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Intoximeters, Inc. does not claim to be an expert on infectious disease transmission, but it has developed two guides (Infection Control Cleaning and Disinfecting Intoximeters Handheld Instruments and Infection Control Cleaning and Disinfecting an Intoximeters Desktop Instrument)  that list some of the concerns and commonsense steps that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of disease transmission while performing a breath alcohol test or while cleaning or disinfecting an Intoximeters, Inc. alcohol breath test instrument.

Additional information and directives on Coronavirus can be found through OSHA (3990-03 2020) or the CDC. The CDC has put out documentation for the maintenance on other types of breathing related equipment such as spirometers that may have helpful information on infections control measures.

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 Batteries in a Portable World - The Lead Acid Batt

The battery charger is not an alternate power supply and it is not recommended that you leave the charger plugged in all the time.  In some cases, this may cause premature damage to the 12 volt battery, reducing its ability to store a charge, although this is less likely with newer chargers and batteries.

You should use the RBT IV until the instrument indicates a low battery condition on the display.  Then connect the battery charger for 8 – 10 hours.   Leaving it plugged in overnight or over a weekend is acceptable.

As your battery ages, it will become less and less able to store a charge – this is normal.  When you notice that your battery is not holding a charge, it is time to purchase a new battery.  It should be noted that if you continue to use the battery it will eventually become so depleted that the instrument will not operate even if the battery charger is plugged in.  When this happens you must purchase a new battery or one of the alternate power cables available for your RBT IV.  A replacement battery can be ordered in the Products section of this website or through Customer Service at (314) 429-4000.

The following information may be listed on the side of the battery:

Sealed Lead Acid Battery – 12V – 2.3Ah

1. Important safety considerations:

  • Do not incinerate.
  • Do not directly connect the negative and positive terminals.
  • Do not use other than the specified battery charger.

2. To prevent deterioration or damage to the battery:

  • Do not drop or subject to strong physical shock.
  • Do not use to power equipment other than specified.
  • Do not use below –10ºC (15ºF) or above +40ºC (105ºF).

3. To ensure long battery life:

  • Do not discharge completely—the SLA battery must always be stored in a charged state.
  • The SLA battery does not lend itself to fast charging—typical charge times are 8 to 10 hours.
  • The SLA battery can be stored for up to two years but must be charged from time to time.
  • A periodic topping charge, also referred to as ‘refreshing charge’, is required to prevent the open cell voltage from dropping below usable levels.
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The most common reason for an RBT IV to print a partial ticket or not print at all is low battery voltage.  The RBT IV has a 12 volt rechargeable battery located in the case foam.  The Alco-Sensor IV is powered independently by a 9 volt alkaline battery.  The print mechanism of the RBT IV demands more power than the other functions, and when the charge is low, the device may seem to be operating properly but will not print.  This is an indication that  your 12 volt battery needs to be recharged or replaced.  Plug in the battery charger and you should be able to print in a few minutes.  (View more information about charging your battery.)

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If the Alco-Sensor IV is not communicating with the RBT IV then you will not get a printed result.  Perhaps the cable connecting the two devices is damaged or the connector is not fully inserted into the port on the bottom of the Alco-Sensor IV. Check all connections and retry your test.

Lastly, if the operator does not follow the RBT IV instrument prompts in sequence you might insert the mouthpiece before the RBT IV is ready to initiate the communication process.  Always follow the display prompts exactly in the order they appear.

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