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Precision, usability lead enhancement efforts in breathalyzers line

New units boast fuel cell sensors for greater accuracy. Advanced features are also included.

Suppliers of breathalyzers in China are utilizing better parts to improve reading accuracy. Makers are incorporating additional features as well to boost product value.


Fuel cell sensor breathalyzer
Keyun offers this fuel cell sensor breathalyzer equipped with GPS and Bluetooth.
New units boast fuel cell sensors for greater accuracy. Advanced features are also included.

Suppliers of breathalyzers in China are utilizing better parts to improve reading accuracy. Makers are incorporating additional features as well to boost product value.

With regard to the first, manufacturers are increasing the adoption of fuel cell sensors. These components enable models to yield precise and consistent results compared with semiconductor variants. But due to the prohibitive costs, electrochemical sensors are mainly incorporated in upscale designs.

Keyun Technology (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd sources such inputs from the UK for greater reliability. Units from the supplier are also fitted with a 32-bit microprocessor for faster alcohol detection. These breathalyzers are priced at $400 to $1,000.

Many China makers, however, still favor semiconductor sensors as they are less costly. For improved precision, Guangdong province-based Sino3e Technology & Trading Co. Ltd integrates MEMS in the components. Models go for $15.

In terms of attachments, most low-end versions come with a keychain and a flashlight. These often serve as promotional gifts. Some releases have mouthpieces and double as a clock. Products list at $5.

Besides the last two add-ons, several midrange and high-end breathalyzers boast LCDs, memory cards, car adapters and cases. Sino3e offers versions with a red-and-black digital display for enhanced visual appeal. These are quoted at $15.

Keyun's Panther-I model features a detachable printer that runs on a Li-ion battery. Designed for law enforcement use, the unit is also equipped with GPS. The price is $800.

The majority of interviewed companies are optimistic breathalyzer exports from China, particularly fuel cell sensor types, will increase in 2011. This projection is mainly spurred by the recovering US and EU markets.

China's selection of breathalyzers consists of personal- and professional-use models. These utilize semiconductor and fuel cell sensors. Units incorporating the former dominate exports. US- and EU-bound releases comply with FDA, CE and RoHS standards, while versions intended for law enforcement also meet NF and DOT requirements. The type of sensor and additional functions are the main price differentiators.

Low-end models have semiconductor sensors and LED indicators. Housings are made of virgin ABS, although the least expensive releases adopt recycled variants. These are often marketed as premiums and go for $1.50 to $5. Nonpromotional units, meanwhile, start at $3, and are equipped with a digital display, backlight and clock.

Midrange breathalyzers come in a mouthpiece structure, and are quoted between $10 and $40. They utilize semiconductor sensors that have an accuracy of 0.05 percent BAC. Most models employ LCDs, temperature indicators and clocks.

High-end releases boast fuel cell sensors, imported ABS casings and digital displays. Versions intended for personal use also have a 200-reading memory and detect up to ±0.001 percent BAC. These are $50 to $150.

Professional units designed for law enforcement list at $800 to $1,200 and are precise up to ±0.0001 percent BAC. They come with printers, GPS capability and 2,000-entry internal storage, and can connect to a computer. Such models also run on rechargeable Li-ion batteries that enable continuous operation for 24hr on a full charge.

Export prices increased 3 to 5 percent in the past quarter mainly due to swelling material costs. To illustrate, outlay for LCDs rose by 30 percent since the beginning of the year.

Interviewed suppliers predict the situation will continue until the end of 2011, with spending for manufacturing inputs climbing between 5 and 10 percent. They, however, are still not certain how much this will push up product quotes.

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Fuel cell sensor breathalyzer
Product gallery

Keyun Technology (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd

Model: Panther-2
MOQ: 50 units
Delivery: 2 days
Price: $600
Description: Fuel cell sensor; for law enforcement use; touch screen operation; GPS capability; Bluetooth; user-friendly interface; shock resistant; 130x55x24mm; 180g; CE, CNS


Breathalyzer


Shenzhen Timesun Electronics Co. Ltd

Model: TX901A
MOQ: 3,000 units
Description: Semiconductor sensor; ABS housing; digital display; 0 to 0.19% BAC or 0 to 1.9g/L BrAC detection range; 10s response time; 0 to 40 C working temperature; mini LED flashlight; with saliva tester strip; 940x360x190mm


Breathalyzer


Shenzhen Timesun Electronics Co. Ltd

Model: TX903A
MOQ: 3,000 units
Description: Semiconductor sensor; ABS housing; digital display; 0 to 0.19% BAC or 0 to 1.9g/L BrAC detection range; 10s response time; 0 to 40 C working temperature; mini LED flashlight; with saliva tester strip; 960x370x200mm


Breathalyzer


Sino3e Technology & Trading Co. Ltd

Model: ATS430
MOQ: 2,000 units
Delivery: 30 days
Price: $15
Description: MEMS semiconductor sensor; 0 to 0.19% BAC or 0 to 0.99mg/L BrAC detection range; 18s warm up, 5s response times; 5 to 40 C working temperature; red and black digital display; low battery indicator; car adapter, bag, six individually-wrapped mouthpieces; 110x50x18mm; 95g; CE, RoHS


Breathalyzer


Sino3e Technology & Trading Co. Ltd

Model: ATE320
MOQ: 2,000 units
Delivery: 30 days
Price: $4.50
Description: Semiconductor sensor; 0 to 0.199% BAC or 0 to 0.99mg/L BrAC detection range; 10s warm up, 5s response times; 5 to 40 C working temperature; digital display; orange backlight; quick resume feature; 112x46x17mm; 82g; CE, RoHS


Fuel cell sensor breathalyzer


Skyfine Inc. Ltd

Model: Ethylec
MOQ: 1,000 units
Delivery: 40 days
Price: $100
Description: Fuel cell sensor; 0 to 2% BAC or 1mg/L BrAC detection range; ±0.05% BAC accuracy; four figure digital display; 5-data memory; one 9V battery good for 800 tests; 12VDC car adapter; LFGB and FDA-approved mouthpiece; 11.5x6x2.3mm; NF, CE, FDA-510K


Fuel cell sensor breathalyzer


Skyfine Inc. Ltd

Model: AT571
MOQ: 500 units
Delivery: 30 days
Price: $35
Description: Fuel cell sensor; 0 to 2% BAC or 1mg/L BrAC detection range; ±0.05% BAC accuracy; 5-data memory; audible alert and backlight changes color when alcohol exceeds accepted limit; four figure digital display; two AAA batteries good for 300 tests; LFGB- and FDA-approved mouthpiece; 10x5x2.2cm; CE, FDA-510K


Breathalyzer


ZCGH Technology Co. Ltd

Model: GHX-A61
MOQ: 2,000 units
Delivery: 15 days
Price: $2.50
Description: Quick response and resume functions; three level LED indicators; safe: 0.02% BAC, 0.1mg/L BrAC; warning: 0.02 to 0.05% BAC, 0.1 to 0.25mg/L BrAC; danger: over 0.05% BAC, 0.25mg/L BrAC; flashlight, keychain; two AAA alkaline batteries; 73x29x20mm; 49g; CE, RoHS


Breathalyzer


ZCGH Technology Co. Ltd

Model: GHX-A62
MOQ: 2,000 units
Delivery: 15 days
Price: $2.50
Description: Quick response and resume functions; three level LED indicators; safe: 0.02% BAC, 0.1mg/L BrAC; warning: 0.02 to 0.05% BAC, 0.1 to 0.25mg/L BrAC; danger: over 0.05% BAC, 0.25mg/L BrAC; 12hr time display, timer function; two AAA alkaline batteries; 70x35x21mm; 47g; CE, RoHS




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