I purchased and tested 3 popular disguised pepper sprays. There is good and bad with each of them.
What pepper spray you rely on for your safety is a personal choice. Read this article find out what pepper spray features will serve you best. You can watch me test the sprays in the video below.
Watch the video to see these sprays tested and reviewed.
SABRE RED Lipstic Pepper Spray
This is a decent disguised pepper spray. The top comes off and on easily. The top functions as a safety.
The range is 5 to 8 feet. I recommend getting a larger spray. This spray’s range and liquid content are too low for me.
The trigger has an extended lip. This allows a user to put their thumb on the trigger and get the spray ready to use without looking at it.
Also, I don’t see the point of having a pepper spray look like lipstick. If it’s going to sit in the bottom of a purse, then disguising is unneeded.
- Good Trigger
- Almost Good Range
- Good Disguise
- Requires both hands to remove cap and fire
- Short Range
The best disguised pepper spray I have tested, but it’s still not great. There are better pink pepper sprays.
Pepper Spray Bracelet by Little Viper
Little Viper does not state this is a disguised pepper spray. It’s here because it doesn’t look like a pepper spray. To me, it looks like a wearable piece of tech like a Fitbit.
This is a small and comfortable wrist pepper spray. The band is made of soft plastic. I don’t have anything else that feels like it. It’s a kind of soft plastic a doll might be made of.
This has to be shot while attached to the wrist. This is cumbersome. I recommend bringing the spray and the wrist up to the eyes when aiming. This will make shooting more accurate.
It has a short range of 3 to 5 feet. I recommend using a larger pepper spray for more range. The Mace “Sport Model” is much more effective pepper spray.
- Very Comfortable
- Super Short Range
- Awkward Aiming
A good spray for anyone who must have a tiny wrist pepper spray. I can see someone with wrist problems liking this spray a lot.
SABRE RED Pepper Spray Pen
This is a mediocre pepper spray It has a small effective range that puts a defender just out of arms reach. Tiny cans like this have about a 5 foot range.
The spray patter is a large, foggy cone pattern. The benefit of this is that the general area around an attacker’s face will get hit. The downside to a foggy spray is possible wind movement or getting on the user.
If you must have a disguised pepper spray, then consider getting this SABRE pepper pen. Otherwise, you should purchase and carry a larger pepper spray with a longer range. I think all pepper sprays should have at least a 10 foot range.
- Looks like a pen or Sharpie
- Large, Foggy Spray Pattern
- Tiny Range
- Requires Two Hands to Remove Cap and Fire
- Cross-contamination Risk
- Wind Movement Risk
It’s an OK option for someone who needs a disguised pepper spray. It’s better to get a larger, more effective spray if you don’t need a disguised spray.
Pepper Spray FAQ
Why Carry Pepper Spray?
There are many reasons to carry pepper spray.
One of the most important is that it’s non-lethal. Most self-defense situations involve non-deadly force aggression. As a result, a non-deadly force self-defense tool is more frequently needed than a deadly force tool.
It’s a crime to use deadly force on an attacker who is using non-deadly force.
How to Use Pepper Spray?
There are two things to always do when using pepper sprays.
Pepper spray should be sprayed at one ear and to the other with a continuous stream. This will get the spray in an attacker’s eyes and noise. The result will be involuntary eyelid closure and painful breathing.
Also, vertical, canister type pepper sprays should be shot using the thumb. This will insure a strong grip with 4 fingers grasping the canister. Shooting with the index finger will result in only 3 fingers gripping the can. The picture below shows the right and wrong way to hold.
Does Pepper Spray Expire?
Yes, pepper sprays lose their effectiveness over time. They are always leaking pressure. After the expiration date, a pepper spray might not effectively shoot it’s contents. To be super safe, you can replace your pepper spray a year before expiration.
Can Minors Carry Pepper Spray?
In many jurisdictions, it is legal for people under 18 to possess and use pepper spray for self-defense. For example, California permits 16 year olds to carry pepper spray in public. It is often illegal for minors to purchase pepper spray.
What’s the Difference Between Mace and Pepper Spray?
Mace is a company that makes pepper sprays. Just like the word “Xerox” was used to refer to copying documents, some people use “Mace” to refer to pepper spray.