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Ever found yourself walking home alone at night, keys in one hand and pepper spray in the other, wishing you had something like a backup plan for protection? 

Many people look for effective self-defense tools that won't break the bank or require years of martial arts training to use effectively. Here's where stun guns and TASERs come into play—two options that might make would-be attackers think twice.

Both stun guns and tasers pack a punch with electricity to help keep you safe, they work quite differently.

This article will break down those differences like how they work, how far they can zap an aggressor, and which hurts more (spoiler: they both hurt enough). Walk with me through this electric maze; it’s shocking how interesting this stuff is!

Key Takeaways

  • Stun guns mess up muscle messages, making it hard for someone to move; to make it work, the device must be in direct contact with the attacker..
  • TASERs can shoot prongs up to 15 feet away. They take over the body's muscles, stopping someone without you being close.
  • Stun guns cost way less than TASERs. You can buy stun guns starting at $20, but TASERs cost a lot more, from about $380 to almost $1000.
  • Laws on carrying and using these tools vary by place. Knowing and following these rules is important for staying out of trouble while trying to stay safe.

Understanding Stun Guns and Tasers

So if you are curious about stun guns and Tasers,  they may seem similar because both give an electric shock to help protect yourself. But how they work and where you can use them from, learn more about the differences.

Operation Mechanisms

Stun guns work by touching someone with the end of the device. This sends a high voltage, low amperage electric shock into them. The shock messes up the way messages move between muscles and the brain. Stun Device High Voltage Stun Gun

Blingsting's High Voltage Stun Gun


Think of it like a loud noise scrambling your thoughts so you can't focus. That's what happens to someone's body when hit by a stun gun—they can't move well because their muscle communication lines are all jumbled.

TASERs, on the other hand, have a bit more tech behind them. They shoot out two prongs connected to wires that reach up to 15 feet away. When these prongs stick into someone or their clothes, they send electric shocks down those wires right into the attacker's nervous system.

Unlike stun guns' pain-based approach, TASERs take over control, causing muscles to tighten up without waiting for directions from the brain. It's like hijacking someone's remote control car—you press buttons and now you're in charge.

Tasers are typically carried by law enforcement and in most states it requires an additional weapons permit to carry.

Range Capabilities

Tasers can hit a target from far away. They have prongs that shoot out, reaching an attacker up to 15 feet (about 4.5 meters) away. This means you don't have to be close to stop someone who is coming at you.

It's like having a safety bubble around you that an attacker can't easily break through.

On the other hand, stun guns ask for a bit more bravery since you need to touch the attacker with it. This closeness can feel risky, but it also allows for precise control over where you apply the shock.

Think of it as having to get close enough to tag someone in a game of high-stakes tag – only this time, your "tag" packs a powerful zap meant to protect you.

Both tools bring different strengths to the table depending on how close danger gets. Whether keeping trouble at arm's length or dealing with it right in your face, there's something available for those moments when backing down isn't an option.

Key Differences

So, you're scratching your head thinking about stun guns and tasers? They may seem like the same thing, but they have a few key differences. One difference between them is how close you need to be to use them effectively.

With a stun gun, you have to touch the person you want to stop. Yes, literally touch them. On the flip side, tasers can reach out and "touch" someone from a distance.

Now let's talk money because who doesn't watch their wallet? Typically, tasers will make your bank account weep more than buying a stun gun would. So there’s that fun fact for anyone keeping score on safety versus spending.

Physical Contact Requirement

Stun guns need you to be up close and personal because they work by touching the person you want to shock. Imagine trying to use a stun baton in a tight spot - it's all about getting right there with the device pressed against someone.

Tasers are different; they send out probes that can hit a target from far away. You don't have to be next door neighbors with the guy causing trouble. Just aim, shoot, and those taser prongs do their job without needing you to reach out and touch somebody.

Effective Range

Tasers shoot out to 15 to 25 feet.  Stun guns, on the other hand, need you right up against the other person. You have to touch them with it for it to work. 

Price matters too, but let's chat about that next.

Price Comparison

Alright, let's talk money. You know, that thing we all wish we had more of? Especially when we're considering our safety tools like stun guns and TASERs. It's like, do I buy groceries this week, or do I invest in a device that'll keep me safe? Tough choices, right?

So, here's the scoop on what your wallet's facing:


Price Range

Stun Guns

$20 upwards


$379.99 to $997+

Yes, you read that right. Stun guns can be easy on the pocket, starting at about $20. As for TASERs, they cost a bit more,  It can cost anywhere between $379.99 for the consumer-grade model, to $1000 or even more for the professional grade version used by police.

You also have to consider that for TASERs, it's not just about buying the gadget itself. You also need the ammo cartridges too. The cartridge is for one time use, so you need to load a new cartridge but there are models that can hold to to three cartridges.

So, there you have it. The cost comparison is a bit like deciding between a budget-friendly meal or a fine dining experience. Except, you know, with electric shock devices instead of food.

Advantages: Stun Guns and Tasers

There are unique features in both stun guns and tasers that make them stand out. Stun guns are easier more affordable and easier to carry around such as Blingsting’s skinny lipstick - think of them as the go-to gadget for quick self-defense. Safety Gear Skinny Mini Stun Gun

Blingsting's Portable but Super Powerful Stun Gun

Tasers are stunning devices that allow  you to stop trouble from a safe space away - they give you safety plus power without getting too close to the attacker.

Stun Guns: Accessibility and Cost

Stun guns are great for self-defense because they don't cost too much. You can find on average at $20 and upwards. That's way lower cost  than Tasers, which can run from $399 consumer grade to a whopping $1,599.99 for the professional grade used by law enforcers. Plus, you don't need special ammo cartridges like with a Taser, making stun guns easier on your wallet over time.

Getting your hands on a stun gun is pretty easy too. They're legal in almost all states with the exception of Rhode Island.

And since they're smaller and less pricey, it's no sweat to keep one around for peace of mind. Whether it’s at home or when you’re out and about, having this tool means you’re always ready to protect yourself without spending tons of money.

Tasers: Safety and Effectiveness from a Distance

Moving from the affordability of stun guns, we shift focus to Tasers. These devices offer something invaluable: safety from a distance but each device does have an effect range. . With the ability to fire up to 15 feet away, a Taser puts space between you and a threat.

Tasers send out two darts attached by wires back to the device that then sends electrical pulses through those wires into the target. This method allows for effective use over distances, making it easier and safer for someone—especially women seeking self-protection—to stop an attacker without coming into direct contact with them.

A type of taser

These conducted electrical weapons help de-escalate potentially harmful situations safely and effectively from afar. They also provide home defense without requiring close-quarters combat.

Ultimately, the decision to protect yourself with these self defense tools will come down to all these features considered. Cost, accessibility, and range.

Consider other self-defense weapons too like pepper spray which also can operate from a distance and even mark your attacker with invisible UV dye that clings to the attacker’s skin and clothes for up to 48 hours for easy identification by police officers.


Picking between a stun gun or a TASER comes down to what feels right for your pocketbook and personal sense of security. Both aim to protect without lasting harm - which is pretty cool when thinking about keeping danger at bay without causing forever damage.

Stun guns are more affordable and easier to carry around; it works on direct contact with the attacker, while Tasers, cost way more considering the cost of the gadget and the cartridge and are usually bulkier than stun guns, but they can operate from a distance from about 15 feet for the consumer grade and up to 35 feet for the professional grade.  

Consider other means of self-defense tools for added security and protection as well such as a pepper spray which operates from a distance of 12 feet. Safety Keychain 1 Pack Smokeshow

Blingsting's Pepper Spray reaches 12 feet

Whichever you choose, both tools have rules for being fair and clear about how they're used. It's key to know what you're dealing with and follow laws.


1. What's the basic difference between a stun gun and a taser?

The basic differences are the cost, portability, operation, and range. .A stun gun needs you to be up close and personal because it works by direct contact. On the flip side, a taser can reach out and touch someone from a distance, up to 15 feet away. It shoots out wires that deliver the shock. Aside from the range, another important consideration is the cost.

How do these zappy gadgets work?

Getting into how tasers work... imagine throwing a spider web that zaps at your target. It shoots wires from a distance that stick to someone and deliver electric shocks directly to their muscles, making them take an involuntary break. Stun guns are more hands-on – literally. You have to press them against the person for them to do their thing.

3. Between stun guns and tasers, does one hurt more than the other?

Llet's just say they both have their own "charm." A taser can knock you off your feet with its long-distance love tap because it messes with your nerve signals big time. Stun guns don't send you flying since they're all about local pain.

4. Can I carry one around for safety?

Carrying rights for stun guns vary depending on where you live... whether a taser or stun gun,  always check local laws.

5. What should my wallet expect if I decide I need one?

Cost-wise, tasers cost more, consider a balance of cost and suitability of features of a stun gun vs taser.

6 . Are there any no-no’s I should know about before getting one?

Misuse can land you in hot water so remember to check on local laws.  And remember: effectiveness varies from person-to-person due to other factors like clothing thickness, battery life, or cartridge refills. Always good practice having backup plans (like pepper spray) and knowing how to use these tools responsibly.