Home Testing

Can't afford GC/MS lab testing, but curious about testing your gear at home with those DIY "RoidTest" or "LabMax" kits? Good idea! Whether you've purchased from us or a competitor, it's always reassuring to know that what you're putting in your body is in fact what the label says it is! These kits are relatively simple to use, but require strict adherence to the instructions.

Over the past two years we've seen a lot of folks flub up the testing process, and then worry about the legitimacy of their products. For peace of mind, and to also save on the cost of buying another test kit, we've sourced some videos that depict these tests being executed properly. We've removed any personal information from these videos in order to protect our customers, and made notes below each video if there were any issues with the testing methodology. Have a test video you'd like us to have a look at? Send it in! If it's performed well and filmed clearly, you can have it featured on this page!

Pros of Home Test Kits

  • Cheap

    Home Test kits can be found online for less than $30USD+shipping

  • Private

    Nobody has to know!

  • Fun!

    Why pay the lab techs to have all the fun? Doing it yourself is much cooler.

  • Doesn't waste product

    These tests are highly sensitive, and require LESS THAN ONE MILLIGRAM of active ingredient to show a reaction (This doesn't include the weight of the oil or filler powder, so still measure).

Cons of Home Test Kits

  • Cannot identify contaminants.
    Biological contamination can arise from both faulty asepsis setup and improper filtration. Risks include mold, bacteria, heavy metals, unreacted manufacturing byproducts, and other organic contamination.
  • Does not quantify inactive ingredients

    The inactive ingredient profile of any substance plays a large part in user experience. While solvents are required to suspend many compounds, inferior UGLs and even some legitimate pharmaceutical manufacturers use an EXCESS to guarantee suspension in solution. That "test flu" might actually be a buildup of solvent in your body. Remember, Big Pharma gets away with making Test Cyp in 100% Ethyl Oleate because TRT is typically prescribed at VERY LOW DOSES. Just because it's cheap doesn't mean it's designed to be injected 2-3 ampules per week! This being said, at-home test kits won't tell you anything in this regard.

  • Does not account for excipients, binders, and fillers

    All oral drugs (whether capsules or pressed tablets) contain binders and fillers. Each manufacturer will use a different filler profile, which will skew test results in many cases. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is commonly used, and definitely throws off the results of any test that is affected by pH.

  • Prone to user error
    Many users follow the instructions as a "guide", but do not follow them exactly. Dumping a "little bit" of powder into the testing vessel is a sure way to spoil the test. Don't have a milligram scale? Read on...

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Notes on RoidTest from Dave Palumbo

The next generation ROIDTEST kits are even more accurate and sensitive to revealing the identity of whatever substance you’re testing. You may be wondering, how do you determine which refill vials to purchase now that we’re selling VIAL A, VIAL B, VIAL C and VIAL D refills. Well, it’s very simple. Check out the RECOMOMENDED TESTING LIST (below) and depending on which anabolic steroid you’ll be testing, the chart tells you which VIALS you should purchase. If you look over the chart, you’ll notice that VIAL D is used for almost all injectable steroids (it’s the most accurate for them) and VIAL C is used for most oral compounds (it’s the most accurate for them). The VIAL A and VIAL B are confirmation tests that validate and confirm the results from the first test.

For example, if you look at the first line in the chart, the recommended test for Boldenone (Equipoise) is VIAL D and VIAL B. So when purchasing refills, purchase VIAL D and VIAL B (you’ll received 2 VIAL D and 2 VIAL B in each refill kit. This will enable you to test 2 separate compounds). If this is your first purchase, I would suggest buying the ADVANCED FIELD TEST (which contains one VIAL A, VIAL B, VIAL C and VIAL D). Then purchase refills (as needed) for the future tests you may want to perform.

The first step to completing a successful identification with ROIDTEST™ is to ensure you have the proper testing ampules needed for identifying the particular substance that you would like to test for. We make this particularly easy, by offering our substance specific Test/Refill options for all of the most popularly used steroids. These kits contain the pair of necessary ampules needed to perform one identification. Everything needed to perform one identification is included for only $24.99, making this a remarkably affordable, quick & simple testing solution (even for first-time users).

If you opt for the Complete Steroid Testing System, your kit will arrive with a full color chart. On this chart, arrows will be present next to the two ampules needed for testing each substance. 

The Complete Steroid Testing System is our most versatile product. It can identify more than 20 different steroids, and analyze all common formats including raw powders, pills, and oils (the individual kits are not recommended for raw powders). The complete system also includes an additional step for most substances, that involves examination under UV light (see Tip #4). We recommend this kit if you are testing raw powders, require frequent testing, or prefer the versatility of testing any substance on the fly, as opposed to ordering specific tests.

When testing injectables, use ampule D first.

The D ampule is used for hormone detection. We recommend pairing this ampule with either the A or B ampule, depending on the substance being tested (please refer to color chart above). The A and B ampules are used for ester identification. Together, with the two ampules, one can be informed about both the steroidal hormone present in their sample, as well as the ester present. This is of particular concern to users of anabolic steroids, as a short ester such as propionate would leave the user needing to inject far more frequently than with an enanthate ester, for example, to maintain consistent levels of hormone in their body.

We love saving our customers money, and this is a quick money saving tip that will certainly help you in the future. We recommend using the D ampule first, and to save the other ampule for future testing if ampule D reveals no hormone is present. One last quick note when using the D ampule, be sure to always use the catalyst ball. The catalyst ball is found in the lid of the D ampule. This necessary component of the test should be dropped into the ampule, after placing 3-6 drops of your substance inside. The lid is designed so that upon dropping the catalyst ball into the D ampule, the lid will fit nicely back on top of the ampule.

Understanding Timed Reactions In Ampules C & D:

Many customers ask if the C ampule is supposed to arrive with a yellow solution inside. This is indeed the case. The C ampule contains a yellow solution, unlike the clear solutions seen in ampules A, B and D. The color isn't the only unique component to the C ampule, however. With ampules A & B, you will want to note the immediate color reaction that takes place (Please note, the solution will darken over time once your sample has been placed in the testing ampule. Be sure to take note of the immediate color reaction in ampules A and B). Ampule C on the other hand, has a very unique 15 minute timed reaction, and is used when testing oral steroids, pills and powders.

The Oxandrolone Test/Refill is particularly popular. This is due not only to the widespread use of this drug throughout both men and women, but also the remarkable difference in reaction one will see if a counterfeiter has tried to give them low dosed dianabol, or oral turinabol in place of the more expensive and more sought after oxandrolone. It is remarkable how common of an occurrence it is that we hear from customers who received oral turinabol or dianabol substituted in place of oxandrolone.

When testing for oxandrolone and stanozolol, you will want to wait a full 15 minutes after placing your substance inside the C ampule. At the 15 minute mark, oxandrolone will have produced a reaction that is a darker shade of yellow, whereas stanozolol will produce an olive green reaction. Both of these reactions are remarkably different than those seen when a common counterfeit drug such as dianabol or oral turinabol is substituted in place, as both will immediately produce dark color reactions.

The D ampule is quite versatile, as it is used for testing all injectable preparations and esterified steroids. We literally saved the best for last with the D ampule, which is the most recent addition to the 4 ampules that compose the ROIDTEST™ testing system. Pay particular attention to the timed reactions listed on the color chart, in the D column. As you’ll notice, a substance such as Trenbolone will immediately produce a dark purple reaction, whereas other substances will slowly turn from a light purple, to a dark, rich, vibrant purple. Boldenone, for example, takes between 10 and 20 minutes to produce this strong purple reaction within the D ampule. These timed reactions are particular to each substance, allowing yet another unique identifier for the user to take note of.

365nm UV Light For Ampule B & Raw Powders:

We always recommend those who are testing raw powders to go with the Complete Steroid Testing system, as the precise 365nm wavelength UV light contained inside will produce profound color reactions when the user shines it on the B ampule. Take a moment to note the B (UV) column on the color chart. You’ll quickly notice the remarkably unique color reactions seen for almost every raw powder. For those who are regularly testing raw powders, this is a must-have. The 365nm UV light can also be used as a third step to verifying the legitimacy of your sample in the B ampule for particular oils and pills, as noted on the color chart.

A note about UV lights. High quality lights that emit true 365nm wavelength light can be difficult to find and expensive. We've searched long and hard for a model that would meet the needs of the ROIDTEST™ system. Whether you choose to purchase a UV light here or elsewhere, we strongly encourage you to avoid "cheap" lights, as they are often not true 365nm, or the 365nm wavelength may be so nonspecific for 365nm that it will be obscured by too much other visible light.

An extremely small sample is required for ROIDTEST™ to work. Many users fear they will have to use a whole pill, or a large amount of oil. Thankfully, there is no need to waste any unnecessary anabolics with this kit. Simply place 3-6 drops of oil from a needle tip, or a matched sized scraping of the powder you want tested, into the provided ampules. If you have a tablet, cut off a small piece and crush it into powder before placing a match head sized portion into each of the testing ampules. If your sample is in capsule form, simply empty out a small portion of the powder within. From there, you can check the color reaction(s) against the provided chart. Within minutes you will see if the substance has been identified.

A Single-Step Test, Solely Intended For Testing Clenbuterol
 Testing Clenbuterol only requires one ampule, the new ROIDTEST™ Ampule E. This is actually the first ampule that we released intended to be used solely as a one-step test. For all other substances, we recommend pairing two ampules, as indicated on the color chart. Furthermore, it is the first ampule we introduced with the capability to provide an assessment as to the strength of the sample in question. This means that this one-step test not only confirms the presence of clenbuterol in your sample, but also has distinct color reactions when higher or lower concentrations of clenbuterol are present! This is a remarkable advancement to our testing technology and provides a level of insight that was previously unattainable from an at-home testing kit.

It is important to note that this ampule, like all ROIDTEST™ ampules, is not intended to be used with aqueous (water-based) solutions. Adding water into ANY of the ampules will cause an extremely hot reaction, hot enough even to potentially shatter the glass ampule. We insist that no customers ever attempt to test a sample that is not either oil-based, a powder or a pill in any ROIDTEST™ testing ampule. However, there is one work-around for water-based suspensions. The user will place a handful of drops from their sample onto parchment paper and wait for the water to evaporate. Once the water completely evaporates, you will be left with a powder residue on the parchment paper. You will then add the sample, now in a dry powdered consistency, into the provided testing ampules. Lastly, you’ll simply note the color reaction that occurs and compare it with the provided color chart. Ampule E is intended to be used with tablets and capsules. As always, when testing a tablet you will want to crush it into a powder-like consistency and drop a small sample, only the size of a match head, into the provided testing ampule. When testing a capsule, simply empty out a small portion of the powder within the capsule, roughly the size of a match head. From here, you will see the distinct color reaction take place in the ampule within moments. Your testing kit comes complete with a color chart, with distinct color reactions indicating if clenbuterol is present, as well as indicating the strength of the sample.

(Ampules F, G & Catalyst Solution H)

When performing a Semi-Quantitative (rough dose-range detecting) analysis, the Catalyst Solution H must always be used. Ampules F and G cannot be used on their own, and similarly the Catalyst Solution H cannot be used solo either. When performing a Semi-Quantitative Testfor testosterone cypionate or testosterone enanthate you will pair Ampule F with Catalyst Solution H. Testing nandrolone decanoate or trenbolone enanthate, on the other hand, will require Ampule G and Catalyst Solution H. You must always use catalyst solution H when performing a Semi-Quantitative test.

As with all ROIDTEST™ ampules, you will start by very lightly tapping the bottom of the ampule on a flat surface, to help settle the contents. After opening either Ampule F or G (depending on the substance being tested), you will want to take a precise account of how much of the oil-based preparation you drop inside. Your testing kit comes with step-by-step instructions, and a color chart complete with the distinct color reactions corresponding with which dosage range your sample falls within. You will want to review all 7 steps, as well as the color chart, prior to performing the test. This will help to ensure you are familiar with how to perform the test and there is not any confusion during the testing process.

Step 3 is where you will want to make sure you are very precise, this is where performing the test begins to differ from our other tests. You will need to check what gauge needle you are using, as this test requires 4-5 drops from a 21 gauge needle, 5-6 drops from a 22 gauge needle or 6-7 drops from a 23 gauge needle. These are popular sizes of needles, that many of our customers already have on hand. This makes dosing remarkably easy for the user.

The 4th step is simple, you will wait 60 seconds before moving on to the next step (it is nice to have a timer handy, or use the timer function on your smartphone). After exactly one minute has passed, you will now add Catalyst Solution H to your F or G Ampule. Gently swirl the ampule to mix the contents, and you have completed the 5th step.

At this point, all you need to do is compare the color reaction to the included color chart. You will clearly see the different shades on the color chart, which indicate whether your sample contains no steroid, approximately 50mg/ml, approximately 100mg/ml or approximately 200+mg/ml. The information gained at this point will assist greatly in dosing the sample in question, or avoiding using bunk gear with no steroid present.

The final step is to dispose safely of your testing ampule. As with all ROIDTEST™ ampules, you will want to discard the ampule immediately after use. There is no additional information to be gained by a change in color reactions hours or days later. All ampules will darken over time, once they have been used.

Throughout the last two tips you have heard me mention the term “semi-quantitative” more than a few times. I wanted to break down exactly what this means. A semi-quantitative test provides an estimate of how much of a detected substance is present within the sample being tested. The term “quantitative” refers to the quantity, or amount of the drug present. A fully quantitative test provides an exact number quantifying how much drug is present. This is only possible with state of the art equipment that costs tens of thousands of dollars. Thankfully, ROIDTEST™ found a solution and was able to create remarkably affordable at-home testing kits, with the ability to detect the dose range present, though not to the exact milligram. This lack of providing an exact number (quantity) is why these are considered “semi-quantitative” testing kits. Instead of giving you a read out of exactly X mg/ml being present, different very distinct color reactions will occur when different amounts of the steroid are present in your sample. These new tests are able to detect if there is roughly 50mg/ml, 100mg/ml, or 200+mg/ml present in the sample being tested.

Essentially, what this means for our application is that the new ROIDTEST™ Semi-Quantitative series allows you to finally know roughly how much steroid is present in your sample. This is truly revolutionary for an at-home testing kit. Being able to detect the dosage range present in your sample provides a remarkable amount of insight regarding proper dosing. Many use these new tests to weed out sources who are providing them with underdosed preparations. This is just as prevalent of an issue as the wrong steroid being present, or no steroid being present at all.

The substance differentiation capabilities of our original Substance-ID™ tests still remains the gold standard for ester differentiation and establishing which of the 24 anabolic steroids we can test for is present. Many users like to perform an extremely thorough analysis on their sample, by first using a Substance-ID™ test to confirm which steroid is present (if any), before going on to then use the new Semi-Quantitative kit to determine the rough quantity present.

Others are already confident that their sample contains the steroid as labeled, but have their suspicions about the labeled dosage being accurate. Of course, many underground preparations are underdosed. There is a two-fold incentive at the time of manufacture for an underground lab to underdose the product. The first is the cost per unit, which of course goes down with less active ingredient (steroidal hormone) in each bottle. The second, is that they can produce more total units by using less active in each bottle. The lower dose contained in the preparation actually presents a third incentive, as users may end up purchasing more bottles and continuing to increase their dosage in order to get results, due to the low amount of steroid actually present in their sample.

The choice is yours, whether to first use a Substance-ID™ test to determine which steroid (including ester) is present, or go straight for the Semi-Quantitative test. Of course, for the most thorough analysis that can be provided by an at-home testing kit, you will want to pair the Substance-ID™ and Semi-Quantitative tests. We certainly understand though, the many who feel that their sample has the hormone as labeled, but likely not the correct dosage. These customers tend to prefer just purchasing the Semi-Quantitative test straight away.

At ROIDTEST™ we pride ourselves on customer service. We encourage customers to reach out with any questions they may have before performing a test, or before ordering. Our proactive approach to customer service helps ensure that customers purchase the correct testing kit(s) and perform their test(s) properly. We always want our customers to get the maximum value from our products, so never hesitate to reach out with questions!

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