As you may know, there is a huge difference between stun guns. Just a quick search on the internet will reveal stun guns ranging in price from $25 to over $150. Why the difference?

If you choose to continue searching, take these characteristics into consideration:

Many stun guns are just plain junk. Cheap circuitry and shoddy construction are the norm with cheap stun guns. We have seen stun guns that literally feel like they would fall apart in your hand. There are also many look-alikes that have flooded the market, so it can be very difficult to know if you are being presented with a quality stun gun. A good way to ensure that you are dealing with a reputable company, and are buying a quality product, is to check the warranty. The longer the warranty, the better quality the product. As always, good companies stand behind quality products with a good warranty.

Most stun guns use either regular batteries or inexpensive nickel-cadmium (NiCd) batteries for the power source. A good quality stun gun will use nickel-metal hydride (NI-MH) batteries, which are the newest technology in rechargeable batteries.

Along with amperage, voltage is a main differentiator between cheap stun guns and quality units. Stun guns come in wide variety of voltage levels, from 30,000 volts to millions. The bottom line- For a stun gun to be effective, it must deliver at least 1 million volts. Anything short of 1 million volts will not be powerful enough to have an IMMEDIATE effect on the intended target.

This is a crucial part of the effectiveness of any stun device. If the amperage is too low, a stun gun won’t have the knock down power needed to instantly drop an assailant, no matter how much voltage is being delivered. If the amperage is too high, it becomes too dangerous, and could easily cause death. Therefore, achieving the correct balance, or “ratio”, of amperage to voltage is critical for a stun gun’s stopping power. This is why just looking at high “voltage” levels is not the overall factor in stun gun effectiveness.

NOTE -The typically accepted, maximum safe level for amperage in the human body is 5 miliamps (mA). Any more than 5 miliamps, and danger to the heart, or electronic implants, can occur. THE MOST EFFECTIVE STUN DEVICES WILL DELIVER THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF AMPERAGE, YET REMAIN BELOW 5 MILIAMPS. The typical amperage of cheap stun guns proliferating the market today is only 1 – 2 miliamps! On the other hand, stun guns that have quality circuitry, and are able to deliver high voltage and amperage, are more expensive to produce, hence they cost more. The old saying, “You get what you pay for” rings true in this case!

One feature of a good, quality stun gun (although not the only indicator) is the presence of a kill switch, or safety switch. The safety lanyard contains a pin, which plugs into the unit and is necessary to complete the circuit. Used properly, the user holds the stun gun, and has the pin plugged into the device and the lanyard around the wrist. If an attacker tries to take the stun gun away and use it against the owner, the unit becomes inoperable, protecting the owner in the process.