A word about pepper spray effectiveness:
you know, there are many self-defense sprays on the market today. Pick up a few packages, and you will see that
their effectiveness is advertised and presented in a few different ways. Of course, common sense tells us that what
really matters most is “how hot is the spray that hits the attacker?” In marketing the effectiveness of their
pepper spray products, some manufacturers stress the amount of OC (Oleoresin
Capsicum–shown as a percentage) in their spray. Others stress the SHU (Scoville Heat Unit)
value of the OC contained within the spray, or they use a combination of the
two. Security Plus believes that neither
method is a true and accurate measurement of effectiveness. This is why:
OC percentage is, simply put, the percentage of OC contained within the defense
sprays formulation. A spray that
advertises a “10% OC” content simply contains 10% OC (active ingredient), and
90% inactive ingredients. What this
percentage does not tell you, however, is the potency, or “hotness,” of
the OC AFTER it is blended with its inactive ingredients.
the SHU value, or “potency,” of the OC is another measure used by
manufacturers. This value is simply the
strength of the OC before it is diluted in the remainder of the
solution. Sure, the OC in a spray may
come from peppers with a 2,000,000 SHU value, but what percentage of the final
formula actually contains OC?
Line? Neither the OC percentage nor the
SHU rating are accurate measurements of the strength of the formula inside a
can of pepper spray! Simple math would
tell you that a 10% OC formula manufactured from 2,000,000 SHU strength OC should
yield a spray with a 200,000 SHU, right?
Unfortunately, chemistry is not that simple of a science! While advertising the simple math is not necessarily
an outright lie, it is very misleading.
The only true and accurate way to measure a spray’s potency is to
measure it AFTER it leaves the nozzle.
is why Security Plus® had other sprays independently tested and
rated on how they perform when they leave the can, not on what the base
formulation is before it is blended with other ingredients. That is why Security Plus®
advertises the actual “Nozzle SHU” of their defense spray: the strength of the spray after it
leaves the nozzle. They also had an
independent lab test the formulas of the competing sprays. Compared with what these other brands
advertise, the results are surprising!
Only Security Plus guarantees the strength of the spray when it
leaves the can!
Plus® is the ONLY company that fully guarantees its OC spray heat
rating. Security Plus®
realized that the safety of their friends and family were at stake with their
products. That is why they developed a
line of new defense spray formulations that you, your friends and your family
could depend on at any time. Security
Plus® is so confident of the effectiveness of their spray formulas,
that they actually guarantee it, 100%.
are a couple of examples:
Security Plus® 23% OC formulation, is now called HeatWave Max: Guaranteed at least 180k nozzle SHU’s.
Security Plus® Brand Nozzle SHU’s with the competition!
believe that an educated consumer is a wise consumer. What to buy for your personal
self-defense, and that of your loved ones, is an important decision. We want to help you make it a wise one.
Plus Brand®– Professional Grade Products for Commercial and Personal
Quality & Effectiveness of Your
OC (Pepper Spray)
Quality & Effectiveness Claimed
90% of pepper sprays on the
market claim an unrealistic, false
and/or unsubstantiated “true”
The math you use for this is really
very simple. If the OC spray claims
10%, then you multiply the SHU
rating by 10% and that will tell
you what you should get out of
the nozzle, or business end, of
your pepper spray.
It looks like this.
If the product label claims:
15% OC at 2 million scoville heat
units (SHU), you multiply the
claimed SHU by the claimed
percentage of OC.
X 15% (or .15)
= 300,000 “true” SHU
X 5% (or .05)
= 265,000 “true” SHU
Use the same formula for ANY
OC spray that claims an OC %
and an SHU. Then compare it
to our Tru-Temp Index Chart.
What you will discover is that
MOST OC sprays don’t even
come close to their claimed heat rating.
Are you getting what you paid for?
The True Nozzle Temperature
Percentage of total SHU in relation to
benchmark; HEATWAVE Max