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AlcoMate Revo TS200

Posted by Dave On March - 22 - 2016Comments Off on AlcoMate Revo TS200

AlcoMate Revo (Model TS200)
We all know that we should never drink and drive. We here at Tailgating Ideas have always encouraged and advocated using a designated driver while tailgating. Unfortunately some do not follow that advice and will get behind the wheel after having a few adult beverages. If this describes you, you need to read on.

When stopped for a DUI, law enforcement officers offer blood or breath tests to measure the level of intoxication of a driver. Both tests are extremely accurate but taking a blood test while in the parking lot is not really feasible to assess if you are able to drive. A breathalyzer is much more easy to transport and keep in your car. The downfall is that most personal breathalyzers are inaccurate and are for more novelty use. Others need to be recalibrated after 10 uses or some ridiculously low number. There has to be a better personal breathalyzer on the market that wasn’t more high maintenance than the prom queen, was extremely accurate and didn’t require recalibration every five blows. Apparently there is and it called the AlcoMate Revo TS200.

As you saw in the video, the AlcoMate Revo TS200 comes with a replacement sensor so you can keep testing without any downtime. They mentioned that accuracy is the key and nothing speaks more clearly than being recognized by government agencies as being highly accurate. The AlcoMate Revo (made by AK GlobalTech) has recently been included on the approved list of alcohol screening devices from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). When these two agencies sign off on your product, you know it is accurate.

Some more fact about the AlcoMate Revo TS200:

  • Each of AK GlobalTech’s breathalyzers are tested and approved for accuracy by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Due to their innovative technology, multiple sensor modules are additionally tested by the DOT during this process.
  • All other approved in-market breathalyzers are tested only one time because they utilize the same sensor throughout their life cycle.
  • Cell phone breathalyzers are not tested or approved by the DOT, therefore their accuracy is not guaranteed.
  • All breathalyzers become unusable and unreliable in one year or less and most use calibration in an attempt to restore their accuracy.
  • AK GlobalTech’s devices include Pre-calibrated Replaceable Intelligent Sensor Module (PRISM) technology, which allows consumers to avoid calibration completely.
  • Users of AK GlobalTech products simply swap out their old sensor and replace it with a brand new one, restoring the device back to day-one accuracy, even if it is several years old.
  • Other breathalyzers lack this technology and need calibration in hopes of maintaining accuracy, which is simply a “Band-Aid” method. Calibration cannot and will not completely restore a breathalyzer’s sensor back to its original accuracy.

We can attest to the AlcoMate Revo TS200’s accuracy and ease of use. We had a sample sent to us and decided to run it through the gamut of testing while on a brewery hopping tour through Portland, Oregon. If there is one place where a breathalyzer can get a work out, it’s in BeerTown USA. We posted up an Instagram video of the AlcoMate Revo TS200 in use.

Although we were taking both Uber and Lyft all around the city when not on foot, the AlcoMate Revo TS200 was a great tool to determine our level of intoxication and to know our limit.

The AlcoMate Revo TS200 is professionally packaged and comes in a retail case for storage when not in use. The retail case features a sturdy, re-inforced ABS exterior with a thickly padded interior for superior protection of REVO and accessories. It includes:

  • Revo Breathalyzer
  • User’s Manual
  • Carrying Pouch
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • 5 x Mouthpieces
  • Pre-Installed PRISM component (Sensor Module)

Breathalyzer Specifications

  • Model: AlcoMate Revo
  • Alcohol Sensor: Fuel-Cell with PRISM Technology
  • Size / Dimensions: 4.0 x 2.0 x 0.6 in
  • Weight: 1.0000 oz
  • Material: ABS Molding
  • Users: Corporate, Law Enforcement, Medical, Military, Pro-consumers
  • Power: 2 x Standard 1.5V AAA (Included)
  • Detection Range: 0.000 – 0.400% BAC (G/DL)
  • Display: 4-Digit LCD
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • Recalibration Needed: No required. Sensor Module should be replaced every 1000 test or at least once yearly.

After thoroughly testing the AlcoMate Revo TS200, it is definitely “Tailgate Approved”. Limited yourself to using this device only for tailgating is not recommended. We recommend this product for any time you are consuming adult beverages. Having an accurate breathalyzer on hand for house parties, game watch parties or anytime you have been consuming alcohol and want to check your level of intoxication, having one of these on hand is key and highly recommended.

The AlcoMate Revo TS200 sells for a little over $200. Some may think that is quite expensive but you get what you pay for. Cheap breathalyzers are inaccurate and are more of a novelty. Before you disregard our recommendation because of the price, consider this. What is the price of a DUI/DWI in your state? Another question to consider is, what is the cost of driving while intoxicated and possibly harming or killing another motorist? After considering those two questions, $200 doesn’t seem that expensive after all.

You can purchase the AlcoMate Revo TS200 directly from their website: alcomate.net or on Amazon.

PUBWARE unbreakable beer, wine & cocktail vessels

Posted by Dave On March - 10 - 2016Comments Off on PUBWARE unbreakable beer, wine & cocktail vessels

PubWARE 16 oz pint

More and more stadiums and tailgating parking lots are going “glass free”. Although many tailgaters claim that local municipalities are going glass free in parking lots in order to raise revenue for a cash strapped city, the rationale behind it is hard to argue.

Banning glass is safer because broken glass can potentially cut someone or pop a tire and unruly fans might be able to use broken bottles as weapons. Banning glass in event parking lots is the future but you can stay one step ahead of the rules.

We recently discovered PUBWARE, the solution to the glass ban while still giving you the look and feel of glass. PUBWARE is a new, revolutionary line of elegant, unbreakable drinkware from symGLASS. PUBWARE is designed for both commercial and residential use and combines the look and feel of glass with the durability of engineered polymer. Single-wall construction offers insulation benefits, doesn’t cloud and withstands more than 1500 runs through an industrial dishwasher.

Take a look at how PUBWARE started:

We received samples of the PUBWARE 16 oz. pint glasses and put them to the test. The first thing I wanted to see was how durable PUBWARE really was.

GronkingHow do you test this? Tell your seven year old son to take a PUBWARE glass and go outside and drop it a few times on the driveway. You then tell him to give the PUBWARE a “Gronk”, i.e. spiking an object into the ground as hard as you can. (Image the look on his face when I actually encouraged him to try and break something.) Needless to say, the PUBWARE withstood a futile effort of a 2nd grader doing his best to break something.

Over the course of a few weeks, I drank from the PUBWARE and would then run them through the dishwasher. Normal clear plastic gets that hazy look to it after too many dishwasher runs, especially if using hard water. We live in Anaheim, Calif. and with the dissolved particles in our hard water, one could argue to describe it as “rock hard” water. Suffice to say, after a number of trips through the dishwasher using good old fashioned Anaheim water, the PUBWARE did not haze or discolor.

The third and final test was the feel test. The PUBWARE glasses have the same look and weighted feel to them as regular glass. In the video you saw that people will reject something that does not replicate the look and feel of glass. The feel of PUBWARE in your hand feels like you are holding glass.

Trust me, I have held many pint glasses in my time. Anyone that follows our Twitter or my shenanigans on Untappd knows I enjoy craft beer and have hoisted my fair share of pint glasses in my time. The look and feel of PUBWARE would trick any drinker.

The major benefits of PUBWARE are:

  • Unbreakable
  • Won’t Crack, Haze or Discolor
  • Dishwasher & Microwave Safe
  • Keeps Drinks Colder or Hotter Longer
  • Great for Printing & Engraving
  • Ink Never Fades or Washes Away
  • BPA-Free
  • Made in the USA

Honestly, the only downside I can see to using PUBWARE while tailgating is constantly having to prove to the police that you are holding plastic and not glass.

While tailgating San Diego Chargers games, we are painfully aware of the glass ban imposed at Qualcomm Stadium and the hefty fines that come with a violation. If we are making margaritas, we always make sure to bring our liquor and mixers in plastic bottles and will leave them out on our Beer Pong Table while tailgating. It never fails that a police car will roll up and ask us to flick the tops of the bottle to show that they are plastic. The cops are listening for the “thump” sound of plastic as opposed to the “clink” sound glass makes when you hit it with your fingernails.

If you don’t mind having to prove to the police that your glass is in fact plastic, there are really no excuses to not have a set of PUBWARE glasses at your next tailgate.

After thoroughly testing PUBWARE and putting them through all the paces, PUBWARE is definitely “Tailgate Approved”.

PUBWARE comes in numerous sizes including the previously mentioned 16 oz. pint glass. The 20 oz Pub Glass is also available and would appeal to tailgaters as well. Other sizes and styles include the Stemless wine (12 oz), Old Fashioned (10 oz) and Cordial (2.2 oz) for those wanting to take shots or mix cocktails. PUBWARE has other sizes available as well and be sure to check out their website for sizes, styles and pricing.

For more information or to buy PUBWARE, visit PUBWARE.com. You can also purchase PUBWARE from Amazon and many styles are available for free shipping if you are an Amazon Prime member.

King Luge – “No Mess” Dual-Track Ice Luge Mold

Posted by Dave On February - 2 - 2016Comments Off on King Luge – “No Mess” Dual-Track Ice Luge Mold

King Luge Booze luge Ice Mold Featured

Call it what you will: Booze Luge, Ice Luge, Martini Luge or Shooter-Block; Taking a liquor shot out of an ice sculpture while tailgating will take your tailgate party to the next level. You want to gather a crowd? A booze luge is the way to do it.

Years back, we discovered The Boozluge and it was quite popular. For some reason they stopped manufacturing it and we have received numerous emails from people asking when it was going to make a comeback. We can’t answer that question about the BoozLuge but the good news is that we have recently discovered the King Luge.

The King Luge is an Ice Luge that has vastly improved on all the other booze luges to precede it. Truly, they have built the proverbial “better mousetrap”. So what is so great about it? We will tell you but first take a look at the video we shot using the King Luge this weekend during the NFL Pro Bowl watch party at a friend’s house… (Technically it was in the garage but the garage is part of the house, right?)

Fun, right? Outside of the obvious, here is why the King Luge is better than any other ice luge mold we have come across.

    • Dual Track – The King Luge comes standard with two independent grooves enabling two people to take shots simultaneously.
    • Size Matters – The King Luge is 50% bigger than its competitors. When it comes to hosting an impressive tailgate party, bigger is better. Don’t bring that weak sauce cute little red booze luge to your tailgate and expect people to be impressed with your partying.
    • No Mess – The King Luge mold, when used as a stand to hold your frozen booze luge, collects the dripping water from the melting ice. Normally the ice melt would drip off onto your table, making a mess. The reservoir collects up to a gallon of water before needing to be emptied.
King Luge LED Light Kit

King Luge LED Light Kit

  • Light Show Kit – The King Luge has an optional LED lighting kit that resembles the size and shape of a hockey puck. Simply place the puck under the stand and turn it on and control it with a small remote control. 13 different colors are available and you can even control the color changes by fading, jumping and adjust the brightness up or down.
  • Easier Withdrawl – The King Luge is easily removed from the mold once frozen. Others we have tested you needed to let sit and allow some of the ice to melt in order for it to slide out. The King Luge allows you to take it out of the mold immediately after taking it out of the freezer.
  • Affordable & Convenient – Really big ice luges are typically made of a large block of ice you have to special order. You then have to carve the grooves and channels using either an ice pick or a chainsaw. Yeah, that doesn’t sound like a huge pain in the ass. (We speak fluent sarcasm if you are new here…) The King Luge can be used over and over again and once you pop it out, the tracks are perfectly formed and you can pour the shots immediately. Buy it one time and never need to special order an ice block again.

After thoroughly testing (and playing with) the King Luge, it is definitely “Tailgate Approved”. The affordable price coupled with the portability and the ease of having an ice luge at your tailgate party makes the King Luge the perfect tailgate accessory.

Priced with or without the LED lighting kit, the King Luge mold itself will run you less than $40. Add in the LED Light Puck and the combo price goes to $47.95. The LED light kit runs about $13 if you wanted an extra one for around the house or two to make your King Luge extra bright.

The King Luge is available from Amazon, Spring Break 24-7 and our online tailgating gear store, Shop.TailgatingIdeas.com.

Beard Head

Posted by Dave On February - 1 - 2016Comments Off on Beard Head

Beard Heads Tailgate

It seems like everyone these days has a beard. Short of spray painting your facial hair, there really isn’t a way to show your support for your team. That was then. Now there is Beard Head.

Beard Head was recently featured on Shark Tank.

As you can see in the video and in the photos, Beard Head is a knit cap with a yarn “beard” that attaches to the hat via velcro. The beard can adjust up or down for smaller faces (kids) or even longer faces (Sarah Jessica Parker).

We tried out the Beard Head Tailgate Series which comes in multiple color variations. I opted for the blue and orange of Cal State Fullerton while my son adjusted his up to support the Oklahoma Sooners.

The Beard Head definitely drew a few looks and smiles and quite a few thumbs up. Because we took ours tailgating and eventually into the game, there was no denying our school and team spirit.

In addition to showcasing your unwavering spirit, the Beard Head is functional too. The hat itself is quite warm and when using the beard, it also helps keep your face warm. The opening for your mouth is perfectly sized too. It enables you to guzzle a few beverages without taking it off. Eating with the beard on might be a challenge especially if you are going with ribs or even a cheese burger. Popping a few peanuts down your cake hole shouldn’t be a problem.

After testing out Beard Heads and taking them tailgating, they are definitely “Tailgate Approved”. The Tailgate Series of Beard Heads range in price from $24.99 to $29.99. Other styles are priced differently depending on the style.

To check out the color combination or to see other styles of Beard Heads, visit: beardhead.com

Red Cup Living

Posted by Dave On January - 26 - 2016Comments Off on Red Cup Living

Red Cup Living family of products

We tailgaters love the red party cup. Toby Keith even had a song about it. Need we remind you?

The rise in popularity of the red party cup has been a staple at tailgate parties for years but what if you wanted to take the love of the red party cup to the next level? We recently discovered Red Cup Living which created the reusable red party cup.

Red Cup Living drinkware is made from two molds making them incredibly durable and long lasting. They use dense, high-quality ABS plastic with nothing toxic included. No BPA or phthalates are in Red Cup Living drinkware. Dishwasher safe and reusable, these cups give the appearance of an original party cup but you can use them over and over.

Red Cup Living doesn’t just stop at drinking vessels. They also make a wide variety of products that would be welcome at any party. From bicycle drink holders to golf tees to backpacks to table tennis paddles – all resembling the iconic red party cup.

In regards to tailgating, we were at first skeptical about Red Cup Living drinkware. After all, the reason the red party cup has become so popular at tailgate parties is the “cheap and disposable” aspect Toby Keith sang about. For those tailgaters that are seeking not just the fast, cheap and easy cup while tailgating, here are a few reasons you might consider Red Cup Living drinkware and accessories.

1) When it comes to tailgating, everyone is trying to one up each other. Tailgating essentially has become its own competitive sport. Through set-up, drinks, food, etc. we avid tailgaters love fun and unique products. There is a different style of cup for every type of drink and that makes tailgating even more fun. You may be interested in these cups in order to serve a specific drink at your tailgate. You could also permanently personalize your cups again creating a fun atmosphere for those at the tailgate.

2) People care about unnecessary waste more than ever today. Disposable red cups are #6 plastic and not recyclable. We’re sure for those of you that tailgate frequently, you may be concerned with your impact on the environment. The cups can pile up fast at any tailgate. It is one of the functional reasons Red Cup Living started their product lines while creating a fun product line that inspires fun. True, throwing the cups away is easier but there are tailgaters who want to lessen their impact on how much waste they produce.

3) Red Cup Living offers more than just cups. The aforementioned table tennis paddle sets, back packs, cooler packs, etc. which all lend itself to the tailgate party lifestyle. Other accessories include lids and straws which people love at tailgates to keep bugs, dirt, etc. out of their drinks. The double walled design helps insulate cold or hot drinks which is great when you are outdoors and tailgating. They even have a fully insulated coffee tumbler which is great for a hot totty before a game.

Now that you know there is a reusable and unique way to show off your love of the red party cup, you can get numerous kinds at Amazon. Prices vary based on the product you like but considering the fact you can reuse these cups over and over, the initial cost pays off without having to buy more cups later on in the season.

Admittedly, we were skeptical of these cups because they were not disposable. But after testing them out and seeing them up close, we changed our attitude. After checking them out Red Cup Living’s line of products are definitely “Tailgate Approved”.

For more information or to see the entire line of Red Cup Living products, visit: RedCupLiving.com.

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