When you’re facing a potentially life-threatening situation, you need a reliable way to fight back. That means reaching for just any pepper spray just won’t do — you want to be prepared to defend yourself properly. Owning high-quality pepper spray can be one of your best lines of defense for fighting off would-be robbers and assailants without causing lasting effects. There are hundreds of products out there, and choosing the right one is critical.
So, which pepper sprays are the strongest? SABRE has a look at the three most potent pepper sprays for self-defense. Carrying any of these products will pack the punch that young city professionals, joggers, college students and others on the go need.
Three Power-Packed Products for the Strongest Pepper Spray Available
Before we get to our list, though, it’s worth asking: what makes a pepper spray strong? There are a few main factors to consider when shopping for a self-defense spray. In order of importance, they are:
a. The percentage of major capsaicinoids. The higher this number is, the more powerful the spray.
b. The percentage and potency of oleoresin capsicum (OC). This is the primary ingredient that causes the burning effect, and a higher concentration of strong OC equals a more potent spray.
c. The disbursement method. Gel disbursement is the most effective, followed by the traditional stream. Some formulas also include tear gas and UV marking dyes.
You can read more about the elements of pepper spray in our FAQs. With these factors in mind, here are the three best pepper sprays available for self-defense:
1. SABRE Red Pepper Spray
We’re not the only ones who think this self-defense pepper spray is top notch — customers, retailers and law enforcement officials around the globe agree that SABRE Red is one of the strongest self-defense sprays you can buy. It has a 1.33% major capsaicinoids concentration — the highest available for civilian sprays. The 10% OC rating is standard for the industry, but what really gives this pepper spray its power is its lab-guaranteed maximum stopping power. It allows for a concentrated stream delivery that’s accurate at up to 10 feet. You can get up to 25 bursts from a single canister.
2. SABRE Red 3-in-1 Pepper Spray Home & Away Protection Kit
This self-defense spray package uses the SABRE Red formula as part of a complete system for safety at home or while traveling. It has the same major capsaicinoid and OC levels as our standard pepper spray while adding a tear gas component for extra protection. The third element of our 3-in-1 design is an invisible UV dye that is also sprayed on the assailant, helping law enforcement identify the assailant later even if they try to wash the spray off. The Home Defense Pepper Spray model is accurate at up to 12 feet while the Key Ring Pepper Spray has a 10-foot range.
3. SABRE Red Tactical Pepper Gel with Flip Top and Clip
The disbursement method alone is enough to earn this maximum strength defense product a spot in the top three list. Since gel doesn’t atomize, it isn’t affected as much by wind, reducing the chances of blowback or hitting the wrong target. Furthermore, our tactical pepper gel can reach distances of up to 18 feet, a considerable increase over most stream sprays. This provides the protection users need while allowing them to remain farther away from their attacker.
Choosing Your Pepper Spray
Protect yourself when you leave home by carrying a powerful pepper spray. We offer pepper spray products in many forms, including standard canisters, belt-clip attachments, pepper sprays with keyrings and discreet lipstick pepper sprays. SABRE will help you be prepared for self-defense at home, college and on the go. Subscribe to our Safety Newsletter to stay up to date with SABRE news, safety tips and more.