TASER® CEW vs Stun Gun. People often use the term “TASER” & “stun gun” interchangeably, but there are significant differences between the two. First, TASER is our brand name, company name & our registered trademark — so only our company can use the TASER brand name. Secondly, a TASER conducted electrical weapon (CEW) is designed for use from a distance for standoff capability while a stun gun requires direct physical contact.
Scenario – You’re in a parking garage late at night. You’re startled as someone comes around the corner & is walking in your direction. You walk to the other side of the garage & notice you are being followed. He keeps coming closer & closer, inside that range of comfort, 15 feet. What do you do?
A stun gun can only help you if you let the person come closer. A TASER C2 CEW provides you with 30 seconds of incapacitating power from a distance of up to 15 feet. This means you can protect yourself from a distance & have time to get away & call 911.
But Isn’t a C2 a Stun Gun?
TASER CEWs utilize a state-of-the-art Neuro Muscular Incapacitation (NMI) technology that temporarily overrides the nervous system, taking over muscular control. TASER CEWs use propelled wires or direct contact to conduct energy to affect the sensory & motor functions of the nervous system.
TASER CEWs discharge two metal probes attached to thin insulated wires which are 15 feet in length. The probes attach themselves to the attacker’s clothing or skin & emit electrical impulses. Unlike stun guns, TASER CEWs do not rely on pain. The TASER C2 uses its ability to cause NMI to shock & disable the sensory nervous system as well as motor nerves.
What about Stun Guns?
A stun gun is a handheld device that requires the user to directly press it’s electrodes to an attacker. It will cause pain & an attacker might be repelled by the pain but will not be incapacitated by its effects. In fact, the effects will cease once the contact is no longer made by the electrodes. At best if it’s held against an attacker for prolonged periods of time, it might cause impairment. There is nothing that stays attached to the attacker to allow the pain to continue & the attacker will recover immediately & possibly resume the attack. Imagine someone attacking you with an iron (at a temperature that didn’t cause serious burns but was hot enough to cause pain). If the iron is touched to you, most people would be instinctually repelled by it & try to get away from the pain — but you will not be incapacitated. Unfortunately, some attackers are somewhat immune to pain due to drug or alcohol influences, motivation/drive, or simply don’t care about pain.
Here’s an issue with stun guns: In many cases, the vast majority of stun gun manufacturers falsely report voltages of 250,000 or even more than a million volts. This is insanity. One, the “reported” high voltages that are often claimed (without any possibility technically & due to the laws of physics) would solve our world energy problem with simple 9-V batteries. Even several household batteries cannot produce this much voltage. DO NOT LET A MANUFACTURER’S CLAIM OF HIGH VOLTAGE INFLUENCE YOUR PURCHASE. For more on this: http://books.google.com/books/about/Stun_Guns.html?id=QiBZHAAACAAJ
Ridiculous & False Claims
Check this ad out below – a 15 million volt stun gun. Not even close so don’t say we didn’t warn you.
What about Voltage?
Voltage is somewhat meaningless to the effects of a stun gun or a TASER CEW. There are many attributes that are key to NMI or even a stun gun but to suffice it to say that it’s about the frequency, the duration of each electrical pulse, the electrical output, and the wave form. Don’t be fooled by these outrageous voltage claims.
The peak open circuit voltage of the TASER X26 CEW is approximately 50,000 volts (50KV). This voltage represents the peak voltage potential across the probes when the circuit is in the open state, that is, when no current is flowing. The 50 KV is an important factor for calculating how much clothing & air gap the arc can penetrate (the higher the peak open circuit voltage, the greater the gap that the current can arc across).
While the 50 KV potential is important for calculating how far the arc can bridge across an air gap, however, it is not relevant to the bio-effect of the current on the target person. The human subject never experiences the 50 KV because the voltage drops as soon as the arc forms & current starts to flow. It’s like a blocked water hose: While the hose is blocked, the pressure builds up inside. When the blockage breaks loose & the water begins to flow, the pressure drops immediately, & the pressure measured at the output of the hose never hits the peak pressures experienced within the hose prior to the blockage breaking free. The peak voltage during current flow through the body is about 1,200 volts, & the average voltage during the 100-microsecond duration of the pulse is about 400 volts.
When compared to a static shock from a doorknob (35,000 to 100,000 volts) or a Van de Graff Generator (1,000,000 to 20,000,000 volts), a common display in science museums which makes your hair stand on end, each pulse from a TASER device is 400 volts & extremely low current is equally as harmless.
When discussing how electricity will affect the human body, voltage becomes irrelevant without a discussion of the corresponding amount of electric current (measured in amperes). To just say 400 volts is dangerous is inaccurate without also talking about the current associated with that charge. Voltage, even high voltage, alone does not harm or kill.
By the way, a good rule of thumb is that any stun gun listing more than 50,000 volts is almost guaranteed to be false advertising.
The average current delivered by a TASER X26 device is 0.0021 amperes or 2.1 milliamperes. Compare this with the average Christmas tree light bulb which has approximately 1 ampere of current, or the 16 amps from a typical 110-volt wall socket; it should become readily apparent that a TASER device delivers extremely low current.
Note: TASER is our brand name & should not be used to describe generic stun guns. That being said, TASER should not be used as a verb.
What is EVIDENCE Mobile? EVIDENCE Mobile is the newest addition to our on-officer products. It’s a free iOS & Android application that compliments AXON body & AXON flex cameras for digital evidence collection in the field. Officers using this application can capture still photos, audio recording & videos on an iOS or Android mobile device & then easily upload the data to EVIDENCE.com or their free my.EVIDENCE.com account.
Watch the EVIDENCE Mobile video: http://www.taser.com/mobile
1. Licensing Model – Our previous pricing model for EVIDENCE.com was tied to the number of wearable AXON flex or AXON body camera units ordered. New pricing is now based on the number of users. The number of sworn officers in LE is 765,000, which is well known because of our TASER CEW sales, but there’s a total of 1,100,000 total LE employees (sworn & non-sworn). EVIDENCE.com targets this whole market of 1,100,000 people because the features benefit both officers & agency administrators. Also, the previous pricing model couldn’t quote EVIDENCE.com without AXON cameras. With Evidence Mobile for smart phones & the digital information management features of EVIDENCE.com, customers are considering EVIDENCE.com to manage their photos, audio & other video.
2. Best Choice for Every Agency – Our goal with EVIDENCE.com & AXON cameras is to be the first choice for any agency looking for this capability. This means having the best product (which we have today) at the best price (now we do). Our market is highly fragmented as we’re still early in the sales cycles at many agencies & while the bulk of officers are in the top 1000 agencies, it’s important to find ways to economically reach the entire market. Ultra competitive pricing is a good way to do accomplish growth.
3. Flexibility & Choice – Our previous EVIDENCE.com pricing only had 1 paid tier of service. We now have 4 paid tiers of service. This allows our customers the flexibility to only buy the capability they want. The customer can chose from our various tiers such as the Pro tier ($39/month) to our Standard tier ($25/month), and so on.
4. Strategic Positioning – While EVIDENCE.com & AXON cameras have a huge lead in cloud software for LE, this won’t always be the case. This is already happening with cameras. We’re preparing for the inevitable as more companies will compete for the billions in software/IT dollars that law enforcement spends every year. Cloud services is a highly scalable business opportunity. Our positioning enables us to expand from our initial service offering to focused on managing digital evidence & video into an ecosystem of hosted services across a variety of public safety applications.
So far the response to the pricing from our customers has been very positive. In fact, this structure was an important part of getting a multi-year commitment for EVIDENCE.com for our Greensboro PD deal.
What makes a great product better? How about a company that offers world class service standing behind it. We’re a company well known for its superior class customer service – & it just got better! We now offer TASER Professional Services to facilitate planning & implementation of TASER solutions. With the help of Professional Services you can anticipate efficient & successful deployment of TASER technology ranging from our suite of Smart Weapons to AXON police cameras & digital evidence management.
Fort Worth (TX), Chesapeake (VA) & Greensboro (NC) police departments (click on the amazing positive press behind these deployments — the proof is in the pudding so to speak) & others have utilized Professional Services onsite support for the launch of their AXON & EVIDENCE.com programs. Following the success of their initial deployments & with the knowledge & expertise of our Professional Services staff these agencies have expanded their programs realizing the full benefits to their communities. The Cambridge University Rialto Police (CA) study effectively confirms the benefits when on-officer cameras are deployed finding a decrease in use of force & a decrease in complaints against officers.
Professional Services consists of a group of highly skilled individuals with in-depth knowledge of all TASER products. Premium Professional Services packages include a dedicated Project Manager who creates a custom project plan to fit an agency’s needs. The agency also receives onsite system configuration & setup along with onsite go-live training & support. There are other benefits, such as subject matter experts who consult on best practices for setup, configuration, policy & overall program performance. More importantly, agency program success is 3 times greater where Professional Services has rendered onsite support, than where they have not!
Additional packages & services are available, including CAD/RMS Integrations & Network or Application Security Assessments, custom-designed to analyze your agency’s information security posture.
With TASER, a law enforcement agency is our partner & its success is a direct reflection of our experienced & multi-layered levels of customer service for your wearable technologies.
We are often asked what our Conducted Electrical Weapons (CEWs) TASER X26 are versus our new lineup of Smart Weapons.
Our new generation of TASER brand devices are Smart Weapons. Our earlier generations of TASER brand devices are called Conducted Electrical Weapons (CEWs) & include the original AIR TASER model 34000, the subsequent next generation devices called the M26, X26, & C2 devices. Our newest latest generation of TASER brand devices are now called Smart Weapons & include the TASER X2 & the X26P.
Essentially our Smart Weapons are smarter, more effective & even safer based on an all-digital architecture compared to our analog-based previous generation CEWs. This digital architecture makes them more robust, safer, & more effective using enhanced Shaped Pulse technology with Charge Metering (an advanced calibration system that measures & adjusts the output of each electrical pulse). The system also provides an advanced data recording capability of every use & its status for use including its trilogy logs with three components: operator actions, electrical output logs, & engineering logs with maintenance & error alerts.
While the TASER X26 CEW was our flagship product since 2003, our updated suite of TASER brand devices are Smart Weapons. Our Smart Weapons with higher safety margins of TASER technology make dangerous situations safer with more than 113,000 saved from potential death or serious injury.
Conducted Electrical Comparison Features versus 2013 TASER X26P & TASER X2 Smart Weapons: