What Is Calibration?
time, all breath alcohol detectors may need to
be recalibrated. Calibration is a process of adjusting
the internal software so that the device can gauge
specific blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels.
If the sensor becomes saturated, then the results
of the device can become skewed. This is due to
the fact that the manufacturer originally calibrated
the device at a time when the sensor was unsaturated.
The calibration process is similar to winding
a clock. When the clock is first set it displays
the accurate time. However, over time the clock
can gradually drift a few minutes, and eventually
can be off by a reasonable amount if you do not
occasionally reset the clock.
digital breath alcohol detectors offered from
Q3 Innovations, LLC (Q3) come pre-calibrated,
but it is recommended that you have a breath alcohol
detector verified for accuracy every 1-12 months,
depending on frequency of use. If you are using
the breath alcohol detector multiple times daily,
it is suggested to have the device calibrated
at least monthly. If you do not use the breath
alcohol detector daily but still use it several
times a month, then it is suggested to have it
verified at least every 6 months. If you use the
alcohol detection only on rare occasions, then
you should have it calibrated at least yearly.
Calibration helps ensure that your device is operating
correctly, and is an inexpensive way to greatly
increase the useful life of your breath alcohol
Is the Cost of the Calibration Service?
cost of a calibration service is $19.99 per calibration.
This price includes Q3s return cost of shipping
within the continental United States.
Can I recalibrate a breath alcohol detector myself?
R. No. Recalibration requires the use of advanced
breath alcohol simulators to correctly perform
Which breath alcohol detectors can Q3 calibrate?
R. Q3 can calibrate all AlcoHAWK®Series and
the FC Series breath alcohol testers.
If I did not purchase a breath alcohol detector
directly from Q3, can I have Q3 recalibrate my
R. Yes. Simply follow the procedures described
Is recalibration included in the warranty?
R. No. The warranty is limited to any defects
with the unit, and does not include routine maintenance
such as recalibration.