FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do Spot (reagent) Kits work?
- Take a tiny bit of your pill, powder or paper and place it into the provided test tube. You only need to use a small amount – about 1/10 of a blotter, a very small amount of powder, or a few crumbs scraped off of a pill.
- Then add 1-2 drops of the testing liquid from the bottle into the test tube and close the test tube lid.
- There is no need to shake or stir the mixture as long as the liquid is in contact with your substance.
- A chemical reaction will start immediately and the substance/liquid will change colors.
- Match these colors up to the chart on the inside of the jar lid as the reaction is occurring.
How do the Skylab Separation Kits Work?
The Skylab is our most precise method for testing at home. It uses a simple method used widely in chemistry labs to separate your substance before using our spot kits to identify the separated substances. Here’s how it works:
- Place your substance on the edge a “card” made of aluminum and silica.
- Place that edge in a small amount of our special developing liquid, called an eluent.
- That liquid will slowly travel up the card carrying your sample with it. This will separate the different components (cutting agents, etc.) in your sample depending on how well they bond with the silica on the “card.”-Use a black light to see where the components all end up on the card afterwards.
- Use the different spot test kits mentioned above to identify them directly on the card.
- This process only takes about 15 minutes and it’s incredibly accurate, allowing you to detect even tiny amounts of dangerous substances in your sample.
How does the Elysium Lab Testing Service Work?
- You pay for a “code” on this site. Then, you place your substance in an envelope, write the code on a piece of paper inside, and send it to our harm reduction laboratory in Barcelona, Spain. (Obviously you wouldn’t put a return address on the envelope.)
- Once it arrives the chemists at our lab will use the code to make sure you paid for a test (we send them the codes once they’re purchased) and then conducts the tests that you’ve paid for. When they have the results, they’ll post them on our results page using the code as an identifier. That way when you open our results page you’ll be able to use your code to identify your results!
- As soon as you finish purchasing your code, we send it to Spain, and then delete it completely from our system (so make SURE you write it down as we won’t have it anymore.) Why do we do this? So you can stay anonymous – no matter what happens. Even if someone was to torture us we couldn’t tell them who paid for or sent a specific sample. The lab in Spain doesn’t ever receive your name or payment information, and as soon as we give you the code, we delete it.
No. Trace. Whatsoever.
Does the Marquis Test Kit test for everything?
Although it is the most useful of any of our kits, it doesn’t cover everything. In the best case scenario, you would use one or more additional kits to accurately identify your substance.
Do I need more than one test kit?
Not necessarily, although it is an excellent idea to use more than one. Following up with one or more kits ALWAYS means that you can be more certain of your results.
My substance reacted extremely fast, does that mean it is “purer” than normal?
No. If the reaction skips straight to the final color it’s recommended that you follow up with a different reagent (type of kit) to increase certainty.
Can I test liquids?
Yes. Liquids should be placed on a piece of untreated paper and dried before using it in the test kit. A good way to make sure your paper is untreated is to test a plain piece of paper first to make sure it doesn’t react – if it doesn’t, then use a separate piece to put your liquid on, allow it to dry, and then test that.
Can I test gelatin or other foods?
Geltabs, or small squares of dried gelatin containing a psychedelic such as LSD can be tested. Just place a very small amount into the test tube. Larger gelatin substances (such as a square of jello) cannot be tested with the spot kits, but can sometimes be separated using the Skylab kit. It’s usually best to avoid these as they are usually used to disguise adulterated substances. Sugar cubes, brownies, cookies, sweet tarts, etc., cannot be tested with the kit as they contain too much foreign material. Again, steer clear of these if possible, and test them on the Skylab kit or send them to the lab if you absolutely need to know.
What are the “pebbles” or powder inside the jaw my kit came with?
It’s Vermiculite – a type of expanded clay that is HazMat approved to absorb our bottled chemicals if they spill for some reason. Do not remove this material. It’s a very important safety measure. Do not carry the bottle of liquid in anything other than our plastic jars – especially avoid keeping them in your pocket or bag. They may spill and melt the fabric – possibly causing burns to your skin.
Can I reuse the test tube that came with my kit?
Yes. We recommend washing it out with plenty of water and allowing it to dry before using it again.
How many tests can be performed with each kit?
Our plastic bottle kits come with 5ml (50 – 100 uses) of testing liquid and our glass bottles come with 10ml (100 – 200 uses)
Beyond the size difference, is there any reason to use the plastic vs. glass bottles?
Both have advantages and disadvantages:
- PLASTIC: These are nearly indestructible, seal incredibly well, and are easy to use (they drip easily.) Unfortunately, they do not last nearly as long as our amber glass bottles as they are clear (allowing UV) and are also dissolvable by the testing liquid itself over time.
- GLASS: Made from amber glass (UV blocking) and completely resistant to the testing liquid, this is your long-term solution. They do come with their downfalls, however. As compared to the plastic bottles, they are more difficult to open/close and using the built-in dropper can be somewhat tedious at times (shaking it is the key.)
Do Bunk Police test kits ever expire?
The expiration dates of our products vary GREATLY depending on the conditions they are kept in. Ideally they should be tightly sealed, upright, and in the refrigerator. There is nothing wrong with keeping them at room temperature or in the shade outdoors (avoid direct light), but just keep in mind that the warmer they become the less time they will last.
How can I increase the life of my test kits?
To increase the life of your kits, keep them upright in the jar that they were shipped in. Do not remove the powder inside the jar as it keeps them dry. Keep them in your refrigerator if possible or in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight if not. If your kit is older than six months it’s good practice to test the kit to make sure it’s working, that way you ensure you’re receiving the most accurate results possible.
I think my kit has expired, how can I test to make sure it is still working?
Marquis shows its age by slowly turning brown. A light tan color or even a little darker is OK, but you may notice that the reactions take longer if the chemical in the test kit is older / darker in color. Marquis can be tested with Aspirin. Make sure to remove any protective coating from the Aspirin pill before testing and scrape a small amount of the crumbly material into the test tube – it turns red/bright maroon when tested with Marquis. A slow reaction may indicate an aging kit.
Mandelin should be bright yellow in its fresh state and it shows its age by turning green or possibly other colors over time. It’s very sensitive to air, so make sure that the cap is sealed tightly. Mandelin turns green when it has expired.
Ehrlich may change different colors with age depending on why it’s degrading (exposure to air, heat, etc.) Because the Ehrlich kit reacts with only a few substances, most of them being illegal, it’s difficult to test at the moment. We’re working on a compound to make this possible. Until then, if it’s changed to a dark color you can assume it has degraded. With the other kits, it’s safe to say that the darker the color of the kit, the older it is. A kit can also “age” much more quickly if it’s exposed to heat.