Current fuel cell life expectancy averages between 7 and 9 years. However, operating conditions and environmental factors can affect the life of the fuel cell.
- Avoid exposing the cell to cigarette smoke, both in breath samples and in the ambient environment.
- Avoid storing the device in extreme temperatures.
- Use the device regularly. Leaving the instrument in storage can cause the cell to dry out, which reduces its useful life.
- Never submerge the instrument in any liquid or introduce liquid of any kind into the breath inlet or fuel cell port.
- Avoid repeated use of breath sprays and mouthwashes to simulate positive results when training or demonstrating the device.