FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do Spot 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.
- Drop 1-2 drops of the testing liquid from the bottle into the test tube.
- 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 charts on the inside of the accompanying booklet.
How does the Skylab Separation Kit Work?
Skylab separation kits are designed to separate mixed samples BEFORE identifying them with spot kits. A huge advantage of this process is that you can even tell how much of each substance is present – otherwise only possible using full laboratory analysis.
This only takes about 20 minutes and is incredibly sensitive – allowing you to detect and quantify even tiny amounts of dangerous cutting agents.
- Place your substance on the edge of a “card” made of aluminum and silica.
- Place this card in a small amount of our special developing liquid.
- The developing liquid will slowly travel up the card, carrying your sample with it. This process separates the different components (cutting agents, etc.) that are present.
- Remove the card and allow it to dry for a few minutes.
- Use the included black light to see where each component is on the card.
- Use spot test kits to identify each of these substances right on the card.
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 and check for adulterants.
Do I need more than one test kit?
Not necessarily, although it is an excellent idea to use more than one if possible. This allows you to check for different cutting agents and also double check your results.
My substance reacted extremely fast, does that mean it is “purer” than normal?
No. A faster reaction is not necessarily a “better” reaction and can in some cases indicate a completely different substance. Reactions should match both in speed and coloration.
Can I test liquids?
Yes. Suspected liquid LSD can be dripped on a piece of untreated paper and dried before placing it in the test kit. A good way to make sure the paper is untreated is to test a plain piece first to make sure it doesn’t react on its own – if it doesn’t, then use a separate piece to put your liquid on, allow it to dry, and test.
Can I test gelatin or other foods?
Geltabs – small squares of dried gelatin containing a psychedelic such as LSD – can be tested. Just place a very small amount into the test tube. Other foods and pant material cannot be tested with the spot kits but can (in some cases) be separated and identified using the Skylab kit. Brownies, cookies, beverages, etc., cannot be tested as they contain too much foreign material.
What are the “pebbles” or powder inside the jar my kit came in?
It’s Vermiculite – a type of expanded clay used for shipping and absorbing chemicals. Do not remove this material. It’s an important safety measure. Do not carry the bottle of liquid in anything other than our plastic jars . Do not keep them in your pocket or bag. If they spill or leak they could melt though fabric, potentially 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 bottles are nearly indestructible, seal incredibly well, and are easy to use (they drip easily.) Unfortunately, they do not last quite as long as amber glass bottles as they are clear (allowing UV) and are also dissolvable by the testing liquid over time.
- GLASS: These are made from UV blocking amber glass which is more resistant to the testing liquid. Glass can last a little bit longer than the plastic version if properly refrigerated. As compared to the plastic bottles they are more difficult to open/close and using the built-in dropper can be somewhat irritating at times. It helps to tap the bottom of the bottle a little when trying to get a drop out.
Do Bunk Police test kits ever expire?
We do not recommending using a test kit that is older than one year (even if kept in optimal conditions.)
The expiration dates of our products vary greatly depending on their storage conditions. Ideally, they should be tightly sealed, upright, and in the refrigerator / freezer. They are also fine if kept at room temperature or in the shade outdoors (avoiding direct sunlight). Keep them under 80f if at all possible.
If you leave one inside of a hot car in the summer or sitting out directly underneath of a hot desk lamp all night, then you can expect a significantly shorter lifespan that may not last more than a few days / weeks.
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 of the jar as it keeps them dry. Keep them in your refrigerator (freezer if possible) or in a cool, dry, place away from direct sunlight.
Why is my Mandelin liquid yellow / orange?
The Mandelin spot kit liquid may be translucent orange to opaque yellow in color when purchased / delivered. This is normal. It should not be green as this indicates expiration due to heat or age.