How Hot is Your OC Spray? – Pepper Spray Ratings Explained

One of the keys to success for Chinese warriors thousands of years ago was their use of a precursor of modern-day pepper spray. They used to throw hot spices at their enemies to defeat them. But today you don’t need to throw a bag of hot spices at your enemies-you do need hot pepper spray.

Ever since the late 1980’s after the FBI conducted an exhaustive three-year research on pepper spray or OC spray has the use of pepper spray come into prominence as a self-defense weapon. It is the most prominent and popular self-defense product in the world. That success is usually due to the fact that it is so effective and as a bonus, is generally not very expensive.

OC spray, as you may know, can disable an assailant for up to 45 minutes by temporarily blinding them and causing extreme pain.

In the close to 10 years that I’ve been in this business pepper spray ratings, in terms of hotness, have always been based on what is called the Scoville heat unit (SHU) which is a common measure of hotness. One of the hottest peppers in the world, the habanero, has 500,000 SHUs. Most pepper sprays by comparison start in the 2 million SHU range roughly 4 times hotter than a habanero.

Now Streetwise brand, a major manufacturer of defensive sprays and other self-defense products, has introduced a new measurement tool that is based on the heat of the pepper once it is sprayed out of the container. The reason this is important is because once the spray comes out of its canister it becomes diluted with air and the propellant used to force it out of the container.

This new measurement tool is called a Certified Heat Rating or CHR. The results come from an independent laboratory so are unbiased. By comparison, most brands tested have an average heat rating of 123,000 SHUs, but the new Streetwise Pepper Spray models have a CHR of 230,000 SHU’s or close to 87% hotter than the competition.

Why is this important? When your life is on the line you want to have a product that is the most effective for the money. So when you’re in the market for an OC spray do your homework, and look for comparisons based on the Certified Heat Ranking instead of just the SHU. The new defensive sprays from Streetwise are the equivalent of 5 million SHU’s making them among of the hottest in the world.

Check out all of our new Streetwise Pepper Sprays. One of them will be just right for you.

The Home Security Superstore is one of the oldest and largest independent distributors of high quality home security, surveillance, spy, self-defense, survival and safety products. We carry a wide range of self-defense products including tasers, stun guns, pepper sprays and other nonlethal weapons that can save your life in the event of an attack.