How to Choose Pepper Spray
Buying Pepper Spray is an important step towards your personal safety.
Pepper sprays are very effective, non-lethal weapons used by the military, law enforcement officers, and the public. The main ingredient in all pepper sprays is Oleoresin Capsicums (OC). The percentage of OC in the pepper sprays you purchase, which generally varies from 1% to 10%, has very little to do with how effective the product is. Buying a pepper spray product with higher concentrations of OC does not necessarily mean that it is more effective than pepper sprays with lower OC concentrations.
There are many different kinds of OC pepper spray products available. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the following important product features:
- Heat Unit Rating - Online pepper sprays are rated in terms of number of Scoville Heat Units (SHU). It is recommended that you purchase a pepper spray product that rates at least 3 million SHU. Buy pepper sprays that contains between 2 and 5% OC. They work best because they work faster than heavier OC Concentrations. Most online pepper spray is between 500,000 and 2 million SHU. The oleoresin capsicum used in Fox Lab's formula is derived from the very hottest peppers and further processed until the rating is 5.3 million, which is the highest to date you can purchase online in the industry.
- Pepper Spraying Distance - Pepper Spray streams typically spray at a distance of 8-15 feet. Online pepper spray foggers typically spray at a distance of 8-10 feet. Small pepper spray units like keychains spray at a distance of 6-8 feet. Spraying distances may vary depending upon wind direction. It is recommended you buy pepper sprays that provide you with the maximum distance between you and your attacker.
- Pepper Spray Pattern - Pepper spray patterns vary from stream, fog, cone or foam. We recommend you buy the stream pepper spray pattern for the best overall personal defense against attackers. These units provide you with the greatest safety distance (8-15 feet) and a very concentrated spray for maximum defense against attacks.
We carry only the best Fox Pepper Sprays and Mace Pepper Sprays, which set the industry standard in personal self defense products. We also have numerous other products some of which are more passive in nature. Among them, the Mace Sportstrobe Personal Safety Alarm and the Mace Wreless Home Security System which does not require an alarm monitoring contract. If you are not sure what product to purchase, feel free to give us a call at 317-557-3951 or email us.
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