Self-Defense: The Three Most Popular Potent Pepper Sprays

We have recently done some articles on how to judge the strength and relative potency of pepper sprays. The reason we have is because there’s actually some conflicting and misleading information out there. Not that anyone in the world of marketing would ever want to deceive you-but mistakes do happen!

So without further ado, here is what we see as the three most popular potent pepper sprays. This is based on customer preference and not on any particular rating such as SHU’s, percentage of oleoresin capsicum, percentage of capsaicinoids or any other measure of potency. Customers have a way of determining what is best-such is the way of capitalism.

Without a doubt the people’s choice as the most popular potent pepper spray is one put out by Fox labs. It is 5.3 million SHU’s and is the most widely used pepper spray in the country by police, law enforcement and security personnel. It produces a heavy stream pattern that can travel 17 to 20 feet and contains 18 half-second bursts in a 2 ounce canister that has a flip top to protect against accidental discharge. An added feature is that it is compatible with the electrical sparks produced by a taser or a stun gun.

Second on our list is a police strength spray by the Streetwise Company. The Streetwise 23 brand claims to be over 87% hotter than competing brands. It is derived from 5 million Scoville heat units (SHU’s.) This particular model has a built-in key ring and clip for easy attachment to keys, pocket or belt and has a locking safety actuator. It is made in the USA with a 48 month shelf life which is longer than most pepper sprays. It contains 6-8 one second bursts that can travel up to 7 feet. It also has a UV marking dye for assailant identification.

And third on the list is another Streetwise product. It is the Streetwise 18 soft key case that has a built-in key ring and is derived from over 4 million SHU’s and is 45% hotter than most competing brands. It also has 6 to 8 one second bursts of up to 7 feet. The main appeal of this product is the price. At $7.95 it is one of the least expensive potent pepper sprays available.

All pepper sprays are made with the primary ingredient oleoresin capsicum which is a strong derivative of one of the hottest peppers in the world-the cayenne. A shot in the face with a pepper spray causes debilitating pain, excessive tearing of the eyes and makes breathing very difficult. It can disable an assailant for up to 45 minutes which is why it is so popular.

Fox Labs 2 Ounce Stream is up to 3 times hotter than most pepper sprays and used by more police agencies than any other.

The Streetwise 23 Hard Shell is 5million SHU’s on a keychain.

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