Taser Flashlight: Is it Worth It? Comparison & Review! (2023)

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By the author of  An Arm and a Leg and Zombie Choices.

Talks with James over at PrepperBroadcasting.com have convinced me that it’s a good idea to possess non-lethal means of self-defense weapons as well as firearms. We live in a society today that is incredibly litigious, and there are some situations you could find yourself in where the ability to defend yourself without incurring a fatality could save you a lot of time and money in a courtroom/on legal fees.

James is a big advocate of extendable batons, pepper sprays, stun guns, and the like. As a result, I picked up two different stun gun flashlights the other day that fall in line with James’ thoughts here.

The first was the ZAP Stun Gun Flashlight, while the second was the Taser Strikelight, both of which are available over at TheHomeSecuritySuperstore.com.

Taser flashlight
More Emperor Palpatine shocky hands and less Luke Skywalker lightsaber hands.

So, when faced with the prospect of needing to test two very shocky flashlights, I did the same that any other guy out there would do – I grabbed my brother and told him to close his eyes.

Just kidding, just kidding.


Stun gun flashlights are somewhat tricky to test.

I suppose that’s one of the catches about trying to test out stun gun flashlight combos. You can’t really go around poking people with a stun gun unless you want to get marked off the Christmas present list.

The first thing I did, though, was a test to see how the actual flashlight performed. This pretty much involved my walking around my house in the middle of the night with a flashlight. Right off the bat, it was easy for me to see that the ZAP was a brighter light. The Taser brand flashlight stun gun wasn’t anywhere near as bright as I was expecting it to be.

So the winner here is clearly the ZAP when it comes to the more ultra bright led flashlight. There wasn’t even a contest.

How quick can you deploy a stun gun flashlight?

The next thing I tested was the main stun gun feature, the shock. How easy was it to “pull the trigger” when you’re in self-defense mode? Again, I found that the ZAP was superior. All you have to do with this model is use your thumb to flick the power all the way on and then press the round button. You instantly end up with electricity.

The Taser brand required a bit more maneuvering. You have a safety switch on one side of the led tactical flashlight to prevent accidental discharge. Then, there is the “trigger” button on the other side of the stun gun flashlight. It took me a bit longer to get both switches done, and if you’re pulling this out of wherever you’ve stored it really fast, I can see how that would be an issue.

taser flashlight
You can see the gray button on one side and the yellow on the other here. I don’t think this is likely to be the best layout.

And here is where I found the biggest flaw with the Taser Strikelight.

There were many times that the Taser brand stun gun flashlight took 1-2 seconds to actually activate after you press the button. There were numerous times I couldn’t get the Taser stun gun to activate at all. Sometimes it would be an immediate electric jolt, but it by no means was it reliable for personal protection. The other taser stun gun works as soon as that button is pressed. Imagine having a gun that didn’t shoot until 2 seconds after you pulled the trigger. Could that create some problems?

If you are in a situation where you actually have to use a taser light, you don’t have 2 seconds to fart around. It’s the equivalent of asking for a timeout in the middle of a gunfight.

“Hold on, everybody! Hold on! I need you to hold still for the next two seconds, please. I’m going to make you poop your pants and leave you dazed on the ground.”

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That being said, let’s take a closer look at the ZAP light.

This thing looks like it came straight out of Luke Skywalker’s pocket. It looks like an angry lightsaber. There are big, nasty-looking spikes at the tip of this self-defense flashlight stun gun that basically tell you, “Jab me into a bad guy.”

taser flashlight

As soon as you pull this light out to use it, the bad guy is going to know that you have a shocky stick, and he’s likely going to rethink his life choices. To activate the light, as mentioned above, all you have to do is push the led flashlight button all the way forward (a good button layout, I think, because you would have a hard time pushing it halfway like the light feature is situated), and then press the big, black button.

This will immediately cause the tip of the flashlight to let out a very large electric arc that audibly crackles violently. It’s pretty scary.

Thankfully, the light comes with a wrist strap and carrying case that you can attach to your belt as well. The idea of just letting this light sit loose in my pocket doesn’t sit well with my gut. While this may surprise some people, I rather appreciate the notion of being able to walk down the sidewalk without suddenly collapsing to the ground in excruciating pain as my pocket taser electrocutes my leg.

But, hey, I’m from The Beautiful South. We’re rather particular about things like that. Perhaps things are different where you live.

taser flashlight

There’s absolutely no way that you could carry this on your belt, though, without it looking as if you’re carrying an extendable self-defense baton on your hip. The profile is unmistakable. If you’re in a situation where you really don’t care if somebody sees you with a weapon on your hip, go for it. If you’re looking for a bit more “discretion” then I’m not really sure what you’re going to want to do here. Perhaps a coat pocket?

I do have a few further thoughts on the Taser brand light.

I question how far you would have to jab the Taser brand light into somebody’s skin for the metal to actually make contact as well. It’s recessed down in there further than I would have expected. Again, I didn’t actually get the chance to physically test this on anybody (they all turned me down), so maybe that distance doesn’t matter, but it is something I wonder about with this flashlight stun gun.

Next, I think it somewhat strange that the Taser light specifically states in the manual that it’s not for hitting somebody with. I feel like if you’re using a flashlight with studded edges and the ability to shock the crap out of someone, that’s kind of the self-defense purpose, is it not? Why am I then told in the stun gun manual that it’s not?

taser flashlight
Why the studded edges then?

My final thoughts on non-lethal self-defense?

I definitely think that the concept is well worth your mulling over. You give yourself the ability to defend yourself in a variety of different ways with such and choose the level of escalation you’re going to resort to. If you’re comparing between the two above options, however, I recommend the ZAP light, hands down. The Taser model simply wasn’t reliable. There were far too many times that I pressed both buttons only to have nothing happen. Perhaps it was just a defective product I received, but I still think the design of the ZAP is superior.

If you’re looking for other options, check out an extendable baton (they are illegal in some areas, so buyer beware), look into various pepper sprays, and definitely check out the shock light I mentioned above. It’s a valid concept that could easily help to keep you safe.

What are your thoughts? Have you ever tried either of these taser flashlights? Have you ever actually used a taser on someone? Tell us about it in the comments section. (1stMarineJarhead, maybe you could fry up some rutabagas with these!)

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About Aden

Aden Tate is a regular contributor to TheOrganicPrepper.com and TheFrugalite.com. Aden runs a micro-farm where he raises dairy goats, a pig, honeybees, meat chickens, laying chickens, tomatoes, mushrooms, and greens. Aden has four published books, The Faithful Prepper An Arm and a Leg, The Prepper’s Guide to Post-Disaster Communications, and Zombie Choices. You can find his podcast The Last American on Preppers’ Broadcasting Network.

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  • Zap Light is $75? That’s a lot for a flashlight! I like the Vipertek product (no commercial ties) for $22. I keep one in every car door, and I walk around on my property with one in my hand – all the time. I used it about once a month to back up stray animals, and they ALL back up when they here the buzz. Maybe you could evaluate this one for a less expensive option:


  • I think I might paint the Luke Skywalker model a matte black to reduce its otherwise obvious intent. I have a couple zappers I purchased from HomeSecurity. I opted for one that is longer and has strips along its length that will shock anyone who tries to grab it from me. I’m on the elderly side of life now and not very strong anymore. I’m quite sure in a situation the first thing my attacker/threat would do is go to disarm me by grabbing my taser/flashlight.

  • These are great ideas. I do have an extendable flashlight with the studs on the end and short spikes around the length of the flashlight, but without a taser, for “protection”, er, I mean, for a light at night. I also have pepper spray. I hope not to be in contact with someone who does me harm, but I know it can happen. I will check out a taser flash light. Thanks!

  • There is a big difference between a taser (Article title) and a stun gun.
    Personally, I don’t want to get that close to a “perp”.

  • Honestly, I think taser in general is a pretty lackluster tool for self-defense. It’s bad vs thick clothing, has pretty mediocre stoping power, and worst of all, you need to be really close to whoever is trying to attack you. Imo, just get a good flasklight(like Streamlight with extra battery life) and a pepper spray. Spray has way bigger range, and trust me, as long as you attacker is not in full-on gas mask with glasses, it has way more stoping power compared to taser.

  • If you think these things have any self defense utility at all, I’m pretty much forced to disregard your opinion on … anything, especially combat related. You joke, but that’s exactly what my brother and I would do with these things at Christmas. I carried an actual Taser for years, and we’d take off the cartridges and drive stun each other in the roll call room or when goofing off. It’s equivalent to a strong pinch on the inside of your arm. It doesn’t lock up muscles, it doesn’t incapacitate you, it doesn’t make you void your bowels. The only thing it might do is infuriate your attacker enough to curb stomp you in addition to whatever else they intended. So, if you’re comfortable with an inner arm pinch as your self defense option, get a stun gun of any kind, but remember this post when your gimmick does nothing to stop an attack.

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