Vipertek VTS-989 Review

Personal protection is a very serious matter. Of all the self-defense weapons out there, many people choose to carry guns, while increasing numbers are now opting for a stun gun. The Vipertek VTS-989 is a 230,000,000-volt, heavy-duty rechargeable stun gun with an LED flashlight. Carrying a stun gun for protection is legal in most states but many states have restrictions and some even carry different laws by county or city. Be sure you know your state’s laws before you buy one. You should also be aware of these laws when traveling. But, first of all, what is a stun gun and how does it work?

Always keep stun guns away from children.

What is a Stun Gun?

A stun gun is a handheld electroshock weapon used to temporarily incapacitate but not injure attackers. Run on batteries, stun guns fire an electric charge that disrupts muscle functions and immobilizes your attacker. Upon contact, communication between the brain and body muscles is disrupted. Neurological impulses that control voluntary muscle movement is interrupted, causing muscles to work rapidly, which depletes blood sugar levels and converts it to lactic acid. This makes it difficult to move and causes loss of balance as well as disorientation.

The disruption happens quickly but the confused assailant is rendered immobile for several minutes, giving you time to escape. After the effects wear off, your attacker will not be permanently injured or there will be no significant damage to their heart or other organs.

Advantages of a stun gun

Advantages of a stun gun

  • Great close range self defense
  • Cost effective
  • Most stun gun are rechargeable
  • Do NOT require a felony background check to purchase
  • Variety of shapes, colors, sizes, designs
  • You can use even if touching or being touched by an attacker with no harm to you
  • The loud sound of the electrical crackling is a deterrent in itself

What makes these self-defense weapons effective is the amperage. A sufficient amperage causes the voltage necessary to achieve the effect you want. A very high voltage causes the pain, but the low amperage prevents it from causes permanent injury. Voltage allows the current, measured in amperes, to pass—but without the charge—none of it can cause harm. The greater the charge, the greater the pain.

Stun guns must be held against a person to administer the electric shock so you can only use them in close proximity. The most effective areas to touch on a body are the upper shoulders, below the rib cage, and the upper hip. Touching more sensitive areas can cause more pain, as well as incapacitation. Rest assured, there is no way for the shock to pass between people if you happen to be touching your attacker or they are touching you when you stun them. Stun guns administer a localized shock that isn’t affected by water—even if you are standing in a puddle.

You only need to stun your aggressor for half a second to cause enough pain and muscle contraction for you to get away. Holding the stun gun for one or two seconds will cause muscle spasms and a dazed mental state. More than three seconds of contact will cause disorientation and loss of balance and muscle control. Three seconds is a longer time than you might realize.

Don’t use a stun gun on yourself, your family, friends, or pets.

Vipertek VTS-989

The Vipertek VTS-989 is a powerful, inexpensive stun gun with flashlight, snatch prevention, and a rechargeable battery.


  • 53 million volts
  • Convenient size 6.5” x 2” x 1”
  • ​LED flashlight
  • ​Ultra-sharp spike electrodes
  • ​Rechargeable battery
  • Grab guard feature
  • Non-slip rubber coating
  • ​Deep finger grips
  • ​Safety switch
  • Lifetime warranty

The Vipertek stun gun packs a powerful punch for a mall unit. You could thwart your attacker simply by turning the unit on. You’ll get a bright electric current pulsing between the prongs which emits an intimidating sound.

The ultra-sharp spike electrodes can even penetrate thick clothing. The safety switch prevents accidental discharge. When ready to use, simply put the safety in the “stun” position, then press the trigger. With the safety switch and trigger button on opposite sides of the unit, you can quickly turn it on. The Vipertek stun gun even includes heavy duty stun strips—metal strips from the top down the top sides of the unit that will extend the current down if someone tries to grab it. Deep finger grips help you get a firm grip and give you more control when you’re holding it.

The flashlight feature on this self-defense device is perfect for walking the dog at night or getting from your car to your destination. It is not as bright as a spotlight, but it is perfect for lighting your path, finding your keys, or being spotted by drivers.

The included cord makes this unit fully rechargeable, so you never need batteries, making it an economical winner. The charge powers the flashlight for up to 100,000 hours. And, by not replacing batteries, it is also an environmentally-friendly option.


  • Loud sound of discharging electrodes
  • Sharp terminals penetrate even thick clothing
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Lightweight


  • May be too big for smaller hands
  • Grab guard could shock user
  • No way to determine if charge is complete

If you have bought the Vipertek VTS-989, the way to test it is to trigger the device, making sure you never touch the grab guard or electrodes. As long as you see an electrical arc between the two probes, it is working perfectly. You don’t need to stun yourself or anyone else—the arc is your confirmation. Once you know it works, you’ll want to recharge it so it’s ready whenever you might need it. You should probably recharge it once a month. It takes about an hour to get a full charge.

According to the instructions, firing the stun gun repeatedly can shorten its life. Just test it occasionally, charge it, and store or carry it until you need it (or hopefully not need it). Don’t keep the stun gun plugged in. Once it is charged, unplug it and put it away. It comes with a storage case to safely and easily put in your closet, purse, glove box, or wherever you want to keep it.

For personal defense at close range, you can’t beat the powerful Vipertek VTS-989, especially at the price point. Just carrying this self-defense device can make you feel safer and sometimes all you need to do to protect yourself is scare your attacker. Simply turning it on will send almost anyone running—and hopefully you will never need to deploy the voltage shock.