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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.

Some tips for prolonging the life of a fuel cell include:
  • 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.
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