The next less lethal alternative is a revamp of a previously reviewed self defense item, the Guard Dog Olympian. The Olympian by Guard Dog Security Products is a less lethal multipurpose device which features the so-called “Triple Threat” of self defense options. The unit has a high voltage concealed stun gun for close encounters, a built in OC/pepper spray (18%) that can spray a target at 16 feet, and a 175 lumen flash light (improved from previous version) which is also great for everyday practical use. The OC/pepper spray also contains a UV dye which can be used by police to identify assailants after the encounter. The flashlight’s bulb has a 100,000 hour life span. The unit is rechargeable and comes with a USB charger so you can always keep it ready to go and comes with a small leather carrying case. The unit it self also features a rubberized grip for firm control of the unit when using it. It also features a dual safety switch: One for the stun gun and one for the pepper spray to prevent accidental discharge. As with most of Guard Dog Security Products the Olympian is backed by a lifetime warranty. The unit measures 4 inches in length and is available in a variety of colors. This can be an ideal solution for both men and women who like to jog as well as for students who walk from one place to another by themselves late at night. I have seen this product retail at some online retailers for $49.99.
The hottest thing to hit the smart phone market since the iPhone may be an accessory exclusively available for the world’s most popular handset, the iPhone 4 and it’s called the Yellow Jacket. The Yellow Jacket has recently been featured on CNN, CNET, Forbes, PC World, and many other media outlets because it promises to combined the necessities of communication and personal defense into one unit making a smart phone even more capable than ever before. The logic behind the device is that because most people never leave home without their cell phone they will always have protection ready and accessible in the blink of an eye. The Yellow Jacket is essentially designed as a cell phone case with a battery pack, but it has the ability to fry an assailant with a 650,000 volts of electricity delivered through two electrodes at the top of the unit. Get ready for this next bit of fantastic news…. In stand by mode the Yellow Jacket provides 20 HOURS of extended use for your iPhone 4, so even if you don’t need a stun gun on a regular basis you can take advantage of the prolonged battery life that it provides. Now granted the Yellow Jacket does make your iPhone slightly bulkier, but for the benefits that it provides I think it’s well worth it. With the Yellow Jacket attachment the device measures 1 inch thick and adds 3/8″ to the overall length. The Yellow Jacket only weighs four ounces so it won’t drag you down too much and it’s width will remain the same.
Since this post was originally written Yellow Jacket has developed a case for the iPhone 5/5s/SE and iPhone6/6s.
ZAP Double Trouble by PS Products is another light weight (6.9 oz), concealable, yet extremely effective single-handed drive stun device capable of delivering 1.2 million volts from two sets of electrodes. This device delivers stun power better than most traditional stun guns due to it’s space between the points of contact. The robust plastic composite material is also strong enough to take a beating and be used for striking if needed. The Double Trouble device works off of two CR123A lithium batteries and has a soft rubber contour grip. The size is what makes this tool a great take-along self-defense device, easily hidden in a jacket, shorts, purse, etc.
Our next item is quite a multi-purpose utility and self-defense tool; the G-JMD EDC Self Defense Spike. This item is designed to be held single-handed and provide a hard and sharp striking edge similar to that of a flat head screw driver combined with a fist pack. The weight is 36g, its length from tip to end measures 90mm, and is made of stainless steel. It provides additional uses as an interior angle wrench, bottle opener, and screwdriver. The G-JMD EDC Self Defense Spike is a self-defense weapon disguised as a multi-tool.
The next item in Less Lethal Alternatives write up is a small and concealable personal protection tool made by Z-Hunter. This item is a bit of a novelty for people who are into the whole zombie theme, but it serves as a great last ditch defense tool and sports two sharp blades that can get an attacker off of you in a pinch. The Zombie Hunter Keychain FOB is made of stainless steel and measures 3.5″X3.25″ overall with a 3MM thickness. It comes with a lanyard and nylon carrying pouch so that you can safely carry it in your pocket or purse. There are also two holes for the user to place his or her fingers through for a firm grip on the tool in a defense scenario.