What type of sensors do breathalyzers use?
There are several different types of sensors that are used in commercial breathalyzer products. The most common is the oxide semiconductor sensor, which uses voltage differences between capacitors to determine the level of alcohol in a breath sample. Oxide semiconductor sensors are reliable, accurate and relatively inexpensive to manufacture. Another common type of sensor is the fuel-cell sensor, which uses a compact fuel-cell to evaluate a breath sample for alcohol content. A fuel-cell can provide longer-term reliability, as fuel-cell technology can handle more rigorous applications than oxide semiconductors. However, fuel-cell sensors are more expensive to produce, and this is reflected in the cost of devices. Fuel-cell sensors and oxide semiconductor sensors have generally equivalent accuracy.

What is a "Pre-Calibrated Replaceable Alcohol Sensor Module"?
Please refer to our Pre-Calibrated Sensor Module page.

Sensor Innovations
AK Solutions manufactures and distributes gas and alcohol sensors, and can provide sensors for use in industrial devices and related applications. If you are a commercial/ industrial representative looking to produce your own breathalyzer products or integrate breathalyzer technology in other innovative ways, please contact us for further information. We can provide bulk shipment of the following types of alcohol sensors:

  • Oxide Semiconductor - Affordable, reliable gas/alcohol sensors for consumer devices
  • Fuel-Cell - Alcohol sensors suitable for industrial devices and applications
  • Convergence - Convergence sensors for multi-purpose integration with common consumer technology (Radar Detectors, GPS Devices, Cell Phones, Handheld Devices)