The Results Are In: The Strongest Pepper Spray Is…

wildfire-pepper-spray-2ozA chemical analysis laboratory analyzed 10 most popular brands of pepper sprays and determined the strongest pepper spray on the market today. Do you want to see the results and find out what the best value in pepper spray is?
Read on…

Pepper spray or a car, customers want to get the best value for their money. We all understand that. But how do you measure value of a pepper spray? A larger capacity canister does not necessarily add to value because it’s mostly a measure of convenience and will define where you are going to store and use your pepper spray. So people uniformly agree that the hotter a pepper spray is the better, and so the hottest spray has the most value.

Makes sense, right? Yes, however how do you find out the hotness of the spray? Checking the concentration percentages means very little because it does not say percent of what exactly you are measuring. 10% of what? 18% of what?
Well, there is another measurement of the original material hotness called SHU and it might span from 1,000,000 to 5,000,000 SHUs. That’s better but you need to know how much of that original material went into the canister.
Knowing both numbers will give the actual measure of hotness, strength of the liquid pepper inside a canister of a particular brand. So what are they?

For years, we knew that the hottest pepper spray on the market was by “WildFire” brand that sports 18% concentration of 3,000,000 SHUs.
Is it really so?

SafetyTechnologies (Jacksonville, FL) commissioned the study of the most popular brands of pepper sprays in order to determine which one is the hottest/strongest one. An independent lab CHROMTEC, LLC in New Mexico, analyzed 10 most popular brands of pepper sprays and came out with the list:

Wildfire 18% Proved To Be Hottest Pepper Spray On The Market From Independent Laboratory Testing

Wildfire 18% The Scoville Heat Units (SHU) based on this assay calculates to 242,000

Streetwise 23 The Scoville Heat Units (SHU) based on this assay calculates to 216,700

Guard Dog The Scoville Heat Units (SHU) based on this assay calculates to 174,200

Streetwise 18 The Scoville Heat Units (SHU) based on this assay calculates to 162,400

Crime Halter The Scoville Heat Units (SHU) based on this assay calculates to 158,900

Pepper Shot The Scoville Heat Units (SHU) based on this assay calculates to 122,000

PSP (Eliminator) The Scoville Heat Units (SHU) based on this assay calculates to 118,300

Sabre The Scoville Heat Units (SHU) based on this assay calculates to 91,500.

Cheetah The Scoville Heat Units (SHU) based on this assay calculates to 87,000

Fox Labs The Scoville Heat Units (SHU) based on this assay calculates to 84,000

You can see the study results here.
Here is the link to the actual CHROMTEC report on WildFire brand: report.

The results are quite interesting in other ways too. For example: the Fox Labs’ “Arsenal” is in the last place, yikes! It may be manufactured from the hottest ingredient but the lower concentration dragged it down the list. Same for “Sabre”.
Mace was notably not on the list at all.

Pepper Shot brand that we sell a lot is solidly in the middle.

The WildFire was indeed named the strongest pepper spray. It comes in a wide variety of sizes, grips, spraying patterns etc. People used it successfully against human aggressors and against dogs. They are also priced better than most of other brands and definitely be the best value for you in pepper sprays. You can find the whole selection here.