The Taser and Its Electrical Output

By: Susan Eaton

The Tasers electrical output is well below the output of an electric cattle fence. Modern pacemakers are designed to withstand pulses from the electrical defibrillator, which are hundreds of times stronger than the output of a Taser. Cardiac ventricular fibrillation occurs at 10-50 joules whereas the Tasers current is much lower coming in at 1.76 Joules.

The Taser, which is a non-lethal weapon, uses compressed nitrogen to project two probes up to 15 feet and at a speed of 180 feet per second when fired. The two probes are connected by wires, which lead back to the Taser unit. When the probes come in contact with an assailant's body or clothing an electrical signal is transmitted resulting in the loss of neuromuscular control. The electrical output interferes with the communication between the brain and muscular system. At this instant, the assailant loses the ability to perform any coordinated actions. The electrical shock, if you will, is non-destructive to nerves, muscles and other parts of the body.

As far as voltage is concerned, the static electricity from a doorknob creates a shock of 25,000 volts. On a dry day, an individual can receive 25,000 volts without any harm. In addition to current, the physiological effects of an electrical shock, is determined by the duration of the current and the power source of the current. For example: The 110 volts found in your typical household current is dangerous because it can pump many amperes of current throughout the body indefinitely. The power supply of the Advanced Tasers consists of 8 AA Alkaline 1.5-Volt batteries, which is capable of supplying 18 Watts of electrical power for just a few seconds.

As you can see, the Taser is safe and has been used by law enforcement for quite some time. The Taser is used by more than 5,500 law enforcement agencies.

The citizen Tasers allow consumers to use this life-saving technology as law enforcement has for some time now. The newest Taser on the market is the Taser C2. The Taser C2 comes in 5 classy colors and has a non-gun like design. It was manufactured especially for women who might find the Taser M18L and Taser X26 a bit intimidating due to its gun-like look. The options are there for both women and men. Rather one prefers the classy designer look of the Taser C2 or the gun-like look of the Taser M18L or Taser X26.

The Taser, manufactured by Taser International, is legal in most states in the US. However, there are some states were Tasers have certain restrictions and/or are illegal for citizen use. States where Taser use by citizens is restricted, illegal or prohibited include, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.

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