The TASER Pulse device has a substantial battery life and is designed to last for 2 years or 50 full 30-second cycles. However, if you have armed your device and noticed the yellow or red battery indicator light, it is time to purchase a new battery. Once the new battery has arrived, reference the video below for a step-by-step demonstration!
Whether you have a TASER Pulse or TASER Bolt, proper maintenance is integral to ensuring that you're ready to protect yourself and loved ones in a real-world situation.
We recommend that TASER device owners perform a simple “spark test” once a month. A spark test occurs when you safely arm your device WITHOUT a cartridge, pull the trigger and allow the device to go through a full 30-second cycle (5 seconds with an X2 or X26P device).
This ensures the TASER device is working properly and helps identify any routine issues that need to be addressed. A spark test will ensure that electricity is adequately arcing across the front of the device and gives vital information on battery performance.
Spark tests also help new TASER device owners learn what a functioning TASER device sounds like and how long they have to make a safe escape—30 seconds might seem like a short amount of time, but the spark test helps put into perspective how much time you actually have.
This week, we are ending study of cartridges and answering the most common questions about TASER Pulse and TASER Bolt cartridges.
How far can a TASER cartridge shoot?
TASER cartridges, both the professional series and consumer products, can operate within a 15-foot (4.6-meter) radius, giving you a safety buffer between yourself and danger.
What is the shelf-life of a TASER cartridge?
Each TASER Pulse and TASER Bolt cartridge has a 5-year shelf life. The expiration date is printed on each individual cartridge.
Loading a TASER cartridge into a TASER Pulse or TASER Bolt seems simple enough, but proper technique is important to ensure safety to you and bystanders. Check out the steps below and a training video from TASER Instructor Sara Morrell.
We've covered the importance of safely carrying your device in a holster or a bag in the last few weeks, but how should you draw your TASER device from the holster should you need it? TASER Instructor Sara Morrell shows us in today's #TrainingTuesday post.
In the video below, TASER Instructor Sara Morrell demonstrates how to safely draw a TASER Pulse from a holster, keeping the device pointed in a safe direction at all times. While this video uses a TASER Pulse and a Blade-Tech outside the waistband (OWB) holster, the principles remain the same for any other holster products. This demonstration is the recommended approach, but may not be practical for all situations and may need to be modified in the heat of the moment. We emphasize practice so that when you are under the stress of a real-world situation, there is a higher likelihood that you will be able to remove the device from its holster properly and comfortably.
As we've learned from previous #TrainingTuesday posts, there are many advantages to carrying a TASER device in a holster, fixed to your waistband. However, this is not always feasible. Today, we explore other options for carrying your TASER device.Why would I skip the holster?
Carrying a TASER device on your person, in a holster, is a preferred method of carrying given the easy access and safety that holsters provide. However, there are situations that may make it difficult. Perhaps you are on a hike, out on the town, walking to your car—it might not make sense to strap a TASER device to your hip. It might make more sense to pack your device in a purse, running belt, or backpack. In addition, carrying in a bag also allows easy transport of additional cartridges should you need them.
Keep the muzzle and trigger secure
It is extremely important to be sure that the trigger and muzzle of the device are covered and secure in order to minimize the risk of accidental discharge while carrying in a bag. For this reason, it is recommended that the device is kept in an easily accessible Sticky Holster or the protective soft cover that comes with the device. Each of these can help stop probes from traveling in an unsafe manner if an accidental discharge occurred. A Sticky Holster also allows for a quick draw of the device from your bag or running belt, whereas the protective soft cover can be a bit more cumbersome to manipulate in a hurry.
Kydex holsters are a great option for those seeking a sturdier way to discreetly carry a TASER Pulse in their daily life. Today, we learn about the Blade-Tech Kydex holster options for the TASER Pulse conducted electrical weapon (CEW).
Consider adding a self-defense toolWhen it comes to exercising safely outdoors, a handful of common tips may pervade: be more visible, run with a friend, bring ID, consider ditching headphones. These are all important items to consider, but what we often miss in discussing personal safety is considering the added protection from harm by carrying a less lethal weapon. A Runner's World survey of women found that 3% have been physically assaulted while 30% have been verbally harassed. To be clear, the risk of being a victim of violent crime is relatively low in the United States, but it is still important to be ready to fight back if needed. A big part of properly using a TASER device is knowing how to carry it when the device is not in use.
Why a holster is importantTASER devices are self-defense tools, and it is extremely important to handle the device as such. That means keeping the trigger covered and pointing the device in a safe direction at all times. That includes when carrying it on your person, in a coat, or in a bag!
TASER holsters minimize the risk of an accidental discharge by securing the trigger mechanism.
TASER Bolt holster for active people: Ambidextrous Tactical Holster
This lightweight yet durable holstering option, custom crafted for the TASER Bolt and C2, is the perfect choice for active lifestyles. It can be clipped to clothing, a belt, purse strap, backpack, or just about anywhere else. Keep your Bolt secured yet easily accessible with this Tactical Holster.
Firearms owners are aware of the importance of properly holstering their gun while carrying. It promotes safety for themselves and others. TASER devices can also be holstered to those same ends. Today, we explore some of the holster options available for the TASER Pulse.
There are a wide variety of holsters on the market for guns and CEWs (conducted electrical weapons). Here at TASER Self-Defense, we have a plethora of carrying options for our TASER devices, ranging from fabric sleeves to Kydex holsters. However, not all holsters share the same reliability - the key feature to look at when considering self-defense is how many points of contact a holster has. Let’s take a look at a brief breakdown of what that entails.