For anyone who routinely has to be in a potentially dangerous situation (parking garage at night, making a bank deposit, etc) a cell phone stun gun can provide protection in a discrete package that doesn’t draw attention. These disguised stun guns have several special features that make them ideal for self protection, and are highly in demand in states which have an open / concealed carry policy when it comes to non-lethal weapons.
The size of a cell phone stun gun is one of the things that makes it an ideal carry piece. These compact stunners usually stand between 4.5 and 5 inches tall, and fit in a leatherette holster that looks just like a cell phone case and slides or clips onto a belt for easy access. They use powerful light-weight CR123A lithium batteries, making the entire assembly weigh no more than the average cell phone. Although smaller than many standard stun guns, most models actually deliver more punch - coming in at a staggering 800,000 volts or more.
The wrist strap serves a two fold purpose - it provides another way to easily carry the stunning device, and ensures that if an attacker manages to snatch it that it can’t be used against you. If the stun gun is yanked away from your wrist, the strap pulls a pin that sets of a deafening alarm - which cannot be shut off until the pin is reinserted. The stunner is disabled, and the alarm will hopefully attract attention for your plight - or discourage the would be assailant from sticking around!
"Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac."
- George Orwell
Another bonus included in many phone style stun guns is a built in powerful LED light that can be used to help find your way over uneven terrain or illuminate a keyed entry in the dark. A flashlight always is a handy thing to have, and in some cases could prove a lifesaver.
As an added safety feature (to keep you or anyone else from being shocked accidentally) there is a two step process to activating the stun capacity of the gun; first an on / off switch must be flipped, engaging a warning light, then the trigger must be pressed to deliver the shock.
The tactical advantage a cell phone stun gun gives you is obvious - it doesn’t give a clue as to its true nature which puts the element of surprise in your favor. They won’t have a clue what is in store for them until it is too late, by which time they will be likely twitching on the floor as you flee to safety.
Remember that once the shock is delivered (depending on the length of the jolt) you don’t have much time before the effects wear off - so be smart, clear out and head for safety. Don’t stay around and see what happens next. Your personal safety is paramount, and a cell phone stun gun is just a tool to help you stay safe, not a combat weapon. It is designed to give you time to escape, so after deploying it your first move should be to get while the getting is good!