What is a Taser?

A TASER® is a Conducted electronical device (CED) that helps law enforcement, private security, military, and consumer personal safety.

The TASER is a high technological device that was created by a NASA scientist, Jack Cover and it has more than 180 patents.

A TASER® CED transmit controlled pulses of electricity that are carefully designed to stimulate the skeletal muscles of the human body without affecting the heart or other vital organs preventing a suspect’s coordinated actions.

TASER is the safest response-to-resistance options available to law enforcement officials and citizens. No other law enforcement tool has undergone as extensive international scientific testing and scrutiny as TASER technology.

TASERs have become some of law enforcement’s most trusted tools because they let you act with split-second confidence in the field. Their features and functions were developed with abundant customer input to help you and your officers stay safe. TASER products protect lives, prevent injuries, reduce litigation, and save agencies money. No other use-of-force option provides this level of accountability through documentation and deployment data, recording the date, time and duration of every trigger pull for its handheld CEDs. Furthermore, a camera can be attached to the TASER with a video system that records more than 90 minutes of audio and video during deployments. Alternatively, the TASERS can be automatically connected to the AXON Body Worn Camera, so that every time the TASER is turned on the Body Worn Camera automatically starts video recording.

TECHNOLOGY

TASERs were invented by Jack Cover, a NASA scientist, and the name is a reference to his favorite childhood novels “Thomas Swift and his Electric Rifle” by Victor Appleton.

 Its technology has continuously evolved and today the devices design is based on over 180 patents.

TASERs handheld CEDs transform a low-energy power supply into an energy pulse that mimics the very electrical wave form generated by our brains to control skeletal muscles and which renders a person incapacitated, without affecting the heart or other vital organs preventing a suspect’s coordinated actions.

Compressed nitrogen projects two small probes up to ranges of 15, 21 or 25 feet (only 15 foot cartridges are sold to citizens) at a speed of 140 feet per second. The probes are connected to the TASER CED by insulated wire. When the probes make contact with the body or clothing, the person’s neuromuscular control and the ability to perform coordinated action are lost for the duration of the impulse.

The average current delivered by an X2 CED is 0.0012 amperes or 1.2 milliamperes. Compare this with the average Christmas tree light bulb which has approximately 1 ampere of current, or the 15 amps from a typical 110-volt wall socket; it should become readily apparent that the extremely low current of a TASER CED is safe.

SAFETY

No other law enforcement tool has undergone as extensive international scientific testing and scrutiny as TASER technology. Since the 1970s it has been the subject of more than 100 studies and 350 published abstracts by scores of universities, hospitals, physicians, law enforcement agencies, military panels, as well as independent testing by many government entities throughout the world. These studies have found the patented TASER technology to be generally safe and effective. Albeit not risk free, when used properly, TASER technology is among the most effective use of force interventions available to law enforcement.

The success of TASER programs has been in reducing injuries to officers and suspects compared to traditional pain compliance tools such as fists, tackles, baton strikes, and impact weapons.

Statistically speaking, TASER has not had a report of a law enforcement agency with a TASER program in which injuries increased to officers or suspects. This fact was recently backed up by a recent US Department of Justice study conducted by Wake Forest University Hospital that showed that 99.75% of 1201 criminal suspects who have encountered a TASER CED as a means of force received no significant injuries.

ACCOUNTABILITY

TASER CEDs provide unprecedented accountability through its built-in Dataport system. The Dataport is an on-board computer that records the date, time and duration of every trigger pull for its handheld CEDs.

Each TASER cartridge is serialized and registered to its user and includes a tracking program that disperses dozens of confetti-sized films at the scene under our Anti-Felon Identification (AFID) program.

A TASER is a Conducted Electronic Device (CED) with the following characteristics:

  • Has an integrated computer
  • It has a digital display with operational information
  • Records all actions
  • Uses two controlled darts
  • Project light to make the scene visible
  • Features a laser pointer to increase shot accuracy
  • Automatically adjusts the number of pulses per minute to the situation
  • It has a battery of 9V (3X3V) – equivalent to the battery of a domestic remote control

  • Uses a current of 1.2mA (Electrotherapy uses 8mA, i.e. 6 times more current)
  • Suspects are not immobilized by an electric shock but due to the impulses that mimic the signals the brain sends to contract the muscles

In the document bellow, you can see all TASER X2 CED Specifications:

X2-CEW-Specifications-Sheet