When choosing a stun gun, there are three things to consider:
1. Voltage – The Higher The Better
The most important factor is that higher voltage means faster immobilization. This means raw stopping power. Higher voltage also means the current can pass through more layers of clothing and still get the job done. If you test fire a high voltage stun gun (anything above 800,000 volts), the electrical current running between the test prongs creates a bright lightning bolt. The loud, crackling sound is unmistakable and is often enough to send a would-be attacker running in the other direction. However, if the bad guy keeps on coming, you are holding serious stopping power in your hand.
2. Gun Design - Your Lifestyle Sets the Style
Today’s stun guns come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and even colors. Let your lifestyle and needs dictate the choice here. If you are petite and want a unit that will fit in your hand, consider one of the smaller units. One model is so little that it can fit inside a pack of cigarettes. If you like the idea of misdirection, consider one of the look-alike models such as a cell phone, pen or flashlight.
Larger models are often chosen by law enforcement, military, and security personnel, starting with stun batons. They come in lengths from 10 inches to 18 inches. The extra length provides a reach you don’t get with smaller units. There are even blast knuckle stun guns. A great handful of stopping power, if the stun feature isn’t enough to stop the bad guy, you are still holding a mighty punch enhancer.
Flashlight - The Diablo Tactical Flashlight, ZapLight Flashlight, and all those under the Flashlight Stun Guns section, work as a functional flashlight AND a stun gun. The Flashlight Stun Gun looks exactly like a regular LED flashlight and casts a bright beam. It is also a powerful stun gun which you can carry unobtrusively while going about your daily business. No one but you will know you are carrying some serious personal protection.
Alarm - The Streetwise 11,000,000 volt and Stun Baton 13″boast a powerful personal alarm. As soon as you find yourself in danger, press the button and the built-in feature sounds an ear-splitting alarm. The extremely annoying noise will attract attention and send the would-be assailant in the other direction. In addition to stun gun stopping power, the alarm feature adds a level of protection before an assault.
Disable Pin - Blackout 11 Million, Stun Baton 13″ and Streetwise 11,000,000 volt all boast a wrist safety strap attached to a disable pin. If an attacker manages to get the stun gun away from you, the pin is pulled from the bottom of the unit. The stun gun does not work without the pin in place. That means the assailant can’t turn around and shock you with your own weapon.
Extended Reach - Anything that gives you an edge in a dangerous situation is a good thing. With the 19 inch Rechargeable Stun Baton, 12 inch Rechargeable Stun Baton, ZapCane, you gain significant inches in distance advantage. As the martial arts gurus say, “an inch longer is an inch stronger” in combat situations. Just like in boxing, that extra “reach” of these could make a big difference when you need it.
Rechargeable Battery - To recharge your unit, just plug it in for 8 hours about every 60 days and you’re good to go. There’s no running to the store or keeping track of spare batteries. You’re always ready. Plus, all rechargeable stun guns come with a manufacturer’s warranty which covers the battery for up to 100 recharges.