and reliable, and has a compact and easy-to-use design. It features a slide mechanism

that keeps the sensor and blow tube receptacle covered when not in use, and the colour screen makes levels of tipsiness easy to read. Also, limits can easily be adjusted to the country you’re travelling in”


Frost Magazine

24/11/2016

"We could not be more of a fan of this.....It is superb value and it can save your life and your job.....A brilliant device to keep in your bag"

"We can't recommend it enough"

Read the full review here


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Ocena: ★★★★★

"The Excel's sensor is identical to the law enforcement version, just smaller, giving the Excel unrivalled accuracy at this price point"

"At only £100 there are no negatives to the Excel....and with the positives being potentially lifesaving it is a worthwhile investment"

Read the full review here


March 2017

Ocena: ★★★★★

"It's simple to use...gives you an instant reading... a valuable piece of kit. Highly recommended."


Retro Cars Breathalyser Review AlcoSense Excel

May 2017 Issue

Awarded "Top Gadget" May 2017

"There's no doubt every car should have one of these in the glovebox!"


March 2017

"We used a breath alcohol simulator, the same equipment used for calibration and accuracy checking Police evidential breathalysers, to compare the readings of the Excel and a £1,700 Police breathalyser. Both the Excel and the Police breathalyser showed exactly the same."


AlcoSense Pro

"The AlcoSense Pro and Ultra have been awarded the international distinction of the Red Dot Award for exceptional product design against competition from multinationals including, Dell, Lenovo, LG, Apple, Logitech and many more. A total of 5,214 products from 57 nations were assessed by a jury of 41 independent designers, design professors and specialist journalists to decide the winners of the 2016 Red Dot Product Design Award, with the AlcoSense Pro and Ultra breathalysers winning the “Red Dot Award: Product Design”.

Red Dot has been an internationally recognised design award since its inception in 1955 and is recognised as a quality label for excellent product design. Past prize-winners include Siemens in 1995, Apple in 2001, BMW in 2007, LG in 2008, Porsche in 2012, Lenovo in 2013, Bose in 2014; and Dell in 2015.

Designed in the UK, the AlcoSense Pro & Ultra are the culmination of 3 years R&D and reflects AlcoSense’s values of simplicity, functionality and precision. The result is a breathalyser with near Police level accuracy and several patented innovations which bring a level of performance & ease of use previously unseen in the industry.

The product’s external design also impressed the jury by reflecting these values in a refined the external form with precise split lines and slide action with hidden mechanism, invisible battery compartment and backlit mouthpiece hole for use in low light conditions."



2018

Ocena: ★★★★

The AlcoSense Pro came second to the AlcoSense Excel in the 2016 Auto Express breathalyser Group Test, featuring ten breathalysers from 6 different brands! Testing under lab and real world conditions they concluded:

"Spend £50 more than on the AlcoSense Excel and you get quite a bit more with the Pro. It topped our accuracy tests by a small margin from the Excel. For the next step up, look no further than the Pro."

Read the full review here


Sunday Times Breathalyzer Review

Ocena: ★★★★★

The test involved using a machine to pump vapour from a solution of alcohol and water (using a human test subject introduces inconsistencies) into a Draeger police evidential breathalyser, which is used at police stations (they offer an industry-best ±0.03‰ BAC), and immediately after running the same test with the Pro.

The results: 

- Draeger Alcotest 9510: 0.312mg/l
- AlcoSense Pro: 0.32mg/l

The AlcoSense Pro got impressively close to the benchmark police evidential breathalyser. 

In addition, helpful features of the Pro include colour-coded results (red being over the limit), a backlit tube connector, the amusingly-named BlowCoach (shows in realtime whether you're blowing too soft or hard to get an accurate reading), and a handy Time Until Sober reading.

The Pro also works abroad as it includes a database of legal limits in various countries/regions — you simply tell it where you are and it'll do the rest.

the AlcoSense Pro appears to be a good investment for any law-abiding driver, especially during the Christmas party season, to make sure you're not caught out the morning after. The alternative could ruin your life.

Ocena: ★★★★★

Read the full review here


 

 Telegraph Review of the AlcoSense Pro

"...a fresh level of accuracy in consumer breath-testing."

“It’s very straightforward to use…. to get the same features as the Pro you’ll have to pay approximately twice as much.”

“Its accuracy was proven in a demonstration in our office comparing an AlcoSense pro against a correctly calibrated, Home Office-approved breath alcohol simulator. Reassuringly, the Pro passed with flying colours.”

Read the full review here


 

Financial Times Breathalyser Review

8th July 2017

“A failsafe breathalyser for the international traveller”

Read the full review here


AlcoSense Pro - AutoExpress Hot Kit

 

10th February 2016

"The sleek Alcosense Pro is handy and simple to use, with a high-spec fuel-cell sensor that gives almost the same accuracy as police kit. The sensor has accounted for a 10 per cent tolerance, to prevent giving an under-reading. It also helps control breath flow, so you don’t breathe too hard, too softly or not long enough – all explained on the hi-res colour TFT screen. If you’re over the limit, it’ll advise how long to wait until you’re sober. EXACTLY when are you safe to drive again the morning after a night out drinking? There’s no real certainty, so investing in a personal breathalyser is one way to be sure."


 

 

The Sun Motors Breathalyzer Review

 

"Alcosense Pro is a top-of-the-range model and offers reliable accurate readings, which could prove priceless... As far as breathalysers go, this is one of the best"

Read the full article here


 

The Guardian Breathalyzer Review

"Designed in the UK, both breathalysers offer levels of accuracy, reliability and consistency that we as consumers have not been able to access until now."

"The units have several excellent features. They are pre-loaded with all the different limits in every country, so if travelling in Europe, for instance, you wouldn’t be caught out by different levels when crossing borders. Also, they feature an ‘estimated time until sober’ with an alarm that alerts you to re-test again when it is likely you will be safe to drive. The AlcoSense Pro costs £129.99 (£149.99 from February 2016) and the Ultra is £249.99 – which isn’t cheap but considering the alternatives could be a bargain."

Read the full review here


 

Scottish Sun Breathalyzer Review

 

"An AlcoSense Pro breathalyser could be the smartest gift you buy this year. The Pro knows it is in Scotland, knows the limit and can even tell you when you can next drive. It uses a 121mm2 version of the 200mm2 “Fuel Cell” sensor used in several UK police forces. That sounds technical but this machine even gives you a lesson on how to give a breath sample properly with its BlowCoach mechanism. It doesn’t get any easier than that. — so there are no excuses for being over the limit."

Read the full review here


 

18th May 2017

Ocena: ★★★★★
Winner: Recommended Award

“AlcoSense Excel and Pro review: Are these the best breathalysers in the business?”

“Yes. The AlcoSense Excel and especially the Pro are great products. They’re easy to use and packed with thoughtful features and, most importantly, they’re accurate. But is it worth your while spending up to £150 on one? … Absolutely. These devices will tell you unequivocally and, with absolute clarity, if you’re okay or not to drive.”

Read the full review here


10th October 2017 Issue

“We’ve seen some pretty flashy breathalysers in our time. But with features like the Blow Coach and Time Until Sober, this one really does take the whole bloody biscuit tin.”

Read the full review here


Diesel Car AlcoSense Pro Breathalyser Review

"We pitched the AlcoSense Pro up against the police evidential tester and it was absolutley spot-on for accuracy, every time. It's a neat little piece of kit too, small enough to slip into a pocket, smooth-looking and easy to use."

DieselCar Magazine, May 2016 Issue

Read the full review here


“One of the most advanced breathalysers around for its price. It’s basically a smaller version of what the police use.”

FQ Magazine, Autumn Edition


 

11/08/2017

“the Pro is ahead of the game, condensing cutting edge technology and design into one super simple personal breathalyser… the best personal breathalyser available to buy right now.”

Read the full review here


Parkers Breathalyzer Review - AlcoSense Pro

"Just how accurate are home breathalyzers? We test one against a Police-spec unit.

We tested it [AlcoSense Pro] scientifically (not in the pub, honest) with some control alcohol measured to read just below the UK’s 35ml drink-drive limit. Tested on the sort of super-accurate unit the Police will use at the station for your conviction, we found our test unit [the AlcoSense Pro] read almost exactly the same as the Police device.

Read the full review here


 

Car Mechanics Review of AlcoSense Pro

“In the side-by-side comparison, the AlcoSense Pro proved to be as accurate as the larger machine [£13,000 Police breathalyser], as well as offering a number of innovations over other compact breathalysers.”


 

 

Lorraine ITV Breathalyzer Review

The Lorraine Show, ITV 1

 

“It’s very easy to be still over the drink drive limit in the morning; and the ‘Morning After campaign’ the Police have been running are picking up a lot more convictions now than they did 10 years ago. It’s worth getting yourself a DIY breathalyser. The AlcoSense Pro works very well and you can use it as many times as you like”.

Dr Hilary Jones

"A really, really handy thing"
Lorraine Kelly


  

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"This device uses sensors developed from UK police units, so you can be sure you're safe to get behind the wheel if you've enjoyed a few drinks the night before."


 

 

"A 5-6% margin of error is added so that it never under-reads, and it switches between different countries with a few clicks of a button."

" ...this is a cost-effective way of keeping you, your licence and other road users safe." 


 

 

 

“delivers a level of accuracy that is on a par with police-approved devices”

 Read the full review here


 

Ocena: ★★★★★

“Easy to use and super accurate”

January 2018 Issue


 

 

 "The Pro is sleek and modern looking, with a simplistic design." "Once set-up the device itself is actually quite quick to use."

"blow to hard, too soft or not long enough, the Pro tells you clearly where you have gone wrong...it couldn't be made much simpler."

"the Pro performed excellently"...."clear and easy to understand"

"For any person who drives frequently, and especially for those whose livelihood depends on it, the AlcoSense Pro is a perfect solution to allow them to be confident in knowing the alcohol level in their system..."

Read the full review here


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"...simpler to use, easier to understand and as accurate as the police version"

"A cynch to set up, easy to use, small, solidly built and ideal for the glove box"

"The 'pro' is the business" 


Mighty Gadget AlcoSense Pro Breathalyser Review

20th July 2017

"one of the most accurate devices on the market.... if your livelihood is dependent on your driving licence then this could be a very wise investment."

Read the full review here


 

“At its price, the AlcoSense Pro is arguably the most advanced breathalyser on the market”

November 2017 Issue


29th November 2017

“The AlcoSense Pro is top of the market. Right now, I wouldn’t be without it.”

Read the full review here


Road Magazine and Blog Logo

"One of the smartest, simplest & most effective car-related gadgets we've had the pleasure of testing. Compact, cool and clear."

Read the full review here


“Using the device is about as simple as it gets. Just slide the cover open, put the blow tube in place, follow the on-screen instructions of how long and how strongly to blow, and inspect the results. The breathalyser then tells you if you are under, close to or over the limit.”

Issue - October 2017


AlcoSense Ultra

Red Dot Award AlcoSense

"The AlcoSense Pro and Ultra have been awarded the international distinction of the Red Dot Award for exceptional product design against competition from multinationals including, Dell, Lenovo, LG, Apple, Logitech and many more. A total of 5,214 products from 57 nations were assessed by a jury of 41 independent designers, design professors and specialist journalists to decide the winners of the 2016 Red Dot Product Design Award, with the AlcoSense Pro and Ultra breathalysers winning the “Red Dot Award: Product Design”.

Red Dot has been an internationally recognised design award since its inception in 1955 and is recognised as a quality label for excellent product design. Past prize-winners include Siemens in 1995, Apple in 2001, BMW in 2007, LG in 2008, Porsche in 2012, Lenovo in 2013, Bose in 2014; and Dell in 2015.

Designed in the UK, the AlcoSense Pro & Ultra are the culmination of 3 years R&D and reflects AlcoSense’s values of simplicity, functionality and precision. The result is a breathalyser with near Police level accuracy and several patented innovations which bring a level of performance & ease of use previously unseen in the industry.

The product’s external design also impressed the jury by reflecting these values in a refined the external form with precise split lines and slide action with hidden mechanism, invisible battery compartment and backlit mouthpiece hole for use in low light conditions."


The Guardian Breathalyzer Review

 "Designed in the UK, both breathalysers offer levels of accuracy, reliability and consistency that we as consumers have not been able to access until now."

"The units have several excellent features. They are pre-loaded with all the different limits in every country, so if travelling in Europe, for instance, you wouldn’t be caught out by different levels when crossing borders. Also, they feature an ‘estimated time until sober’ with an alarm that alerts you to re-test again when it is likely you will be safe to drive. The AlcoSense Pro costs £129.99 (£149.99 from February 2016) and the Ultra is £249.99 – which isn’t cheap but considering the alternatives could be a bargain."

Read the full review here


 Logo Total 911

 

"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,it is the day-to-day usability of the AlcoSense Ultra that should be its main selling point"

"...the device enables you to select literally any drink drive limit from around the world (from Australia to the UAE), making it the perfent 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 making it a must-have for those who truly value their licence.."

Read the full article here


 

 

Ocena: ★★★★

"the traffic light colours are easy to decipher"

"it handily indicates how long it will be until you are fully sober again"

"easy to use and the life of the AA batteries is maximised by its power-efficient components"


Rating: 9.5/10

"The best unit on the market, bar none."

Read the full article here