Frequently Asked Questions

 

VEXOR® is a brand of pepper spray manufactured by Zarc International™ VEXOR® was introduced in 2002 as a non-flammable taser safe product. Zarc’s™ other brand CAP-STUN® was introduced in 1982.
Yes. Throughout the years various non-flammable OC formulations have been developed. The challenge for Zarc International™ however, was not simply to develop a non-flammable product but to find a formulation that is environmentally safe, non-carcinogenic (not cancer-causing) and safe on the eyes. Additionally, it should be safe in any environment when ignition or sparks are present -- including the use of electronic immobilization devices (EIDs).
Yes. VEXOR® is produced in a variety of strengths and OC concentrations from 0.18% to 1.45%. The percent of capsaicin is the best and most accurate way to determine the strength of the pepper spray.
There are a variety of spray patterns used in OC sprays, such as fog, cone, stream and foam. They each have their benefits and drawbacks. For example, it is not advisable to use a cone spray indoors since the spray may contaminate bystanders in the area. Fog behaves similarly to cone but with a wider impact area. Stream products are hard to aim and they require repeated spraying in order to cover the target area (both eyes). Foam products, on the other hand, are messy and contaminate the area. Most patterns do not penetrate wind and can be blown back to the user's face. Zarc's™ patented MicroSpin pattern provides the benefits of most existing spray patterns while eliminating their drawbacks. MicroSpin has a rifling effect. It accurately launches a rotating pepper spray payload that expands to form an oval on impact, covering the entire face of the subject with one shot. It can be used both indoors and outdoors. It enables the payload to pierce wind and rain with limited blow back.
Pepper spray, also known as OC spray (oleo-resin capsicum), OC gas, and capsicum spray, is a chemical compound that irritates the eyes to cause tears, pain, and temporary blindness, which is used in policing, riot control, crowd control, and personal self-defense, including defense against dogs and bears. Its inflammatory effects cause the eyes to close, taking away vision. This temporary blindness allows officers to more easily restrain subjects and permits people using pepper spray for self-defense an opportunity to escape.
Capsaicin is an active component of chili peppers, which are plants belonging to the genus Capsicum. It is an irritant for mammals, including humans, and produces a sensation of burning in any tissue with which it comes into contact. Capsaicin and several related compounds are called capsaicinoids and are produced as secondary metabolites by chili peppers. Pure capsaicin is a volatile, hydrophobic, colorless, odorless, crystalline to waxy compound. Capsaicin is the active ingredient in riot control and personal defense pepper spray agents. When the spray comes in contact with skin, especially eyes or mucous membranes, it produces pain and breathing difficulty, discouraging assailants.