Being in the self-defense and security industry, I'm always looking for new innovations in the self-defense weapons market. I've spent a lot of time and money over the last few years researching and buying stun guns. Some of them are truly awesome; some of them are truly lame.
It never ceases to amaze me at what some manufacturers will develop in an effort to stay ahead of the market. The next few paragraphs will attempt to describe some of the more innovative ideas and try to steer you away from some of the less effective ones.
To begin with, let's first describe what a stun gun is and what it does.
A stun gun is a self-defense weapon that takes the electrical energy from an ordinary battery and increases that energy through a set of coils to produce a high voltage current. The energy from a simple 9 volt battery can be increased to produce as much as 400,000 or 500,00 volts, and with multiple 9 volt batteries or lithium batteries, some stun guns can produce as much as 1,000,000 volts of current.
When a person is touched with the electrodes of a stun gun, and the button is pushed, the current does a great deal of work very quickly. The electrical current overloads the neuro-electrical impulses from the muscles to the brain causing muscle spasms, loss of muscle control, mental confusion and loss of balance. These effects can last for about 5 or 10 minutes, allowing you to get away from an attacker, or allowing law enforcement officers to handcuff an assailant without much resistance.
Nowadays, stun guns do more than just produce high voltage for self-defense. Many of the newer stun devices on the market also have added features that make them even more useful.
Some of the newer technology has produced stun guns that have flashlights built right in. So you can carry an inconspicuous flashlight while walking at night, and still be prepared to deliver a shocking surprise to any would be attacker.
Other stun guns have built in personal alarms that allow you to draw attention to your situation, and if that doesn't scare off your attacker, the high voltage electrical shock will stop them in their tracks.
I've even seen stun guns with pepper spray built right into the device, although the few that I've actually purchased have turned out to be inferior quality and I would never sell them on my own website.
Some stun guns are rechargeable so you don't have to purchase batteries, just plug them into a wall outlet and recharge the internal battery. Although, this technology is still fairly new to me so I can't personally testify as to how long the battery will hold a charge, or how many times it can be recharged before it stops working.
One other great feature on some stun guns is the wrist strap disable pin. Put your hand through the wrist strap and if the stun gun is taken away from you, the pin comes out, disabling the device so it can't be used against you.
In my opinion, the most interesting thing about the newer stun gun technology is the ability to disguise a stun device as an everyday object.
In my travels, I've come across stun guns disguised as cell phones, pagers, flashlights, pens, umbrellas, and even gloves with a stun gun built right in.
I can only imagine what someone will come up with next. But if it's out there, I'll find it, and when I do, I'll let you know about it.