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.