Review: Ketonix Acetone Breathalyzer – Initial Impressions
Just added a new tool to my arsenal. This new toy was the reason I started looking into the whole ketosis and false positive on alcohol breathalyzer things in the first place.
I first came across this as I was wandering around the reddit/keto page where some folks were discussing this contraption.
The general idea behind why the ketonix would be helpful is this:
- When entering ketosis, we are encouraging the body to utilize fat as fuel rather than carbohydrate (glycogen and glucose)
- Fat is broken down into three main ketone bodies which the body then uses for energy
- Beta-hydroxybutyrate: This is what is detected with blood ketone strips
- Acetoacetate – This is what is detected with the urine ketone strips
- Acetone – A break down product of acetoacetate which the body gets rid of via exhalation. Acetone is what the ketonix is detecting and quantifying.
At the time of this writing there still isn’t much information out there about the ketonix, but I figured what the hell… in the spirit of n=1, if this device truly does what it says and accurately measures breath acetone levels which in turn reflects the state of ketosis, then it could end up saving a lot of money and pain from using blood ketone strips, which I am definitely in favor of.
I ordered the device from www.ketonix.com which is based out of Sweden.
Now I wasn’t entirely sure this wasn’t a scam, but I decided to take a leap of faith after reading through some of the forums and entered my credit card info.
The total came out to $88.07 US Dollars including shipping. I received it within two weeks nicely packed in a box that included a leather pouch.
The instructions are pretty simple.
- Connect to USB port
- Wait until LED turns blue
- Blow gently into mouthpiece for 10-20 seconds
- Read color after 30 seconds
Blue = 0 – 150 nmol/L
Green = 150 – 400 nmol/L (Small)
Yellow = 400 – 930 nmol/L (Moderate)
Red = > 930 nmol/L (Large)
Here is a gentleman that has done a pretty good job documenting his experience with this so far, and he was even kind enough to include a table correlating his findings with actual blood ketone measurements which really caught my attention.
This is the video he made:
I plan to do my own testing and correlating with blood ketones. I just received my latest batch of ketone strips so hopefully will soon be able to provide a lot of data points to interpret.
Couple things I’ve noticed so far:
- The first time using it requires about 20 – 30 minutes to get started. The lights kept switching to indicate that it is calibrating so I imagine the initial use requires a longer calibration period.
- With subsequent uses the ketonix acetone breathalyzer is ready to go in anyhwere between 30 seconds to 2 minutes… and I’m not entirely sure what this depends on.
Stay tuned for my full review…
At this point in time the Ketonix is no longer available on Amazon.