We live in a world where anything is possible, where it can be difficult to predict what dangers might be beyond our doorstep. Today, new developments in non-lethal weapon technology make it possible to put effective and affordable personal protection in the hands of the average citizen. One of the most popular devices designed for this purpose is the stun gun flashlight. This new device combines the protection and practicality of a baton-style flashlight with the sheer stopping power of modern electroshock weapon technology.
When the stun gun flashlight is activated against an attacker, a high-voltage current is applied to metal probes at the end of the device. Physical contact causes the assailant to experience intense pain and momentary paralysis for as long as the electric current is applied. The effect of this shock also causes muscles to twitch uncontrollably, allowing the victim time to quickly move to a safer location. Although stun guns use high voltages, they are designed to prevent a lethal amount of current from travelling through the body. Adding a flashlight to the device offers an added layer of personal protection while disguising the device as an everyday household item.
Popular self-defense websites state that just turning on the stun gun flashlight provides a significant deterrent. However, many security experts doubt their effectiveness against a determined aggressor. One reason is that the output current of a stun gun flashlight varies depending on factors such as the target's skin type, clothing and the condition of the battery. Also, stun guns often need more than five seconds of contact time to fully stop a motivated assailant. Possible unsatisfactory outcomes can include the assailant breaking the device, physically removing the device from the defender or simply ignoring it and continuing with the physical attack undeterred.
It's for these reasons that serious consideration must be given to the benefits and drawbacks of any non-lethal personal protection device to determine if the stun gun flashlight provides a level of security and comfort that outweighs the risks of carrying it into a dangerous environment.