Q3 Innovations AlcoHAWK PT400 Owner`s manual

AlcoHAWK®
Owner’s Manual
© 2008 Q3 Innovations, LLC
v060608
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION..................................................................................1
PREPARATION....................................................................................3
COMPONENTS DIAGRAM..................................................................4
OPERATION........................................................................................5
READ THE RESULTS..........................................................................6
ERROR MESSAGES...........................................................................6
MENU OPTIONS..................................................................................7
PRECAUTIONS...................................................................................8
SPECIFICATIONS................................................................................9
ACCESSORIES...................................................................................9
CALIBRATION...................................................................................10
WARRANTY.......................................................................................10
DISCLAIMER.....................................................................................11
INTRODUCTION
Intended Use
This breath alcohol tester is intended to measure alcohol in human
breath. Readings from this device are used to determine alcohol intoxication. The accuracy of this device has been proven at a Blood Alcohol
Concentration (BAC) of 0.008 and 0.032. Accuracy at a BAC greater
than .032 has not been established.
Overview
This Tester provides a digital reading of a person’s approximate BAC in
seconds. The AlcoHAWK® PT400 is powered by two (2) AA batteries that in general last about 200 tests when using alkaline batteries.
Please read the entire manual before use.
Effects of Alcohol
Variations among people and other factors, such as altitude and air temperature, affect the degree of intoxication. Some people may become intoxicated at low BAC levels. A low BAC on a breath alcohol tester does
not mean that a person’s reaction times can respond to any emergency.
You should not drink alcohol and drive or use any machines after
consuming alcohol. There is no safe way to drive under the influence of
alcohol. Even one drink can make you unsafe.
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BAC
Dose-Specific Effects 1
0.020-0.039% 2
Generally no loss of coordination. Slight joy or loss of shyness.
Depressant effects are not clear.
0.040-0.069%
General feelings of well-being, relaxation, shyness is reduced and
sensation of warmth. Joy. Some minor impairment of reasoning and
memory. Lowering of caution. Driving skills may be impaired.
0.070-0.099%
Slight impairment of balance, speech, vision, reaction time, and hearing.
Joy. Judgment and self-control are reduced. Caution, reason and
memory are impaired. Driving skills are always impaired.
0.100-0.129%
0.130-0.159%
0.160-0.249%
0.250%-0.299%
Major impairment of motor coordination and loss of good judgment.
Speech may be slurred. Balance, vision, reaction time and hearing will
be impaired. Joy.
Gross motor impairment and lack of physical control. Blurred vision and
major loss of balance. Joy reduced and state of feeling unwell begins
to appear.
Anxiety, restlessness predominates. Nausea may appear. Appearance
of a “sloppy drunk.”
Needs assistance in walking. Total mental confusion. State of feeling
unwell with nausea and some vomiting.
0.300%-0.399%
Loss of consciousness.
0.400% +
Onset of coma. Possible death due to respiratory arrest. 3
2
Bailey, William J., Drug Use in American Society, 3rd ed., Minneapolis: Burgess, 1993.
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Some individual’s may experience impairment at BAC levels at .03% or even lower.
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Death can occur at a lower BAC level in some individuals.
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PREPARATION
Install the Batteries
Apply a small amount of pressure on the battery compartment cover
located on the back of the unit. Push down and away from the unit to
release the cover. Install 2 AA batteries. Slide cover back in place.
PUSH
Insert a New Mouthpiece
Insert a new mouthpiece firmly into the BREATH PIPE IN hole on the
left side of the product. (See COMPONENTS DIAGRAM)
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COMPONENTS DIAGRAM
BREATH OUT
DO NOT COVER
WHILE TESTING
BREATH PIPE IN
DISPLAY
ON/OFF POWER BUTTON
ENTER BUTTON
SELECT BUTTON
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OPERATION
Wait 20 minutes after subject smokes, eats or drinks before testing. Failure to wait 20 minutes can give wrong BAC readings and
damage the sensor.
Step 1) Press and hold the ON/OFF power button
for 1 second until
you hear a BEEP. The unit reads “Initializing...” as it gets ready
for use.
Step 2) The display screen reads “Test” and “Options”. To start a “Test”,
press and hold the ENTER button
for 2-3 seconds. The unit
displays “Take a Deep Breath” for three (3) seconds, beeps
and then displays “Blow Now”. Take a deep breath, wrap your
lips around the new mouthpiece and blow steadily for five (5)
seconds. The unit takes the breath sample in the amount of
time set for a breath sample (factory default is 5 seconds).
Do not cover the BREATH OUT hole. Note: Begin blowing
immediately when “Blow Now” is displayed to get a deep
lung sample.
Step 3) The unit displays “Processing” while analyzing the sample.
After about three (3) seconds, the unit then displays the
estimated BAC.
Step 4) Display screen shows the test result for 90 seconds before
beeping twice and shutting off.
Step 5) To turn off the unit, press and hold the ON/OFF power button
for 1 second.
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READ THE RESULTS
The result is an estimate of the subject’s BAC. A breath alcohol tester
cannot tell the exact BAC in the blood of the subject. A link between
Breath Alcohol Content (BrAC) and BAC depends on many factors, such
as temperature and health conditions. Only use this device to screen for
the presence of alcohol.
Many people consider a 0.02% or greater a positive test for alcohol in
“zero tolerance” screening. Most states have 0.08% as the legal BAC
limit for tasks such as using a motor vehicle. Some states prohibit driving commercial vehicles or vessels with a 0.04% BAC or higher. Many
states prosecute people for driving under the influence at any level.
ERROR MESSAGES
Error Message
Cause and Course of Action
Low Battery. Install two (2) new AA alkaline
batteries.
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MENU OPTIONS
When the screen displays “Test” and “Options”, press the SELECT
button
to view the menu options. Use the SELECT button
to
move through the menu options. Use the ENTER button
to enter the
selected menu option.
Alarm Point
The unit will read “High” if the BAC reading is over the alarm point setting. The default setting is 0.020% BAC. You can change the alarm point
from between 0.020%-0.080% BAC.
To change the setting press the SELECT button
until the unit displays
the value you want. Press the ENTER button
to save the setting.
Temperature Scale
You can switch between Celsius (C) and Fahrenheit (F) for the temperature sensor. The default setting is Fahrenheit (F).
To change the setting press the SELECT button
until the unit displays
the scale you want. Press the ENTER button
to save the setting.
Blowing Time
You can adjust the blowing time from three (3) to eight (8) seconds. The
default setting is five (5) seconds. Five (5) seconds is the standard time
to obtain a proper sample.
Caution: Only adjust this setting if the subject is not able to exhale
for five (5) seconds or if the subject can easily exhale more than 5
seconds.
To change the setting press the SELECT button
until the unit displays
the number of seconds you want. Press the ENTER button
to save
the setting.
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Convert Units
You can change the unit of alcohol concentration shown for tests. You
can choose between %BAC (U.S.A), g/L, or %ºBAC. The default setting
is %BAC (U.S.A) (the U.S.A standard).
To change the setting press the SELECT button
until the conversion
unit you want is displayed. Press the ENTER button
to save the
setting.
Test Counter
This menu feature shows the number of direct sample tests performed
on the unit. See Calibration (pg.10) for benefits of this feature.
PRECAUTIONS
1. Wait at least 20 minutes after drinking, smoking or eating before
testing.
2. Do not test in strong winds or in a closed room with smoke or alcohol present.
3. Replace the AA batteries when the battery low symbol
appears.
4. Do not blow smoke, food or liquid into the unit.
5. Only use the unit when the temperature is between 10 - 40°C (50
- 104°F). Operation outside this range may affect the results.
6. BAC changes over time based on many factors. BAC at one time
can differ from BAC a few minutes later.
7. Do not use this product with an ignition interlock device or while
inside a vehicle.
8. You cannot use the results of this unit in court of law.
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9. Do not use this device to determine if you or anyone else can operate any vehicle or machinery.
10.Do not let yourself or anyone else drink and drive. Always use a
designated driver when you or anyone else drinks alcohol.
SPECIFICATIONS
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Dimensions
5” x 2.63” x 1.25” (12.7 cm x 6.68 cm x 3.18 cm)
Weight
3.6 oz (102 g) without batteries; 5.2 oz (147 g) with batteries
Power Supply
Two (2) AA alkaline batteries
Battery Life
200 tests1
Sensor Technology
PT Core™ Fuel-cell Sensor
Warm-UP Time
10-20 seconds1
Blowing Time
5 seconds (default setting, adjustable from 3-8 seconds)
Response Time
3 seconds1
Operating Temperature
10 - 40°C (50 - 104°F)
Detection Range
0.000 - 0.400% BAC
Warranty
1 Year
Estimates, results may vary.
ACCESSORIES
Visit our online store at www.q3ats.com to purchase:
• Mouthpieces
• Soft Case
• Hard Case
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CALIBRATION
Calibration of the AlcoHAWK® PT400 occurs during manufacturing using
advanced alcohol simulation equipment. The manufacturer passes
known alcohol concentrations through the sensor to set baseline values
for testing. During testing, the unit compares users’ breath samples to
these baseline values. If the verification determines that the BAC is not
consistent with actual BAC levels, a technician calibrates the unit. The
accuracy of breath alcohol testers can fluctuate over time, depending on
frequency of use and operating conditions.
If the unit is providing inconsistent results or unusually high or low
readings, the unit may need calibration. A general rule of thumb is to
have the unit calibrated every 200 tests (see Test Counter, pg. 8).
However, at a minimum, a technician should recalibrate this unit
at least every six to twelve months. Monthly calibrations may be
required if the unit is used daily.
Please visit www.q3i.com or call 888-399-1687 for calibration or support.
ONE-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY
Q3 Innovations, LLC (Q3I) warrants this unit to be free from defects in
workmanship or material (excluding calibration) under normal use for
ONE (1) YEAR from the date of retail purchase by the original buyer
(”Warranty Period”).
The warranty covers parts and labor on covered repairs and
ground freight back to the customer (USA only). Except as provided above, Q3I provides this product “as is.”
If a defect arises and Q3I receives a valid claim within the Warranty Period, at its option, Q3I will either (1) repair the product,
(2) exchange the product with a product that is new or which has
been built from new or serviceable used parts and functionally
equivalent to the original product, or (3) refund the purchase price
of the product. If a refund is given, the returned product becomes
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Q3I’s property. The warranty does not cover shipping to Q3I. The
warranty is void if anyone tampers or abuses the unit.
This warranty is limited to the original consumer purchaser and can not
be transferred to any other owner.
For warranty service please follow these instructions:
1. Call 888-399-1687 or email service@q3i.com to obtain an RMA number. Return the unit postage paid, insured and in proper box.
2. You should obtain a proof of delivery receipt. You must pay the cost
for shipping the unit to us.
3. You must enclose the following with the unit:
a. The completed RMA form (available at
www.q3i.com/support.php)
b. Your name, return address and description of the problem. (No
PO Box)
c. Your phone number to reach you during the day.
d. A copy of your sales receipt or invoice.
DISCLAIMER
Q3I makes no warranties, expressed or implied, as to the ability of this
unit to determine whether, or to the extent to which, a test subject’s
mental or physical functionality, or judgment, is impaired by blood
alcohol including whether the test subject is intoxicated, under any
definition of that word. Q3I expressly disclaims any liability for incidental,
special, or consequential damages of any nature under any legal theory.
Any act or failure to act based upon a reading from this product is at
the test subject’s or user’s own risk. Q3I assumes no responsibility for
consequences to users or test subjects who use this product and are
later under the influence of alcohol or to have had their judgment or
any mental or bodily function impaired by alcohol. Correlation between
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BrAC and BAC depends on many variables, such as temperature and
health conditions of the test subject. A safe or low BAC reading does not
mean that the test subject’s physical or mental performance or judgment
(including reaction times) can respond to any emergency encountered.
A breath alcohol tester cannot determine the exact concentration of
alcohol in the blood of a test subject.
Q3I does not warrant that the operation of the product will be error-free.
Q3I is not responsible for any consequences arising from failure to
follow instructions or relating to the product’s use. This warranty does
not apply: (a) to consequences caused by accident, abuse, tampering, misuse, flood, fire, earthquake or other external causes; (b) to
consequences caused by operating the product outside the permitted or
intended uses described by Q3I; (c) to consequences caused by service
performed by anyone who is not a representative of Q3I or a Q3I Authorized Service Provider; or (d) to a product or part that has been modified
to alter functionality or capability without the written permission of Q3I.
TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, THIS WARRANTY AND THE
REMEDIES SET FORTH ABOVE ARE EXCLUSIVE AND IN LIEU OF
ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, REMEDIES AND CONDITIONS, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, STATUTORY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. AS
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LIMITED TO THE DURATION OF THE EXPRESS WARRANTY AND
TO THE REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT SERVICE AS DETERMINED BY
Q3I IN ITS SOLE DISCRETION.
Q3I does not authorize any Q3I reseller, agent, or employee to make
any modification, extension, or addition to this warranty. If anyone determines any terms to be illegal or unenforceable, the legality or enforceability of the remaining terms shall not be affected or impaired.
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EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN THIS WARRANTY AND TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, Q3I IS NOT RESPONSIBLE
FOR DIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES UNDER ANY LEGAL THEORY, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO
LOSS OF USE; LOSS OF REVENUE OR INCOME; LOSS OF ACTUAL
OR ANTICIPATED PROFITS (INCLUDING LOSS OF PROFITS FROM
A CONTRACT); LOSS OF THE USE OF MONEY; LOSS OF ANTICIPATED SAVINGS; LOSS OF BUSINESS; LOSS OF OPPORTUNITY;
LOSS OF GOODWILL, OR LOSS OF REPUTATION.
Some countries, states and provinces do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages or allow limitations on how
long an implied warranty or condition may last, so the above limitations
or exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights that vary by country, state
or province. This limited warranty is governed by and construed under
the laws of the country where the product was purchased.
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© 2008 Q3 Innovations, LLC
v060608